Ilango; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Ilango Adikal (2nd Century A.D.) Ilango Adikal, the author of the classic Tamil work, Silappadikaram, is, according to Subramania Bharati, one of the Trinity of great Tamil poets, the other two being Tiruvalluvar, author of the famous Tirukkural and Kamban, the author of the Tamil Ramayana.

Ilango Adikal was a contemporary of Sattanar, the author of Manimekalai, another Tamil classic.

Ilango was born as the second son of King Ceralatan of the Cera dynasty, his elder brother being the famous Ceran Senguttavan. Ilango belonged to the Sangam period in Tamil literature. Exact date of his life is controversial. Western scholars believe he lived in the 7th or 8th century A.D., while Eastern scholars think he lived in the 2nd century A.D.

Also known as Ilango Adigal.

Source: Google Books: 101 Mystics of India

Ilango Adigal was a Chera prince from the 2nd century AD/CE, who is the author of Silappathikaram, one of the five great epics of Tamil literature. Ilango was the brother of Kodungallur or Muziris based Chera king Cheran Chenguttuvan oe Cheralathana Chenguttavan. According to a legend, an astrologer predicted that he would become the ruler of the land and to obviate such a happening, especially when his elder brother the rightful heir was alive, the prince became a monk taking the name of Ilango Adigal. There are also claims that Ilango Adigal was a contemporary of Sattanar, the author of Manimekalai.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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