The Most talked about love story in Tamil History is Ambikapathy Amaravathy. Ambikapathy Amaravathy is the love story that got its birth in Tamil Soil. It is a love story that happened in Uraiyur in the early 11th Century under the era of Kulothunga Chola I, which is the current Mayiladuthurai town of Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu. At the verge of success of their love, after nearly overcoming all the conditions that were laid across before them, due a mistake committed by Amaravathy in haste, Ambikapathy gets beheaded. This Love Story indicates that however deep your love is, however horrible the moment becomes or however sweet the moment becomes, both ways you should wait with calmness till the last second. Before everything is set up for you, if you do something in overjoy or curiosity even just before the right time arrives, your love life can burn down to ashes. This is common among most of the lovers of current century too. People should understand and learn from this story of how important it is to wait for the right time, wait till the very last second. Never do anything in overjoy beforehand and don’t feel for that later. Win over each other’s parents hearts. Wait till the last second. Act on something only if it needed. Don’t ruin it by doing something unwanted like running away when it was getting together. Keep Calm and wait till the last breath. This story is the best example of how “Haste Makes Waste”. This Story has lot of similarities in terms of context to Romeo Juliet.
Now Let’s see the Love tale from Tamil Nadu that occurred during the era of the Cholas.
In the Eleventh century, there was a rich king named Kulothunga Cholan I in Tamilnadu. He had a beautiful daughter named Amaravathy. The king showered affection on her. The young princess enjoyed full freedom. To feed her aesthetic sense, the king arranged a tuition under the most admired poet Kambar. Kambar was addressed using the title “kavichakravarthi” which meant the monarch of poets. He is the author of Kambaramayanam, the Tamil version of Ramayanam. Despite his erudite scholarship, deep learning of Sanskrit and Tamil and extraordinary poetic skills, Kambar remained a humble, unassuming, deeply pious man and a loyal subject of the King’s Court. All this earned Kambar a special place in the heart of King Kulothunga who treated him with utmost respect and affection. Ottakoothar was another great poet in the King’s court. King’s unabashed admiration for Kambar’s poetry made Ottakoothar a lot jealous of Kambar. Ambikapathy, Son of Kambar, learned the art of writing poems from his father by serving as his disciple. Once Kambar had to go on a tour for some time. He entrusted the teaching of poetry to his son Ambikapathy. He was equally good at teaching and writing poetry. During that period, the people hailed the poet as “Kambar veetu kattu tharium kavi padum’’ (Even the weaving machine of Kambar’s home could sing songs with the influence of the poet), so, there is no wonder his son was good at teaching poetry. Amaravathy cheerfully underwent the learning under the young and handsome Ambikapathy. It is in this backdrop the love story of Ambikapathy and Amaravathy blossomed. Amaravathy, the beautiful princess and Ambikapathy, the handsome and talented son of Kambar, fell in love. Ambikapathy is a bold, assertive and supremely self-confident youth, who even at that age, exhibited poetic skills equal to that of his illustrious father. When Kambar came back after his tour, he got to know about his son’s passionate love for the princess-student Amaravathy. To make it worse, the news and rumor of the love affair reached the king’s royal poet Ottakoothar and ultimately the king.
Ottakoothar was doubly dismayed. When he heard of this affair and with a brilliant, cunning mind at work, Ottakoothar had set about for poisoning the King’s mind against Ambikapathy and contrived to bring about various situations wherein Ambikapathy might fall to disgrace. Luck seemed to be on Ambikapathy’s side and he came unscathed through those traps. With the help of Kannamma, the daughter of Pugazhendhi Pulavar, he succeeded in meeting Amaravathy, and they planned to flee to Shenbaga Theevu that night. But their plans went in vain and both were caught red handed while trying to escape the palace. The King sentenced Ambikapathy to death. But Amaravathy intervened, claiming equal responsibility for whatever may have been the crime that Ambikapathy was said to have committed. In the ensuing argument between Amaravathy and the King , the King condemned Ambikapathy as sham poet, who could write only verses that cater to man’s baser instincts. Ambikapathy was outraged at this slur on his poetic capabilities. The King then challenged Ambikapathy that if he could sing 100 devotional songs in succession, he would promise him Amaravathy’s hand in marriage. The Main Condition is that Ambikapathy should sing 100 songs and all 100 should be based on Puram ( War and politics) not based on Agam ( Love and other instincts). If he failed in this challenge, he would be executed forthwith. Amaravathy visited Ambikapathy in prison that night and urged caution on the Challenge. Ambikapathy laughed away her fears, assuring her that he is wholly confident of his own capabilities. A relieved Amaravathy said that she would be counting the songs, and would appear before him at the end of the ordeal (100 Songs).
The court assembles next day at the vasantha mandapam, and in the presence of the King, ministers and scholars, Ambikapathy commenced his Poem recitation with a short invocation to Saraswathi, the Goddess of learning. Amaravathi mistakenly counted this as one of the hundred songs, and so at the end of the 99th song, she appeared happily in front of Ambikapathi to signal his victory. Overjoyed at sighting his beloved, and thinking that he had completed the hundred songs, Ambikapathy bursted into a verse in praise of Amaravathy’s appearance. Rising with grim satisfaction, Ottakoothar pointed out that only 99 devotional songs had been sung. He declared that Ambikapathy failed to complete one hundred songs as per the norms and conditions of the test. Only ninety nine poems excluding the invocation song he sang. Kamban’s anguish-filled plea for clemency fell on deaf ears, as the King ordered the death sentence to be carried out. Ambikapathi was put to death. In state of shock by the death-penalty to her beloved lover, Amaravathy fell on the dead body of Ambikapathy and died to reunite with her beloved in heaven.
In both Romeo Juliet and Ambikapathy Amaravathy, the hastiness of the Lovers lead to the death of both of them. In Romeo Juliet, If Romeo had got to know the real condition of Juliet before killing himself. They both would have survived and would have led a happy love life. Similarly if Amaravathy had waited a bit longer before emerging in haste in front of Ambikapathy. He would have completed the 100 Poems and they would have led a happy love life. It was “Haste” in both cases that made their “Lives Waste” and led to both of their death.
Everyone of us should understand and realize from this to wait till the last breath for our Love life to Succeed.