(The vow of Sivagami
— சிவகாமியின் சபதம் in Tamil
) is a Tamil historical novel
written by Kalki
in 1944. Believed by some to be one of the first historical novels in Tamil it was originally serialized in the weekly Kalki
for about 12 years. This was later published as a novel. Along with Ponniyin Selvan
, this is widely regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written in Tamil.Set in 7th-century south India
against the backdrop of various historical events and figures, the novel created widespread interest in Tamil history when it was being published in the 1940s. Honour, love and friendship form important themes that run through the course of the novel.
It would be tough to point out who the real hero
of the novel is. Mahendravarman I, the Pallava
emperor plays an important role in the first half of the story while his son Narasimhavarman
comes into his own as the novel progresses. The plot revolves around the historical events of the Chalukya
king, Pulakesi II
laying a siege of Kanchi
and Narasimhavarman avenging this by attacking Vatapi
, the capital of the Chalukyas.
The novel is divided into four parts.
Part 1: Paranjothi's Journey
The novel begins with the arrival of Paranjothi
in the city of Kanchi
to attain tutelage under the Tamil saint Thirunavukkarasar
. But he ends up saving the damsel Sivagami
and her father Aayannar from a mad elephant by throwing a spear at it, almost by... Read More