When one observes India as a whole,one may find Unity amidst Diversity.
The Bond that unites People of India is its Culture developed by Sanatana Dharma.
However one must know that there was a parallel culture in India in the south called as Dakshinapada(Southern Paw,South).
This term was strictly used denoting the direction where the people lived.
Another term for South is Dravida.
Unfortunately, this term has been used to denote a race.
In the earlier days, these two cultures, Sanatana Dharma and Dakshinapada Culture flourished in India, then called Bharatavarsha.
Lord Rama’s ancestor Vaivaswatha Manu was a Dravida King and he migrated to Ayodhyadue to a Tsunami.
This fact is recorded n the Bhagavatha Purana.
Manu left for North with his sons leaving his daughter behind.
Ila married Chandra and founded the Lunar Dynasty, while Ikshvaku founded the Solar Dynasty,Surya Vamsa to which Lord Ramachandra belongs.
The progeny of Ila continued ruling the Dakshina pada and developed a culture on their own.
This was slighlty different from the Sanatana Dharma culture , the main differnce is that Fire worship which is supreme among the Vedic people, was not followed initiallly in Dakshinapada.
And there were tribes in the Dakshinapada, one of them being Nagas.
These are the same Nagas whose descendants live in the NorthEast of India.
And these are the people who migrated to Americas and were the forerunners of Mayan, Inca Civilizations.
The term Asura means one who is powerful.
This term is used to refer to those from the Dakshinapada.
Another term used to denote people from the south was Rakshasa.
Rakshasas are reported to be powerful.
As in any groupthere were good and bad People among them.
‘In the world of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, Rakshasas were a populous race. There were both good and evil rakshasas, and as warriors they fought alongside the armies of both good and evil. They were powerful warriors, expert magicians and illusionists. As shape-changers, they could assume different physical forms. It was not always clear whether they had a true or natural form.As illusionists, they were capable of creating appearances which were real to those who believed in them or who failed to dispel them. Some of the rakshasas were said to be man-eaters, and made their gleeful appearance when the slaughter on a battlefield was at its worst. Occasionally they served as rank-and-file soldiers in the service of one or another warlord.
Aside from its treatment of unnamed rank-and-file Rakshasas, the epics tell the stories of certain members of the “race” who rose to prominence, some of them as heroes, most of them as villains.’ (Wiki on Rakshasa)
Because there belonged to a different culture, it was natural for some from Sanatana Dharma to portray them as evil.
However Sages like Valmiki,Vyasa, Agastya do not denigrate them unless they are found to be acting Dharma.
These Asuras,Rakshasas, were ruling a portion of Dakshinapada.
The King of Rakshasas was called Iraivan.
The term Ravana is sanskritised form of Iraivan.
Iraivan in Tamil denotes God.
As King is the protector of People, he was also called Iraivan.
One must, at this point of time, remember the Geography of India was different then.
It extended from the the Antarctic to Artic, with Oceans in between and Bharatavarsha was ruling thearth.
For more on this subject, please read my articles on Bharatavarsha,Lemuria,Kumarikandam.
Some portions of the south,Dakshinapda was ruled by Chera, Chola and Pandya Kings and hence they trace their ancestry to Surya Vamsa or Lunar Dynasty.
However , as said earlier they did not follow follow Sanatana Dharma, Vedic way of life in its entirety.
Hence they were called Dasyus, a derogatory term for Non followers of Vedic way of Life.
And the Dakshinapada had Shiva worship , which iwas not as prevalent in Sanatana Dharma.
Dakshinapada had Shiva worship and Tamil literature abounds in Shiva Worship.
Parallel Philosophical system was developed and it was Shaiva Siddhanta and Devi worship.
Yet the people of Dakshinapada worshipped Murugan(Subrahmanya),Vishnu(Mayon),Varuna,Indra and Devi corresponding the unique geographical divisions ,Kurinji,Mullai,Marutham, Neydhal and Paalai.
Later, the Sanatana Dharma practices entered in its full scope, amalgamating Vedic practices and the Dakshinapda Culture.
So essentially the Dakshinapada culture is a Unique belend of the best in Sanatana Dharma and Dakshinapada)Tamil Culture.
Who broght this change?
The earliest person to bring Sanatana Dharma was Karthaviryajuna, who ruled from Mahismathi as his Capital(Bahubali Fame Mahismathi)
Karthaviryajuna was the ancestor of Lord Rama.
He preceded Ramachandra by thirty generations as was a contemporary of Trayayaruna,grandfather of Harischandra.
Karthaviryajuna captured Mahismati from Karkota Naga a Dravidian King belonging to Dakshinapada.
Then he proceeded further down south and conquered Some Dakshina pada lands and In the process killed Jamadagni, father Of Bhargava Rama,popularly known as Parashurama.
While Sanatana Dharma made initial inroads through Karthaviryajuna, it was carried forward by Parashurama and Sage Agastya.
I shall write on this and also on the essential differnces in Religious practices between the Vedic People and pwople of the South, Dakshinapada.
Ancient Historical Traditions by Pargiter.
Rig Veda Samhita.
Bhagavatham.D.R.Bhandarkar, Carmichael Lectures.
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
History of the Tamils by P.T.Srinivasa Iyengar.
If some valuables go missing,if some your kith and kin go missing, the following Mantra shall ensure that the lost things are recovered and the lost person either returns or you get information about them
This has to be chanted, after bath, in the morning 18 times.
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