I have been trying to find out, through my research over nine years, among other things, which language is more ancient, Tamil or Sanskrit.
I should have been more careful and modest about searching for things which are ancient and honestly speaking beyond one’s capabilities.
This, I have learnt though my research on the antiquity of Tamil and Sanskrit.
I found that Tamil, generally assumed to be later than the Vedas, Ithihasas, Ramayana and Mahabharata and Puranas, to be older than these.
Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharatha and the Eighteen Puranas speak of Tamil.
Hence Tamil should have preceded them.
Yet the earliest known Tamil work, Tholkappiyam speaks about Vedas and its author Tholkappiyam declares himself to be a Brahmin and a disciple of a Brahmin, Aadhankottu Aasan, Teacher from Aadhankodu.
Then we have Sage Agastya, who is recorded as having received Tamil from Lord Shiva.
Agastya is considered to be the Co founder of Tamil Language along with Lord Shiva and his first grammar Agathiyam is lost to us. INDIRIndira
Then there is another Tamil grammar work, Aindiram, reported to be written by Maya, the Architect of the Devas.
This could be the reason for Tamil presence in Atlantis which is regarded to have been built by Maya.
This is also lost.
There is also a view that Aindiram was By Indira , Chief of Devas.
Agastya us dated around 5000 BC, based on Star Canopus, called Agastya Nakshatra in Tamil by the Siddhas.
Based on the same star movement and tectonic shift of the earth’s plate, date of Shiva Uma marriage and Shiva’s ordering Agastya to move over to South, this date can be pushed back to forty lakh years ago, 40,00000 years!
Thiruvannaamalai, Tamil Nadu, India is dated by archeology, to be 3.94 billion years old and it is the abode of Lord Shiva and the the mountain that exists in all the Yugas, aeons.
Then one finds the age of Lord Nataraja, form of Shiva at Jwalapuram, Cuddappah, Andhra Pradesh (or Telengana ) ‘India to be 74,000 years old as validated by Mount Toba’ s emissions.
There is a million year old advanced Tamil Civilization site in Chennai.
The archaeological remains of Poompukaar, Tamil is dated 30,000 years!
So the antiquity of Tamil and Sanskrit go back to vast stretches of Time.
So I gave up trying to find out which is older, Tamil or Sanskrit, with the conviction that both go back to very vast stretches of Time, both quote each other.
As to the origin of Sanskrit, it is from Shiva’s Damaru, a musical instrument, adorned by Shiva.
The sound of Damaru created Sanskrit and it was compiled as Maheswara Suktha.
This was revealed to Panini and Agastya.
IT may be noted that Agastya is the father of Tamil, along with Shiva.
Panini gave Sanskrit.
As Tamil and Sanskrit seem to go way back, seem to be coexistent, the Tamil Grantha Lipi seems to be common to Sanskrit, Tamil could have been revealed by Shiva simultaneously at the time of revealing Sanskrit in the form of Maheswara Sutra.
‘The Tamil and Sanskrit Grammar are said to have been revealed simultaneously to Agasthya and Panini by Lord Shiva! Though the literary proof for this claim can be had only in the post 15th century AD period, it cannot be denied that both Tamil and Sanskrit grammar have commonality in many ways.‘( Jayasree saranathan Blog )
In his Tirumantiram, Rishi Tirumular talks of an ancient time of cold climate in India, which some conclude points to an indigenous Indian civilization extant as far back as the last ice age, 11,000 years ago, in areas that may now be submerged. It was then, he writes, that Lord Siva revealed the essential scriptures in Sanskrit and Tamil simultaneously to the body of learned scholars (verse 109). The term used by Tirumular to denote Sanskrit is ariyam (arya). The ancient indigenous people who were using this arya language to communicate among themselves were called the aryas. They never migrated into India from outside, nor to the South from the northwest.‘