KANNAKI AND KOVALAN EPISODE
the immortal tales adorning the pages of history, the Kannaki Kovalan's story
occupies an important place, and has been shining resplendent like pole star
since its occurrence. All the genres of literature justified their existence in
eulogising the chastity, the ideal of Bharatanari exemplified and demonstrated
by this immortal woman.
Kings and institutions seemed vied with one another in
perpetuating their adorable life by erecting monuments, staging entertainments
and holding fairs. Tamil Nadu topped the list and succeeded
to projecting the glory of the Indian womanhood in an inimitable way.
Poompuhar Memorial is a standing tribute that brought them fame, and divinity to
the couple. Kerala, where Kannaki committed self immolation is also honoured in
an outstanding manner by the then imperial monarch Senguttuvan, by not only
immortalizing her in literature, but installing her image in a temple in the
presence of emperors and illustrious men of his day like the King of Ceylon.