Ilango Adigal

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Ilango Adigal
Ilango Adigal
Ilango Adigal
Born 2nd century CE
Dynasty Chera
Father Nedum Cheralathan
Statue of Ilango Adigal at Marina Beach, Chennai

Ilango Adigal was a Chera prince from the 2nd century AD/CE, who is the author of Silappatikaram, one of the five great epics of Tamil literature.[1] Ilango was the brother of Kodungallur - or Muziris-based Chera king Cheran Chenguttuvan or Cheralathana Chenguttavan. According to a legend, an astrologer predicted that he would become the ruler of the land and to obviate such a happening, especially when his elder brother the rightful heir was alive, the prince became a monk taking the name of Ilango Adigal.[2][3] There are also claims that Ilango Adigal was a contemporary of Sattanar, the author of Manimekalai.[4]


Ilango Adigal was a Jain prince of the third century CE.[5]


  1. ^ Rosen, Elizabeth S. (1975). "Prince LLango Adigal, Shilappadikaram (The anklet Bracelet), translated by Alain Damelou. Review.". Artibus Asiae. 37 (1/2): 148–150. doi:10.2307/3250226. JSTOR 3250226. 
  2. ^ Mohan Lal (2006) The Encyclopaedia Of Indian Literature (Volume Five (Sasay To Zorgot), Volume 5 Sahitya Akademi. 8126012218 p. 4098
  3. ^ K. A. Nilakanta Sastry, A history of South India, pp 397
  4. ^ Manimekalai, tells the story of Manimekalai, the daughter of Kovala(n and Madavi.
  5. ^ Adigal 1965, p. VIII.


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