By Swami Harshananda
Tāmraparni is a sacred river born in the Mahendra or Malaya mountains. It was flowing towards the sea. It is perhaps the river of the same name found in the Tinnevelli district of Tamil Nadu. Even gods used to perform tapas on its banks in the olden days. Megasthanes has referred to it. The Girnar Inscription of Aśoka (272-232 B. C.) mentions it. Its bed used to have pearls in abundance. This is also the name of the she-elephant in the southern direction (diggaja) carrying the earth.
- Megasthanes lived in 302-288 B. C.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore