Kambar (1180-1250 AD) was a Tamil poet and the author of Kamba Ramayanam.
Kambar was brought up by a farmer in Tamil Nadu. He was honoured by the Great Chola King with the title Kavi Chakravarty. He was a great scholar,and was an expert in Tamil and Sanskrit languages.
1. Kamba Ramayanam
2. Saraswati Anthati
3. Sadagopar Anthathi
5. Thirukkai Vazakkam
7. Kangai Puranam
Kambar has written the Kamba Ramayanam in a simplified manner. It contains almost all the details that were contained in Valmiki Ramayana. Kambar has written the Ramayanam in his own style, but without adding or deleting any contents from the original version of the Ramayanam. It is a great epic, and it was praised by all the kings, and by the common people. He was honoured by the kings for his great contribution to Hinduism.
Kamba Ramayana was first delivered in Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam.
In praise of Kambar, there is a popular saying, “that even the mill in his house would sing “(“Kambar veettukkattuththariyumkavipadum”) “Kamba Sutram” is a phrase used by Tamil people in their day-to-day activity.
Whenever a person finds it difficult to understand a particular subject, he will tell that there is some sort of “KAMBA SUTRAM” behind it.
The manner of penning poems by him is magnificent. Within a short period of time, he will be able to write a number of poems.
Kambar was also a great devotee of Lord Shiva, Goddess Saraswathi along with other gods. He was an admirer of Hinduism. He was well versed in all ancient Vedas, Puranas and other divine religious texts. He also lived a noble life and respected others. Let us worship this great “DIVINE POET”and seek his blessings, for getting good knowledge in all the subjects similar to him. Let us praise his name and be blessed.
“OM SREE KAVI CHAKRAVARTHY KAMBARE NAMAHA”
“JAI SREE RAM”