Markkaal in the Tradition of Ancient Tamils Metrology

பழந்தமிழர் அளவையியல் மரபில் மரக்கால்

  • A Raja Head, Department of Museum, Tamil University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Marakkaal in history and mythology, Marakkaal in rituals, Marakkaal in Worship and cultural practices, Mukaththalalavai – Marakkaal, Marakkaal in social use


Agriculture was the primary occupation in the life of the ancient Tamils. The mugatha lalavai measuring tool used to measure the resulting grains of paddy is marakkaal. This instrument is one of the most ancient metrological tools of the Tamils. The purpose of this article is to explore and explain the development and singificance of Marakkaal in religious, ritualistic belief and practices in the society.

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