Aindhamudhu, a small speck in a mighty ocean is a tribute to five great Tamil epics - Aimperum Kaappiyam. These literary works described below are invaluable sources that bring to the fore the subtlety of these works par excellence of Tamil culture.
Jeevaka Chintamani by Thiruthakka Thevar, a 9th century poet, is a story of man's journey and understanding of his outstanding prowess, personality, valour, generosity and beauty that are admired and revered by all.
Kundalakesi by Nathakuthanaar is a fragmentary epic containing references to Buddhism (Buddhist Monk Bhik ṣuni). But for a few verses that are mentioned in other literary works, this epic is now lost. The recovered verses are advisory in nature and do not reveal the plot of the epic.
Valaiyapathi is fragmentary epic dating back to the 9th and 10th century. Few verses from the epic are cited in other Tamil literary works and these versus enunciate the virtuous actions that human beings should follow.
Silapadhikaram is attributed to Elango Adigal, a poet prince of the 3rd century. This epic literally explains the inexorable work of fate - despite being innocent, the hero Kovalan is punished by the King of Pandya. Kannagi, who is regarded as a symbol of chastity, goes on to prove Kovalan's innocence and the queen of Pandya loses her life along with the king, when the king realizes his mistake of wrongfully punishing Kovalan.
Manimekalai is the twin epic of Silapadhikaram and is written by Sithalai Sattanar. The epic speaks in grandeur and glory about Buddhism in India and also reveals the position of women during the Sangam age. The protagonist, Manimekalai, is instructed in the various truths expounded by the teachers of different faiths.