Sanskrit shows no affinity to dravidian, unlike european languges even though dravidian being in its vicinity, is there any purana which discusses the differences between north-south india, or its totally alien languages in contrast to sanskrit? How did south indian languges came to be.

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    I think is already asked once and deleted because it was off-topic. This is a language question and nothing to do with religion. Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 2:19
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    Puranas do describe places like Srisailam, Kanchi, Venkatachala (Varaha kshetra and Tirumala), Rameswaram and many other places, Andhra, Dravida are mentioned at several places. Dravida = dravya+vida which itself is sanskrit. Your question has many assumptions.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 4:27
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    @Sarvabhouma "does hindu scripture discuss"
    – Anisha
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 7:16
  • @Anisha I know. I am sure about it. Same question was asked. It was "What do Hindu scriptures say about Dravidians and Dravidian languages" and it was off-topic and now it "Does Hindu scriptures discuss". It is a language question and a history question which is off-topic for the site. It is more apt for [history]. I can ask about every language putting What do HIndu scriptures say in the beginning. Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 12:21

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Here is a partial answer.

The Dravida word itself is a Sanskrit word as said by The Destroyer.

In Manu Smriti Dravida is simply mentioned as the name of a Vratya caste who used to be originally Kshatriyas but due to non-performance of Samskaras and sacred rites attained the Vratya status.

10.21. But from a Vratya (of the) Brahmana (caste) spring the wicked Bhriggakantaka, the Avantya, the Vatadhana, the Pushpadha, and the Saikha.

10.22. From a Vratya (of the) Kshatriya (caste), the Ghalla, the Malla, the Likkhivi, the Nata, the Karana, the Khasa, and the Dravida

To understand what this term Vratya means see the following verse from the same text:

10.20. Those (sons) whom the twice-born beget on wives of equal caste, but who, not fulfilling their sacred duties, are excluded from the Savitri, one must designate by the appellation Vratyas.

Regarding mentions of Dravida Desha, probably such mentions are found in Puranas like Bhagavata Purana (unable to find the exact verse now).

Here is a reference from the Bhavishya Purana:

After the demise of Vikramaditya of the Golden Age in Bharat, there were as many as eighteen Kingdoms named Indraprastha, Panchaala, Kurukshetra, Kampila, Antarvedi, Vraja, Ajmer, Marudhanva (Mawaad), Gurjara ( Gujarat), Maharashtra, Dravida (Tamilnadu), Kalinga (Orissa), Avanti (Ujjain), Udupa (Andhra), Banga, Gauda, Magadha and Kaushalya.

  • Does any hindu scripture talk about dravidian lamguages, which are different then even prakrits.
    – Anisha
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 6:02
  • I am not aware whether Hindu scriptures do that or not.. but dravida desha probably is mentioned. @Anisha
    – Rickross
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 6:04
  • okay, so does hindu scripture mention language families? Christians have the tower of babel myth, is there any myth mentioning how difference in languages came to be?
    – Anisha
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 6:50
  • You can also say about places mentioned in Skanda Purana. Arunachala (Arunachala mahatmyam)(Tiruvannamalai), Kanchi (Place of Kamakshi), Rameswaram (setu mahatmyam), Venkatachala Mahatmyam (Varaha Kshetra and Tirumala Venkateswara)
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 6:59
  • "Does any hindu scripture talk about dravidian lamguages, which are different then even prakrits. – Anisha" No Hindu scriptures generally won't talk about languages. It is languages which talk about Hinduism. No language is superior to other languages. There are many who met the highest positions with god in different language other than Sanskrit(the language you mentioned). Language is tool to meet god. There are other animals(not humans) who reached highest position in Hinduism. Do they know Sanskrit? Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 7:50

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