All Fan Questions about Ponniyin Selvan Answered

Last updated on 29 April 2023.

Ponniyin Selvan is, maybe, the most popular story in Tamil culture. But there are so many questions from books and movies that fans want an answer. 

Ponniyin Selvan Unanswered Questions

After reading 5 books and watching the 2 movies by Mani Ratnam, let’s look at some of the most asked questions about Ponniyin Selvan:

NOTE: This article is answered each question according to books, which are historic fiction.

Is Ponniyin Selvan a true story?

Ponniyin Selvan is partly a true story. The basic plot of the Kalki’s books including Aditya’s death and Arulmozhi’s sacrifice is true and Chola Dynasty actually existed. But the characters like Nandini Devi and the love story are fictional and added by the writer.

However, the ending of PS movies was changed from the books.

Who is the wife of Ponniyin Selvan?

Ponniyin Selvan was the name given to Chola prince Arulmozhi Varman, who was also later titled Ponniyin Selvan. According to the epic books by Kalki, Ponniyin Selvan marries Vanathi in the story. 

Who is the main hero of Ponniyin Selvan?

Vandiyadevan in Ponniyin Selvan

The main hero of the Ponniyin Selvan novels is Vallavaraiyan Vandiyadevan. He is the character through which we explore most plot points around different characters. Even writer Kalki Krishnamurthy calls him the hero of the story once in the books.

Who is Nandini lover in Ponniyin Selvan?

Nandini Devi was loved by Aditya Karikalan in the books, but she married Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar to use his power to destroy the Chola Kingdom. Also, it was thought that Veerpandyan also was liked her, but it was later revealed that she was his daughter.

Even Nandini loved Aditya which we can see from the fact that she hesitated while killing him.

Who is Nandini’s father and mother?

Nandini Devi was the daughter of Veerpandyan and Mandakini Devi. It was also in the novels as well as shown in Mani Ratnam’s movies. Veerpandyan abducted Mandakini Devi and then she gave birth to her.

And no, Nandini never married her father. It was just understood by Aditya Karikalan.

Who is Nandini’s twin?

Madhuranthakan  and Nandini

Nandini’s twins were actually Madhuranthakan. Their mother was Mandakini but her kids were taken by Sembiyan Devi, who switched her boy with her.

What is Nandini’s birth secret?

Nandini was the child of Mandakini Devi but later left to a priest to be raised. She then met Veerpandyan and took care of her. Nandini’s secret was later revealed that she was the daughter of Veerpandyan.

However, before all this, there was confusion that Sundara Chola might be her father.

Who is Umai Rani?

Umai Rani of mute queen is Mankadini Devi. She fell in love with Sundara Chola but later married Veerpandyan. She also saved Ponniyin Selvan from the sea and later took care of him many times while in Ilangai.

Why did Karikalan not marry Nandini?

Nandini Devi was the daughter of Veerpandyan. It was also in the novels as well as shown in Mani Ratnam’s movies. Veerpandyan abducted Mandakini Devi and then she gave birth to her.

And no, Nandini never married her father, but it was just misunderstood by Aditya Karikalan.

Why does Nandini hate Cholas?

Nandini was angry with Cholas for two reasons: First, she was separated from her love Aditya because she was just a normal girl who wanted to marry a prince. Second, Aditya declined her request to forgive Veerpandyan.

Did Poonguzhali love Arulmozhi Varman?

Poonguzhali in Ponniyin Selvan

Poonguzhali or Samudra Kumari was in love with Arulmzohi and even he also has affection for her. However, when Poonghuzhali saw that her aunt Mandakini Devi was cheated by Sundara Chola, she dropped the idea of marrying a royal prince.

What happened to Vandiyadevan after Ponniyin Selvan?

Vandiyadevan was in love with Princess Kundavai Devi and married her also as well as served the Chola kingdom.

Who was Manimegalai in Ponniyin Selvan movie?

The character of Manimegalai was not in Ponniyin Selvan’s movie and her story was completely removed. In the books, she was the brother of Kandanmaran and was going to get married to Vandiyadevan. 

Who killed Aditya in Ponniyin Selvan?

The death of Aditya Karikalan was a mystery in history and also left unanswered in the books.  Even it was not clearly shown in the movies.

Vandiyadevan was caught, but later Periya Pazhuvettaraiyar took the blame from him to save the boy. He later admitted that he was not the one. Then, Nandini was a suspect but if she cried after Aditya, we might say she also didn’t do it.

Then we have only one option left, either Pandya conspirators like Ravidasan killed him or Aditya did it to himself.


So now I might have answered some of the most asked fan questions about Ponniyin Selvan’s storyline. If you have any more doubts, you should definitely read the books at least once in your lifetime!

And if you don’t know who I am? I am Ranish Chauhan a.k.a. Fulmino Fan, and I love Marvel & DC Superheroes and Sci-Fi movies. You can also check my YouTube channel for amazing videos in Hindi.

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