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Rani Velu Nachiyar Rani
Chieftain of Sivagangai
Reign c. 1760-c. 1790[citation needed]
Successor British Rule
Father Chellamuthu Alias Regunatha Sethupathy
Mother Sakkanthi-Muthathal Nachiyar
Born 3 January 1730
Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu, India
Died c. 1790
Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu, India
Religion Hinduism

Rani Velu Nachiyar was an 18th-century chieftain of Sivagangai village.

Her life[edit]

She was the the daughter of chieftain Chellamuthu Sethupathy. When her husband Muthuvaduganathaperiya Udaiyathevar was killed, she was drawn into battle. Her husband and his second wife were killed by a few British soldiers and the son of the Nawab of Arcot. She escaped with her daughter, lived under the protection of Hyder Ali at Virupachi near Dindigul for eight years.[1] During this period she formed an army and sought an alliance with Gopala Nayaker and Hyder Ali with the aim of attacking the British. In 1780 Velu Nachiyar fought the east india company traders. When Velu Nachiyar finds the place where the British stock their ammunition, she builds the first human bomb. A faithful follower, Kuyili douses herself in oil, lights herself and walks into the storehouse.[2] Rani Velu Nachiyar formed a woman's army named “udaiyaal” in honour of her adopted daughter — Udaiyaal, who died detonating a British arsenal. Nachiar was one of the few rulers who regained her kingdom and ruled it for 10 more years.[3]


  1. ^ "Uphill, for history’s sake". The Hindu (India). 24 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "Of woman power and Tamizh glory". IBN Live (Chennai, India). 14 June 2011. 
  3. ^ The Hindu - 14-Aug-2010

See also[edit]

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:00:00 -0700

... memorials for Tamil martyr Sankaralinganar, Veerapandia Kattabomman, John Pennycuick , who constructed the Mullaperiyar dam, and for Karikala Cholan besides memorials for Dheeran Chinnamalai, Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar and Veerathai Kuyili.
The Hindu
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 17:19:23 -0700

When Monica Ravi, a Tamil settled in Minnesota in the US, called the chief of Oviyam Dance Academy, V. Sriram Sharma, and said she had named her newborn after Velu Nachiyar, the 18th century Indian queen, the later went speechless and broke into ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:00:00 -0700

The Varnam Erode Vizha also encompasses conduct of an eye-check camp, blood donation camp, health check up, health tips, and food show. Velu Nachiyar - Multi theatre show, a flagship evt of Varnam Erode Vizha 2015 will be held on August 29.
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:33:13 -0700

Those 400 great Tamil freedom fighters who were hanged in a single day by the British for demanding independence and those like Velu Nachiyar, Rani Gaidinliu, who fought to free India from the foreign yoke may find little or no mention in the highly ...
The Hindu
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:00:00 -0700

He added that the present Government also announced memorials for Velu Nachiyar and Sankaralingam, completed its construction and inaugurated them. “The memorial for Ondiveeran has not been taken seriously,” he said. The demonstrators urged the ...
Business Standard
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:30:32 -0700

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated a memorial of Rani Velu Nachiyar and a monument of Veerathai Kuili at Soorakulam village in Sivaganga district through video conferenceing. While the Rani Velu Nachiar memorial was built at a cost of Rs 60 lakh ...
The Hindu
Fri, 02 Nov 2012 23:20:21 -0700

The government will build a memorial for freedom fighter and queen of Sivaganga, Velu Nachiyar, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly on Friday. She made the announcement following a request from CPI deputy leader M. Gunasekaran, ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:21:45 -0700

At the entrance is a bronze statue of Rani Velu Nachiyar. The walls whisper many a story of battles fought, lost and won by the Marava kings in the 18th Century. The palace was built in 1730 by Sasivarna Thevar, the first king of the Sivagangai kingdom.

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