The Marudhu Pandiyar brothers (Periya Marudhu and Chinna Marudhu) ruled Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu towards the end of the 18th century. The Marudhu brothers were the first to issue a proclamation of independence from the colonial British rule from Trichy Thiruvarangam Temple, Tamil Nadu on 10 June 1801, more than 56 years before what is generally said to be the First War of Indian Independence which broke out mainly in Northern India in the year 1857.
The Marudhu brothers were the sons of Udayar Thevar alias Mookiah Palaniappan Thevar and Anandayer alias Ponnathal.Marudhu Pandiyar, the Elder was born on 15.12.1748 in a small hamlet called Narikkudi near Aruppukkottai in then Ramnad principal state (now Virudhunagar district). In 1753 the younger Marudhu Pandiyar was born in Ramnad. Their father, Udayar Thevar, as the General in the Ramnad state milihitary and he shifted his family to Virudhunagar from Narikkudi.
The Marudhu brothers were trained in native martial arts at Surankottai which traditionally served as a training centre for the Ramnad state army.
The Raja of Sivagangai, a principal state near Ramnad, Muthu Vaduganadhathevar came to know of their brave and courageous deeds and requested the Ramnad king to assign them to serve the Sivaganga state army.
The Marudhu Pandiyars ,war leader sivanandi and many of their family members were captured at Cholapuram they were infamously hanged at same time in the Fort of Tirupputhur (Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu) on the English month of October 24, 1801.
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