Muppandal

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Muppandal
முப்பந்தல்
Aralvoimozhi
village
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District KANYAKUMARI
Languages
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Muppandal is a small village on the southern tip of India in Kanyakumari District, in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is located in a hilly region where wind from the Arabian Sea gusts through mountain passes.[1]

There is a legend that Avvaiyar had arranged for a marriage, to which she invited the sovereigns of the Chera, Chola and Pandya kingdoms. This is located in between Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Highway (NH), The most nearer college from muppandal is Jayamatha Engineering College The kings erected pandals (mandapams) in the respective places allotted to them and this eventually led to the place being called Muppandal (meaning 'three pandals').

Wind power[edit]

Aralvaimozhy railway station with a view of wind farm

The once-impoverished village benefited from the building of the nearby Muppandal wind farm, a renewable energy source, which supplies the villagers with electricity for work.[2][3] The village had been selected as the showcase for India's $2 billion clean energy program which provides foreign companies with tax breaks for establishing fields of wind turbines in the area. Coordinates - [8°15'39"N 77°32'55"E]. Now huge power-producing windmills tower over the palm trees. The village has attracted wind energy producing companies creating thousands of new jobs, dramatically raising the incomes of villagers.[1]

The suitability of Muppandal as a site for wind farms stems from its geographical location as it has access to the seasonal monsoon winds.[2]

Now there are more sites identified for windmills around this area (Muppandal and surroundings) and wind energy generation capacity is estimated to be around 1500 MW, which is about 20% of that of India. [4]

Shrine[edit]

In Muppandal, there is an image of Avvaiyar in the temple dedicated to the poet. According to tradition, this is the spot where she died.[5] Avvaiyar was actually not one but several women. An unmarried woman who devoted herself to higher learning was respectfully called 'Auvvai' in ancient Tamil society during the Sangam era.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wind power boosts Southern Indian economy". Aljazeera.net. November 2, 2003. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Tapping the Wind - India". February 2005. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  3. ^ Watts, Himangshu (November 11, 2003). "Clean Energy Brings Windfall to Indian Village". Reuters News Service. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  4. ^ Watts, Tamilnadu (August 23, 2007). "Massive Wind Turbine Generator". Reuters News Service. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  5. ^ Shrine for the Tamil poetess

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