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Aathiyandal is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 12°00′00″N 79°05′47″E / 12.00000°N 79.09639°E / 12.00000; 79.09639Coordinates: 12°00′00″N 79°05′47″E / 12.00000°N 79.09639°E / 12.00000; 79.09639
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Villupuram
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 606754
Vehicle registration TN 15
Nearest city Chennai, Salem, Trichy.
Lok Sabha constituency Kallakurichi
Vidhan Sabha constituency Rishivandiyam

Athiyandal is a village located in Tirukkoyilur, Taulk in Villupuram District in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is about 18 km from the town of Thiruvannamalai.


Festivals are held in the village during the Tamil months of Karthikai; Thai (Makar Jyothi of Ayyappan) and Masi and Panguni (Panguni Uthiram is considered the birthday of Ayyanar). Usually the deity Murugan (Krishna) is worshipped within the temple, but on the day of the festival likenesses of the deities are taken through the streets so that all the locals can see them. Three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures, are pulled through the streets. Generally, a mass assembly of large a number of related family members is organized during the spring for a period of 2 to 3 days. The annual festival is traditionally opened with the hoisting of a flag. After this time, villagers neither can neither leave nor enter the village.

The Koothu performers dance and recite songs and narrations, which often end with moral quotes.


Athiyandal is heavily dependent on monsoon rains, and is therefore prone to droughts should the monsoons fail. The climate of the village ranges from dry sub-humid to semi-arid. The village has three distinct periods of rainfall:

  1. The advancing monsoon period, South West monsoon (from June to September), with strong south-westerly winds.
  2. North East monsoon (from October to December), with dominant north-easterly winds.
  3. Dry season (from January to May).

The normal annual rainfall in the village is about 945 mm (37.2 in), about 48% of which falls during the North East monsoon, and 32% during the South West monsoon. As the village is entirely dependent on rains for recharging its water resources, monsoon failures can lead to acute water scarcity and severe drought. Temples:

   *mariyamman temple
   *murugar temple
   *ayyanar temple


1.Name of School: GOVT HIGH SCHOOL 2.School ID: 41632 3.Name of Habitation: Athiyandal
4.Category of School: Upper Primary 5.Classification of School: Govt. Aided 6.Address: Panchayat Union High School


Athiyandal assembly constituency is part of Rishivandiyam(Assembly constituency).

Assembly Duration Winner Party Runner-up Party Margin Constituency Chief Minister
Sixth 1971-77 A. G. Padmavathi DMK K. A. Ranganathan NCO 19,139 Mugaiyur M. Karunanidhi(2)
Sixth 1977-80 G. Rangothaman AIADMK M. Shanmugam DMK 13,283 Mugaiyur M. G. Ramachandran
Seventh 1980-84 R. Sundaramurthy INC(I) G. Ragothuman AIADMK 7,601 Mugaiyur M. G. Ramachandran(2)
Eighth 1984-89 M. Chandrasekar AIADMK A. G. Sampath DMK 14,735 Mugaiyur M. G. Ramachandran(3)Janaki Ramachandran
Ninth 1989-91 A. G. Sampath DMK M. Longan INC(I) 13,986 Mugaiyur M. Karunanidhi(3)
Tenth 1991-96 R. Savithiri Ammal AIADMK A. G. Sampath DMK 25,420 Mugaiyur J. Jayalalithaa
Eleventh 1996-01 A. G. Sampath DMK T. M. Aranganathan AIADMK 41,596 Mugaiyur M. Karunanidhi(4)
Twelfth 2001-06 G. Gothandaraman AIADMK A. G. Sampath DMK 10,341 Mugaiyur O. PanneerselvamJ. Jayalalithaa(2)
Thirteenth 2006-2011 V. A. T. Kaliyavarathan PMK Sinthanai Selvan VCK 8,457 Mugaiyur M. Karunanidhi(5)
Fourteenth 2011-16 Vijayakanth DMDK S. Sivaraj INC 30,795 Rishivandiyam J. Jayalalithaa(3)