Damarla Chennapa Nayakadu

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Damarla Chennapa Nayakadu
దామర్ల చెనప్ప నాయకుడు
Successor Damerla Venkatadri Nayak
Born Chennapa Nayakudu

Damarla Chennapa Nayakadu a.k.a. Chennapa Naiker; was the Nayakudu of Vandavasi who served as a general under Sriranga Deva Raya of the Aravidu Dynasty. He gave some of his land to British for starting east India company. During the tenure of M.Karunadhi as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the Capital city of Tamil Nadu Madras was renamed Chennai in honour of Chennapa Naikudu.

He had three sons, Venkata, Ayyappa and Anka. His sons Venkata and Ayyappa were Nayaks of Vandavasi and Poonamallee[1][2].


  1. ^ p.1112, A Comprehensive History of India: The Delhi Sultanat, A.D. 1206-1526, Mohammad Habib and Khaliq Ahmad Nizami, 1970
  2. ^ p. 27, History of the City of Madras, Chidambaram S. Srinivasachari, Chidambaram S. Srinivasachari (Dewan Bahadur) - 1939

Further reading[edit]

  • Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman, Sanjay Subrahmanyam. Symbols of substance : court and state in Nayaka period Tamilnadu (Delhi ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998) ; xix, 349 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm. ; Oxford India paperbacks ; Includes bibliographical references and index ; ISBN 0-19-564399-2.
  • K.A. Nilakanta Sastry, History of South India, From Prehistoric times to fall of Vijayanagar, 1955, OUP, (Reprinted 2002) ISBN 0-19-560686-8.