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Devipattinam is located in Tamil Nadu
Devipattinam is located in India
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 9°28′37″N 78°53′46″E / 9.4770375°N 78.8960545°E / 9.4770375; 78.8960545Coordinates: 9°28′37″N 78°53′46″E / 9.4770375°N 78.8960545°E / 9.4770375; 78.8960545
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Ramanathapuram
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration tn 65

Devipattinam is a coastal village of Ramanathapuram district.,[1] Tamil Nadu, India.

Devipattinam is an ancient coastal town and a port, located in the southern Tamil Nadu. It was a flourishing sea port and a gateway to places as far as Madurai until the early 20th century. The famous pearl belt known as the Gulf of Mannar in the Bay of Bengal is dotted with small islands; Appa Tivu, Nallathanni Theevu, Shuli Tivu, Uppu Tanni Tivu, Talari Tivu and Musal Tivu. The coastal line of Devipattinam is formed by series of small bays and finest coral reefs in Thiruppaalaikudi.

The prime occupations of the people were pearl, conch, sea trade and transport. The mid-20th century saw a decline in the occupations of the people of Devipattinam. With the advent of the surface transport the Merchant Navies faded away and Devipattinam ceased to be a harbour and port. The cultured pearl industry and the mindless dragnet fishing that destroyed the coral reefs, choked the once robust pearl trade or Muthu Salabam. The conch and coral industries declined due to new regulations and restrictions.

Devipattinam is renowned for its communal harmony. The majority of the population here is Muslim with people of other faith Hindu, Christians living together.

Devipattinam has 6 mosques. They are Chinna pallivasal, Periya pallivasal, Thaqua pallivasal, Bukhariya pallivasal, Gandhinagar pallivasal.

Devipattinam has a coastal village known as Navashabashanam. It is believed that Lord Rama worshipped Navagraha here. The temple near by here, is dedicated to Devi, who is said to have killed the demon Mahishasura at this spot. Hindus perform religious rites for their forefathers here.

The migration of the people after the decline of the marine trade and industry resulted in people exploring the other parts of the globe. Devipattinam has a large expatriate population and a very highest literary rate.[2] This enable the people of Devipattinam now span the globe and are active merchants in the Gulf, far east, Us and European markets. The younger generation is now gainfully employed a departure from its predominant merchant/trader mindset.


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