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Rajarajapuram, Viradapuram
Statue of Amaravathy, Dharapuram
Statue of Amaravathy, Dharapuram
Dharapuram is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°44′N 77°31′E / 10.73°N 77.52°E / 10.73; 77.52Coordinates: 10°44′N 77°31′E / 10.73°N 77.52°E / 10.73; 77.52
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Tirupur
 • Type First Grade Municipality
 • Body Dharapuram Municipality
Elevation 245 m (804 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 67,007
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 638656, 638657
STD Code 04258
Vehicle registration TN 78
Website municipality.tn.gov.in/dharapuram/

Dharapuram (also known as Rajarajapuram by the Cholas,[1] is a town in Tirupur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Dharapuram is one of the oldest towns in Tiruppur District[2] and was the capital of Kongu Nadu under Kongu Cholas, at which time it was known as Vanchipuri.[3] Amaravathi River flows through the town.[4] As of 2011, the town had a population of 67,007.

Early history[edit]

Dharapuram was part of the Chera kingdom until 850 A.D. From 1000 A.D. to 1275 A.D., the area was ruled by the Kongu Cholas who renamed Dharapuram as Vanchipuri. The Cholan capital was under attack by a hitherto unknown group in South India, called Kalabhars. As a result, the Kongu Cholas made Dharapuram their military and political headquarters.[5] The Thanjavur Cholas named the city as Rajarajapuram. After 1276 A.D. the Pandyan empire took control of the region. The Muslims (Modern Sulthans) ruled next, after which the Nayaks of Madurai ruled. They were followed by Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan. In 1799, when Tippu fell to the British, the East Indian Company took over administration of this region.

The Viradapuram Raja built a fort in the heart of Vanchipuri. The Muslims (Modern Sulthans) ruled next, after which the Nayaks of Madurai ruled. They were followed by Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan. In 1799, when Tippu fell to the British, the East Indian Company took over administration of this region. The British stationed their military camp in Therpatti on the Palani road, regularly practicing rifle firing in the Kannimar Hills. The buildings that were used by them are sill remains there in the village. Which is 10KM from dharapuram. The ancient foundry of the Chera, Kongu Nadu (Kollan Pattari), is also found in the same village. Kollan pattari is now named as kollapatti.

Dharapuram and Coimbatore gained the status of Municipality on the same day. The town has attained the status of a Municipality in the year 1916[6] and it was promoted to first grade municipality on May 9, 1983.[6] Dharapuram Town is situated along 9.62 km2 of the bank of River Amaravathi. Under British control, Dharapuram was the capital of South Noyyal District, and Bhavani was the capital of North Noyyal District. Now Tiruppur district has taken the leadership role.


According to 2011 census, Dharapuram had a population of 65,007 with a sex-ratio of 1,045 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[7] A total of 5,048 were under the age of six, constituting 2,566 males and 2,482 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 21.48% and .1% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 80.4%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[7] The town had a total of 15842 households. There were a total of 23,722 workers, comprising 506 cultivators, 1,227 main agricultural labourers, 652 in house hold industries, 17,553 other workers, 3,784 marginal workers, 51 marginal cultivators, 697 marginal agricultural labourers, 204 marginal workers in household industries and 2,832 other marginal workers.[8]

Geography and climate[edit]

Dharapuram is located at 10°44′N 77°31′E / 10.73°N 77.52°E / 10.73; 77.52.[9] It has an average elevation of 245 metres (803 feet). It is strategically located in the line of Palakkad pass which provides the wind that activates the town's numerous windmills. The area has a significant water shortage.The town features a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification;BSh).

Climate data for Dharapuram
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 19
Average precipitation mm (inches) 16
Source: Dharapuram Municipality


The Amaravathi river is one of the very special rivers in South India coz the flow from the south to north is (Amaravathi reaches their fall in Lord Shiva's foot Himalaya) is notified. Uppar River, Nallathankal River, Palar (of palani) all join at the river Amaravathi. The temples and village on the banks of the river Amaravathi show the ancient history.

Arulmigu Agastheeswarar Temple, gathiyar to pothigai to make the earth equilibrium . On the way to pothigai , Agathiyar stayed at Dharapuram. He send his follower's to kasi to bring ' sivalinga'. They make dalay and not return in time.Meantime , Agathiyar formed 'Linga' by Amaravathi river's Band and prayed lord siva so, this temple's god called as "Agastheeswarar". Panja pandavar's prayed this god Agastheeswarar at their hidden life period . This temple has the importance of place, Theertham (holy water),and god grace.

It also includes the Kadu Hanumantharaya Swami Temple, which is one of the sacred temples for Lord Hanuman. This is one of the Akila Bharatha Madwa Shekthram. Every year the devotees celebrate the month of May car festival, called Narashimma Jeyanthi Day. In Tamil Nadu the Hanumath Jayanthi (Lord Anjaneya Swami's Date of Birth) is celebrated on the new moon day of the Markazhi month.

Inside of the famous Bhagavan Kovil
The world famous Bhagavan kovil near Dharapuram.

Bhagavan Koil which is very famous and Ugadhi is celebrated here in April, nearer to temple there is tourist attraction Nallathankal dam and A Siva temple known as Eswaran Malai sits on a small hill very close to Nallathangal Dam at Ponnivadi village. Ugathi function is celebrated on every year at the day of Telugu new year. 3 days function is going well on every year. Special buses operate during the festival from Dharapuram, Oddanchathram and Mulanur.

Shri Angalamman temple is also very familiar for all community which is located at Ponnivadi. Ponnivadi is 15 km away from Dharapuram. The Sevvaya kulam people celebrate Ugadhi every year in this temple.

Kottai Mariamman Temple in the bank of Amaravathy River near Sankarandampalayam is very famous for cures of eye problems. Sri Rathinamoorthy Samy temple is near by to Kottai Mariamman temple, Thean Easwaran Temple and Sri Periya Nachiamman Temple are also situated on the same river Bank near the village "Kothanoor" (Kotrai Nadu)

Konguvadukanatha Swami (Bairavar) with Siva, ShivakamiAmman, Perumal and Murugan is very ancient and very famous. It is situated in Kundadam on Coimbatore Road. Saint Kongu Siddhar lived around Oothiyur hill. Konganar siddhar has visited this hill, Shiva temple is in the hill and nearby Vatta malai.

'Chakrathalvar Koil in bank of the river Amaravathi at Athukalputhur is also famous temple for God Chakrathalvar. It has a uppar dam which situated 10 km west of city.

Mamangam koil with sivalingam, amman, ganesh temple is very ancient and famous it is situated in kanchipuram (suriyanallure) on Coimbatore Road. For every 12 years, there was well in temple it will overflow automatically with yellow coloured water. It was very special in that temple. This temple was built in the period of ramayanam. The lingam in that temple was built by sita during the vanavasam. Shri Kaliamman Temple located in Angitholuvu is also a famous temple and having Perumal Temple nearby, which is a lotus-like construction (looks like god is inside lotus). It is located about 15 km from the city.


The following are the major highways connecting Dharapuram:

Dharapuram is well connected by moffusil bus services to many major towns and cities in Tamil Nadu like Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Madurai, Erode, Thiruchirapalli, Karur, Dindigul, Palani, Thoothukudi, Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Theni, Ooty and Kodaikanal. Buses are available to all these cities 24 hours. There are buses which connect Dharapuram with other parts of Tamil Nadu. Dharapuram to Chennai Direct Bus Available (SETC and Private AC sleeper Non AC). There is no Train facility. The nearest railway station is Palani (35 km). The nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport (80 km).


A number of schools and colleges are situated in and around Dharapuram. And there are various Other facilities Also In Dharapuram.


Agriculture is the primary industry in Dharapuram. There are Textile (Spinning or Cotton) Mills, Paddy(Thai Nel) farm (Supply to around Tamilnadu). Rice Mills, Oil Processing Plants,Lot of Bricks work around Dharapuram, Big Lorry Market, Famous vegetables Market(Onion Tomato & Chilly), Automobiles and Finance.

Administration and politics[edit]

Dharapuram has been reserved constituency from 1967 to still day. The assembly constituency (SC) is part of Erode (Lok Sabha constituency).[10] K. Ponnusamy is a present member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from the Dharapuram constituency.[11] He represents the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party.

Dharapuram Revenue division below

1. Dharapuram Taluk
2. Kangeyam Taluk

Notable personalities[edit]


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