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The Marudhu brothers (Periya Marudhu and Chinna Marudhu) were chieftains of Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu, India, towards the end of the 18th century. They were known for fighting against the East India Company. They were finally hanged by the British after a prolonged struggle.
Periya and Chinna Marudhu, sons of Mookiah Palaniappan Servai , and Anandayer, also known as Ponnathal.
In 1782, Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah, (the Nawab of Arcot) had killed Muthuvaduganatha Thevar over his refusal to pay taxes. However Marudhu Pandiyar and Queen Velunachiyar escaped, and stayed with Gopala Nayak in Virupakshipuram for 7 years. After this time, an alliance of kingdoms led by the Pandiyar attacked Sivagangai and retook it in 1789. Both Maruthu Pandiyar were given high positions in the kingdom.
They were good at aerodynamics and craftsmanship and is said to have invented the Valari, a variant of the boomerang. They were in close association with Veerapandiya Kattabomman of Panchalankurichi Seemai. Kattabomman held frequent consultations with Marudhus. After the execution of Kattabomman in 17 October 1799 at Kayattar, Chinna Marudhu gave asylum to Kattabomman's brother Maveeran Oomadurai.
The Marudhu Pandiyars, planned to war against British empire for India's independence. They gave the protection to Velunachiyar from the British empire. They along with the war leader Sivagangai and many of their family members, were captured at Cholapuram and were killed at Thirupatur. They were hanged in the fort of Tirupputhur, which is now Sivaganga district, Tamil Nadu, on 24 October 1801. The burial of Maruthu padiyar is located at Sivagangai .
Maruthu Brothers are good in aerodynamics and invented many variants of spears and Valari. They also founded guerilla war tactic in India during the early stages of colonization. A commemorative postage stamp was released in October 2004. Every year people conduct Maruthu Pandiar Guru Puja at the Kalayakoil temple in October.
A film was done about their lives in 1959: Sivagangai Seemai .
- Indian independence activist
- Mamannargal .maruthupandiargal
- Kalayar Kovil
- Maruthupandiar varalaru Tamil
- Maveeran Oomaithurai Nayakar
- Rani Velu Nachiar
- Maveeran Veerapandiya Kattabomma Nayakar
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