Thondaimandala Mudaliar

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Thondaimandala Mudaliar
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Tondai Nadu, Chola Nadu
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Karkathar, Saiva Vellalar, Tirunelveli Saiva Pillai, Vellalar, Tamil people

Thondaimandala Mudaliar is a caste in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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Tamil Nadu State in Southern India

Tamil Nadu, is one of the 29 states of India. Its capital and largest city is Chennai. Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. It is bounded by the Eastern Ghats on the north, by the Nilgiri Mountains, the Meghamalai Hills, and Kerala on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait on the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean on the south. The state shares a maritime border with the nation of Sri Lanka.

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Sadayappa Vallal was a wealthy 12th-century velir (chief) who had his residence at both Puduvai (Puducherry) and Thiruvenainallur in India. He was known for his philanthropic activities. He was a close friend and a patron of Kambar, the Tamil poet who wrote Kamba Ramayanam. He was also associated closely with Pararajasingam, the king of Kandy, Ceylon.

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Andaka Kaviviraraghava Mudaliar was a famous Tamil poet. He was born blind. However, he possessed a unique talent for poetry.

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Kangeyar was a Shaivite poet and ascetic who appears to have lived during 14th century. born in a Sengunthar Kaikola Mudaliar family of Tondaimandalam. He wrote Urichol Nigandu, a lexical work which is familiar to scholars. This lexicon was mentioned by Andipulavar in his Asiriya Nigandu. An edition of this work was published at Pondicherry in 1840, comprising only 220 stanzas but the one which was issued from the press at Jaffna in 1858 had 330 Stanzas. The lexical work unlike others of the kind, being written in the Venba metre and well adapted for beginners is used in the Schools.

Padikasu Pulavar is a Tamil poet who had lived during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was a native of Kalandai in Thondaimandalam. He was famous for authoring Thondaimandala Sadhakam, a poetic collection written in praise of Thondaimandala Vellalars or agriculturists. He had also authored Thandalaiyar Sadhakam. He was a court poet of Raghunatha Kilavan, first Sethupathi of Ramnad. The poet was a contemporary of Kalamega Pulavar. Ramalinga Swamigal had written a fine commentary on the invocatory song of the book, Thondamandala Sathagam, which contains one hundred songs, sung by the great poet Padikasu Pulavar.

Tiruvalluva Maalai, literally 'Garland of Valluvar', is an anthology of ancient Tamil paeans containing fifty-five verses each written by different poets praising the ancient work of the Kural and its author Valluvar. With the poets' time spanning across centuries starting from around 1st century CE, the collection is believed to have reached its present form by 11th century CE. With the historical details of the ancient philosopher and his work remaining obscure, much of the legend on the Kural and Valluvar as they are known today are chiefly from this work. The collection also reveals the name of the author of the Kural text as 'Valluvar' for the first time, as Valluvar himself composed the Kural text centuries earlier without indicating his name anywhere in his work. Reminiscing this, Monsieur Ariel, a French scholar of the 19th century, famously said of the Tirukkural thus: Ce livre sans nom, par un autre sans nom.


  1. A primer of Tamil literature, M. S. Purnalingam Pillai
  2. A History of Culture T. K. Venkataraman

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