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Thottiyam is a panchayat town in Tiruchirappalli district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Thamilselvi Thirugnanam is the current President of Thottiyam. It is situated 60 km north-west of Tiruchirapalli on Tiruchy-Namakkal State Highway (SH-25) and further it connects Namakkal-Salem-Bangalore National Highway ( NH 7). It is located near the Kaveri River, about 12 km north-west of Musiri.The name of the town is said to derive from the Thottiya Nayakar caste peoples living there. But people of Vanniyar/ SozhiyaVellalar/ Mutharaiyar community was majority and have ruling efficiency in Thottiyam Koranganatha Temple located in the outskirts of the town is a historic temple built during the Chola period in the 10th century.
The main temple of this small town is Madurai Kali Amman, and the main festival in March is worth visiting and watching.[ citation needed ] This goddess is consider Kannagi or (Kannaki) (Tamil : கண்ணகி), a legendary Tamil woman, is the central character of the South Indian epic Silapathikaram. Legend has it that Kannagi took revenge on the king of Madurai, for a mistaken death penalty imposed on her husband Kovalan, by cursing the city with disaster and then came to Thottiyam. Locals consider her to be a very powerful and kind goddess and people from various districts come to offer their prayers to her.
As of 2001 India census,Thottiyam had a population of 23,357. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Thottiyam has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 66%. In Thottiyam, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Thottiyam is essentially an agricultural area; its main crops are rice, plantains and petals. Large quantities of plantains and petals are sent to other States, including exports to Middle East. Thottiyam is the largest producer of bananas in Tamil nadu. The banana growers in this region faced a frequent issue of price drops and wastage. To overcome these problems the farmers of Thottiyam region formed a farmers self-help group known as 'Thottiam Banana Producer Group' to produce value added products from bananas under the brand name of 'Madhur Fruits'. The group produced solar dried banana, banana chocolates, banana cookies and banana powders from fresh bananas. These products were marketed throughout, and outside, India.
Thottiyam is on the State Highway (SH-25), which connects, Tiruchirappalli and Namakal. There are frequent buses to Musiri, Tiruchirappalli, Namakkal, Erode, Salem and Bangalore. Every 5 minutes once, you will get a bus either to Tiruchirappalli side or Namakkal Side.
There is a Bus Stand at Thottiyam. But majority buses will not go inside the Bus Stand. Only the local village buses which stops for more than half an hour will go in to the bus stand. So, everybody has to wait outside the bus stand to get the main route buses at Thottiyam.
There are 2 Bus Stops at Thottiyam. one at the Bus Stand and another at Police Station. Normally buses are over crowded and getting seat will be difficult. Now the 3rd Bus Stop is developing at Union Office, which is just 1 km from Thottiyam.
Thottiyam has 2 Government High Schools, one for Boys and another for Girls.
There are also other schools in the area:-
Thottiyam is a Block under the Panchayat System and it is having the Union Office for a very long period, may be since 1960s. In the Union Office, Block Development works are planned and done for the Thottiyam and nearby villages.
Up to now (2007–2008), Thottiyam was a Town attached with the Musiri Taluk. Now Thottiyam itself is a Taluk. The Taluk office will be built on the Salem Main Road after the Union Office. Thottiyam current town punchayat president is Thamilselvi Thirugnanam.
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