Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman II

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Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman II
Raja of Pudukkottai
Reign 1 February 1807 – 4 June 1825
Predecessor Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman
Successor Raghunatha Tondaiman II
Born c 1797
Pudukkottai, Pudukkottai state
Died 4 June 1825 (age 28)
House Pudukkottai
Father Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman
Mother Rani Ayi Ammani Ayi Sahib

Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman (c 1797 - 4 June 1825) was the ruler of the princely state of Pudukkottai from 1 February 1807 to 4 June 1825.


Early life

Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman was born in 1797 to Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman, Raja of Pudukkottai, and his second wife, Rani Ayi Ammani Ayi Sahib Avargal in Pudukkottai and was educated by a private tutor. [1] He was the elder of two sons of Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman who survived him. [1]

Raja Sri Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman Bahadur was the ruler of the pudukottai village from 30 December 1789 to 1 February 1807.

Pudukkottai Town in Tamil Nadu, India

Pudukkottai is the administrative headquarters of Pudukkottai District in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a big town located on the banks of River Vallaru, it has been ruled, at different times, by the Early Pandyas, Mutharaiyars, Thondaimans, and the British. It is situated about 395 kilometres (245 mi) southwest of the state capital Chennai and about 55 kilometres (34 mi) southeast of Tiruchirappalli. The people in the city are employed majorly in teritiary sector activities. Tamil Nadu's first women Asiad Santhi Soundarajan is from Pudukkottai.


Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman ascended the throne on 1 February 1807 on the death of his father, Vijaya Raghunatha Tondaiman. The administration as in the hands of a Council of Superintendence headed by the Resident of Tanjore, William Blackburn till 1817, when Vijaya Raghunatha Raya attained majority. [1] [2]

William Blackburn completely rebuilt the city with wider roads, tiled houses and public buildings. [1] [2] A new palace was constructed for the Raja in 1825. [3] Blackburn introduced Marathi as the language of administration and it remained the official language of Pudukkottai state for seventy-five years. [2]


Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman died of a mysterious illness on 4 June 1825. He was succeeded by his brother, Raghunatha Tondaiman II. [1]

Raja Sri Raghunatha Tondaiman Bahadur was the ruler of the princely state of Pudukkottai from 4 June 1825 to 13 July 1839.


In 1812, Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman married a daughter of M.R.Ry. Sri Singappuli Aiyar. [1] He also married a second time, to a daughter of Thirumalai Panrikondran. [1] Vijaya Raghunatha Raya Tondaiman had one son and one daughter. [1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Pudukkottai 2". Tondaiman Dynasty. Christopher Buyers.
  2. 1 2 3 Shashi, S. S. (2003). Encyclopaedia Indica: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh. 100. Anmol Publications. ISBN   978-81-7041-859-7.
  3. Butterworth, A. (1923). The southlands of Siva: some reminiscences of life in southern India. London: John Lane. p. 156.

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