Birth Anniversary of Rani Velu Nachiyar

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    • The Prime Minister of India has paid tributes to Rani Velu Nachiyar on her birth anniversary.

    About Rani Velu Nachiyar

    • She was the first queen to fight against the British colonial power in India. 
    • She is known by Tamils as Veeramangai
    • Early Life: She was the princess of Ramanathapuram and the only child of Raja Chellamuthu Vijayaragunatha Sethupathy and Rani Sakandhimuthal of the Ramnad kingdom.
    • Skills Acquired: She was trained in war to match weapons usage, martial arts like Valari, Silambam (fighting using a stick), horse riding, and archery. 
      • She was a scholar in many languages and she had proficiency with languages like French, English and Urdu.
    • Marriage: She married the king of Sivagangai, with whom she had a daughter.
    • Succession: She succeeded her husband in 1780 and 
      • She granted powers to the Marudu brothers to administer the country in 1780. 
    • She died a few years later,on 25 December 1796.

     

    Source:PIB