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  • Sittannavasal Paintings in Pudukkottai

    The Sittannavasal cave is a rock-cut temple or monastery that’s also known as Arivar Koil. It is part of a 2nd century complex of Jain temples located in the Sittannavasal village of Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu. In Tamil, the word Sittannavasal literally translates to ‘abode of the great saints’. The temple is famous in India for its magnificent mural paintings dating back to the 7th century. These paintings are considered to be among the best paintings of medieval era India and are second only to the paintings in the Ajanta Caves and Bagh Caves. The Sittanavasal village can be ...

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  • History of the Nattukottai Nagarathar Community

    Also known as the Nattukottai Chettiars, the Nattukottai Nagarathars are believed to have settled in Kaviripoom Pattinam, also known as Poombugar, a coastal city during the 2nd century AD of the Chola Empire. They were basically traders with great business acumen and dealt with gems, silks, pearls, spices and salt. Early records show that this community travelled to Colombo in 1805, to Penang, Singapore in 1824, to Moulmein in Burma in 1852 and to Mandalay in Myanmar in 1885. Some of the other countries visited include Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and established money...

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