Marthanda Varma

Marthanda Varma was the Maharajah of Travancore from 1729 to 1758.

Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma (Malayalam: അനിഴം തിരുനാൾ മാർത്താണ്ഡവർമ്മ) was the founding monarch of the southern Indian Kingdom of Travancore (previously Venadu) from 1729 until his death in 1758.


  • Ruthless in his ambitions and vendetta, courageous in his military conquests, Martanda Varma left behind a rich legacy of administrative and economic reforms, war triumphs and military might, and cultural renaissance, etching his name in the annals of Kerala’s history as the proud builder of a new, expansive and modern Travancore kingdom. Like the Victory Column that stands anonymously, uncared for and uncelebrated in modern India, his place in scripting a unique victory of an Indian sovereign against a powerful European force, ensuring its total collapse thereafter from the country, though forgotten, remains cherished and worthy for all times to come.
    • Sampath V. (2022). Bravehearts of Bharat : vignettes from indian history. Penguin Random House India
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