Velu Nachiyar

Indian queen and freedom fighter

Rani Velu Nachiyar (3 January 1730 – 25 December 1796) was a queen of Sivaganga estate from c. 1780–1790.


  • While bravehearts like Velu Nachiyar or the Marudhu brothers may have been eclipsed in our historiography, their heroism lives on in ballads, folk songs and folk memory, even as they are immortalized and worshipped as gods in temples built for them by villagers. Where popular historiography failed them, folk memory redeemed this lapse and kept them alive till date.
    • Sampath V. (2022). Bravehearts of Bharat : vignettes from indian history. Penguin Random House India
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