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Who is Rani Velu Nachiyar?

Rani Velu Nachiyar (3 January 1730 – 25 December 1796) was a queen of Sivaganga estate from c. 1780–1790. She was the first Indian queen to wage war with the East India Company in India. She is known by Tamils as Veeramangai (“brave woman”).

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About Rani Velu Nachiar:

Velu Nachiyar was the princess of Ramanathapuram and the only child of King Chellamuthu Vijayaragunatha Sethupathy and Queen Sakandhimuthathal of the Ramnad kingdom. Nachiyar was trained in many methods of combat, including war match weapons usage, martial arts like Valari, Silambam, horse riding, and archery. She was a scholar in many languages and was proficient in languages like French, English and Urdu. She married the king of Sivagangai, with whom she had a daughter.

When Velu Nachiyar found the place where the EIC stored some their ammunition, Her commander Kuyili made a suicide attack on the ammunition depot, blowing it up. Nachiyar reinherited the kingdom of her husband, and ruled it for ten more years. In 1790, she was succeeded by her daughter Vellacci. She granted powers to her daughter with the Marudu brothers to help with the administration of the kingdom. Velu Nachiyar died a few years later, on 25 December.

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  1. Queen of Attingal is the first queen in India to revolt against British.
    1721 Attingal revolt resulted in killing of 140 British soldiers.

  2. Aashu ,Attingal revolt was done by Nair soldiers .they captured a fort given to British back from them.
    All indian revolts are done by natives only.
    Queen of Attingal is a relative of Marthanda verma of Travancore.
    Marthanda Verma’s last wish was to keep friendship with British at any cost.which his successors followed.

  3. Attingal army had a strength of 30000(Thirty thousand) at that time,recorded by British.
    Whereas velunachiar had only 5000
    army given by Hyder Ali.
    Biggest achievement of velunachiar is destroying a ammunition depot of British,that too by a suicide attack by a female.
    Whereas in Attingal revolt we killed 140 British and laid siege of an English fort for 6 months.
    Mother of Marthanda verma is from Attingal palace.
    Untill they discovered padmanabha temple treasure everyone believed Kerala kings and queens were nothing compared to other kings.😁😁😁

  4. Velunachiar had a small army of 5000 given by Hyder Ali.
    Her biggest achievement was destroying a ammunition depot of british.
    Attingal army had a strength of 30000(Thirty thousand).During Attingal revolt they killed 140 British and laid siege of british fort for six months.
    Untill padmanabha temple treasure discovery you all thought that there were no kings in Kerala.
    We defeated Dutch also.

  5. Attingal queen had a standing army of 30000 according to British records.
    Velunachiar had only 5000 soldiers given by dog hyder Ali.

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