London Nagarathar Sangam

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The Nagarathar Community originated in Kaveri Poompatinam under the Chola kingdom. The Nagarathar also known as Nattukottai Chettiar community concentrated on business, especially money lending business. The Chola kings encouraged the Nagarthars to travel out of their kingdom. The Nagarathars from Kaveri Poompattinam traveled on boats to Srilanka, Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia to spread their business. Apart from business, Nagarathars also spread Hinduism in these countries. Even today in all these countries we will find a Murugan temple administered by the Nagarathar community . There are Murugan temples in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Sri Lanka which were built by the Nagarathars. Nagarathars also showed interests in the field of education and maintenance of temple.

TEMPLES:

The Nagarathars are divided among themselves on the basis of temples called "Nagara Kovils". They are divided on the basis of nine temples that have many sub divisions. Marriages can take place between the various divisions. One cannot enter into an alliance within the same division, but in some temples if the sub division is different then the marriage can take place. The temples are the places for the registering of marriages for the Nagarathars. On the day of the marriage or earlier, the bride's and the groom's side have to go their respective temples to register their marriage. The bride would renounce her temple and would be enrolled with the groom. They become a proclaimed member of the community and are called as a "Pulli". The marriage becomes legally valid. On becoming a member, they start paying their annual subscription to the temple. On registering, the couples are blessed with the offerings from the respective temples. The temples and divisions are as follows:

  1. ILLAYATHANGUDI
    God : Kailasanathar
    Goddess : Solnithya Kalyani
    Branches : (7) Okkur udaiyar, Pattina samiyar, Peru marudhur udayar, Kazhni vasaka udayar, Kinkini udayar, Pera senthur udayar, Siru sethur udayar

  2. MATHUR
    God : Innutreswarar
    Goddess : Periya nayaki
    Branches : (7) Uraiyur udayar, Arumbakoor udayar, Mannur udayar, Manalur udayar, Kannur udayar, Karuppur udayar, Kulathur udayar

  3. NEMAM KOVIL
    God : Jayang konda soleeswar
    Goddess : Soundara nayaki
    Branch : Ela nalam udayar

  4. IRANIYUR
    God : Aatkonda nathar
    Goddess : Sivapuri Devi
    Branch : Thiru vetpur udayar

  5. PILLAIYARPATTI
    God : Marudhueswar
    Goddess : Vadamalarmangai
    Branch : Thiruvetpur udayar

  6. ILLUPAKUDI
    God : Thanthodrieswarar
    Goddess : Soundaranayaki
    Branch: Soodamani puram udayar

  7. SOORAKKUDI
    God : Desika nathar
    Goddess : Aavudaiya nayaki
    Branch : Pugal vendiya pakkam udayar

  8. VAIRAVANKOVIL
    God : Valar oli nathar
    Goddess : Vadivudai Ambal
    Branch : Siru kulathur udayar
    Sub Branch: (5) Periya Vagupu, Theiyana Vagupu, Pillayar Vagupu, Kazhni vassal udayar, Maru thein thira puram udayar

  9. VELANGUDI
    God : Kandeswar
    Goddess : Kamatchi Amman
    Branch : Kazhni nallur udayar

NAGARATHAR VILLAGES:

Initially there were 96 villages where the Nagarathars lived but over the period of time it has been reduced to 80. They were divided as follows:

  1. Therkku Vattagai (South)
    1. Nattarasankottai 8. Vetriyur 14. Keela Poongudi
    2. Paganeri 9. Natarajapuram 15. Sakkandhi
    3. Madugupatti 10. Pattamangalam 16. Karungulam
    4. Okkur 11. Kollangudi Alagapuri 17. Aranmanai Siruvayal
    5. Cholapuram 12. Chokkanathapuram 18. Pannagudi
    6. Kalayarmangalam 13. Allavakkotai 19. Sembanoor
    7. Kandramanickam    

  2. Mela Vattagai
    20. Kilasivalpatti 24. Aavinipatti 28. Sirukudalpatti
    21. P. Alagapuri 25. Magilvazhampatti 29. A. Thekkalur
    22. Kandavarayanpatti 26. Viramathi 30. Sevoor
    23. Poolangkurichi 27. Nerkkupai  

  3. Keela pathoor Vattagai
    31. Arimalam 33. Kadiapatti 34. Thenipatti
    32. Rayavaram

  4. Keela Vattagai
    35. Devakottai 36. Thanichaoorani 37. Aravayal

  5. Melapathoor Vattagai
    38. Valayapatti 43. Rangiyam 48. Vendanpatti
    39. Kulipirai 44. Kuruvikondanpatti 49. Vegupatti
    40. Nachandupatti 45. V.Lakshmipuram 50. Virachilai
    41. Melachivalpuri 46. Ulagampatti 51. Panayapatti
    42. Kopanapatti 47. Pon. Pudupatti 52. Mithilaipatti

  6. Pathinaru Vattagai
    53. Karaikudi 63. Konapet 73. Chokalingamputhur
    54. Kandanoor 64. Athangudi Muthupattinam 74. Kallal
    55. Kottaiyur 65. Ramachandrapuram 75. Kallupatti
    56. Uyikondan Siruvayal 66. Shanmuganathapuram 76. Siruvayal
    57. Kothamangalam 67. Pallathur 77. Athangudi
    58. Nemathanpatti 68. Puduvayal 78. Viswanathapuram
    59. Ariyakudi 69. Ko. Alagapuri 79. Sivayogapuram
    60. Amaravathiputhur 70. Kanadukathan 80. Karaikudi Muthupatinam
    61. Managiri 71. Ko. Lakshmipuram  
    62. Nachiapuram 72. Palavangudi