Staff Reporter

A huge portrait was unveiled; torches were brought from far off places to the fort

Tuticorin: The district administration celebrated `Veerapandia Kattabomman festival' at Panchalankurichi near here on Friday night.

Delivering the chief guest's address, S Mayilerumperumal, project officer, Mahilar Thittam, said the youth of today should emulate the jingoism displayed by Kattabomman in his pursuit to drive away the British from the country during the 17th century A.D.

Later, he unveiled a huge portrait of Kattabomman at the function, which was held near the Kattabomman memorial fort constructed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1974.

Special pujas were conducted at Sri Devi Jakkammal temple, hereditary goddess of Kattabomman, located near the fort.

Members of Veerapandia Kattabomman Panpattu Kazhagam brought torches in as relay to the Kattabomman fort from places like Tiruchendur, Pudur, Soorangudi and Kulathur, to mark the occasion.

Hundreds of people thronged the Kattabomman fort, which was thrown open to the public on Friday, to get a glimpse of the beautiful paintings on the walls of memorial hall inside it, which depicted the heroic deeds of the saga.

The visitors were also told by the officials how the Britons sentenced Kattabomman along with Kaadalkudi Zamin, Nagalapuram Puthur Zamin, Vripachy Zamin, Sivagangai Zamin, Veeraghechayan naicker Zamin and Dali Ethalappa Naicker Zamin, to death by hanging on charges of treason.

Heirs of Kattabomman attended the function.