The Army personnel of 7th Battalion of Madras Regiment observed ‘Veera Vanakkam Day’ (salute to bravery) to commemorate the erstwhile Travancore king Marthanda Varma’s victory over the Dutch forces in Colachel 272 years before.

In remembrance of ‘The Battle of Colachel,’ reportedly the first in which an European force was decimated by a regional power, Marthanda Varma erected the pillar at Colachel.

General secretary of Kanyakumari Historical and Cultural Research Centre Dr.S.Padmanabhan told The Hindu that in the battle many soldiers were held captive and among them was the eminent Dutch captain, De Lennoy, who became the commander of Travancore army. De Lennoy’s tomb now lies inside the fort at Udayagiri near Padmanabhapuram palace, the erstwhile capital of Travancore.

Member of Parliament J.Helen Davidson, president of Colachel Municipal Council Nazeer, parish priest Justus, Collector S.Nagarajan, Pancode Military Station Commander (Thiruvananthapuram) Athist Yadav and others attended the function.