Statues set to travel to Madurai

Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: Two nine feet bronze statues of Marudu brothers, each weighing a tonne, have been sculpted by the sthapthis of Swamimalai in Thanjavur district.

Depicting the Marudu brothers — Chinna Marudu and Periya Marudu (Pandiyars) — on horses with their swords drawn, the statues will be installed at Teppakulam in Madurai. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi will unveil them on October 31.

Sthapthis, Radhakrishnan, Srikantan and Swaminathan handed over the statues to Pon. Muthuramalingam, chairman of the Mamannar Marudupandiyargal Thiruvuruva Silai Amaippu Kuzhu, on Wednesday. The statues would be transported to Madurai from here. Pon. Muthuramalingam, said the brothers were the first to declare a war against the British in a declaration pasted at the Trichi Rockfort and Srirangam in1801. They formed an alliance with Kattabomman, Tippu Sultan, Kerala Verman, Krishnappa Naicker of Karnataka and Doondage Wagh. They sought Napoleon’s support.

The brothers were well-versed in ‘Valari (boomerang) warfare.’ The brothers are said to have practised the art at the Teppakulam.

Radhakrishnan sthapathi said it took six months to complete the two bronze statues.

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