Sethupathis of Ramand and Sivaganga
Raghunatha Sethupathi 1645AD. To 1670AD
He was loyal to the Nayak ruler. He helped the Nayaks by defeating the Muslims under Kutbkhan and the poliga of Ettapuram. In appreciation help the Novak ruler gave the privilege of celebrating Navarathri festival at the capital city. The Nayak ruler also donated places like Thirubhuvanam, Mannar Koil Tiruchuli to Sethupathi. He successfully annexed Devakottai and Aranthangi. He helped Thirumalai Nayak in his war against Mysore army. Thirumalai Nayak recognized the valuable military services of Raghunatha Sethupathi and conferred the title Thirumalai Sethupathi on him. Sethupathis loyalty towards the Nayaks was over with Thirumalai Nayak.
Raghunatha Sethupathi recaptured all the forts and places from the Nayaks and became an independent ruler. Raghunatha Sethupathi patronized art and literature. He made Tamil and Telugu as official languages of his court. He encouraged Tamil poets namely Alagiya Chitramabala Kavirayar and Amirtha Kavirayar. He constructed the Second Prakaram of the Ramanathswami temple in Rameswaram. The famous poet Thayumanavar spent his last days under the Patronage of Raghunatha Sethupathi. After Raghunatha Sethupathi both Surya thevar and Athana thevar were in power for a very short duration in 1670.
Raghunatha Sethupathi II alias Kilavan Sethupathi (1671AD. To 1710 AD.)
Kilavan Sethupathi was the greatest
ruler among the Marava kings. He was helpful to Chokkanatha Nayak. The
Nayak king conferred him a title Para Rajakesari (Lion to alien kings).
He annexed some territories of Madurai Kingdom. Aranthangi, Thirumayam,
Piranmalai. He opposed the spread of Christian missionary activities.
Kilavan Sethupathi liberated the Marava country from the control of Madurai
Nayak. After defeating Rani Mangammal’s army, he declared independent
Marava country in 1707. He shifted his head quarters from Pughalur to
After Kilavan Sethupathi the kingdom was divided into two new Sivaganga Kingdom emerged. During the later period of Sethupathi’s rule, the Ramnad was reduced to a zamin level. Then it was brought under the control of the Britishers. Finally it became a part of the Indian Union. Among the later Sethupathis, Baskara Sethupathi was an exceptionally enlightened zamindar. He was an English educated ruler. He honored Swami Vivekananda who attended the parliament of Religion at Chicago. The social life under Sethupathi’s rule was good.