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Ettayapuram

Continued from the previous post Kazhugumalai

We then continued towards Ettayapuram after a sumptuous breakfast.  Enroute we stopped at a small village named as Kamanaikanpatti. The entire village was in a festive mood and the village was decorated with colored lights and music was played in a high volume. The Feast of Our Lady of Assumption church was going on and believers from the nearby villages had also assembled to participate in the feast.

We felt curious and decided to visit the church.   We were surprised when we learnt that this is one of the oldest churches in south Tamil Nadu. The church was initially built by St.John De Brito about 400 years earlier.

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The Rev. Father Constant Joseph Beschi, known as reverentially Veeramamunivar, who has written the Paramartha Guru Stories and much more Tamil literature including Thembavani, also served as priest in this Parish.

IMG_0984Stunned upon seeing an inscription written in tamil dated 08March 1864

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Moved on towards Ettayapuram that was originally known as Ilasanadu and is notable for being the birthplace of the great Tamil Poet Mahakavi Bharathiar.

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Umaru Pulavar a Tamil Islamic poet also lived here.

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Muthuswami Dikshitar, one of the triad of Carnatic music was also patronized in his final years by the ruler of Ettayapuram.

IMG_1260Its almost late evening and with this.. we decided to call it a day and decided to rest.

Source: Wikipedia

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