Article by Pasupathi K Pillai
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They were once princes in AD 1730,
and loyal to the erstwhile Thiruvithangore Samasthanam Kerala
Marthanda varma King. Later on these governors of the samasthanam
went against their salt, revolted against the King Marthanda varma.
Finally the King won, and the defeated 8 veetu pillais ran away from
Trivandrum - Thiruvithangore saamsthanam to Srivaikundam and
Tirunelveli. Some say the sister or princess of the 8 veetil
pillaimar brothers loved the King Marthanda varma, which was not
liked by the borthers, which created the rift between the Travancore
Raja and the princes. Some other story says the 8 brothers tried to
grab the Travancore rule. Anyhow, they all men from that 8 veetil
pillai family were killed. Women and children sold to fishermen as
slaves. So the rest escaped to Tamilandu to live in a fortified way,
to safeguard the women. So they became the famous "Kottai Pillaimar"
or the Sivagalai Pillaimar or the Sevagalai Pillaimar or the Sevalai
Pillai. There is a research work on this Kottai Pillaimar - the
Pillaimar who lived inside Forts. Even many descendents of these
marthandavarma family live in and ariound the Tirunelveli District.
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