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Travancore King Marthanda Varmas Best Friend & Senathipathi Ramayyan Dalawa
Kerala is a Vellalar Country - Lord Iyyappan is a Vellalar God!



 High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Ramayyan(Tamil:, Malayalam: ) was the Dewan of Travancore state, India, during 1737 and 1756 and was responsible for the consolidation and expansion of that kingdom after defeating the Dutch in the Battle of Colachel under the rule of Maharajah Marthanda Varma Kulasekhara Perumal, the maker of Modern Travancore

Ramayyan, was born in Yerwadi, a village in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu to which his family originally belonged




Marthandawarma set up an army against Kollam and Kayamkulam under the leadership of Thanupillai, Kumaraswami pillai and secretary Ramayyan.

It was during this time, Dalawa ?Arumugham Pillai? died. His brother Thanu Pillai became the Dalawa, but he also passed away. After the victory over Kayamkulam, Ramayyan got promoted as Dalawa. He hold the post of Army chief and prime minister simultaneously. He undertook the responsibilities with much courage and bravely and assisted Marthandawarma 

Marthandavarma immediately started to Pathmanabhapuram with his army. He asked Ramayyan Dalawa to join him. Thus Kulachal war began in 1741, 10th of August. Lanthans were defeated and taken to prison. Dilanoy and Donady, who were among the prisoners won the favour of Maharaja and late trained the army in the European style. Later Dilanoy was given the responsibility of Padmanabhapuram.


Nairs are not ethnically related to Tamils of Kerala. Nairs are Bunts who migrated from Ahichatra in Uttranchal and of Nepalese descent. Keralolpathy written by Nambudiris in the 17th century,Kerala Mahatmiyam (Sanskrit) from the same period mention this migration of Bunt/Nairs to Kadamba Kingdom in 345 AD.Tulunadus Gramapaddathi mention this migration.The Bunt migration to Karnataka from Nepal (Ahichatram was under Nepal) in the ancient times is mentioned in Talgunda inscriptions also. The Ahichatram (Rampur in Uttarkhand) had the habit of selling his own Naga subjects to South Indian rulers as herediatary slaves who were called Bunt or Buntaru (Kannada). Kadamba King Mayuravarma was the first such monarch to bring Naga slaves from Nepal to defend himself against Chera king Imayavaramban Neduncheralathan at 345 AD.These Naga slaves from Ahichatra/Ahi Kshetra(Snake temple) or Ahichatra Madasthana cant marry or have families hence a system of Matriarchy existed among them. The females courted many men simultaneously ie Polyandry and the children were left with the mothers. Tamils (Villavar and Vellalars never practised Matriarchy or Polyandry. After the invasion of Delhi Sulthanate in 1310 under Malik Kafur the Tamil Kingdoms came to an end and many subcastes of Tulunadus Bunt community ie Samantha, Nayara Menava Kuruba and Maaralu became the rulers of Kerala.Nayara Hegdes existed in Karnataka between 4th to 12th centuries.Nairs/Bunts are of Naga stock. When the Nairs became dominant in Kerala in the fourtheenth century they used Tulu Writing system (Tulu Basa) in Kerala to write. Nairs and Nambudiris brought Sanskrit/Prakrit words from Uttanchal to Kerala. Bunts fought for anybody who paid for them and did not have loyalty to any country. Rashtrakutas and Chalulkyas also used Bunts.
Villavar, Vellala, Ayar and Meenavar people who once ruled over Kerala. Villavar ruled over Kerala as rulers for many thousand years. Villavar titles were Panicker, Nadappanicker,Shanar(chieftains)Nadar and Nadavar.Villavar sub castes such as Vanavar/Vanathi Rayars/Enathi rayar(Eyinar)ruled over Pandyan Kingdom whileBow and Arrow insignia of Villavars was the flag of the Chera Kingdom. Mahabharatham mentions the Pandya King as Sarangh Dwajan (Bow flagged King)as the Pandya kingdom had Bow and Arrow flag in the ancient times. Hill and Fish became the flag of Pandyan kingdom latter times.

Vellalas did have six principalities in Kerala as mentioned in Keralolpathy. Most important of them were Valluvanadu ruled by Vellattiri, ruled by Kunnala Konathiri,Mavelikkara etc. Keralolpathy mentions six principalites of Vellalas.Ay Oy Kari and Pari might be from Trivandrum and Quilon Districts. Parippalli the temple built by Kapilar for fallen prince gives its name. Oyur and Ayur are nearby places on the way to Kottarakkara. However the notion that all the Velir are Vellala is not correct. Velirs Villavar as well as local tribal affiliations. At Quilon the King was an Ayvel not related to Vellalas. The Chera-Ai dynasty which ruled Venad between 1102 to 1310 was the mixture of Villavars and Ays.
The Chera Kingdom came to an end after the Tulu invasion of Kerala under Tulu Alupas Pandyan Prince Kulasekhara who was the brother of Tulu King Kavi Raja Singha (Kavi Alupendra 1100 to 1170 AD). The Tulu Kulasekhara (Kulasekhara title was used by all the Villavar Kings ie Cheras Pandyas Banas etc) invaded with a large Nair army ie 350000 (greatly exaggerated) according to Keralolpathy.Kulasekhara had the support of Arabs/Jonaka according to Keralolpathy. Kulasekhara established a Matriarchal kingdom at Valarpattinam near Kannur at the 12th century. King Kulasekhara had married a Bunt/Nair lady [Pillaimars still intermarry with Nairs Menons] whose sons became the Kolathiri kings [Vellalar Pillais] of Kannur. The Tulu prince Kulasekhara declared himself Cheraman Vadakkan Perumal at Kannur. The Tulu invaded Kulasekhara was repelled and believed to have taken refuge at Arabia. The Queen of Kulasekhara is believed to have had an affair with the General Padamala Nair and the dynasty followed were called Samanthas (equal to Kshatriyas).This dynasty was a Tulu Nepalese dynasty and Naga descent and not related to Tamils.
The Tamil Villavar Chera kings were pushed to Kollam where they mixed with the Ay kingdom. The Pandyan kingdom established its overlordship of Kerala until 1310 AD.
When the Delhis army attacked Madurai the Bunt/Nairs of Kannur sided with it following that all the Tamil Kingdoms were destroyed in Kerala.
Tulu Samantha kingdoms were established at Kannur,Calicut,Cochin and Travancore in the 14th century. Only after this Matriarchy, Polyandry, Naga worship and Tulu writing system were used in Kerala. Some of the Tamils Villavar(Panickers) and Vellala (Pillais) joined the Nairs. Those who joined were forced to adopt Matriarchy and got merged with the Bunt/Nairs and their kingdoms taken over by Samanthan Nairs. But in general all the Tamils including Villavar, Vellala, Meenavar and Ayar were pushed to a lower level. A dynasty of Venad which still had Tamil titles such as Veera Pandya, Boothala Pandya moved to southern Tamil Nadu and had capitals at Kalakkadu and Cheran Madevi. This Chera-Ai dynasty was defeated by the Vijayanagar army at the Valliyur war.
When Portuguese came they initially supported the Villar Vattom or Villavar Vattom kingdom at Cochin. But once they converted the Villavars to Christianity and soon a mixed race of Indians and Portuguese called Mestizos evolved the Portuguese started supporting the Tulu rivals of Villavar people. The Villavar army of Portuguese was led by Vallikada Panicker (Nadar) in the 16th century.
During Portuguese and dutch periods a dynasty of Vallikada Panickers were the generals of the Portuguese and Dutch armies.

In 1741 the Dutch armies were led by the last Vallikada Panicker who was also the minister of the Thekkumkur Kingdom (Vaikkom). Marthanda Varma defeated Vallikada Panicker wih the help of Ananda Padmanabhan Nadar from the Pagode Kalari. If both the Nadar generals had joined hands the history of Kerala might have been different. But they fought each other. Marthanda Varma with the help of British and Chanars won the war against Dutch. When the defeated Vallikada Panicker was brought to Marthanda Varmas court Marthanda Varma tried to ridicule him by asking who he was. Vallikada Panicker answered that he was Nayaru Mootha Panickan ie a Panicka Nadan who was more ancient than Nairs. A place called Panicka Nadan Kudiyiruppu is still there near Thiruchendur where the ancient Pandyan kings used to train their armies under the Panicka Nadans. Many books written in the 18th century mention that Marthanda Varma as well as Thambimar had many familes of Nadanmar and Panickanmar serving them as knights. Valia Thambi Kunju Thambi Kadaippadal was one such book.
Marthanda Varma who escaped annihilation from his own rival cousins called Thambimar Pappu and Raman Thambi sons of a North Indian lady called Abhirami, with the help of Branthan (mad in Malayalam) Chanan alias Anantha Padmanabhan Nadar. Branthan fought with the army of Nairs and Kurups with sword, and a double barrelled handgun. Branthan hid King Marthandavarma in the hollow of a Jackfruit tree at Neyyatinkara while he fought and killed thirty Nair soldiers.A group of Kurppu soldiers assisted Branthan chanan.Marthanda varma an adopted heir from Kolathiri kingdom at Kannur was not thankful to Nadars. Even during Marthandavarmas period the Nadars were gradually ousted from army. After the Tippus attack in 1789 with 12000 strong army (4000 Cavalry and 8000 foot soldiers) Kolathiri and Samuthiri kingdoms came to an end. There was a large exodus of Nairs to Travancore in 1789. After this period Nadars were harassed in Travancore.

Marthandavarma used a Vellala general called Dalavai Arumugham Pillai to conquer Mavelikkara. But once he won the war he silently abandoned Arumugham Pillai. Many Vellala families at Ambasamudram, Kallidaikurichi are named even today named Dalavais (Some families have Telugu mixture).
Till British came the language of Kerala was Malaynma or Malayalam-Tamil. Portuguese printed many books in this language called Lingua Malabar Tamul ( Language of Malabar Tamil ). But British banned this indigenous Tamil like language Malayanma and substituted it with the language of Nambudiris ie Tulu Grantha Malayalam written with Tulu script. In the 19th century Kerala Nadars were merely slaves. British even erased the Villavar origins of Chera dynasty. A grave stone Kodungaloor preserved at Thrissur museum says the story of a Natover princess who married a Portuguese aristocrat called Felipe Perestrelo da Mesquita in the 16th century. The Natover lady was converted to Christianity and was named Dona Beatriz Natover. http://himalmag.com/component/content/article/5131-lost-rulers-of-the-malabar-coast.html

Natover could be Nadavar. Villavar people were pushed to southern parts of Kerala only after the establishment of Nair/Samantha Bunt kingdoms in the 14th century.

The Travancore Kings are not the descendents of the Tamil Chera dynasty (Kulasekhara) but they descend from the Tulu invader called Kulasekhara otherwise called Banapperumal (Alupas Pandyan kingdom). The Tulu writing system comes from this Alupas Pandyan kingdom. Alupa Arasu or Alupas was a Pandyan kingdom which divided from the giant Pandya Kingdom which encompassed most of the south India. The latterday Samantha kings of Kerala though they freely use the Kulasekhara Perumal title they also use the title Samsherjung. Samsher Jung is the title of the Nepalese chieftains. Newar people are still found in Nepal who used to practise Matriarchy in the medival times. The Nair architecture closely resembles Newar architecture. It may be strange but a Nepalese dynasties ruled over Kerala between 1310 to 1947. In this period Malayanma became completely extinct in Kerala. Chera kings used to be called Villavar Kon or King of Villavars. Malayali used to be nothing but a Villavar ie Malayar.Colonial rulers such as Portuguese Dutch and British converted Villavar and Meenavar people to Roman catholic and Latin Catholic folds in the sixteenth century and gave them Mestizo leadership.Their Villavar/Panickar identity was lost.The Panickers were encouraged to support their Tulu enemies. Thus the Portuguese had Villavar/Panicker army as well as Nair army. Jornado a Portuguese document mentions that the Portuguese used this army to win wars at Diu in 1546 as well as at the invasion of Ceylon at 1600s. The Church built by Vallikada Panickers is still at Arakuzha near Moovattupuzha.
The European colonializm promoted Naga Nepalese culture in Kerala at the expense of indigenous Dravidian Tamil Villavar people.


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