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Virudhunagar (that was Virudhupatti some time ago), is a town and the headquarters of the Virudhunagar district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Virudhunagar became an important trade centre during the British rule. The town is the birthplace of freedom fighter K. Kamaraj, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, and Bharat Ratna recipient. Located to the east of Kowsika River.

History of the town[change | change source]

Virudhunagar was a part of Madurai and has been ruled at various times by Later Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Chanda Sahib, Carnatic kingdom and the British.[1]The town's name was changed to Virudhupatti in 1875 and on 6 April 1923, the town council renamed it Virudhunagar.

Population[change | change source]

According to the 2011 census of India, Virudhunagar had a population of 72,296 with a sex-ratio of 1,014 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[2]

Reference[change | change source]

  1. V., Vriddhagirisan (1995) [1942]. Nayaks of Tanjore. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services. p. 115. ISBN 81-206-0996-4.
  2. "Census Info 2011 Final population totals". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.