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Remembering Queen Velu Nachiyar of Sivagangai, the first queen to fight the British

January 3 is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Velu Nachiyar, the 18th century queen from Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu who fought against the British and recaptured her kingdom. She is widely known as the first queen to put up a resistance against the colonial power, even before the Rani of Jhansi.

Velu Nachiyar was born in Ramnad to the royal couple Mannar Sellamuthu Sethupathy and Sakandhimuthal in 1730 AD. Velu Nachiyar did not have any brothers and she was brought up like a prince, trained in martial arts, horse riding, archery and handling different weapons. She was also educated in many languages including English, French and Urdu. 

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