All About Nattukottai Chettiars: Nagarathars
This site is all about the community of traders, merchant-bankers and moneylenders who hail from Sivagangai and Pudukottai districts of Tamil Nadu State in India. They settled down in  96 towns in these 2 districts. They are often referred to as Nattukottai Chettiars to distinguish them from other groups of Chettiars. The term “Nattukottai Chettiars” means “people with palatial houses in the countryside”. They are also referred to as “Nagarathars” meaning city dwellers, as they lived in a city called Poompuhar on the east coast of Tamil Nadu, a part of which went under the sea. The Nagarathar Community originated in Kaveripoompattinam, under the Chola kingdom. Even though this community is small in size, their achievement is great. This greatness of the community can be known through the poems written by famous poets like Bharathi, Bharathidasan, Kavimani, Kaviarasu Kannadasan, Paduvaar Muthappar, etc. Nagarathar community mainly concentrated on business and religion. The Chola kings encouraged the nagarthars to travel out. The nagarathars from Kaveripoompattinam traveled to Srilanka, Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia to spread their business. Apart from business, nagarathars also spread Hinduism in these countries. A nagarathar lady is usually addressed as ‘Achi’ and a nagarathar lord as ‘Chettiar’ with respect. Lets traverse among chettiars and achis…

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4 comments on “Nagarathar
  1. an.palaniyapan says:

    would like to know the activities of the community


  2. an.palaniyapan says:

    request up-dates


  3. Baskaran says:

    How do they compare to the
    British in their trading practices


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