The Maruthu Pandiyar brothers (Periya Maruthu &
Chinna Maruthu) ruled Sivagangai, during the last part of the
18th century and they were the first to issue a proclamation of
independence from the British rule from Trichy Thiruvarangam
Temple, Tamil Nadu on June 10, 1801, which is 56 years before
the North Indian rebellion - Sepoy mutiny of 1857.
Marudu brothers are the sons of Udayar Servai
alias Mookiah Palaniappan Servai and Anandayer alias Ponnathal.
Maruthu Pandiyar, the Elder was born on 15.12.1748 in a small
village Narikkudi near Aruppukkottai of the Ramnad principal
state. After five years, i.e., in 1753 Marudhu Pandiyar, the
younger was born in Ramnad. Their father Udayar Servai served as
a General in the Ramnad state military and he shifted his family
to Ramnad from Narikkudi.
Early Life :
The brothers both learned all martial arts at Surankottai, a then training centre for Ramnad military.
Boomerang is a peculiar weapon to India. Two forms of this
weapons are used in India. These weapons are commonly made of
wood. In tamil it is called as Valari stick. It is said that
Maruthu brothers were experts in the art of throwing the valari
stick. It is said that Maruthus used Valari in the Poligar wars
against the English. They participated in many competitions of
martial arts and won all of those.