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Goddess Brihadamba on Pudukkottai Coin

16 Jun 2021  Wed

Seated Goddess Brihadamba can be seen on Pudukkottai’s coin. The copper Amman Cash was issued by Martanda Bhairana at Birmingham mint. The obverse of the coin depicts, seated Goddess Brihadamba in a beaded circle. And the reverse of the coin features, ‘Vijaya in Telegu’.

The history of Pudukkottai is divided into two phases, the first phase was from 1680 to 1800 and the second one was from 1800 to 1948. In the first phase, Pudukkottai was a feudatory of Ramnad and gradually expanded its territories to mold itself into a kingdom. In 1800, it came under the British East India Company’s subsidiary alliance system. From here, the second phase of the Pudukkottai began and it ended in 1948 only after acceding with the Union of India.

It was entitled to 17 gun salutes by the British authority. It was covered across a total area of 1,178 square miles and had a population of 438,648 in 1941. The capital city of the state was Pudukkottai town. Topographically, it extended from Trichinopoly district in the west, Tanjore district in the east and south-east till Sivaganga of Madura district in the south.

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