Thursday, 21 April 2011

An official website of Saliyar Community created by Tamil Nadu Saliyar Mahajana Sangam will be launched on 24th April, 2011 at its Chennai Chapter located at No. 107/59, P.S. Sivasamy Salai, Mylapore, Chennai - 4.

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Saturday, 16 April 2011


Everyone knows that the three basic necessities of human being are Food, Clothes (Dress) and Shelter. No one can refuse that clothes are basic and unavoidable necessity next to food. Rather than not wearing clothes like animals, it is quite nature to cover the human body by wearing clothes as dress as per the basic norms of our culture.

During ancient periods when culture was not developed and clothes were not invented, people used leaves, wooden scraps and leather of Deer, Tiger, etc., as their dresses. Then they invented to make cloth by spinning the cotton as thread and woven as cloth; which action was became a turning point of history of human life. The weaving was invented due to the said kinds of efforts done by the people.

The business done by the people seconded to Agriculture was weaving. Tholkappiyam, an ancient Tamil literature reflects weaving in its’ poems. The archeological experts revealed that the weaving technology invented during the periods of B.C. (2000 to 3000 B.C.)

During around 2303 B.C. periods the important product of business done by the traders of Sindhu Samaveli was Cotton cloth. Around 2500 B.C. Ariyas entered into river bank of Sindhu. When they entered into, the people called ‘Dravida’ who live with very modern culture were moved into southern part of our country.

Pankar, Soria, Thanli, Kosti, Padwa, Pattunool karar and Sali community people has weaving as their own job for survival.

The weavers who were sheltered at Kanchipuram, a well known capital of Pallavas, are honored by the then rulers of the country. The people now living in Tamil Nadu name as Saliyar.

The five sub-divisions of Saliyar Community classified as Saliyar, Padma Saliyar, Pattu Saliyar, Adaviyar and Pattariar.

The history of Nalladai (Sthala Puranam of Nalladai) reavealed that a person named Saliyan, belongs to a backward community did hospitality to a famous religious guru named as Visaka Maharishi. Later in the result of his guru’s respect, he became as a Rishi called as Saliya Maharishi. Then he entered into wedlock with two wives. The generation created through his first wife called as Saliyar; through second wife called as Mottai Saliyar. The people named as Mottai Saliyar sheltered at Mayiladuthurai (Mayavaram).

Due to various hindrances created by the then rulers of Kancheepuram to the Saliyar Community, they moved their living places to the then Madurai, Tirunelveli and Tanjore Districts. The large division of the community choosed the places named as (1) Srivilliputtur, (2) Punalveli (Muhavoor, Puthur), (3) Rajapalayam, (4) Sundarapandiyam (S. Ramachandrapuram, Ahatthapatti, W. Pudupatti), (5) Samusigapuram (Chatrapatti, Sankarapandiapuram), (6) Aruppukottai (Thirunagaram and Puliampatti), (7) Sakkampatti (T. Suppulapuram) as their living area. The people who living in the said 7 (subsequently became 17) places called as ‘Eloor Saliyar’ (Saliyar of Seven places).

From the beginning Saliyar being vegetarians, subsequently converted to non vegetarians due to the changes in culture. Belongs to Saiva they pray, became devotees of Lord Shiva, Lord Murugan as their specific Gods and Mariamman, Kaliamman, Vandi Malachiamman, Muthatchi Amman, Theeppaintha Nachiar, Ponnayira Samy, Sathuragiri Eswarar – Anantha Valli Amman, Selva Vinayagar, Bhagavathi Amman, Aayiramkan Mariamman, Arulmigu Palani Andavar, Muthu Mariamman, Puthur Kalasalinga Ayyanar, Pathrakali Amman, Periasamy, Paavodi Karuppasamy, Gurusamy, Sangili Andavar, Amachiaaramman as their ancestral family gods.

Now Saliyar living in the below mentioned places:

Ahatthapatti, Aruppukottai, Aarani, Andipatti, Iranial, Rajapalayam, Ramachandrapuram, Valliyur, Udumalaipettai, Batlagundu, Chinnamanur, Theni, Kambam, Ottanchatram, Palani, Madurai, Pollachi, Kovai.

Samusigapuram, Chatrapatti, Sankarapandiapuram, Srivilliputtur, Sundarapandiam, W. Pudupatti, Sakkampatti, T. Subbulapuram.

Chennai, Dindigul, Trichy, Manamedu, Musiri, Vilupuram, Vridhachalam, Thiruvannamalai, Kumbakonam, Tanjore, Kottaru.

Vadaseri, Patthamadai, Veeravanallur, Koorainadu, Balaramapuram, Nagercoil, Karaikudi, Thirupathur, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Chittoor (A.P.), Patthanamthitta, Kancharamballi, Trivandrum (Kerala) and various places located all over India.