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Sethupatis of Ramnad, 2 Kasu

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That is exactly what I mentioned in my post. The RamSethu that is said to have connected Rameshwaram in Todays TamilNadu to Cylon (SriLanka today).

Here is some information from Wiki on the kingdom of Ramnad.

The estate of Ramnad included the Hindu holy island city of Rameswaram, from where, legend has it that the Hindu god Rama launched his invasion of Ravana's Lanka. On the conclusion of the war and Rama's success in it, he appointed a Sethupathi or "lord of the bridge" to guard the island. The "bridge" referred to here is the legendary Adam's Bridge or Rama's Bridge which was believed to have been constructed by Rama. The chieftains of Ramnad were entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the bridge, hence the appellation.

During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the traditional chieftain of the region who belonged to the Maravar caste was officially recognized as Sethupathi by the Nayak king of Madurai. The chieftain of Ramnad, in return, recognized the sovereignty of the Nayak king over his lands. When the power of the Nayak kings of Madurai began to decline in the late seventeenth century, the chieftains of Ramnad asserted their independence. In the late 1600s, Raghunatha Kilavan crowned himself king of Ramnad and changed his seat from Pogalur to Ramnad close to the east coast. He erected massive fortifications to protect his capital. In 1725, the king of Tanjore claimed the northern part of the Ramnad kingdom (the Aranthangi region) up to the river Pambar in return for his services during the civil war in Ramnad. A vassal of Ramnad who was amongst the victors in the civil war took over the westerly located Sivaganga region, thereby leaving only three-fifths of the kingdom actually in the hands of the king of Ramnad.

Ramnad participated in the Carnatic wars between the British and the French East India companies. The state came under British influence in the 1790s and the king of Ramnad was deposed in 1795 for misrule. The British, then, made the king's sister the ruler of Ramnad and deprecated the kingdom to a zamindari by a permanent sanad (grant) in 1803. Since then, until the India's independence in 1947, Ramnad was ruled by the queen and her descendants.


The coin weighs 3.6g. What denomination would that be?


A kasu or 'cash' like all the others.  Weights varied from about 2.8 to about 3.6 grammes, I think.  I must keep quiet on these coins, as my knowledge is small.  Over to you, Oesho!


Oesho wrote:

To add to the discussion about the Sethupatis of Ramnad, I have attached
some images to enlighten the subject.
DSCN 3121 Interior of the famous temple of Rameshwarem
DSCN 3178 The bridge connecting Ramneshwarem island with the mainland;
Ramnad (Ramananathapuram) is on the opposite side.
DSCN 3182 Palace front.
DSCN 3184 Description of the palace.
DSCN 3191 Picture of the Raja of Ramnad, Raja Ramanatha Sethupathi.
DSCN 3191 Detail above entrance to palace compound.
DSCN 3193 Entrance to the palace compound from the mainstreet.
DSCN 3194 Street scene near the Palce entrance.

My apologies for size control Oesho and I changed the photo of the sign to grayscale in order to make it easier to read. Gosh, the maharaja is HUGE!

Your photos are, as usual, well composed and I love being there with you.  I encourage anyone with photos that provide background to the coins which we discuss to please post them.  I think that they add a great deal to the discussion and my personal enjoyment level almost made me forget that I desperately need a cup of tea.

thank you so much Oesho.

By the way, what kind of bridge was thought to have been on this spot in antiquity?


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