Veeran Sundaralingam

Sundaralinga Kudumbanar (died 1799), also known as "Veeran" Sundaralingam (Tamil: வீரன் சுந்தரலிங்கம்), was an 18th century CE general from Tamil Nadu, India. He was born in Gavarnagiri village in Tuticorin district. He was a general of the Poligar Veerapandiya Kattabomman in his fight against the British East India Company. He belonged to the Pallar (Devendra Kula Vellalar) community. According to a majority of the accepted historical accounts, he was killed in 1799, while fighting for Kattabomman during the First Polygar War. Another view is that he was killed in the Second Polygar War (1800-1) while assisting Kattabomman's younger brother Oomaithurai. During his childhood he was a kabadi player. While playing kabadi he was undefeatable. He was best in silambam. On seeing his bravery, kattabomman called him to join in his army as THALAPATHY. A widely held account is that Sundaralingam died in the process of blowing up a British ammunition dump 1979. He planned to get near the dump surreptitiously and blew it up. His fiancée Vadivu drove a herd of goats near the ammunition dump at night, with Sundaralingam hiding among the goats covered in a blanket made of wool.

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