Bharata Mata in History!

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British with Nawab of Arcot defeated and killed Udaiyathev­ar, the king of Sivagangai (in Tamil Nadu) at Kalaiyar Koil in 1772. Velu Nachiyar, the queen of Sivagangai with daughter Vellacchi fled and remained in hiding for 8 years and arranged a huge army. In 1780, Velu Nachiyar defeated combined forces of the British and Nawab of Arcot at Maanaamadu­rai and another British troop at Kalaiyar Koil. She then marched towards Sivagangai with her army. Rani Velu Nachiyar defeated the British in battle and regained Sivagangai. She was the 1st queen in colonial India to win a war against British. Rani Velu Nachiyar ruled Sivagangai for 10 years.

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