The puranam was written in classical tamil and has now been translated into modern day tamil. The boys were getting the entire warrior training from Lord Murugan — their Uncle. While they are crossing the Sea, the sea gave way to them by moving the water away in both sides and reoccupied themselves. However, one pet dog of Vanniyars could not cross the Sea and returned home. The Fighting was intensive and finally Vatapi was killed by Rudhra Vanniyan. Subsequently, all the Asuras were killed including women.
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Some Padayatchis retained their rule as chieftains and Poligars after the downfall of the Tamil kings. Only the Padayatchis have different caste titles. Some Padayatchis in Chidambaram area have the caste title Padayandavar. Padayatchis in turn use different titles such as Udayar, Thevar, Nainar, Pidariyar including Padayatchi title, which proves that they form a separate class. In the denotified list they are not mentioned as Vanniyars but Padayatchis which proves that it is more than a caste title.
Most of the caste titles of the Vanniyars belong to the Padayatchis. If Padayatchi is merely a caste title then why do they use another title? They form a section among the Vanniyars. Most of the Vanniyar Poligars Palayakarar were related to Padayatchis.
There is a book called "padayatchi Pattapeyar Manjari" which mentions the different caste titles used by the Padayatchis. So when we say Padayatchi it naturally refers to a Vanniyar. Also a book called "sasana Tamil Manjari" refers to padayatchis.
When the Chola rule started to decline the army commanders and ministers took the administration and formed their own rule. See the content of the book with the line "sanjala saritha naatinar manthirikumarar Padayatchigal".
It may be a caste title to some other communities but it is a class and also a title for Vanniyars. They were hunters during ancient times and became land owners and farmers only after they became soldiers and commanders. This is the caste name of Vanniya kula Kshatriyas. Though this one is found as a title in some other castes too "Padayatchi" aptly refers to a large population of the Vanniyar or Palli Caste.
In many parts of Tamil Nadu it is only the Vanniyars who were mentioned and called as Padayatchis. Jayamkondar angarayar kaggayam sub division name in vattathur village ie 20 km chidhambaram it is not sub caste,its like kuttam in kongu villala caste ie with in the division peoples are brothers and sisters The distinct difference for padaiyatchi is that they have separate god for their clan "kula deivam" like warrior gods like karrupu , muniswamy,iyannar.
Nowadays Padayatchis are found to marry among other Vanniyar divisions too. In Panruti taluk of cuddalore dist vanniyars called as padayatchi,they have surnames as sempirayar, samarthiyaar,thennavaraya,mazhavarayar, nayinaar etc here. This is because of the fact that all belong to one Palli or Vanniyar caste.
They are now rapidly progressing. In politics too they have a significant role. Supported the Kamaraj to become CM in Late Thiru A.
Gingee N. Raja, MLA Veerapandi. Tindivanam K. Sampath ,Former Minister of Government of Tamilnadu. Sankarapuram K. Velmurugan, MLA Panruti. Thiru G. Senthil Kumar B. Anbalagan B. Savitha medical college is top three in tamilnadu. Tamizhmani, Ph. Narasimhaiah, Founder, National college. Academician Malaysia Prof. Padmashri Prof. Emeritus Dr. Palaniappan MS. Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai. Dasarathan, IAS, served in various departments. Boopathy, National awarder for best teacher.
Thiru R. Thiru P. Ag , Ph. EST Thandakaran kuppam, cuddalore Dist. Nakkeeran, B. President, Bar Council Puducherry Mr. Almost all the Naickers in and around chennai are Vanniyakula Kshatriyas by caste. Chennai Naicker means it denotes only Vanniyakula Kshatriyas.
Chennai was named after a Vanniya Naicker Mr. Chennappa Naicker who belongs to Daamal,a place near Kanchipuram Chennappa Naicker was a chieftein under the VijayaNagara Kings. Vanniyakula Kshatriyas are the single largest community in tamilnadu. Vanniyakula kshatriyas are the Kings and Warriors of tamilnadu.
We are Agnikula kshatriyas as per govt records.. TamilNadu Caste list: Vanniyakula kshatriyas are not just Agnikula kshatriyas. We are Thigala Vanniyakula Kshatriyas in Karnataka. Famous Bangalore Karaga festival is carried out by our people. Pichavaram Zamindars are the real descendant of Cholas, who get crowned in Chidambaram Temple where only Cholas have rights to get crowned Pichavaram Zamindar is a Vanniyakula Kshatriyas.
In Photo : Mr. Vannia Naickers are also called as Tamil Naickers. Chennai was named after the Vannia Naicker Mr. Naicker predominantly denotes Vanniyakula Kshatriyas in and around Chennai. The word Naicker is derived from the Sanskrit word Nayaka which means leader.
It is also used by the Pallis, Irulas and Vedans.
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Some Padayatchis retained their rule as chieftains and Poligars after the downfall of the Tamil kings. Only the Padayatchis have different caste titles. Some Padayatchis in Chidambaram area have the caste title Padayandavar. Padayatchis in turn use different titles such as Udayar, Thevar, Nainar, Pidariyar including Padayatchi title, which proves that they form a separate class.
Agni,the God of Fire is connected with Regal office,as kings hold in their hands the fire wheel or Agneya chakra. It denotes that,at ancient times there is two asuras known as Vatapi and Mahi, worshipped Brahma and obtained immunity from Death and subsequently they garrisoned the Earth. Jambuva Mahamuni,performed a Yagam,or sacrifice by power. Their leader then assumed the government of the country under the name Rudra Vanniya Maharaja,who had five sons,the Ancestors of Vanniya Caste.
Vahni itself is thought to yield the Tamil word Vanni fire , which is also a Tamil name for an important tree. Nonetheless, communities in the region frequently sought to prove a historic higher status, based on myth or occasionally probable history. He notes that "traditions of demotion from a once higher rank are a commonplace of South Indian caste mythologies". Rudolph notes that as early as in , the Vanniyar, who were then known as Pallis, had ceased to accept their "low caste" status,  also described as being Shudra by Christophe Jaffrelot and Kathleen Gough.