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Aruppukottai

About Aruppukottai

Aruppukottai is a town and a municipality in Virudhunagar district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Sri Ramana Maharishi was born in Tiruchuli near Aruppukottai town. The name evolved from 'Arumbu Kottai' which means Fort of Jasmines. The small villages & towns surrounding Aruppukottai are famous for production of Jasmine flowers.

Geography

Aruppukottai is located at 9.52° N 78.1° E.[1] It has an average elevation of 97 metres (318 feet).

Economy

Aruppukottai acts mainly as an Educational and Commercial hub for the surrounding villages. It is noted for its cotton industries mainly spinning mills and limestone industries.

Major employers are Spinning mills, Weaving sectors (Handloom & Powerloom), Rice Mills, and Government sector.

Aruppukottai was once known for its handloom weaving industry. Nowadays, we can hardly see any in-house handloom machines (Thari in Tamil) except for few pure Kanchipuram silk handlooms. Weaving industry in Aruppukottai serves mainly the Tamilnadu Governments Free Waistie, Saree Campaign. Agriculture is also a main concern in surrounding areas.

Worship Centres

Temples
Sokkanathar swami Temple
Shri Amuthalingeswarar Temple
Shri Muthumariamman Temple
Ayirangan Mariamman Temple
Vazhavandamman Temple
Malaiarasan Temple
Ramar Temple
Vinayagar Temple
Ayyappan Temple (Sree Ramakrishna Ayyappa Baktha Sabai)
Ramalinga Sowdambika amman Temple

Churches
CSI
Roman Catholic
AG church
IPC
TPM
Baptist
LEF
others

Mosques

Main mosque near New Bus stand


Education


Devanga Arts College
SBK College
Sowdambiga College of Engineering
Polytechnic

Sowdambiga Polytechnic
ITI

Sri Jayavilas Memorial Subburaj Industrial training Center, Gandhi Nagar
Vivekanda ITI, Kalkuruchi
Vinayaka ITI, Peria Vallikulam


Transportation


Aruppukottai acts as a hub connecting Madurai, Thoothukudi, Virudhunagar, and Ramanathapuram. Virudhunagar town, which is well connected by roads, is 16 km from Aruppukottai. Madurai, the second biggest city in TamilNadu by population, is only 48 km away. NH 45-B, an important freight-route, connecting Madurai and Thoothukkudi[4 way road in progress] runs through Aruppukottai.

There are many private bus operators who ply the routes to nearby villages. Madurai is one of the most profitable competitive destinations.

1. Jayavilas 2. Chandra Transport 3. Shanmugam Transport 4. Jaya Roadways 5. Amarnath Travels 6.Meenambigai Transport

Railways
Aruppukottai has one non working Railway station because its having meter gauge only. Thousands of people are travelling to Madurai, it is better to have metro train every 30 mins.

Current issues
Although it's one of the main routes for connecting the Southern Tamilnadu with Madurai city, the road facilities within the town are poor. Roads are very narrow and riddled.

There was a chronic shortage of drinking water until the year 2005. After plan to bring water from Tamirabarani river has been successfully implemented, this shortage has eased to a great extent.

Although the towns schools produces a lot of top tier students who graduate in top Professional Schools every year, it still lacks any development in industrial sector.Even now one can see a student from Aruppukottai in all top professional colleges. All of them migrate to cities. This can be attributed to the lack of natural resources and water scarcity, or to the urbanization in general. These may be reasons for slow development.

Festivals

Thai Pongal
Kolam taken in a house in Aruppukottai during Thai pongal festivalDuring the Pongal festival kolam is very famous in Aruppukottai. The month of "Margazhi" was eagerly awaited by young women, who would then showcase their skills by covering the entire width of the road with one big kolam! It was indeed a test of mastery, as one cannot repeat a pattern for 30 days.

On Bhogi night, young women will be drawing kolam by spending their entire night. Next day morning they will be roaming their closest streets to see kolams in all houses.

Panguni Thiruvizha
Every year Panguni Agni Thiruvizha town festival(Similar to famous Chithirai pongal in Maduari) is celebrated here. It features month long exhibition, people carrying Agni Chatti (fire pots) walking on fire (????????) and many. Some peoply use to carry 21, 51 or 101 fire pots.During this period many migrated families to other towns and cities too return to native town to participate in the mass celebration.

Exhibition During the Panguni Thiruvizha, exhibition will be conducted in S.B.K. Higher Secondary School's playing ground which acts as a meeting ground for various relatives and friend to share their social aspects and participate and witness local tamilnadu's good cultural programmes. The exhibition serve to bring better bond among the various social groups of Aruppukottai town. This is being organized by Aruppukottai Nadar Uravinmurai Trust.

Car Festival
Car festival is celebrated on month of june end or july first week. People go with family to temple and enjoy the festival.

Theppa Thiruvizha
Aruppukottai Theppa ThiruvizhaAruppukottai has two theppam (artificial pond to replenish ground water) in the center of the town. one is close to SBK schools.another one is near to sowdambika polytechnic. If these theppam are filled during the kaarthigai month (mid-November to mid-December), theppa thiruvizha will be celebrated here. This festival is celebrated during the Kaarthigai day in Kaarthigai month. God in a car will be floated in the theppam.

Cinema

Some of the cinema theatres in Aruppukottai include:

Tamil Mani(DTS)
Illaya Rani(A/C & DTS)
Rani(DTS)
Maha Rani(DTS)
Lakshmi
Queens Nachiar