Mal: ചങ്ങനാശ്ശേരി c(h)aṅ(g)anāśśēri

Sengan’s  Town’   Town, Kerala

From Senguttavan Cheran and Mal/Tam: c(h)ēri ‘town, village, settlement’.

Changanassery’s history dates back to the early period of the Chera dynasty (c. 1st-3rdC) in the Sangam period when Kuttunad and Changanassery were the key cities.

Senguttavan Chera (Chenkuttuvan Chera) was the 2ndC ruler who appears in the Sangam epic  Silappadikaram – possibly written by his brother, Prince Ilango Adigal.

King Senguttuvan was so impressed by Kannagi’s story that he erects a statue in her honour: the beginnings of the cult of the goddess Pattini which appears later in Sri Lanka

.For related place names see Indian Place names and Kerala place names.

 

Sign at Changanassery Railway Station

Sign at Changanassery Railway Station     RajeshUnuppally