Tam: தர்மபுரி darmapuri

‘City of Dharma’  [Tagadur]    City/District, Tamil Nadu

From Skt: dharma, ‘religion’, ‘virtue’, ‘duty’; and pura, ‘town’, ‘(fortified) city’.

In the earliest times the name was Tagadur [Tam: takaṭu/takaram, ‘metal plate’,tin’; and ūr, ‘village’, ‘town’]. It was the seat of power in the Sangam era for the King Atiyamāṉ/Adhiyamān and his dynasty.

The name was changed to Dharmapuri in the Vijayanagara era, but Tagadur is still used by some of the locals of Dharmapuri.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Tamil Nadu place names.


King Adhiyaman offers a rare gooseberry fruit to the woman poet Avvaiyar            Thagadooran