Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

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Dewan Purnaiah

Dewan Purnaiah

Yelandur is a taluk of Chamarajanagara district. It is very close to Chamarajanagar city. It is a small town connecting various places in the Chamarajanagar region. This town has a historic and cultural importance in this region.

Yelandur came into prominence under the Cholas. The Cholas were the emperors of the Tamil kingdom. The first known prince of the dynasty to have ruled this region is Singadepa or Devabhupala. He is said to have built the famous Gaurishwara temple of Yelandur at about 1550 A.D. This is a magnificient temple. This temple speaks volumes of the Cholas as great builders. It has a very beautiful main entrance. It went into a decreipt state but was later erected in 1654-55 by his great grandson Muddabhupa.

The Gaurishwara temple�s attractive entrances have no gopura (towers built on the entrance arches). However, the entrances have artistically created fine sculpture embedded into the walls and on pillars. Stone carved themes like Andhakasuravadha (killing of the demon Andhakasura), Shoolabrahma, Bhikshatanamurthy, Bhairava, Kalingamardana, and Dakshinamurthy tell these mythological stories. Narasimha in various manifestations like Dakshinamurthy, Sharabha, Vali and Sugriva can also be observed on these walls and pillars. The four corners and the door side of the mantapa have monolithic stone chains formed by circular stone carved links – each 20 centimetres in diameter. This mahadwara (great door) is therefore locally called as bale (bangle) mantapa, as these links resemble bangles.

Yelandur was later ruled by the Mysore wodeyars. In 1807, Yelandur and others surrounding villages were granted as jahgir (gifted land) to Dewan Purnaiah by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Dewan Purnaiah was one of the most revered statesmen in those times in the whole of India (India was an agglomeration of more than 100 princely states in those times and not one nation as it is now). He is credited with making the Wodeyar empire a very strong one. Even now, people benefit from his visionary works. He was born in Yelandur.


In search of valuable treasure

The discovery of the priceless wealth at Dewan Purnaiah�s bungalow was initiated by the instincts of a Tahsildar.


The year was 1987! I was working as the Tahsildar of Yelandur, which is a small taluk in Mysore district. While going to the taluk office, I would often watch an old two-storeyed building, with locked doors. It had two porticos in front that were supported by ornate pillars. An old somber-looking tree in front of its unpainted and weather-beaten facade gave it an eerie look. This was Dewan Purnaiah�s building.

Purnaiah was the Dewan during the reign of Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and even the Wodeyars. He had a jahgir of agricultural lands in Yelandur. In fact, Purnaiah�s bungalow even housed the taluk office and the police station in the past. After these offices were shifted to new buildings, the bungalow was kept locked for nearly 15 long years.

There was a strange belief among the locals that a big black snake with hair on its body guarded Purnaiah�s treasure. Hence even during those 15 years, nobody dared to acquire the heirlooms in the building that belonged to Dewan Purnaiah. In fact, bowls of milk used to be kept in the vicinity of the building with the belief that the snake would drink it in the night.

While attending to routine office work on a bright sunny day on November 4, 1987, I asked the sheristedar for a very old file. He informed that the file was not available and that it could have probably been left back in the old Taluk office, which was housed in Purnaiah�s bungalow. This casual remark made me wonder as to what other things might be left inside the building. The very moment, I decided to discover the treasure hidden inside the building. People warned me of the foreboding evil, which they said may lead to tragic consequences. Undeterred, I moved ahead with a small group of my staff members, who volunteered to join me in this adventure. We walked over to the building and broke open the old, rusted door lock since nobody had its key. The door was pushed open and it made a squeaking noise. Everybody peered inside with wide-open eyes, but it was pitch dark and nothing was visible.

A ray of sunlight that pierced inside from the opposite end revealed the existence of a window. I asked my volunteers to go inside the building and open the window. They looked at each other, but nobody moved. Then I myself walked inside wading through age-old cobwebs.

It was dark inside and the thought of the black snake with hair on its body did send a shiver down my spine. But this was the deciding moment, I said to myself. If I falter, the discovery operation will be aborted. So I mustered courage, walked over to the window, unfastened the old wooden knobs and pushed the shutters open. Bright sunlight immediately lit the place and my staff finally entered the hall without much hesitation.

But the sight was quite disappointing. There were some old, medium-sized, black-coloured metal trunks, which we tried opening in vain. When we finally tried lifting them, its rusted bottom gave way, and gold ornaments started falling one after the other. There were gold necklaces, bangles, silver crowns and other jewellery in more than one trunk. We also discovered a collection of nearly 3000 antique coins in another trunk besides a few gold and silver coins. However, the black snake still remained elusive. By then, it was time for sun set and darkness started pervading the building, making us rely on the petromax lanterns.

While we were thus engrossed inside, the news that the Tahsildar had opened the bungalow spread like wild fire in Yelandur and the villagers flocked to the building. The crowd peered over our shoulders, pushing the staff so that they could get a glimpse of the treasure. Fearing the safety of the find, I had to call the Sub-Inspector of Police. We finally closed the bungalow, locked it and affixed the seal of the Tahsildar, and constables guarded the building throughout the night.
The next morning we continued exploring the bounty inside Purnaiah�s bungalow. In one of the rooms, we found plenty of black cloth manuscripts with neat white writing in Kannada. Each manuscript was about 15 feet in length but was repeatedly folded. These records are believed to contain information about the life and finances of the princely state of Mysore. So we delivered two jeep loads of these manuscripts to the State Arch-ives Department at Mysore, enriching them with enough research material to last for years. But there was not a word of gratitude from their end.

The All India Radio in its national news bulletin reported this event. The news also made it to the next day�s national and local newspapers also.

The news probably interested Dewan Purnaiah�s sixth grandson Raghavendra Rao Purnaiah and his wife Sukanya, who came down to Yelandur from Bangalore. Pleased with the latest developments, they handed over a rare photograph of Dewan Purnaiah’s grandson P N Krishna Murthy, who served as the Dewan of Mysore between 1901 and 1906. The Secretariat manual was prepared during his tenure, which is used even to this day as the bible for the Secretariat staff. I promptly handed over Dewan Krishnamurthy�s photograph to the Archives Department, which they utilised for a book published by them later, without even acknowledging the source of the photograph.

The gold and silver jewellery recovered from Dewan Purnaiah�s bungalow was weighed in the presence of the public and handed over to the State treasury of Yelandur, along with the other items. A few social workers wrote to the Chief Minister requesting that I be honoured with the Rajyothsava Award for the initiative.

Unfortunately, it was not an award that I received but a show-cause notice from the jurisdictional Assistant Commissioner asking me to issue an explanation as to why the bungalow was not opened for the last 15 years, while I had reported as the Tahsildar of Yelandur taluk just two months ago.



In Karnataka, Dasara is observed as State festival – Nadahabba, because of the celebration of the festival is steered by the Royal Family of Mysore. The royal family of Mysore performs special pooja on the occasion of Dasara. During Dasara, the entire City is gaily decorated and illuminated. The Palace and other important buildings are illuminated. Cultural programmes by famous artists are arranged in the Palace along with Sports, Wrestling, Poet’s meet, Food Festival, Film Festival witnessed by a large number of people.  Dasara Exhibition is arranged in the Doddakere Maidana, by the Karnataka Exhibition Authority, where the public and private sector industries, leading business establishments, State Government departments put up their stalls to promote industrial and corporate business for months.
Mysore is the former Capital of the erstwhile Wodeyars and the state of Mysore. Mysore is also known as the City of Palaces. Abode of untold grandeur and glory, where the rich heritage of the Wodeyars is carefully preserved to this day in its magnificent palaces, gardens, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. There is an old world charm about the city that reaches out and leaves no one untouched. Mysore, or Mahishur as it was called in the past, traces its history back to the mythical past, when Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills killed the wicked buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura.
Tippu was a great scholar and lover of literature. His artistic pursuits were also many and he made rich gifts to the Hindu temples. Tippu Sultan “Tiger of Karnataka” was killed in 1799 A.D., and the Mysore throne was handed back to the Wodeyar’s. The whole of Karnataka came under the control of the British in the beginning of the 19th century. The new state was named as new Mysore and the Maharaja of Mysore was appointed Governor by Independent India. This unified state was renamed as Karnataka on November 1, 1973. Mysore – the former capital of the erstwhile Wodeyars and also of the State of Mysore lost its prominence to Bangalore.
The recorded history of Mysore City, which was a principal town of a district, goes back to 10th century AD. After witnessing many vicissitudes and remaining for centuries the headquarters of a small principality, Mysore, for well nigh two centuries lost out to Srirangapatna as a city of any consequence. It was Raja Wodeyar who, in 1610, set up headquarters at Srirangapatna after asserting his independence from the Vijayanagar viceroy. The centre of gravity shifted back to Mysore with the court starting to function once again and the population remigrating to it from Srirangapatna. It was administered under the British Commission from 1831 to 1881 after a spell of governance under the great Dewan Purnaiah, who survived the Hyder-Tippu era.
The city really started growing into its present form after the Rendition of 1881 when the throne was restored to Chamarajendra Wodeyar, the scion of the royal family, who ruled the State for 13 years till his death in 1894. Chamarajendra Wodeyar and later the Maharani Regent commissioned a number of important buildings, besides putting some order in the City’s by now visible growth. But the credit for its blossoming into the city that we are familiar with goes to the long spell of rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the Saint King and prince among builders, the Silver Jubilee of whose reign was celebrated in 1927. The foundation of the City’s spacious and excellently planned layouts had already been laid during the administration of Dewans Seshadri Iyer and M. Visveswaraya.  With the Silver Jubilee Spirit of the celebrations of Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule, the city invested with much of its remarkable aesthetics – new parks and boulevards and some noteworthy additions to its architectural scene. Sir Mirza Ismail (Dewan from 1926 to 1941), a great aesthete himself, did much to enhance the City’s aesthetics.  Mysore inspite of being ruled by different Rulers and Kingdoms for ages, still retains its old charm and stately beauty. There are many ‘not-to-be-missed’ sights in Mysore like the magnificent Mysore Palace, Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, St. Philomena’s Church, KRS Brindavan Gardens.




July 15, 2007 - Posted by | Dewan Purnaiah, EKAVI BELGAUM


  1. Nice article. Thanks ellakavi

    Comment by Sushaga | July 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. I was so happy to read this article simply because I am from Dewan Purnaiah’s family. It is said that we are the sixth direct descendant or the seventh direct descendant generation of the Dewan. I was wondering if you have a lineage tree or a family tree tracing all the way back to the Dewan. Any more family information would be much appreciated.


    Comment by Srinivas Yelandur | October 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. I hail from Tamraparni family ,the family to which Dewan Purniah’s grand daughter was given in way of marriage.
    Her name was Janaki bai&she was my great grandfather’s step mother.She passed away in 1900.She had one daughter
    named Seetha bai.

    Comment by Tamraparni Raghavendra | November 29, 2007 | Reply

  4. I am a jounalist working for LANKESH weekly in B’lore.
    I am a history student and doing some research work
    about the life and contribution of Dewan Purnaiya. I am
    happy to see this article and would like to procure more
    information if any body willing to share it with me.
    with warm wishes

    Comment by Bilidaale Eesha | January 19, 2008 | Reply

  5. There is a book written by A. Narayana Murthy, MSc, Retd. Professor, Govt. College, Kolar which has detailed information on Purniah right from his early 20’s to his death.

    The book is titled “Purniah”. I dont know if its still in print but I have a copy. If you want to xerox it mail me at pritam.shetty@gmail.com

    If you go on race course road in Bangalore coming from hotel Chalukya, take right towards hotel bangalore, at the Take 5 pub, immediately on your left side you will see a temple/ stone building. My father informs me that this was built by Purniah.

    Comment by Pritam Shetty | February 4, 2008 | Reply

  6. As per the book, Purniah was not born in Yellandur. I think he was more from Coimbatore/Salem side. He did spend his child hood in Yellandur which is why he wanted that area as his jagir.

    Comment by Pritam Shetty | February 4, 2008 | Reply

    • Hello Prtiam,

      I was very surprised to see this website today and immediately thought of replying back to you and couple of other folks from Diwan’s family. I am also a direct member of Diwan Purniah’s family. Would it be possible for you to share with me the family tree and any other info that you have.

      Yelandur Jayasimha Narasimha Murthy

      Comment by Narasimha Murthy Y J | July 23, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hello. Although I do not live in India at the moment, I am happy to help anyone with family trees related to Dewan Purnaiya. My mother is a Purnaiya and we have a family tree going back to the Dewan which I would be happy to share.

    Comment by Suraj Sonti | April 3, 2008 | Reply

    • r u in brussels with hotel industry knwos richard hullin in kolkatta tx

      Comment by rajinie | May 2, 2009 | Reply

      • Yes, do I know you please?

        Comment by Suraj | December 28, 2009

    • Hi Mr Sonti,
      I would be really interested in seeing a family tree related to Dewan purnaiya. I am based in bangalore – would it be possible to see a family tree? I am researching a book about the battle of srirangapatna and it’s consequences and for that reason – am very interested in Purnaiya’s family tree. I would very much appreciate any assistance. Many thanks, Samhita

      Comment by samhita | May 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Hello, Suraj:

      I happened to read your comments on this site. I would be very interested to see where my family tree came from. I am trying to retrace my ancestory on my father’s side of the lineage that goes back to Purnaiah.

      Can you please drop me a mail? It would be wonderful to connect with you.


      Comment by Srinivas Yelandur | June 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi,

      Can you please share the family tree of Diwan Purnaiah.

      Comment by Srinivas | November 18, 2009 | Reply

      • Sorry I have not visited this site for a long while. However, it looks like this has been posted in the link below. I am the eldest son of Purnima Purnaiah on the tree.

        Comment by Suraj | December 28, 2009

    • I will love to see the family tree as my mother was a direct descendnt of the Purnaiyas. There is a tree of the Purnaiyas in my website http://www.arnijagir.com for the purniah family. please chechk it out to see whether it is the same.

      Comment by Rmachandra Rao Sahib Arni | May 3, 2010 | Reply

      • Dear Sir,

        I saw your website and thank you for the link. My husband’s mother, my mother-in-law is also a direct descendant of the Arnijagir family. May I draw your attention to the Seshagiri Rao Sahib, descendant of Raghunatha Rao Sahib from the lineage of Lakshman Rao Sahib ( who is the brother of your ancestor). Seshagiri Rao Sahib is my husband’s grandfather and my mother-in-law’s father.

        Comment by Pratibha | September 7, 2010

  8. Hi,

    When I was a kid, my neighbors happened to be Dewan Purniah’s great grandson or something like that. His name was P.S. Rao. He was an assistant commisioner of Income tax in Madras. He had three children, namely Anjali, sheela and Sinu (Shrinivas). Does anybody know about them? and to where they reside? any information will be very much appreciated.


    Comment by santosh | January 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Santosh

      Write to me and I can provide details offline & I reside in Chennai.

      I know where my cousins are currently. BTW, Shrinivas and I are first cousins. Proud to be a part of Dewan Purniah’s lineage…

      Comment by Rajesh Sripad Rao | February 7, 2010 | Reply

    • our respected relatives,i reside at srirangam TN now.my grandmother(krishnammal)would say that we are from purnaiya family and migrated to Tamilnadu in a small town Nerur near Karur and her own aunt was queen of Arni.during the emergency period they would have moved to Tirukovillour ,now it is in Villupuram Dt.she used to say more stories about purnaiya. i am happy to be the part of the purnaiya’s family.

      Comment by umabadrinath | August 26, 2012 | Reply

  9. We are looking for a picture of Dewan of Mysore T.Anand Rao. He was associated with the Indian Institute of Science. We are celebrating our Centenary and would appreciate a quick action. Thanking you,
    Nirmala das

    Comment by nirmala das | February 9, 2009 | Reply

    • hello Nirmala

      I wonder if you lived in your younger days in matunga, bombay and had a pet name ‘ Pinchu”

      If so please reply to the email address above.

      Thank you

      Kind regards

      L.J. Mohan

      Comment by L.J. Mohan | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  10. r u suray sonti from 1991 kolkatta no win hotel brussels cheers

    Comment by rajinie | May 2, 2009 | Reply

  11. pls inform where the great great grand kids of dewan purniah

    i want to call n pay my respects

    98862 27794 080 23449669
    41./2 out house 9th crs swimming pool extn malleswaram bangalore 3

    Comment by sridharan a.v. | June 14, 2009 | Reply

  12. Dear All
    The complete family history of Dewan Purnaiya can be seen at


    Very informative, compiled by one of Purnaiah’s descendants.

    Enjoy reading…It was like moving back 200 years in history.


    Comment by Raghu | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  13. knowing past gives us that your forefathers were great i fany body has photos or painting of tippu sultan or dewan poornaiah please mail it to me @

    Comment by RAJAGPAL | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  14. Purniah and my great great grandmother were cousins ;
    My Uncle had some info about him; any one interested?


    Comment by LVR | October 4, 2009 | Reply

  15. Hi, My grand mother, Mrs. Vimala R Pani is also connected to the Purnaiya family and belongs to the Heblikar family as well. She is the niece of Late Mrs. Malati Bai Purnaiya and cousin of Late Mr. Raghavendra Rao Purnaiya.

    I understand, my great-grandmother(Kamala Bai Heblikar) and grandmother’s name has not been included in the family tree.I have a copy of the next 3 generations included in the family tree which my family possess.

    May i advise the author of the family tree posted in the link to include the above details.

    You may contact me at akshayshrinath@gmail.com

    Comment by Akshay Shrinath | March 27, 2010 | Reply

  16. Dear All.

    I was born and brought up in Bangalore, India. In Kumara Park West extention, near Sheshadri Iyer’s buiral place (?), there is an old extensive house with large gardens. This house is said to the home for some of the descndents of Dewan Poornanih. A girl from this house, while studying in Bangalore Medical College, Bnagalore, joined the Moral Rearmament Movement (or similar) started by Ghandi’s grand son. However, there was scandal that this girl was kept under duress by her parents. The parents gave a police complaint, matter went to Court and was reported in news papers. Ghandi’s grand son came under scrutiny and was smeared with adverse publicity.

    The girl came back to live with her parents. She started attending the Medical School, by bus (?!). On a few occassions I used to stabd behind her in the bus while attending the Banaglore Medical College. She was senior to me by 2 or 3 years. She used to wear black shaded glassess all the time in the bus. After qualifying she left Bangalore, to live in USA. Some rumours were that she joiuned Ghandi’s grand son in USA.

    When ever I visit Bnagalore, which is on a very occasions, and while I was walking in the park near the temple, and stand for a while near the square mound (Shehadri Iyer’s burial or monument) I think of that girl. And wonder about what happened to her. She could be about 60+ years by now.

    Where ever she is, or what ever she is now, my sympathies are with her as she was the focus of stories for several days and weeks in Bangalore in early 1970s.

    Please let me know if know about any such information about Dewan Poornaiah’s desendents.

    By the way do you anything about “Brahmannara pithoory”, a tale of mystery about Dewan Poornanniah collaborating with British Officers in Bangalore even before the fall of Tippu!

    There is no documentaion about Dewan Poornaih in Wikipaedia. Worth preparing a comprehensive record as soon as possible.

    All the best.

    Dr Krishnan
    (in UK now)

    Comment by Dr Vallepur HR Krishnan | April 5, 2010 | Reply

    • sir,
      about the line “brahmanara pithoori”,i have an old book written by one good kannada author named M.Ramamoorthy.Name of that book (3 books)
      the last one named “Samhara” in which he has written detail about poorniah’s involments with mysore queen,(improsoned)and britishers.
      any time if you come to mysore i can show that book to you.
      regards shekar

      Comment by shekar avadhani | April 29, 2011 | Reply

      • “Brahmanara pithoory” – a historical novel was written by Veerakesari Seetharama Shastry father of M.Ramamurthy.

        Comment by Ravi | April 6, 2016

  17. Hi!

    There seems to be great interest in the Dewan Poornaiya family. So here goes! My mother, Mrs Susila Bai Poornaiya was a direct descendant of the Poornaiya family and lived in the family house,Purna Prasad, Race Course Road, Bangalore. As did I and my two brothers till 1936 when we moved to Chennai. I am now 83 years old. The present family (of MR. Ragvenra Rao Poornaiya ) stays in a part of old Purna Prasad compound near the family temple.. In another part of the Purna Prasdad compound, now sold off in parts, lived Mr. Ragvendra Rao Purnaiya’s sister, now passed away. They were my first cousins. Purna Prasad building itself is a beautful heritage building (which I visited about 2004) and is occuipied by a post office which pays rent to the Poornaiya family. The present family consists of three boys, all married, who stay in the same house as their father. Their mother, Sukinya, stays with them.

    My mother had two sisters, one of whom is Mrs Maajula Bai Heblikar, mentioned in another note. The family stays in Pune, although Mrs Heblikar is far gone.

    My mother married into the Arni family. Although no justice is done to her by my male chauvinist brother, R.R.S. Arni, he has a website arnijagir.com which tells about my ancestors. I emailed him a few dats ago after discovering this site and he visited it and left a note.

    Talking about the serpent, another tale has it that Dewan Poornaiya, before he became Deawan, saw a cobbra shading a muslim travller on the roadside and after waiting for the cobra to go away, told the traveller he would be a Sultan. That was Hyder Ali. Dewanship was hereditary as a gift. That was how Narsimha Rao became a Dewan.

    Associated with the Poorniahs and Arni’s is a site named Raoshibs.

    There is some contradictory statements between this site and arnijagir.com. The information collectively on this site seems more correct on the Poorniyas.

    Comment by Dr. V.R.S. Arni | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  18. I dont want to discuss about my site as the reference books were very old and included the late raghavendra purnaiyas extracts from his booklet. Regarding my mothers name not being included, the practice then( erroneosly and MCP perhaps) was to show only the male line. ( Who knows the name of the wives of Shivajis or Hyder Ali’s or Tippu Sultan’s even Motilal Nehru’s)? Shah Jehans wife is an exception). All said and done my website http://www.arnijagir.com where the purnaiya dynasty is shown has already been used as a reference point for whatever it is worth.

    Comment by Rmachandra Rao Sahib Arni | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  19. Hi All!

    Diwan Purnaiya plays a prominent tole in “the Sword of Tipu Sultan”, made into a movie. The author researched in Spain and elsewhere. I will put up an old (perhaps 1936) picture of the beautiful building; Purna Prasad, and the family temple. The pictures were taken by my cousin’s – Mrs Saraswati Rao (also a Purnaiya) father, Mr.C.R.Rao, who was the highest paid manager in Tata of that time.

    Comment by Dr. V.R.S. Arni | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  20. There is an article by PRATIBA with no address, here or at her site. There is someone I know of whom she speaks here.She says “May I draw your attention to the Seshagiri Rao Sahib, descendant of Raghunatha Rao Sahib from the lineage of Lakshman Rao Sahib ( who is the brother of your ancestor). Seshagiri Rao Sahib is my husband’s grandfather and my mother-in-law’s father”.

    I knew a boy ‘Srini’ , either the son of Rahunatha Rao or Laksman Rao Sahib, who I used to play with in my chemistry lab in Sathyvizianagaram (Arni) when I and my brothers were bivouacked in S. during WWII. R and L were direct cousins of my father, the Jagirdar of Anri and we called them ‘kaka’. I last had contaact with R. when in S. and with L. when a made a temple donation when I retired from Union Carbide (4 years before Bhopal) and thanked me as one of its trustees. I often wondered where he was. A Rao Sahib blog said L. was last in an old Age home somewhere in S.India, maybe where you are. He traced that Rao Sahib link via the Kolathur family of which he is a part and where I had led him to my second cousin.His name is also Seshu.

    My father, and my brothers and I changed our name to Arni.

    I wonder if my friend, several years younger to me, is alive. If so, can he send a message on the computer. If he If he cant, please tell him I remember him and said “hello”. I am 84 yrs old. Most of my generation are alive.

    pom Arni

    Comment by Dr. V.R.S. Arni | September 8, 2010 | Reply

    • I have read all your posts regarding your family with great interest and have visited the website about the Jagir of Arni and was hoping you may be able to help me. We are currently researching our family tree and trying to get to the bottom of a 200 year old mystery which you may have some information on from your family tree. One of our ancestors James Scott Savory married a Princess of Arni @1802 in Arni or Arcot. They went on to have 4 children and ended up living in Madras where he was a Judge until 1817. James at the time of their marriage was the HEIC Assistant Tax Collector for South Arcot. We were wondering if you have any knowledge of the Princess and could she belong to your family? We would love to put a name to her after 200 years. I would appreciate any information or advice you may have.

      Comment by Sue Trosser | November 23, 2011 | Reply

  21. we always keep track of our family tree because it is exciting to know the family tree “-`

    Comment by Lingerie sets | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  22. I was born and brought up Ravi (alias Srinivas moorthy, my grandfather’s name) in Coimbatore, and was told by my father (Jagannathan, coimbatore/Nerur) we are descendant Dewan Purniah family. I am currently living in Phoenix,AZ. My brothers are still in Coimbatore and followers of uttradhi matha. I did see mention in the family tree @ arnijagir site till our grandfather name. Also I believe it requires some updates between II generation P.N Purniah and Srinivasa moorthy.

    Comment by Ravichandran Jagannathan | August 29, 2011 | Reply

    • Dear Ravichandran, i was given to understand that our great grand father,O.B.Sarangapaniachar,one of the close relative of Purniah’s,moved out from Kumbakonam to Yelandur, Mysore district then,to be with the family in the Bungalow constructed in Yelandur early 1800’s or mid 1800’s. I live in Virginia with my son and we still keep in touch with Yelandur and the present Jahagirdar’s,Smt.Sukanya Raghavendrarao in Bangalore.If any body give us some light as to how the family tree run’s etc, we welcome it.We visit regularly our family deity,Srilaxminrusihmaswamy temple at Parikkal,southarcot district on a regular basis whenever we visit bangalore. E mail address yelandur_y@yahoo.com

      Comment by Raghavendar Yelandur | July 12, 2012 | Reply

  23. Extrordinary conversation and details. I have written a book on ‘Dewan Poornaiah’ published by ‘PUSTAKA SHAKTI’ Bangalore (phone no. 080-23220880 or 9845311069:mr.Y.K.Mohan) I had a Poornaiah boy as my schoolmate,Arya vidya Shale and Sheshadripuram High School or may be at Basappa Intermediate College -1950-56. My father sri.L.Raghavendra Murthy had a Poornaiah as classmate at Maharaja college,Mysore,probably during 1930s. We speak Tanjavuru Marathi. Tumaalaggi Deepavali chokkot karunde! -‘chiranjeevi’ author-journalist

    Comment by B.R.Gopinath ('chiranjeevi') | October 27, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Gopi – Interesting. Next time in Blr will try to get the book and also meet you . Its been a longtime.

      Comment by Ramakrishna R Rao,Dxb | December 25, 2012 | Reply

  24. Thrilled to read all correspondances about Purnayya. I was reading a marathi book “eka maleche mani’ by Setumadhavrao Pagadi. This book contains 12 articles on Tipu. There are many re ferences about Purnayya,Krishnarao and Arunachalpant. Then started searching internet. I am a kannadiga settled in Pune. I want to know more about the contribution of Purnayya to Uttaradimath as well Brahmanara Phitoori. Any one suggest me referance books(kannada,marathi and english)? Ashok.Dambal. ID. ashokb.dambal@gmail.com

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