(Last Updated on : 03-02-2014)
History of Tiruvallur district in Tamil Nadu
deals with the rule of the Pallavas, the Golkondas, the Mughals, the French, the Dutch and also the British. This district in the state of Tamil Nadu in the southern parts of India has been carved out by the bifurcation of the erstwhile Chengalpattu district and according to the said bifurcation Tiruvallur revenue division which included Tiruvallur, Tiruttani taluks and Uthukkottai and Pallipattu sub-taluks separated from Chengalpattu district along with Ponneri and Gummindipoondi taluks of Saidapet revenue division and formed this new district. Presently the district of Tiruvallur consists of eight taluks namely Ambattur, Ponneri, Gummindipoondi, Uthukkottai, Tiruvallur, Tiruttani, Poonamallee and Pallipattu, Madhavaram.
In the earlier days, the region of the Tiruvallur district was under a chain of regimes starting from the Pallavas during the seventh century ending with the Nawabs of Arcot
during the earlier parts of the nineteenth century when it came under the British rule. In the year 1687, the Golconda rulers were defeated and the region came under the Mughal Emperors
of Delhi. The towns and villages of this region became the scene of the Carnatic war
. Battles were believed to be fought in this region during the struggle for supremacy between the English and French. The Pulicat town was the earliest Dutch possession in India founded in the year 1609 which was ceded to the British East Indian Company
in the year 1825. With this, the region came under the British rule which ended on the 15th of August, 1947 when India became independent.
Tiruvallur specifies the sleeping position of the holy lord 'Balaji' in the Veeraragava temple of Tiruvallur. Later, people of this region started to refer it by names such as Trivellore and Tiruvallur. Today, this district of the Tamil Nadu state is well known, and one of the reasons behind it is the presence of the Veeraragava temple in the district. The new moon day is considered to be greatly auspicious for the lord and also for the people of this region. Thus, the history of the district of Tiruvallur narrates the glorious past of the region which was ruled by a number of famous dynasties.