RĀMANĀTHAPURAM SĒTHUPATI KINGS

The Sēthupatis were the rulers of the Rāmanāthapuram and Sivagaňga regions during the beginning of the 17th century. The Nāyak ruler Muthukrishņappa Nāyak appointed Sadaikkathēver in 1605 as protector and guardian of the pilgrims to Sēthusamudram and Rāmēsvaram. The protector of Sēthusamudram was called as Sēthupathy. Sadaikkathēvar was a loyal subordinate of the Nāyaks. Sēthupatis were valorous sect of Rāmnāď, Madurai and Tirunelvēli. They had Rāmnāď as their official head quarters. Sadaikkathēvar and his son Kuttan Sēthupati acted as Sēthupatis and extended protection to the pilgrims who visited Rāmēsvaram. Apart from giving protection, the two Sēthupathis did religious services to the Rāmanāthaswamy temple at Rāmēswaram.

Kuttan Sēthupathi made his adopted son Sadaikkathēvar II as the next ruler. This was opposed by Kuttan Sēthupati's natural son Thambi, Tirumalai Nāyak supported the claim of Thambi. The ruler Sadaikka thēvar was dethroned and jailed. Thambi was made as Sēthupati. Thambi was not competent. Sadaikkathēvar's nephews Raghunāthathēvar and Nārāyaņatēvar rebelled against Thambi's rule. Accepting the popular representation, Tirumalai Nāyak released Sadaikkathēvar from Jail and made him Sēthupati after dismissing Thambi from the throne. Sadiakkathēvar constructed a new Chokkanātha temple at Rāmēśvaram. He did lot of charitable and public works.