Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Veeraraghava Pattayam

The Veeraraghava Pattayam is a copper plate inscription issued by Perumbadapu king Veeraraghava Chakravarthi who made Mahodayapuram as his capital after the Kulasekhara kings. It says about "Eravikotharthanaya Cheraman Lokaperum Chetti" of "Makothaipattanam" being given Manikkiramapattam (Manigramam, a village) and some other rights. Makothaipattanam means Mahodayapuram.

Dr. Burnal and Dr. Keelhone, based on the "grahanila" (astrological chart) in the plate, estimated the age of the inscription as AD 774 and AD 775 respectively.

Godavarma too shared the same view. Considering historic facts and "grahanila", Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai opined that the inscription dated back to 1225.

The provinces of Venad, Odanad, Eranad, Valluvanad, Sukapuram and Panniyur are mentioned as witnesses in the pattayam. Also called Syrian-Christian copper plate, the inscription documented the trade rights, monopoly over foreign trade and several other rights accorded to a Christian trader named Eravi Korthan.

Historians cite the title as an example for the communal harmony and minority rights ensured by the Kerala kings.

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