About Mayiladuthurai

Mayiladuthurai (formerly known as Mayavaram or Mayuram) is a town in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu. It is the headquarters of the Mayiladuthurai taluk. The town is located at a distance of 60 km from the district headquarters Nagapattinam and 281 km from the state capital Chennai. Mayiladuthurai is known for the Mayuranathaswami Temple, a prominent Shaivite shrine. Mayiladuthurai was ruled by Medieval Cholas and subsequently ruled by various dynasties including the Vijayanagar Empire, Delhi Sultanate, Thanjavur Nayaks, Thanjavur Marathas and the British Empire. Mayiladuthurai was a part of the erstwhile Tanjore district until India's independence in 1947 and Thanjavur district until 1991 and subsequently a part of the newly formed Nagapattinam district. The town is known for agriculture, metal working and weaving. The region around Mayiladuthurai has considerable mineral deposits.

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