Virudhunagar. Loksabha Constituency (Tamil Nadu)
Sivakasi is renamed as Virudhunager. Sivakasi is a municipal town in the Virudhunagar district of the Tamil Nadu State. The town has another name Kutty or Mini Japan which was given by Jawaharlal Nehru for the powerful printing and match making industries.
Sattur, Virudhunagar, Sivakasi, Srivilliputhur, Rajapalayam SC, Koilpatti are the assembly segments of this constituency. The town Sivakasi had a population of 72,170 and the average literacy of 77% higher than the national average of 59.5% .
V Jayalakshmi, N Soundararajan, K Kalimuthu, R Kanga Govindarajulu, V Alagirisamy, Y Gopalaswamy, are the earlier elceted members from this Lok Sabha Constituency.
A Ravichandran is the present incumbent of this seat. He won by defeating his nearest rival AiADMK candidate P Kannan by a margin of 164517 votes.
Crackers for Diwali and other functions always reminds you of the fireworks industry at the Sivakasi town. Most of them come up only for the season.
There is history behind the name of Sivakasi and the King Harikesari Parakkirama Pandian. The king wanted to build a Siva temple at tenkasi his capital and went to Kasi Varanasi to get a shiva linga. While bringing it back to tenkasi he rested under the vilva trees on the way.
The Lingam could not be moved from there and taken to tenkasi . so the King built the temple then and there and named it Sivakasi. Later, King Pandia and King Thirumalai Naicker expanded the temple and named it Kasi Viswanatha Swamy temple
Sivakasi is known for three main industries. Printing / offset printing press, for which Sivakasi is considered to be second only to Gutenberg in germany. Shri K. S. A. Arunagiri Nadar is said to be the founder of the printing industryhere in Sivakasi as he was responsible for bringing printing in here.
Pyrotechniques (fireworks and Crackers) and also safety matches and colour matches industry are the other two industries. Ayya nadar and his brother Shanmuga nadar founded the match industry and has started many colleges and other educational institutions.
Sivakasi is well connected by Road and railways to the rest of the state and the country. The nearest airport is in Madurai and also one at Tuticorin.
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