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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history of Coorg?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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Coorg, or Kodagu as it is called today, is chequered with some colourful history. Treat yourself to some interesting historical tidbits on Kodagu.

  • Early Years (2nd Century to 18th Century)

    The mighty Kadambas held sway over northern province here fromthe 2nd to the 6th century, while the Southern areas are linked to the Ganga Dynasty from the 4th to the 11th century. Finally, there was a fierce struggle for supremacy and Coorg entirely came under the rule of the famous Cholas from the 11th century. However, the Chola supremacy was usurped by the Hoysalas in the 12th century. After the Hoysalas, the major dynasty to rule Coorg was of the Vijayanagar kings who won the place in the 14th century. With the downfall of the Vijayanagar kings, the local Nayaks or chieftains proclaimed independence and started ruling different parts of Coorg. From 17th century to about 1834 AD, Coorg came under the rule of the Haleri kings.
  • Mid Years (1834 to 1947 AD)

    This was the period when Coorg was a part of
    Her Majesty’s British Colonial Rule. To be precise, British rule formally started in Coorg on 7th May, 1834, when the place was annexed to the territories of East India Company.
  • Post Colonial Rule (1947 AD onwards)

    With India’s independence in 1947, Coorg became free as well and was conferred statehood under the new constitution in 1950 AD. In 1956, Coorg became a part of Karnataka due to state reorganisation.
  • Present Status

    Coorg continues to be a part of Karnataka and has 3 districts or taluks namely Veerajapete, Madikeri and Somavarapete. Madikeri also serves as Coorg’s district headquarters.
  • How Kodagu became Coorg?

    As per the Puranas, Coorg was initially called Krodadesa, meaning the land inhabited by the people with the blessings of the Mother Goddess. Coorg was also known as Matsyadesa in Kaveri Purana. With time, the name became Kodagu. It is surmised that Kodagu is derived from Kudu, meaning ‘Hilly Place’. Coorg was the anglicised version of Kodagu.

Phew! Wasn’t that quite a lesson in history?

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