: தருமபுரி(தர்மபுரி) மாவட்டம்) is a district in Tamil Nadu state
in southern India. The district came into existence from October 10, 1965. Dharmapuri
is the district headquarters. Dharmapuri town is historically called "Thakadoor".<!-- Deleted image removed: -->
The district is located between latitudes N 11 47’ and 12 33’ and longitudes E 77 02’ and 78 40’. Occupies an area of 4497.77 km²(i.e. 3.46% of Tamil Nadu) and has a population of 2,856,300 (as of 2001). It is bounded on the north by Krishnagiri District
, on the east by Tiruvannamalai District
and Viluppuram District
districts, on the south by Salem District
, and on the west by Karnataka's Chamarajanagar District
.The Whole district is surrounded by hills and forests.
The earliest known chieftain who ruled Tagadur (present Dharmapuri) during the Sangam era, is Adigaman Naduman Anji, whose patronage sustained the famous poetess Avvaiyar. The next we hear in the 8th century when the northern parts of Salem District were probably under the Pallavas regime. Subsequently, we hear of the Ganga Pallavas having sway over the Western parts of the Salem District. The Western Gangas are also mentioned as having ruled Baramahal during the end of the 8th century.
In the beginning of the 9th Century, the Rashtrakutas gained power and influenced the history of the district for the next two centuries.... Read More