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Konar or Idaiyar or Tamil Yadavar is a Chandravanshi Kshatriya caste from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a sub-division of the Yadava community. They are also known as Ayars. Konars are distributed throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. They are one of the ancient Tamil castes.
The Yadavas of Tamilnadu were originally referred as ‘ARYAS’ in Tamil literature but locally called as ‘Idayans’. Even in the government records the community name was referred as ‘Idayans. Up to the Census 1921, the community name was noted as ‘Idayan’. The Tamil speaking Yadavas were referred as Idayans and the Telugu speaking Yadavas were referred as ‘Gollas’ and as Vaduga Aayars. The name of the community was notified as ‘Yadavas’ in government records as per the Government of Madras G.O.No.5240 Law (General) dt.13th December 1930. In the G. O. it was said that the term ‘Yadava’ shall in future be adopted in place of Golla, Idayan, Gola, Gopi or Goda in all official announcement. Accordingly in the Census 1931 the name of the community was noted as Yadava instead of Idayan. This is the last caste wise census enumerated.
Konar in ancient literature:
Ilango Adigal had mentioned Konars of Madurai in his Tamil epic Silapathikaram, which is considered to be one of the five famous epics of Tamil literature. According to this epic, they gave accommodation for Kannagi. They occupied grasslands known as Mullai in Ancient Tamil country. Konars traditionally raise cows, goats and sheeps and sell milk.
Notable Personalities in Konars:
Ayana Nayanar – One among 63 Nayanmars
Idaikaddar – One among 18 Siddhar
Ananda kone – Ruler of Gingee fort
Krishna kone – Ruler of Krishnagiri fort
Karmegha Konar – Very popular Tamil poet and educationalist and he is popularly known as Senna Pulavar,
Leaders, activists and Freedom fighters
Veeran Azhagu Muthu Kone – Freedom fighter, known for his revolt against the British
E.M. Gopalakrishna Kone – The patron of the E.M.G Yadava Women’s College, Maduari
S. Gopalakrishna Yadav – Freedom Fighter, Correspondent of Yadava Women’s College, Madurai
Cuddalure Ki. Veeramani – Leader, Diravidar Kazham
S. Sasidaran – Leader, Yadavar Pathukappu Peravai
Rallis J.Sundarajan yadav – Leader of Yadav in Tuticorin and vice president of Tamilnadu
Rallis S.Arunachalam Yadav – Leader of Yadavs in Tuticorin and vice president of Tamilnadu
Mr.Thirvengadam Devanathan- Managing Director of WIN TV and President of Yadava Maha Sabha, Tamilnadu
Rallis S.Jegan – President for tuticorin town and leader of marriage hall at tuticorin(under consturction).
Shri M. Radhakrishna Pillai – Ex. Madras Mayor
Shri C. V. Thiruvenkatachalam Pillai – Ex. Deputy Mayor
Shri P. Kolandaichamy – Ex. Madurai Mayor (1998)
Shri S. Navaneethakumar – Ex. Deputy Mayor
Shri Parameswaran Pillai – Ex. Vice Chairman
Shri Pichaimuthu – Ex. Vice Chairman
Smt. Chandra – District Development Council Chairman (Sivaganga)
Shri A.R. Chandrasamy – District Coop Central Bank Chairman(1999 – 2001)
C. Gurusamy – Ex-Chairman – Sankarankovil
A. Supathra – Judge, Madurai High Court
R. Gopalakrishnan – Ex-Chairman of Indian Bank
Shri K. Senthamarai IPS (Retired)- The first Yadava who was conferred IPS and also served as IG of Tamilnadu Polic, now retired. He is solely responsible for the awakening of Yadavas of southern distrists. He is a demi god to them. He is now the President of Yadava Cultural Academy, Madras.
Shri A. Venkataraman IAS -(Retired)The first Yadava who was conferred IAS. Served as Vice Chancellor of Tamilnadu Agricultural University. After retirement he had assigned work in World Bank and now settled at Madras. Presently serving as member of State Planning Commision and also Member of Southern Districts Economical Development Commission.
Dr. Shri Rajammal P. Devadoss – Now serving as Chancellor, Avinashilingam Home Sceince Deemed University – Coimbtore. Well known throughout the world for her contribution to Home Science (Since Expired).
Dr. Shri A Ramasamy – Presently Vice Chancellor, Dr. Alagappa University, Karaikudi.
Shri M.V. Muthuramalingam IRS – The first Yadava who got selected for the civil services. Now serving as Member, Central Board of Direct Taxes, New Delhi (since expired)
Shri N. Vasudevan, IAS – Presently serving as Managing Director – TWAD Board.
Shri K. Nandabalan, IPS , Chennai (Conferred)
Shri K. Vanniaperumal IPS (Nagarcoil – Firt Yadava directly recruited for IPS)
Shri .A.M.S. Gunaseelan, IPS –Chennai (Conferred)
Shri R. Avudayappan, IPS – Chennai (Conferred)
Shri Dorairaj, IPS – Chennai (Conferred)
Balasubramaniam, IPS – Chennai (Conferred)
Ramasamy, IPS – Chennai (Conferred)
K. Vimalanathan, IRS – Chennai Customs (Directly Recruited)
Shri C. Chenthil Pandian, IAS Under Training (Member TNPSC)
Prof. G. Ranganathan is now serving as Member, TNPSC for the year 1997.
Shri L. S. Karayalar in the year 1946 served as Parliament Secretary to the Hon. Minster of Education.
Shri Dr. M. Tamilkudimagan Ex.M.L.A- Ilayankudy Assembly. Served as Hon. Speaker of the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly during 1989 – 1991. Served in Dr. Kalianjar Karunanidhi Ministry as Hon. Minister for HR & CE and Tamil Development for the year 1996.
Shri S. Balakrishnan Ex.M.L.A – Mudukalathur Assembly and he is the leader of opposition for 1996 to 2001 and Ex.TNCC President.
Shri M.A. Vaithialingam – Tambaram – Madras Assembly
Shri A. Deivanayagam – Madurai – Central Assembly
Shri S. Alagiri – Chidambaram Assembly
Shri Sethunathan – Tindivanam Assembly
Shri Rubin alias Krishnakumar Ex.M.L.A – Coimbtore Assembly
Shri M.S. Karayalar – LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL – 1954
Shri S. Raghavanandam – LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL – (1969 – 71)(1977-85) served as Ministtry of Labour in MGR Ministry in year 1977.
Shri K. Veeraiah – Pudukottai Lok Sabha – 1971
Shri S. RajaKannappan seved as Hon. Minister for PWD, Highways and Electricity in Selvi Jayalalithaa Minstry during 1991 – 1996 who is Founder President Makkal Tamil Desam Party.
Mr. Irama Arankannal – Ex. MLA
K. Saddanatha Karaiyalar – Ex. MLA
K. R. Periyakaruppan – Present minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments in Tamil Nadu state of India
Tmt S Gokula Indira – Rajya Sabha MP, AIADMK Party Organising Secretary
Mr. Sitlapakkam Rajendran – TN South Chennai MP (ADMK)
Mr. K.S. Azhagiri – TN Cuddalore Congress MP
Shri V. Bhoominathan is one of the GeneralSecretary of the Tamilnadu Congress Committee.
Shri R. Damodaran is the President of Backward Class Cell of Tamilnadu Congress Committee.
Shri K. Marudupandian is the State Presidnet of Samajvadi Party
Arts and Film
Konampaddi Rathinam – Tamil Dramatist
Kallapaddi Sinkaram – Tamil Film Actor
Senthamarai – Tamil Film Actor
Jay Pee Alagar – Tamil Film Director
Rajesh yadav – Tamil Film Cameraman
Madhavi – Tamil Actress
Journals & Periodicals
Yadava Mitram – 1929 – Madurai
Young Yadava – 1938 – Madras
Ayareru – 1946 – Pondicherry
Ayar Mandram – 1950 – Madurai
Yadukulam – 1965 – Madras
Gokula Mitran – 1965 – Tirunelvelli
Yadava Mitran – 1970 – Madurai
Namadu Yadavam – 1980 – Madras
SRI KRISHNA YADAV SEVA SANGAM – COIMBATORE:
Coimbarore is an industrial city. Native Yadavas are also there. But the Yadavas of neighbouring districts have settled in Coimbatore in good numbers. They are having a separate organisatin called “Sri Krishna Yadava Seva Sangam” a registered body. It was registered in 1994. Shri Alagu Jayabalan, Proprietor of Alagu Pharmacy is the founder. Shri R. Kaderesan is the present president. They have already setup “Yadava Township” in Coimbatore with 100 plots and it is a great achievement. Shri Singa Iyalarasu is the editor in chief for the news bulletin “Yadava Murasu” releasing by this sangam.
SERVING IN DEFECNE FORCES:
“Perumalthevanpatty – Little Hariyana of Tamilnadu”
A special mention has to be made about a Tamilnadu village – Perumalthevanpaty of Virudhunagar district. This village is commonly referred as “Little Hariyana”. The village is inhibited by Yadavas where one in every yadava family is serving in Defence Forces.