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Ancient Epigraphical Inscription on elections

Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Uthiramerur, Kancheepuram District

Epigraphical inscriptions of the 10th century AD found in the Vaikuntha Perumal Temple describing
Uthiramerur, Chathurvedi Mangalam Village Administration

 

 

 

The stone inscriptions of 10th century AD found in the Vaikuntha Perumal Temple in Uthiramerur, Kancheepuram District, describe a system of Village Government, that is, administration by assemblies and functional committees. It is amazing to note that even in that ancient period, villages were divided into wards with the residents of each ward electing their representatives through what was known as the “Kudavolai” system. There were well established codes for the conduct of elections. There were also rigid qualifications and disqualifications prescribed for the contesting candidates.

 
 
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