During the region of Pandyas at Madurai people from
Chadragiri near Chittoor of Andhra Pradesh were brought and
posted as "watch keepers (Dhisai Kavalars) of Ilasanadu.
This was later called Ettayapuram. When the local chiefs
refused to pay the taxes to the Pandya kingdom , Ettappar at
Ilasanadu collected the taxes with the help of his army. Later
Pandya king appointed Ettappar as a ruler of the place . After
the rule of 150 years Ettayapuram was formed in 1565 in this
of the National poet Subramania
Bharatiar, a memorial was built by
Kalki Krishna Moorthy in 1945 and Mahatma Gandhi showered his
blessings on the occasion of opening. In 1981 the centenary year
of Bharatiar was celebrated. This was taken over by the Public
Relations Department on 11-12-81.