Manamadurai Pottery

2023 APR 26

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Why in news?

  • The Manamadurai pottery has recently been given a Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

About Manamadurai Pottery:

  • Manamadurai in Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu is known for pottery making.
  • The Vaigai River enriches the clay used for the Manamadurai pottery. A unique type of clay is also sourced from other water bodies to make these pots.
  • The pot is painted in different colours. While making these pots, the five elements of nature namely earth, water, fire, sun and air are used.

About Vaigai River:

  • The river is also referred to as Shiva Ganga in many places. It is also called Kritamaala, for it runs around the city of Madurai.
  • It travels through the Pandiya Nadu region of Tamil Nadu.
  • Its main tributaries are Suruliyaru, Mullaiyaru, Varaaga Nadhi, Manjalaru, Kottagudi, Kridhumaal and Upparu.
  • The Vattaparai Falls are also located on this river.

Historic significance of the river:

  • The Vaigai was the river that flowed through the city of Madurai, the capital of the ancient and prosperous Pandya kingdom located in southern Tamil Nadu.
  • The river also finds a mention in Sangam literature dated to 300 before the Common Era (BCE).
  • The story of Vaigai is told in Thiruvilayadal Puranam


Manamadurai Pottery is associated with which of the following river?

(a) Vaigai

(b) Palar

(c) Noyyal

(d) Chittar