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Yanam
Yanam
(French: Yanaon) is a town in the Indian union territory of Puducherry, located in Yanam
Yanam
district, which forms a 30 km² enclave in the district of East Godavari
East Godavari
in Andhra Pradesh. It has a population of 32,000, most of whom speak Telugu. For 200 years it was a French colony, and, though united with India in 1954, is still sometimes known as French Yanam[citation needed]. It possesses a blend of French and Telugu culture prevailing in Andhra Pradesh. During French rule, the Tuesday market (mangalavaram santa) at Yanam
Yanam
was popular among Telugu people
Telugu people
in the Madras Presidency
Madras Presidency
who visited Yanam to buy foreign and smuggled goods during Yanam
Yanam
People's Festival, which is held in January. Also, after implementation of the Sarda Act in British India
British India
in 1929, Telugu people
Telugu people
came to Yanam
Yanam
to conduct child marriages, which remained legal under the French administration. In 1936, Yanam's population was 5,220.

Contents

1 Statistics

1.1 Geography 1.2 Soil 1.3 Irrigation 1.4 Climate 1.5 Temperature 1.6 Demographics 1.7 Revenue villages 1.8 Literacy rate

2 Colonial history

2.1 Commercial era, before 1742 2.2 Political era, after 1742 2.3 First British occupation 2.4 Second British occupation 2.5 Third British occupation

3 Local administration in the colonial era

3.1 1840 decree 3.2 1871 decree 3.3 1872 decree 3.4 1878 decree 3.5 1946 decree

4 Municipal administration in the colonial era

4.1 French Metropolitan decree 4.2 Structure of the municipality 4.3 Election results of 1948

5 Revenue administration in the colonial era 6 Cession of Yanam 7 Aftermath of liberation

7.1 De facto transfer 7.2 Treaty of cession

7.2.1 Special
Special
administration status

7.3 De jure Transfer 7.4 Merger in Puducherry
Puducherry
U.T 7.5 Date of events

8 French nationality 9 Court House
Court House
(Palais de justice)

9.1 Colonial era 9.2 After independence

10 Famous people in the colonial Yanam 11 Present situation of administration

11.1 Local administration 11.2 Legislative administration

12 Culture 13 Official languages 14 Tourism

14.1 Important temples nearer to Yanam

14.1.1 Annavaram 14.1.2 Draksharamam 14.1.3 Pithapuram

15 Festivals

15.1 Śrī Rājarājeśwara Kalyāṇōtsavālu 15.2 Venkanna Babu Kalyāṇōtsavālu 15.3 Catholic Festival 15.4 Fête de Pondichéry 15.5 Brahmotsavam

16 Places of worship

16.1 Sivalayam 16.2 Venkanna Babu Temple 16.3 Grand Mosque 16.4 Catholic church

17 Sports 18 See also 19 References 20 External links

Statistics[edit] Geography[edit]

Godavari near Yanam

The district lies in the delta of the Godavari River; the town is situated where the river meets its tributary, the Koringa River (Coringa River), nine kilometres from the Bay of Bengal
Bay of Bengal
on the Coromandel coast. Soil[edit] Yanam's soil is alluvium consisting of sand clay and gravel. It is greyish black and clayey in composition. A few thin layers of sandy clay or sand, not exceeding 0.3-metre in thickness, are intercalated with the clay soil. The river sands on the bank of Gauthami, Godavari consist of quartz, felspar and muscovite mica. A few grains of monazite are also found in the black streaks. There are no minerals of economic value in the region. Irrigation[edit]

Sri Potti Sreeramulu Yanam
Yanam
Bridge

Yanam
Yanam
receives irrigation water via the Bank Canal, which begins at the Dowleswaram
Dowleswaram
headworks (Sir Arthur Cotton's barrage on the River Godavari, downstream from Rajahmundry). The canal runs towards east to Pillanka, a village near Yanam, and is popularly known as French Channel, having been built under a 1949 agreement between the then French Government
French Government
and the Government of India. It provides irrigation and drinking water to the areas west of the Coringa River. After merger, irrigation was provided to about 5.6 km² of dry land on the eastern side of the Coringa River by constructing an irrigation canal, the Adivipolam Channel, from the tail end of Tallarevu South Canal and the starting point of the Neelapalli Channel on the right side. The work was undertaken by the Andhra Pradesh Public Works Department in 1964, and was completed and commissioned in June 1966. Like the French Channel, it provides irrigation and drinking water.

Rajiv Gandhi Beach

Climate[edit] Yanam's climate is characterised by high humidity (over 70% in the day and 60% in the evenings throughout the year), an oppressive summer season (with humidity of 68 to 80%), and plentiful rainfall. It enjoys the benefits of both the Southwest and Northeast monsoons. Average annual rainfall is 1226 mm. Temperature[edit] Temperatures in Yanam
Yanam
range from 27 °C to 45 °C in summer, and 17 °C to 28 °C in winter. From February, temperatures start rising rapidly until May, which is the hottest month, with the mean maximum around 37 °C and mean minimum around 28 °C. Humidity being high, the heat is exhausting. The maximum temperature on some days in May or early June, before the onset of the south-west monsoon, may touch 47 °C. The sea breeze affords some relief in the afternoons. Similarly, pre-monsoon thunder-showers may also bring relief on some days. With the onset of the monsoon in June the temperature falls rapidly, and usually remains steady until September. In this season the mean maximum temperature is around 32 °C, and night temperatures fall rapidly until December or January, when day temperatures are around 27 °C, and night temperatures around 19 °C. At times the minimum temperature may drop to 14 °C. December and January are the coolest months. Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1843 4,000 —    

1882 4,536 +13.4%

1884 4,552 +0.4%

1885 4,266 −6.3%

1900 5,005 +17.3%

1901 4,681 −6.5%

1911 4,727 +1.0%

1926 4,995 +5.7%

1931 5,249 +5.1%

1936 5,220 −0.6%

1941 5,711 +9.4%

1948 5,853 +2.5%

1971 8,291 +41.7%

1981 11,631 +40.3%

1991 20,297 +74.5%

2001 25,511 +25.7%

2011 31,500 +23.5%

2014 35,000 +11.1%

As of 2001[update] India census,[2] Yanam
Yanam
had a population of 31,362. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. In Yanam, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

1843 – 4,000 1882 – 4,536[3] 1884 – 4,552[4] 1885 – 4,266 1900 - 5,005[5] 1901 – 4,681[6] 1911 – 4,727[7] 1926 – 4,995[8] 1931 – 5,249[9] 1936 – 5,220[10] 1941 – 5,711[11] 1948 – 5,853[12] 1971 – 8,291 1981 – 11,631 1991 – 20,297 2001 - 25,511 2011 - 31,500 2014 - 35,000

Revenue villages[edit] Apart from the town of Yanam
Yanam
itself, Agraharam, Darialatippa, Farampeta, Guerempeta, Savithrinagar, Kanakalapeta, Kurasampeta and Mettakur villages fall under the district's jurisdiction. Literacy rate[edit] Yanam
Yanam
has a literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 74.04%, with male literacy at 84% and female literacy at 77%. Colonial history[edit]

Colonial Yanaon

Main article: Yanaon (Inde française) Yanaon was a Dutch colony prior to French takeover in the 1720s. 'Neelikundilu' (indigo wells) are still found in the west of Yanam. The Dutch built a fort, which they used to store their currency, minted in nearby Neelapalli. The location of the fort is today referred to by locals as 'saali kota' (in Telugu Saalivandru; lit, "shawl-hut") because, after the demise of the Dutch, the building was reputedly taken over by cloth weavers. The region was presented to the French General the Marquis de Bussy by the Vizianagaram King as a token of gratitude for the help rendered by Bussy in his fight against the rulers of Bobbili. There remains a street named after Bussy in Yanam.

French India

Commercial era, before 1742[edit] The book The botanic garden of Yanam
Yanam
(Le Jardin Botanique de Yanaon), by Médecin-colonel Alfred-Alphonse-Léon Bigot, states that the Compagnie Française des Indes Orientales established a trading post at Yanaon in 1723, making it the third French colony established in India (though not officially confirmed as such until 1751). The area was given up in 1727, after commercial operations proved unsuccessful, but was seized again by Governor-General Dupleix in 1731. A firman from Haji Hassan Khan, Nawab of Masulipatam, authorised the French Representative Fouquet, then chief of the Company at Masulipatam, to set up a loge (small business concession). Governor of Rajahmundry
Rajahmundry
and its Southern Circars, Nawab Roustoum khan (Haji Hussain) granted a Paravana dated 1735 for French commerce in Yanam. Political era, after 1742[edit] Yanoan was re-established in 1742, during the reign of Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah, at which time political motives began to overshadow commercial development. The annual rent was waived by a document in 1743, and in 1747 the French administrator, Monsieur Sinfray, induced Mir Ahmad Ali Khan, Nawab of Arcot, to grant the French all rights to the lands situated around their quarters at Yanam. In December 1753, a Paravana of Salabat Jang
Salabat Jang
conceded to Bussy the Northern Circars. Salabat Jang
Salabat Jang
was indebted to the French East India Company for his elevation to the throne, which had been confirmed by the Mughal emperor. The agreement made between the French and Salabat Jang in Aurangabad bears the signature of Said Loukshur, Minister of Salabat Jang. Yanam
Yanam
acquired considerable importance during the French occupation of the Northern Circars. First British occupation[edit] Another important event in the history was the war between the French and the British fought at Chandurthi in 1758 in which the French were defeated. Salabat Jang
Salabat Jang
made a treaty with the British and gave the Northern Circars
Northern Circars
under a firman to the British. After 1760 the French lost hold in South India, especially on Northern Circars. A document dated 15 May 1765 showed that the villages of Yanam
Yanam
and Kapulapalem (Capouloupalém) with other lands were handed over by Jean White Hill and George Dolben, the British representatives deputed by Jean Pybus, the head of the British settlement in Masulipatam
Masulipatam
to Yoan Yacques Panon, French Commissioner deputed by Jean Law de Lauriston the then Governor General
Governor General
of Puducherry, for taking them over. This document mentions that France entered into possession of Yanam
Yanam
and its dependent territories with exemption from all export and import duties. Soon after taking possession of this settlement, Panon obtained a firman for full liberty of trade and commerce of the French in Yanam.

Preceded by French East India Company First British Occupation of Yanaon (Seven Years' War) 1758–1765 Succeeded by French East India Company

Second British occupation[edit] Between 1778 and 1783, Puducherry
Puducherry
was under British occupation. Yanam was restored again to the French in 1785. Mallhendre took possession of it and Bluter succeeded him. After Bluter, Pierre Sonnerat
Pierre Sonnerat
(18 August 1748 – 31 March 1814) became the chief in 1790 in Yanam. He appreciated very much the sonority and the music of the Telugu language. He administered Yanam
Yanam
during the time of the French Revolution.

Preceded by French East India Company Second British Occupation of Yanaon 1778–1785 Succeeded by French Colonial Empire

Third British occupation[edit] Once again French lost control over Yanam
Yanam
to the British. During 1793 and 1816 Puducherry
Puducherry
was under British control. So, Yanam
Yanam
fell thrice into the hands of the British. After the Napoleonic wars, by the Treaty of Paris (1814)
Treaty of Paris (1814)
Yanam
Yanam
along with the factory at Machilipatnam was finally returned to the French on 26 September 1816. From then it was continuously under French control until its transfer to India in 1954.

Preceded by French Colonial Empire Final British Occupation of Yanaon (Napoleonic Wars) 1793–1816 Succeeded by French Colonial Empire

Local administration in the colonial era[edit]

Venkanna Babu Ratham, Yanam

1840 decree[edit] Local administration was started in Yanaon by a royal decree (Ordonnance Royale) dated 23 July 1840 during July Monarchy. According to that decree Yanaon and Mahé were provided with Chef de service (Service Chief) who resides in his official residence. After the merger, it is being resided by Regional Executive Officer, Yanam.[13] 1871 decree[edit] According to a decree dated 1 February 1871, one person can be sent as a député to the Chamber of Deputies.[14] 1872 decree[edit] Another pivotal incident in local administration was the decree of 1872. It was dated 13 June 1872 and was issued during Third Republic. According to that decree Conseils locaux (Local councils) were created at each colony. The elected member was called as Conseiller local (Local councillor). Conseil local de Yanaon had a strength of 4 local councillors. The term of office was 6 years with one half of membership renewed every 3 years.[15]

Ferry Road, Yanam

Rajiv Gandhi Bus station complex at Yanam

1878 decree[edit] According to a decree dated 24 February 1878, one person can be sent as a sénateur to Sénat
Sénat
(French Senate). Senator
Senator
will be elected by Conseil colonial (Colonial Council) and Conseil local (Local council). First election were held on 26 March 1876.[14] 1946 decree[edit] By the decree of 1946, French India
French India
(Inde française) became an (Overseas Territory) of France. Then an Assemblée Représentative (Representative Assembly) was created for each colony. Yanaon was provided with two assembly representatives (Equivalent to MLA). Currently Yanaon is holding one assembly representative. Notable assembly representatives from Yanam
Yanam
were Kamichetty Venougopala Rao Naidou, Kamichetty Savithiry, Kamichetty Sri Parassourama Varaprassada Rao Naidu and Kanakala Tatayya Naidou.[14] Municipal administration in the colonial era[edit] Main article: Municipal Administration in French India Though the French established colonies in India in the seventeenth century itself, it was not until the end of the 19th century that they started civil administration in French India. French Metropolitan decree[edit] A French Metropolitan decree, dated 12 March 1880 adopted a six-year term of office for mayors (Maire), municipal councillors (Conseil municipaux) and commune panchayats (communes). Thus French India
French India
has seen a French system of municipal administration. In the past, municipal administration was virtually the pivot of the whole administrative machinery in French India. It had several features that could serve as a role model for hassle-free administration. Then a total of 10 communes were formed in which Yanaon became one commune with a strength of 12 Municipal Councillors (conseillers municipaux). The first elections were held on 30 May 1880. Structure of the municipality[edit]

Draksharamam
Draksharamam
Road

See also: Yanam
Yanam
Municipality La Mairie (Town Hall) in Yanaon is now called as Municipality Building. It was built in 19th century and is situated next to Court House in the Thiagaraja Street in Yanaon Town. During French colonial rule, Yanam Municipality
Yanam Municipality
had 12 Sièges. Then, they were called previously as Sièges instead of wards. Each ward is represented by a municipal councillor. Each commune possesses a mayor and a municipal council (Conseil Municipal) that manage the commune from the Mairie. The life-span of a municipal council will be six years, with one half of the membership renewed every three years. Election results of 1948[edit]

Children's Park

Elections held on 24 October 1948 and 18 October 1954 are most crucial in the history of French India. In June 1948 the French and Indian Governments came to an agreement as to how the future of the French Settlements should be determined.[16] Municipal elections were held in Pondicherry, Karikal
Karikal
and Yanam
Yanam
on 24 October 1948. The two main parties were the French India
French India
Socialist Party (Socialists), who favoured the continuance of French rule, and the French India
French India
Congress (Congress), who favoured union with India. Socialist Party was headed by Kamichetty Sri Parassourama Varaprassada Rao Naidu and Congress Party was headed by Yerra Jaganatha Rao.[14]

Yanam
Yanam
– 12

Socialists – 03 Independents – 09

Revenue administration in the colonial era[edit] See also: French Indian Rupee

French 1 Rupee, 1938

After the French took over the establishment from the British (1816), they brought forward legislation to regulate the system of farming and to improve the status of cultivation. An Ordonnance Royale issued on 25 October 1826 legislated that lands were perpetually farmed out to Europeans or their descendants. The farmer with the help of the ecrivain (Village Administrative Officer) had to draw up every year a contract called patta stating the extent of lands cultivated by the ryot and taxes due on such land. The pattas were then registered in the Bureau du Domaine. The ordinance of 25 October 1826 was repealed by the ordinance of 7 June 1828 to regulate the ownership of lands and collection of land tax. This is the basic and primordial law to which one has to refer even now for matters relating to the origin of land ownership. The ordinance put forth a fourfold classification of the lands and provided for the payment of tax directly to the domaine but did not envisage any major deviation from the old principle that gave the king the exclusive right over the land. Hence, the Commission d'Agriculture et de commerce constituted in the year 1848 recommended a remission of tax and conferment of ownership rights to cultivators. An arrete was issued on 19 February 1853 to give a general remission of tax. The Arrete of 6 November 1889 laid down the conditions for establishment of a Bureau du cadastre in the offices of Services des contributions to deal with administrative aspects of survey work. The land records prepared during the French regime were plan parcellaire, tableau synoptique, matrice cadastrale, etc.[17] Cession of Yanam[edit] Main article: Coup d'État de Yanaon Actually, Yanam
Yanam
had an extremely dominant pro-French atmosphere prevailing in its people and its leaders. But in due course of time due to nationalist struggle by some leaders, conditions became intolerable in Yanam
Yanam
after its mayor and other representatives of Yanam
Yanam
adopted the merger resolution. The Mayor Madimchetty Satianandam, deputy mayor, and over 200 people took refuge in the adjacent areas of the Indian Union. Then 78-year-old Samatam Krouschnaya became acting mayor of Yanam. On Sunday 13 June 1954, Indian police came into action. They along with the pro-merger leaders hired hoodlums from Yanam
Yanam
assaulted refugees on Indian soil. It was then that the refugees marched into Yanam
Yanam
under the leadership of Dadala Raphael Ramanayya and aided by then Maire De Yanaon, Monsieur Madimchetty Satianarayanamourty alias Satia and took over the administration. After hoisting the Indian National Flag, they formed the revolutionary provisional government of Yanam
Yanam
headed by Dadala Raphael Ramanayya and adopted a resolution declaring "Yanaon A Libéré" ( Yanam
Yanam
liberated). The coup d'état of Yanam
Yanam
was announced by All India Radio
All India Radio
and Press.[18]

Preceded by French Colonial Empire Établissement français de Yanaon (de facto not recognised by France) 1815–13 June 1954 Succeeded by Provisional Government of Yanam

Établissement français de Yanaon (de facto) 1815–1 November 1954 Succeeded by India

Établissement français de Yanaon (de jure) 1815–16 August 1962 Succeeded by India

After the coup d'état, the last administrator of Yanam, George Sala was recalled by André Ménard, then Governor General
Governor General
of Puducherry
Puducherry
in June 1954. Aftermath of liberation[edit] The Yanam
Yanam
coup d'état had enraged the French authorities of Puducherry. Rumours were spread to the effect that the French government were despatching a cruiser to Yanam
Yanam
to capture Merger leaders and to re-establish their authority. After the coup, the last administrator of Yanam, George Sala was recalled by André Ménard, then Governor General
Governor General
of Puducherry
Puducherry
in June 1954.[18] Dadala was also appointed as Acting Commissioner for Yanam
Yanam
for 14 days. Towards the end of June 1954, Kewal Singh paid a visit to Yanam and requested Dadala's return to Pondicherry to continue his activities there. On 3 July, on Kewal Singh's request, Dadala left Yanam, after making all arrangements for its proper administration. De facto transfer[edit] Yanam
Yanam
remained under French control till 13 June 1954, when it joined the Republic of India by Indian military
Indian military
action. On 1 November 1954, after long years of freedom struggle the de facto transfer (Vāstavikāntaraṇa) of the four enclaves of Pondicherry, Yanam, Mahé, and Karikal
Karikal
to the Indian Union
Indian Union
was achieved. The Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, visited Puducherry
Puducherry
on 16 January 1955. Messrs Edouard Goubert, S. Perumal, Dadala and Sri Pakirisamy Pillai presented addresses to Pandit Nehru in a public meeting in the maidan of Gorimedu. Treaty of cession[edit] A treaty of cession was signed by the two countries on 28 May 1956.[19] The de jure transfer was delayed until the end of the Algerian War. The treaty was ratified by the French parliament
French parliament
in May 1962. On 16 August 1962 (De Jure Day) India and France exchanged the instruments of ratification under which France ceded to India full sovereignty over the territories it held. Special
Special
administration status[edit] According to Traité de cession dated 1956, the four former French colonies were assured of maintaining their special administrative status. That is why Puducherry
Puducherry
is the only Union Territory with some special provisions like Legislative Assembly, French as official language, etc. This is the most important article in the Traité de Cession, which ensures and safeguardes the personal interest of the people regarding their special administrative status. The Article II of Traité de Cession states that,

The Establishments will keep the benefit of the special administrative status in force prior to 1 November 1954. Any constitutional changes in this status which may be made subsequently shall be made after ascertaining the wishes of the people.

De jure Transfer[edit] Treaty of cession was signed by the two countries in May 1956 was ratified by the French parliament
French parliament
in May 1962. On 16 August 1962 India and France exchanged the instruments of ratification under which France ceded to India full sovereignty over the territories it held. Every year on 16 August, the De jure Transfer Day (Vidhitāntaraṇa Dinamu in Telugu language) is celebrated throughout Puducherry
Puducherry
Union Territory. Merger in Puducherry
Puducherry
U.T[edit] Pondicherry and the other enclaves of Karaikal, Mahé and Yanam
Yanam
came to be administered as the Union Territory of Puducherry
Puducherry
from 1 July 1963. Date of events[edit]

Inde française

Colony Liberation de facto transfer Treaty of Cession de jure transfer Merger

Pondichéry – 1 November 1954 28 May 1956 16 August 1963 1 July 1963

Chandernagor – 26 June 1949 28 February 1951 9 June 1952 1 October 1954

Karikal – 1 November 1954 28 May 1956 16 August 1963 1 July 1963

Mahé 16 June 1954 1 November 1954 28 May 1956 16 August 1963 1 July 1963

Yanaon 13 June 1954 1 November 1954 28 May 1956 16 August 1963 1 July 1963

French nationality[edit] See also: French nationality law After the liberation the French government offered citizenship to the people living in colonies of French India, i.e., Pondichéry, Mahé, Karikal
Karikal
and Yanaon. Actually, French law made it easy for thousands of colons, ethnic or national French from former colonies of North and East Africa, India and Indochina
Indochina
to live in mainland France. In Yanam
Yanam
some 10,000 people chose French nationality. According to some estimates, nearly 120 to 150 Telugu families from former French India live in France. On the other hand, there are some French nationals living in Yanam
Yanam
and enjoying French pension (In Telugu, Guddi Pinchanu). The Yanam
Yanam
French Peoples Association was formed and its president is Penupothu Suryanarayan. As of the 2000s, around 80 French nationals live in Yanam. Court House
Court House
(Palais de justice)[edit] The Court building is situated in an ancient white monument building of French architecture. It is called the Palais de justice (Court House) and located at Thiagaraja Street, Yanam
Yanam
to the next of Municipality building. The building has two floors - the ground floor is the court and the first floor is the residential quarters of the judge. The building was renovated in 1967 and inaugurated by Thiru S.L. Silam, the then Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Colonial era[edit] Yanam
Yanam
Judicial Magistrate Court is an ancient court formed prior to the French domain i.e. before 1725 while Yanam
Yanam
was as a Dutch colony. The Judicial Magistrate Court was existing then. Subsequently while this area came under the French on the reorganisation of French domain in 1725 the same court has been converted as French Court under French Law as a Judicial Court. Both civil and criminal cases tried there. After independence[edit] After independence, the court was converted as an Indian Court as a Judicial Magistrate Court, Yanam
Yanam
in 1956, whereas, the Regional Administrative Officer of Yanam
Yanam
was the judge of the court having both executive and judicial powers on civil and criminal cases. After bifurcation of the judiciary, the court came under a separate Judicial Department of Government of Puducherry
Puducherry
and under the administration of the High Court, Madras
Madras
and it was termed as Judicial First Class Magistrate Court cum District Munsif Court. Subsequently under the reform by theHigh Court, Madras, the Yanam
Yanam
was upgraded to that of Subordinate Judge (Civil Judge-Senior Division)/Assistant Sessions Judge cum Judicial Magistrate of I Class in 2000. Now because of this upgrade, all the civil cases up to the pecuniary jurisdiction of Rs. 500,000s are triable by the court. ON the criminal side, the court has jurisdiction to try all cases up to 307 IPC except cases having a death sentence. Further the court is empowered to deal with the motor accident claims, family cases, LAOPs (Land Acquisition of Puducherry), etc. Famous people in the colonial Yanam[edit] First Laurel Poet of Andhra, Chellapilla Venkata Kavi (1870–1950), One of the duo of the famous Tirupati Venkata Kavulu lived here. There were poets such as the late Villa Reddi Naidu, V. Venkataswami Naidu. Some important politicians include Kanakala Tatayya Naidou and Md. Abdul Razzaq. Samatam Krouschnaya lived in Yanam
Yanam
and wrote books in Telugu language. Samatam was a pro-French activist. He was acting mayor of Yanaon during merger struggle. He was killed at the age of 78 by Indian military while Yanam
Yanam
being seized during Coup d'État de Yanaon. A prominent leader who was instrumental in the merger of Yanam
Yanam
into the Indian Union
Indian Union
was Dadala Rafael Ramanayya. He was born in Farampeta and became a key leader of the liberation of Yanam
Yanam
and the other French settlements. He was at the forefront of the strugge to liberate Yanam
Yanam
and facilitate its merger into the Indian union. He was leader who led Coup d'État de Yanaon
Coup d'État de Yanaon
on 13 June 1954 and subsequently functioned as head of its provisional government. Another prominent leader who was also key player in the merger of Yanam
Yanam
into the Indian Union
Indian Union
was mayor Madimchetty Satianandam. He became prominent in Yanam
Yanam
politics during the 1940s and after the election of 1948, he was elected as mayor of Yanam. When he switched to pro-merger camp headed by Dadala, his home got pillaged by people. Aftermath liberation, his involvement in Yanam
Yanam
politics reduced gradually. In early 20th century, Bezawada Bapa Naidou was Mayor of Yanam. He was murdered in Pondicherry.

French Administrator Albert Vollerin, his family and Maire Madimchetty in the 1950s

One of Bapa Naidou's councillors in the "Conseil Local de Yanaon" was Diwan Bouloussou Soubramaniam Sastroulou
Bouloussou Soubramaniam Sastroulou
(Former Conseiller local de Yanaon). He was prominent personality and loyal follower of Bapa Naidou. Bouloussou had been one of "Les jurys de Yanaon" and he worked as Diwan for "Manyam Zamindar" before being elected as Councilor. Bezawada charan Naidou's bitter opponent The Grand Old Man of Yanam, Kamichetty Venugopala Rao Naidou had been active in politics in French Yanaon. After the death of Bapa Naidou, he became Mayor of Yanam (Maire de Yanaon). Venugopala Rao Naidou's son, Kamichetty Sri Parassourama Varaprassada Rao Naidu (former MLA and Speaker, Puducherry) dominated Yanam politics after its independence for almost four decades. He was elected as MLA more than five times and been speaker for Puducherry. Malladi Krishna Rao
Malladi Krishna Rao
is a politician of Indian National Congress
Indian National Congress
and was Minister for Revenue includes Mines, Excise, Tourism, Civil Aviation, Sports and fisheries. Present situation of administration[edit] Local administration[edit] See also: Pondicherry Municipal Council Following the introduction of the Pondicherry Municipalities Act, 1973, four municipalities came into existence in Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahé and Yanam
Yanam
towns. The entities of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam
Yanam
communes formed the municipalities of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Under the new law, all functions excluding those assigned to the Chairman (i.e., those hitherto exercised by the Mayor) appointed under the municipal decree came to be exercised by the Commissioner. The Mayors were also relieved of their day-to-day administrative responsibilities enabling them to be in greater contact with the public. Commissioners were appointed as the Chief Executive Heads of the Municipalities, in ranks according to the grade of the municipalities.

Organigramme of Yanam
Yanam
Municipality

Yanam Municipality
Yanam Municipality
is composed of 10 municipal wards,

Mettakur Ambedkar Nagar Vishnalayam Pillaraya Giriumpeta Farampeta Pydikondala Pedapudi Aghraharam Kanakalapeta

Legislative administration[edit] See also: Puducherry
Puducherry
Legislative Assembly

Map of Yanam
Yanam
Constituency

As the people aspired for a popular government, the Indian Parliament enacted the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 that came into force on 1 July 1963, and the pattern of government prevailing in the rest of the country was introduced in this territory. Under Article 239 of the Indian Constitution, the President of India appoints an Administrator to head the administration of the territory. Yanam
Yanam
was allocated with one seat in the Puducherry
Puducherry
Legislative Assembly. From 1964 to 1989, Kamichetty Sri Parassourama Varaprassada Rao Naidu held this constituency as his pocket borough until his death without facing any challenge in winning the seat consecutively in 1964 (INC), 1969 (IND), 1974 (IND), 1977 (JP), 1980 (IND) and in 1985 (INC). The present MLA of Yanam
Yanam
is Shri. Malladi Krishna Rao. He contested from 1996 with no defeat and won consecutively for thrice as the Independent candidate and shifted to the (INC) in 2007. Culture[edit] Yanam
Yanam
has a mixed culture of French and Telugu. On entering Yanam, Soyez le bienvenue is displayed and when leaving Merci Bien. Official languages[edit] The official languages of Yanam
Yanam
are Telugu and French.

Telugu is an official language of Puducherry
Puducherry
but Telugu is used only when communicating within the Telugu region (Yanam). So, more correctly it is considered as regional official language of Puducherry while being the official language of the Yanam
Yanam
region. French is also an official language of Puducherry
Puducherry
Union territory. Though it was official language of French India
French India
(1673–1954), its official language status was preserved by Traité de Cession (Treaty of Cession) signed by India and France on 28 May 1956. It remained as de jure official language of Puducherry
Puducherry
U.T by the Article XXVIII of Traité de Cession, which states that,[19]

The French language
French language
shall remain the official language of the Establishments so long as the elected representatives of the people shall not decide otherwise.

Tourism[edit] Yanam
Yanam
is covered with coconut trees. It is located over the banks of the Gauthami Godavari River. Humidity is high in this region. The river Gauthami Godavari is one of the main branches of the river Godavari. It enters the Bay of Bengal
Bay of Bengal
after flowing about 12 km through Yanam. Yanam
Yanam
Ferry Road was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Puducherry, Shri R.V. Janaki Raman on 11 January 2000.

Statue of Jesus
Jesus
at Yanam

Important temples nearer to Yanam[edit] Annavaram[edit] Main article: Annavaram

Annavaram
Annavaram
Temple

Lord Satyanarayana Swamy's Temple is located in Annavaram. It is around 80 km from Yanam
Yanam
towards the east. It is famous for performing Vrathams especially for newly married couples for getting blessings from Lord Satyanarayana Swamy. It is the second most important Temple in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
after Tirupati Lord Venkateshwara Temple. Draksharamam[edit] Main article: Draksharamam 'Lord Shiva' here goes by the name of 'Bheemeswara Swamy'. The height of the Lingam is around 14 ft (4 m) and it is one of the oldest temples in India. There is one more temple called Manikyamabika Devi Temple in the campus of this Temple. It is one of the Ashtadasa Pithas in India. It is famous as it has the Sakthi Chakra and Goddess Parvathi is sitting on this Chakra. It is around 16 km from Yanam. There are buses from Yanam
Yanam
to Draksharamam. Pithapuram[edit] Main article: Pithapuram Padagaya Temple is one of the oldest temples in India. It is also called Dakshina Kasi. Here, Lord Shiva is in the form of a rooster. The footprints (padas) of the Gaya Rakshas can be seen. The Shiva manifestation is called "Kukkuteswara Swamy" and the Parvathi manifestation is called "Raja Rajeswari". The Nandi (Shiva's Bull) in front of the Shiva Lingam is famous. There is a Durga Temple in the temple complex, which is also one of the AshtaDasa Pithas of Goddess Durga . The Pitham of the Goddess gave rise to the name "Puruhuthika Devi" and the town is called as "Pithapuram". There is also one more temple of Shri Dattatreya Swamy in this Temple Complex. It is famous becsause Dattatreya's next incarnation is Sripada Vallabha Swamy who was born in Pithapuram. People from all over India, especially from the West and North of India come to Pithapuram
Pithapuram
to have the Darshan of these Lords. It is around 50 km from Yanam. Festivals[edit] Śrī Rājarājeśwara Kalyāṇōtsavālu[edit] Main article: Yanam
Yanam
Śrī Rājarājeśwara Kalyāṇōtsavam Śrī Rājarājeśwara Kalyāṇōtsavām at Yanam
Yanam
is an annual festival at Sivalayam celebrated for twenty days in the month of Māgha (January/February). Kalyāṇam will be performed on Māgha Śuddha Dvādaśi i.e., on the twelfth day of the festival. Lord's holy consort is Goddess Śrī Rājarājeśwari Ammavāru Venkanna Babu Kalyāṇōtsavālu[edit] Main article: Yanam
Yanam
Venkanna Babu Kalyāṇōtsavam

Ratham, Yanam

The Kalyāṇōtsavam Festival is celebrated in the month of Phālguṇa (February/March) every year by the people of Yanam. The festival commences on Phālguṇa Śuddha Pāḍyami with Lord Venkanna Babu's Kalyāṇam. On that day he will be made bridegroom and then a procession on streets with chariots each day occurs and Ponnavōhanam, Ratha Yātra (Rathōtsavam) and Chakratīrtham are the important events of the festival. Vāhana Samprōkshaṇa (ritual cleansing of the chariot) will be done by priests everyday for each Vāhanam used for procession. During the festival days, 150,000 devotees come to Yanam
Yanam
to receive the blessings of Lord Venkanna Babu. The Ratham was built in 1950 by the then Committee under then Assemblée Répresentative, Kanakala Tatayya Naidou. The Ratham's weight is around 15 tonnes. It was partially damaged to the heavy cyclonic storm in November 1996 but was renovated in 1998. The Ratham was carried throughout the town in the early days. After the electrification work, the Ratham's route has been limited from Chinna Center to the Kotha Bus Stand. It is carried by devotees singing slogans and bhajans. The Government of Puducherry
Puducherry
has declared a holiday for Yanam
Yanam
on this special event. Catholic Festival[edit] Every year in March, a Catholic Festival is celebrated. Devotees come and worship Mother Mary. Devotees are not only Christians but also Muslims, Hindus and from other religions. Fête de Pondichéry[edit] Fête de Pondichéry is a three-day annual cultural festival conducted by the Department of Art and Culture of the government of Puducherry. Brahmotsavam[edit] It is conducted for Lord Venkanna Babu in Yanam
Yanam
during the months of September/October and resembles the Tirupati Brahmotsavam. It is a 10-day festival that attracts millions of people from the surrounding villages of Yanam. Places of worship[edit] Sivalayam[edit] Lord Śrī Rājarājeśwara Temple is at Yanam
Yanam
on the bank of Atreya Godavari (also known as Corangi river). The temple was built by the Chalukya
Chalukya
kings of Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry) in the 15th century. The sculptures of those period are present in the temple. Though Kalyāṇōtsavām and Rathōstavam has been performed since old days. It is carried by devotees singing slogans and bhajans. The Kalyāṇōtsavam Festival is celebrated in the month of Māgha (January/February) every year by the people of Yanam. The festival commences on Māgha Śuddha Pāḍyami, Lord Śrī Rājarājeśwara will be made bridegroom and then a procession on streets with chariots each day occurs and Kalyāṇam, Rathōtsavam and Triśūlatīrtham are the important events of the festival. Vāhana Samprōkshaṇa (ritual cleansing of the chariot) will be done by priests everyday for each Vāhanam used for procession. During the festival days, devotees come to Yanam
Yanam
to receive the blessings of Lord Śrī Rājarājeśwara.

Venkanna Babu Temple, Yanam

Venkanna Babu Temple[edit] A Vishnu Temple is present in Vishnalayam street (Rue Vichenou) of Yanam
Yanam
named Alivelu Manga Sametha Shri Venkateswara Alayam. The God is well known as "Venkanna Babu", "Chaldikudu Venkanna" and "Meesala Venkanna". The speciality of the Temple is that the Swamy Idol has big moustaches like Lord Sathyanarayana Swamy of Annavaram. The temple was built by the Chalukya
Chalukya
kings of Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry) in the 15th century. The sculptures of that period are present in the temple. The Venkanna Babu Temple had been performing child marriages during the pre-independence days. Due to the efforts of the Social Reformer, Shri Raja Ram Mohun Roy, the Sarada Act (prevention of Child Marriages) was implemented by the then British government in India. As the Yanam
Yanam
Region was under French rule, the people from the nearby state, came to the Temple to perform child marriages. Even people from MadrasChennai, Hyderabad and other long distant places came to Yanam to conduct child marriages.

Mosque, Yanam

Grand Mosque[edit] The site for the mosque was donated by the French Government
French Government
in 1848. At that time a small mosque was constructed. Then in 1956, it was remodelled. It was demolished in 1978 and a new mosque constructed. In 1999–2000, the mosque was expanded to become the Grand Mosque. Around 200 persons can pray in this mosque at a time. Every year, Ramzan, Bakrid and Milad un Nabi
Milad un Nabi
functions are celebrated. The mosque caters to the people of nearby villages like Thallarevu, Kolanka, Sunkarapalem. which are in the adjacent state of Andhra Pradesh. Catholic church[edit]

Church, Yanam

The monument in remembrance of the Catholic French rulers is linked with the church named St. Ann's Catholic Church. Built in the European style, the furniture and decoration articles were imported from France. The church was built in 1846 by French missionaries. The foundation stone was laid down by Father Michel Lecnam who he died on 30 April 1836 before completion of the church work. In his remembrance, a culvert was fixed in the church. The church work was completed in 1846. Sports[edit] YSR Indoor Stadium is an indoor stadium in the city which has hosted matches of Junior National Badminton Championships, South Zone basketball championships as well as few volleyball and basketball matches. In 2011 the Indian Volley League's third leg matches were held there, and it became the home of the Yanam
Yanam
Tigers.[20] See also[edit]

Causes for Liberation of French colonies in India Municipal Administration in French India Yanam
Yanam
Śrī Rājarājeśwara Kalyāṇōtsavam Yanam
Yanam
Venkanna Babu Kalyāṇōtsavam Yanam
Yanam
Venkanna Babu Brahmōtsavam Pondicherry (Lok Sabha constituency) Puducherry
Puducherry
Legislative Assembly Pondicherry Municipality Yanam
Yanam
Municipality YSR Indoor Stadium French East India Company Dadala Raphael Ramanayya Coup d'État de Yanaon French colonial empire French India

References[edit]

^ http://www.censusindia.gov.in/pca/SearchDetails.aspx?Id=707692 ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  ^ Annuaire des etablissements français dans l’Inde pour l’année, 1882 ^ Annuaire des etablissements français dans l’Inde pour l’année, 1884 ^ Paul Pelet. Atlas des colonies françaises dressées par ordre du ministère des colonies, Paris : Librairie Armand Colin, 1900 ^ Annuaire des etablissements français dans l’Inde pour l’année, 1900-1948 ^ Annuaire des etablissements français dans l’Inde pour l’année, 1900-1948 ^ Annuaire des etablissements français dans l’Inde pour l’année, 1900-1948 ^ Annuaire des etablissements français dans l’Inde pour l’année, 1900-1948 ^ p.4, Indo-Chine-Inde – 1936 ^ p.144, La population de l'Inde, by Pierre Meile. ^ Annuaire des etablissements français dans l’Inde pour l’année, 1900-1948 ^ La Gazette de l'Etat de Pondichéry (Gazette of Puducherry) ^ a b c d La Gazette de l'Etat de Pondichéry ^ La Gazette de I'Etat de Pondichéry ^ Future of French India, by Russel H. Fifield ^ http://www.pon.nic.in ^ a b "My Struggle for freedom of French Provinces in India" autobiography written by Sri Dadala Raphael Ramanayya ^ a b Traité de Cession, 1956 ^ The Hindu Retrieved 2011-06-24

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yanam.

Official regional website of Yanam Future of French India, by Russel H. Fifield (Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Michigan) Pravasandhrulu in France: identity and integration by Jonnalagadda Anuradha, France Official website of the government of the Union Territory of Puducherry Indian Ministry for External Affairs – 1956 Treaty of Cession The French and Portuguese Settlements in India Tourism in Yanam

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