The Maruthu Pandiar brothers, Periya Maruthu and Chinna Maruthu were born on 1748 and 1753 respectively in Tirupatur, Sivagangai district.
Maruthu Brothers played an inevitable role in the History of Indian Freedom Struggle fighting against the British with valour.
Kalaiyar Koil was built by Maruthu Brothers. In the year 1801, The British people declared that Kalayar Koil will be demolished, if Maruthu brothers refused to surrender. Maruthu brothers voluntarily surrendered to the British. They were hanged in the Fort of Tiruppathur on 24th October 1801.
A memorial has been constructed for Maruthu Pandiars at a cost of 0.96 Lakhs in Tirupathur, Sivaganga district by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa inaugurated the memorial on 21st October 1992.
The Death Anniversary of Maruthu Pandiars is commomerated annually on 24th October in Tirupathur, Sivaganga district by the Government of Tamil Nadu.