Varahaneri Venkata Subramaniya Iyer was born on 02.04.1881. He was called as Lion of Varahaneri. He married PPackialakshmi at the age of 12. He came first at Presidency level in Matriculation examination at the age of 12. He graduated in Arts at the age of 16. In 1901, he learnt law and became a Lawyer at the age of 19. He knows classical dance too.
In 1907, he went to England at the age of 26 to pursue Barrister-at-law and became a revolutionary. During the convocation in England, he declined to take on oath of allegiance to the British Monarch and escaped an arrest on charges of treason by fleeing the country and travelling far before reaching Pondicherry.
He escaped from London and travelled to Paris, Rome, Keyro, Mecca, Madina and Colombo in disguise and reached Pondicherry. There, As a scholar and nationalist, he remained in the forefront of India’s Freedom struggle.
He rendered a translation of Tirukural and Kambaramayanam in English. He wrote several stories including Mangayarkarasiyin kadhalan, Thannambikkai, Booker Washington, Chandragupta Chakkaravarthy, Guru Govinda Singar.
Va.Ve.Su. Iyer espoused the political dictum that individual acts of bravery would kindle the ensnared spirit of the Indian masses towards achieving national freedom as he
firmly believed that armed struggle was the way to achieving deliverance from the clutches of foreign yoke.
He joined hands with Subramania Siva and Vaanchinathan and is believed to have trained the latter in using fire arms and shooting. Vaanchinathan, in an individual act of dare devilry, killed the Tirunelveli Collector Ashe in a running train and committed Suicide instantly.
In 1917, When Gandhiji visited Pondicherry. Va.Ve.Su. Iyer attended a meeting addressed by him. Attracted by Gandhiji’s powerful speech, he became a Satyagrahi.
He even sprearheaded the non-cooperation movement in the district. In 1921, when he was the editor of Tamil Daily ‘Desabakthan’ he was arrested and incarcerated in Bellary Jail alleged for Royal treachery. He was a nationalist, revolutionary, scholar and above all a man of letters.
In 1923, he started a Gurukul at Cheranmahadevi in Tirunelveli District. He died while attempting to save his daughter from drowning in a river in 1925.
Va.Ve.Su memorial in Varahaneri, Trichy district constructed at a cost of Rs.6.00 lakh 61 thousand and 500 was inaugurated in 05.05.1999.
The house where he lived in Varahaneri, Tiruchirapalli is nationalized by the Government.