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Nanguneri is a panchayat town in Tirunelveli district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.Nanguneri is a Taluk Headquarters in the District of Tirunelveli situate at a distance of 18mi from the headquarters of the District. The place gained importance for the location of a famous Vaishnavite temple commonly known as Totadri Mutt. The Jeer (Spiritual Head) at Vanamamalai at Nanguneri commands wide reputation over Thenkalai Vaishnavites. He exercises unfettered powers over the subordinate monasteries numbering over 200 scattered all over India.GeographyNanguneri is located at. It has an average elevation of 141 meters (462 feet).DemographicsIndia census, Nanguneri had a population of 6764. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Nanguneri has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 70%. In Nanguneri, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.Community and cultureOne of the most practiced food culture is Nadar cuisine. The dish includes mutton curry after offering in temples like pechiyamman, Madasamy etc. and potato which gives one a fine taste of tradition and the aspirations of an enterprising warrior community. More often taken with an initial sip of pathanir and sweets made of palm jaggery it tells about the past of the Nadar (Sooriya Kulam) community who are doing business with palm tree products link to the palm tree sap going back to their Santror roots and their traditional occupation of planting palm trees and living off the products.
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