Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder
All about Great       Badagas


 ....Uncrowned 'King' of the Nilgiris

                                                       Compiled by A.Kari Gowder and published ( May 2006)   by

                                                                     " Prongadu Seeme Welfare Association "

                                                     C-10 Hope Park, Kotagiri, Nilgiris - 643217, Tamil Nafu (India)   


The above article in Tamil is translated by Bellie Jayaprakash

   [ This article is for the present  younger generation to know our history  as well as for the wealthy -who are interested in the welfare and upliftment of our society  - to come forward to help  the needy]    


                         Shall we learn about Rao Bahadur H.B.Ari Gowder, 

                    the uncomparable leader of the Badaga Community?



                                                            Rao Bahadur H.B.Ari Gowder

                                           Born         -      04 - 12 - 1893

                            Parents  - Rao Bahadur H.J.Bellie Gowder and Lakshmi Nanji Ammal

                            Brothers -  Messers: Haldorai, Bhoja Gowder, Raju Gowder and Joghee Gowder, Sister- Mrs. Idy Ammal

                                                             Wife          -       Gauri Ammal

                                                              son            -       Bhojraj   


                    1.  Ari Gowder was born in a wealthy family. (Eldest son of Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder)

                    2. He was the first Badaga graduate.

                    3. He was not associated with any political party  but was a true  representative of the people, a powerful orator and  welfare minded  social reformer

                                                          (more info under translation and will be added)



                                                        Ari Gowder in his MLA days



Mrs. Gauri Ammal , wife of Ari Gowder

(Original painting by a Britisher [1917?)



Mrs.Idy Ammal, sister of Ari Gowder


 Ari Gowder 's son H.A.Bhojraj who was the first Badaga to win the South India Golf Championship



Ari Gowder's son Bhojraj, Daughter -in- law Rukmani (Daughter of Kundah Ketchigatti B.K.Bella Gowder) and grand children Nandini, Jaiprakash and Tara


Ari Gowder's grand daughter Tara with her husband Wg.Cdr.Bellie Jayaprakash (Grandson of Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder and son of Ari Gowder's sister Mrs.Idyammal)



The bridge connecting Tamil Nadu & Karnataka States at Theppakadu,  Gudalur (Nilgiris) built in 1938 


 ...and is named after Rao Bahadur H.B.Ari Gowder




Rao Bahadur Ari Gowder's father Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder 



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Photos :  (Courtesy Rao Bahadur Ari Gowder Family) - Digitised by Wing Commander Bellie jayaprakash