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CONCLUSION

Thus, Nilakandann Pillai, the palace Official of Padmanabhapuram has become so famous that there are witnesses and authentic documents from all quarters to affirm him as a martyr for Christian faith and for the values of the Gospel. First there is an uninterrupted flow of documents/ books from 1752, the year of the heroic death of Devasahayam to the present year 2011. This evidently make us realize that Lazarus Devasahayam, his life and his death and the message of his life and death are not events or messages that we hear from the distant past, but those happenings in the days of our very life.

Secondly the variety of the nature of sources makes one marvel at the impact this one person has made on writers, poets dramatics, and even artists. There are manuscripts, books, dramas, poems on our hero. We can certainly say very few single personalities, with the exception of persons like Mahatma Gandhi, may have had such a long standing influence in the consciousness of people.

Thirdly the extensive spreading of the story of life and passions of the martyr will make anyone wonder how a forty year old palace official in the kingdom of Travancore, who lived and died in the southernmost part of Indian subcontinent, has positively affected the consciousness of people not only through the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu but also Sri Lanka, Kerala and even Europe. Any reader can observe that the sources come from almost the entire world.

Fourthly, one can speak of a certain linguistic universality with regard to the original language of the sources. There is a large variety in it. The sources are in Latin, English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Tamil and Malayalam.

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