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The arms show the Indian Maddar plant, which was used to produce a bright red dye, an important export product in the 18th century. Mannar was known for its red textiles.
The above image dates from a manuscript dating from 1717/1720. The town currently does not use arms.
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© since 1995, Heraldry of the World, Ralf Hartemink
Literature : Silva, de and Beumer, Illustrations and views of Dutch Ceylon 1602-1796, 1988.