The square fortifications which surrounded Ramnad town delineated the centre of the kingdom. The king and his courtly entourage took up a prominent position inside the most impressive residential buildings in the kingdom. The centrally placed court of the king was also a focal point for trade activities. Beyond the square fortress of Ramnad town were other settlements which took part in the ritual sovereignty of the Setupati, thus adding an enormous outer layer to the king’s surroundings.