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Valiathampuran:
Just as with many other royal families in Kerala,the eldest male member from Kodungallur Kovilakam is appointed as Valiathampuran. Members from both Chirakkal Kovilakam and Puthen Kovilakam are considered for this purpose.He represents the position of authority (Raja/King) for all religious, ritual and family matters pertaining to Kodungallur Kovilakam. Present Valiathampuran is Kodungallur Goda Varma Raja from Puthen Kovilakam

Ammathampuran:

Eldest female member from Kodungallur Kovilakam is appointed as Amma Thampuran. Members from both Chirakkal Kovilakam and Puthen Kovilakam are considered for this purpose. She represents the position of Rani (Queen) for all religious, ritual and family matters.

Patthamudayam:

Patthamudayam  is festival time for  Thalathil Bhagavathi. Pattamudayam literally translates as 10th dawn. Pathamudayam celebration is 41 day celebration. It start on the 1st day of the month Vrishchikam in Malayalam calender. Celebration peaks on the 11th day of the month Dhanu in Malayalam calendar. As often, it generally falls on on December 26th every year. It is celebrated both as a religious function and a family get-together at Chirakkal Kovilakam.

Kottinchiri Festival:

Kottinchiri festival is celebrated in the month of April, starting with Vishu, every year. It is celebrated both as a religious function and a family get-together at Puthen Kovilakam.

Kodungallur Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Sri Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple is famous in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Two major festivals of this temple are Kodungallur Thalapoli and Meena Bharani. Kodungallur Thalapoli is during Makara Sankranti (mid-January) Meena Bharani is celebrated in the month of Meena (March-April). Bharani festival at the Kodungallur Bhagawati temple is one of the major religious festivals in Kerala. William Logan, a social historian of Kerala, is reported to have observed in 1887 that Kodungallur Bharani was the most important celebration in Kerala, after Onam. Both these festivals is celebrated in the month of Meenam, under the auspices of Kodungallur Valiathampuran, in the capacity as King/Raja of Kodungallur.

Photos from Kodungallur Bharani festival

Bhagavathy in this temple faces west and this western nada remains closed. This nada is opened for Darsanam only to members of Kodungallur Kovilakam. Apart from Valiathampuran and Ammathampuran are allowed to have this direct darsanam.

Coronation/ascendence to throne:

Vishnu of Trikulasekharapuram temple, constructed by Kulasekharaperumal, is the family deity of Kodungallur Kovilakam. Coronation of Raja (Valiathampuran) of Kodungallur, 'ariyittu vaazhcha' and other related ceremonies, is done at this temple premises

Valiathampuran Kovilakam: 
Valiathampuran stays at Valiathampuran Kovilakam to discharge his traditional duties as Raja of Kodungallur

 

 

Just as with other royal families in Kerala, there is not much written information about Kodungallur Kovilakam, except for very recent past. However, much of its history is part of folklore. This web site is a humble attempt to consolidate information scattered around and preserve for the benefit of posterity, with the hope that a rich culture based on social and human values is not lost in the onslaught of fast pace of modern life and new social order. Any kind of guidance and support in improving an authenticity would be very helpful. We request support, especially in terms of information and specific write up , from all members and well wishers of Kodungallur Kovilakam.