Posted by: Vinod Varma | January 17, 2010

Did you know?

The book Hindu Astronomy By P.D. Sharma (Global Vision Publishing House,
19A/E, GTB Enclave, Delhi – 93) refers to Vidwan Goda Varma Ilaya Thampuran as a versatile scholar who has written profusely in Sanskrit and Malayalam, with erudite commentaries in Sanskrit on Astronomy, He is reported as occupying the front rank among renowned scholars and patrons of literature produced by scholarly royal house of Kodungallur

Ref. Book ‘Hindu Astronomy, last paragraph of Page 189,

Posted by: Vinod Varma | January 16, 2010

Did you know?

Vazhakunnam Neelakandam Namboothiri, father figure of Magic in Kerala, studied “Maathangaleela” under the expert, Kochunni Thampuran of the Kodungallur Kovilakam.

Ref. History of Indian Magic

Posted by: Vinod Varma | January 15, 2010

Did you know?

Widely popular K.P.Namboodiri’s Dantadhavanachoornam is prepared based on the recipe discovered from ancient ayurvedic texts by a royal physician Kochukuttan Thampuran at Kodungalloor Kovilakam

Ref. K.P.Namboodiri’s web site

Posted by: Vinod Varma | January 14, 2010

Did you know?

First major recognition for Padmashri Mani Madhava Chakyar was from Kodungallur Bhattan Thampuran. Mani Madhava Chakyar considered Mudramothiram from Kodungallur Bhattan Thampuran as the most prestigious award that he ever got


Posted by: Vinod Varma | January 13, 2010

Did you know?

Kodungallur Kovilakam accomodated veteran communist leader Sri A K Gopalan

Ref. A write up “Communist thampurattikalude samaravazhikal” by Geetha in November 11-17 2007 issue of the magazine Mathrubhumi

Posted by: Vinod Varma | January 12, 2010

Did you know?

Highest ranking Kshatriyas in Kerala, were those belonging to the four royal families (Kottayam Royal Family, Beypore Royal Family, Cochin Royal Family and the Kodungalloor Chiefly Family).


Posted by: Vinod Varma | January 8, 2010

Vidyasmat Paradevatha!

Vidyasmat Paradevatha!  What does this mean? It translates roughly to mean knowledge is our supreme God.

In all belief systems, God is perfect, complete and ultimate! It is all powerful, omnipresent, omnipotent, beyond confines of space and time!!

World seems to be yet coming to terms with accepting importance of knowledge. And, here is words of wisdom highlighting importance of knowledge, equating knowledge to God and perhaps even beyond. On hindsight, we must accept wisdom of these words, and I think it is more true now than ever

Rulers across the world were caught in continuous warfare in perpetual quest to increase their frontiers of control in the physical world. In contrast, rulers in Kerala devoted quite a lot of their time in fostering art, literature, culture and knowledge.  They gave importance to peace and prosperity rather than to continuous warfare and constant unsettlement. No wonder, Kerala stands out even today as a model of peaceful co-existence of diverse culture

Consequently, history of Kerala is not much about conquests but rather about social interactions, right from the times of ancient Greek and Roman culture. Unfortunately, as with history of rest of Kerala, very little recorded evidence is available on Kodungallur to form comprehensive records though there is a lot in the folklore.

Anyway,  Kodungallur Kovilakam is remembered now, not for the conquests won but for contributions made.  Kodungallur Kovilakam has made India richer in terms of art, literature and culture. It is great to find references on Kodungallur Kovilakam written in golden words in the annals of history, even in recent times

Ancient wisdom reminds us that ‘Swarajye poojyathe Rajan, Vidwan sarvathra poojyathe’. That is, king is  respected only in his country but a scholar is respected everywhere. It is important to rule minds of people in the virtual world rather than vast areas of land in the physical world. There lies the importance of having ‘Vidyasmat Paradevatha!’ as the motto

Posted by: mithunvarma | January 7, 2010



Posted by: Vinod Varma | December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

Wish all members of Kodungallur Kovilakam a very happy and prosperous new year 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Posted by: Vinod Varma | December 28, 2009


This a blog for Kodungallur Kovilakam.

Kodungallur Kovilakam includes both Chirakkal Kovilakam and Puthen Kovilakam.

Kodungallur Kovilakam has played a significant role in cultural advancement of the state of Kerala.  Kodungallur Kovilakam has been always  in the forefront of  social transformation. There is a lot that Kodungallur Kovilakam can still teach the world in blending modern lifestyle while holding onto time-tested social and human values. Much of that is part of folklore but is being lost with the onslaught of fast pace of modern life and new social order.

Information on Kodungallur Kovilakam is scattered around. Some are documented in the form of books or as writeup in magazines. Some are still tacit knowledge and experience of earlier generation.

This is a humble attempt at consolidating and preserving this information for the posterity, before it is lost into oblivion

This is not a conventional web site on Kodungallur Kovilakam. This a blog with writing displayed in reverse chronological order. This is a precursor to a web site on Kodungallur Kovilakam. Purpose is to consolidate information before creating an actual web site.

We request guidance and blessings from all elders.  We also request support, especially in terms of information and specific write up , from all members and well wishers of  Kodungallur Kovilakam.

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