Many anecdotes and stories about Kodungallur Kovilakam are part of folklore. This page is dedicated to such anecdotes and stories

1. Anecdote about Kodungallur Kunjikuttan Thampuran

Hearing about Kodungallur Kunjikuttan Thampuran translating Mahabharatham  from Sanskrit to Malayalam, the popular poet Vallathol, who established  Kalamandalam, went to see him.

Thampuran was concentrating on a thick volume and dictating at lightning speed. Vallathol thought Thampuran must be dictating what he had already written in the book.

Coming closer, and to his surprise, he found that  Thampuran reading the text in Sanskit and dictating the translation in Malayalam.


2. A story about Kodungallur Kunjikuttan Thampuran, sent by a reader (Thanks to Ms. Lathika Menon for taking the effort for sending this to us)

This happened between Kunjikuttan Thampuran and his daughter Saraswathy

His daughter was asking him to buy balapadam and thampuran had no money to buy one for her.. since she was keep on troubling him, thampuran wrote the following and asked her to take it to the shop owner

‘balashikha kalatu nnu
bala puthri saraswathi
alattu theerthu vetteku
vila pinna tharamedo’

and she got the book

Disclaimer: This is a blog on the family of Kodungallur Kovilakam. Currently it is under development. Information provided here may be incomplete or inaccurate. It is presented only for the purpose of consolidation. This is yet to be submitted for further scrutiny by official representation from members of Kodungallur Kovilakam family. If you have any information supporting or contradicting information presented here, please contact vinodvarmah @ or mithvarma @

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