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Encyclopedia > Cochin Royal Family

Cochin Royal Family were rulers of Cochin or Kochi. They were also known as Perumpadapu Swaroopam ,Kuru Swaroopam

The swan is an important motif in Advaita. It symbolises two things: first, the swan is called hamsah in Sanskrit (which becomes hamso if the first letter in the next word is /h/). Upon repeating this hamso indefinitely, it becomes so-aham, meaning, "I am That". Second, just as a swan lives in water but its feathers are not soiled by water, similarly a liberated Advaitin lives in this world full of maya but is untouched by its illusion.
The swan is an important motif in Advaita. It symbolises two things: first, the swan is called hamsah in Sanskrit (which becomes hamso if the first letter in the next word is /h/). Upon repeating this hamso indefinitely, it becomes so-aham, meaning, "I am That". Second, just as a swan lives in water but its feathers are not soiled by water, similarly a liberated Advaitin lives in this world full of maya but is untouched by its illusion.

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History

There is no historically written evidence about the emergence of Kingdom of Cochin or of the Cochin Royal Family (Perumpadapu Swaroopam). All that is recorded are through folk tales and stories. So what we have today is only a blurred picture.
Even though there are many manuscripts like Keralolpathi, Keralamahatmyam, Prumpadapu Grandavari, etc. we cannot fully rely on them as they are folk tales and stories but they have got their own prominence.
According to Keralamahatmyam (44th adhyaya) King Vishravanas daughter Bala told Parusurama that she needs a land with her name for her to settle. Parashurama for fulfilling her wish created a land from sea and called it Kerala. Lord Parashurama promoted this land and invited people of all religion caste and creed to settle here. This story can only be considered as a continuation of the old folk tale in which Parashurama created Kerala out of the sea and also that building of temples.
It has been suggested that Gosree be merged into this article or section. ...


There is a well known story that the last Perumal who ruled Kerala divided his kingdom between his nephews and his sons and got himself converted to Islam and went to Mecca for pilgrimage. Keralolpathi states the above story as " The last and the famous Perumal king Cheraman Perumal ruled Kerala for 36 years. He left for Mecca by ship with some Muslims who arrived at Kodungallur (Crangannore) port and converted to Islam. Before leaving to Mecca he divided his kingdom between his nephews and sons." For other uses, including people named Islam, see Islam (disambiguation). ... Mecca IPA: or Makkah (in full: Makkah al-Mukarramah; Arabic: ‎, Turkish: Mekke) is the capital city of Saudi Arabias Makkah province, in the historic Hijaz region. ... Mecca IPA: or Makkah (in full: Makkah al-Mukarramah; Arabic: ‎, Turkish: Mekke) is the capital city of Saudi Arabias Makkah province, in the historic Hijaz region. ... A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Turkish: Müslüman, Persian and Urdu: مسلمان, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of Islam. ... Cranganore (modern day Kodungallur) and known in ancient times as Shinkli, Muchiri (anglicised to Muziris), Muyirikkodu, Muchiripattinam was a famous and prosperous sea-port at the mouth of the Periyar (also known as Choorni Nadi) river in the southern Indian state of Kerala. ... For other uses, including people named Islam, see Islam (disambiguation). ... Mecca IPA: or Makkah (in full: Makkah al-Mukarramah; Arabic: ‎, Turkish: Mekke) is the capital city of Saudi Arabias Makkah province, in the historic Hijaz region. ...


Perumpadapu Grandavari states " The last Thavazhi of Perumpadapu Swaroopam came into existence on the Kaliyuga day -shodashangamsurajyam. Cheraman Perumal divided the land into half, 17 amsha north of Neelaeswaram and 17 amsha south totaling to 34 amsha, and gave his powers to nephews and sons. Thirty four rajyas in between Kanyakumari (now in Tamil Nadu) and Gokarna (now in Karnataka) were give to the Thampuran who was the daughter of the last niece of Cheraman Perumal." The Tiruvalluvar statue The Vivekananda memorial The Gandhi Mandepam Kanyakumari is a town and a cape at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... Gokarna meaning Cows Ear is a small town situated in North Kannada district coastal Karnataka, India. ... Karnātakā   (Kannada: ಕನಾ೯ಟಕ) (IPA: ) is one of the four southern states of India. ...


There is no evidence that Cheraman Perumal converted himself to Islam. There is also a controversy that Perumal got himself converted to Buddhism, Christianity or Jainism. Keralolpathi recorded the division of his kingdom in 345 AD, Perumpadapu Grandavari in 385 AD, Logan (a historian) in 825 AD. There is no historical clue on the split of Kerala, but according to Elamkulam Kunjan Pilla (a historian) a split might have occurred during the second Cheran Dynasty (Beginning of 12th century). There is also a view which can also be considered that the last Perumal, Ramavarma Kulashekara Perumal, of the second Cheran Dynasty (Kulashekara Samrajyam 800 AD - 1102 AD) with its capital at Mahodayapuram divided his Kingdom. There is also a baseless statement in Mangalamala (written by Appan Thampuran) that Bhaskara Ravi Varma had done the division. But there is evidence on the statement that the division was done by Ramavarma Kulashekara Perumal. This article belongs in one or more categories. ... For other uses, including people named Islam, see Islam (disambiguation). ... A replica of an ancient statue of Gautama Buddha, found in Sarnath, near Varanasi. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on Jesus of Nazareth, and on his life and teachings as presented in the New Testament. ... Jaina redirects here. ... This article resolves the various uses of the name Logan. ... A historian is someone who writes history, and history is a written accounting of the past. ... Kerala ( ; Malayalam: കേരളം, — ) is a state on the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. ... For other uses of the name Vishnu, see Vishnu (disambiguation). ...


Ramavarma Kulashekara Perumal" s sister who was married to a Namboothiri of Perumpadapu Illom near Ponnani had five daughters out of which only the last daughter had a son. During the last days of his reign Ramavarma Kulashekara Perumal divided his kingdom between his sons, relatives, and nobles. The kingdom which was later ruled by his sons were called VENAD Swaroopam and that of his nephew was called PERUMPADAPU Swaroopam. Even though matriarchal system was prevalent, the majority of his kingdom was given in between his sons and rest only to his nephew with all the religious rights. VENAD Swaroopam was bestowed the honor Kulashekaraperumal and PERUMPADAPU Swaroopam as Koviladhikari which is a proof of their political and religious practice. Thus, in the beginning of 12th century the Kingdom Of Cochin and the Cochin Royal Family (PERUMPADAPU Swaroopam) came into existence. Until 16th century PERUMPADAPU Swaroopam didn't have any political supremacy, all the political supremacy started only in the 16th century. The Namboothiris (Malayalam :നമ്പൂതിരി) are the Brahmins of Kerala, thought to be the most orthodox brahmins in India. ... Ponnani is a small town in Malappuram District of Kerala state in India. ...


Family

Perumpadapu Swaroopam currently has more than 1000 Members. The family Follows a Matrilineality system. Cochin Royal family is the largest Matrilineal Royal family in the world.
Matrilineality is a system in which one belongs to ones mothers lineage. ...


The eldest female member 'Veliyamma Thampuran' heads the family. She holds the most significant post in the family.


The Eldest male member of the family is called as Veliya Thampuran (Perumpadappu Moopil) is the king.


Based on the current projections even with this numbers it is predicted that the family would be in a positon for adoption in the next century. In 1976, there were 719 members in the family.


Tradition of Perumpadapu Swaroopam

Traditionally Perumpadappu Moopil is considered as the political head of all the brahmins in Kerala(Spiritual head being Azhvanchery Thamprakal). Their rituals and tradition is almost similar to that of brahmins with some exceptions like 12 days of Pollution on death or Birth, Veli not performed for marriages of male members, cannot do pooja yagam etc. Normally for Sandhya vandanam members recite 10 Gayathri Mantrams. Among the ruling families in kerala only members of Perumpadappu swaroopam traditionally had the right to Serve feast to Brahmins or can have food together with brahmin. This can be verifed by reading Shaktan Thampuran story in Ayithihyamala of kottarathil Shankunni. Every member has to do Shodasakriyakal. The term "Shodasakriyakal" refers to sixteen rites to be performed by all members, as structured through "Smruthi". Perumpadapu Swaroopam (also know as Madarajyam, Gosree Rajyam, Kuru Swaroopam) was the name of the Kingdom of Kochi. ... The Namboothiris (Malayalam :നമ്പൂതിരി) are the Brahmins of Kerala, thought to be the most orthodox brahmins in India. ... Kerala ( ; Malayalam: കേരളം, — ) is a state on the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. ... The Namboothiris (Malayalam :നമ്പൂതിരി) are the Brahmins of Kerala, thought to be the most orthodox brahmins in India. ... Sakthan Thampuran Raja Rama Varma Actual name of Sakthan Thampuran was Raja Rama Varma (1751-1805). ...

  1. Sekom (Garbhaadhaanam) : A rite to be performed just before the first sexual intercourse after marriage.
  2. Pumsavanom : To be performed just after conception.
  3. Seemantham : Performed after Pumsavanom.
  4. Jathakarmam : Performed just after birth.
  5. Naamakaranam : Christening.
  6. (Upa)nishkramanam (Vaathilpurappadu) : Involves taking the child out of the house for the first time.
  7. Choroonu : The first ceremonial intake of rice by the child.
  8. Choulam : The first hair-cut ceremony of the boy/ girl.
  9. Upanayanam : (Only for boys).
  10. Mahaanamneevrutham (Aanduvrutham) :
  11. Mahaavrutham :
  12. Upanishadvrutham :
  13. Godaanam : Rites as part of thanks-giving to the Aacharyan (priest or teacher).
  14. Samaavarthanam : A long ritual for the completion of the above said Vedic education.
  15. Marriage
  16. Agniadhaanam : A rite performed as an extension of Oupaasanam and introduction to Sroutha rites.

Upanayanam perhaps better known outside India by the name Sacred thread ceremony, is a Hindu rite-of-passage ritual. ...

Deities

  • Paradevatha (goddess): Vannery Chitrakoodam,Pazhayannur Bhagavathy
  • Paradevan (god): Vishnu (Sree Poornathrayeesa)
  • Other Deities: Tiruvanchikulathappan, Chottanikkara Bagavathy, Chazhur Pazhayannur Bhagavathy

Sree Poornathrayesa temple is situated in Tripunithura, the capiatal of erstwhile cochin state. ...

Marriage

Traditionally the female members of the family are married only to Kerala Brahmin(Namboothiri) class and Male members marry Nair and Samanthan Class. But today with Namboothiris marrying within their class Perumpadappu Swaroopam members marry from other Kshatriya class in Kerala. Traditionally the rule for marriage is Females Marry from same Class (like thirupad) or Class above (Namboothiri) and Males Marry from same class (like thirupad) or Nairs. The Namboothiris (Malayalam :നമ്പൂതിരി) are the Brahmins of Kerala, thought to be the most orthodox brahmins in India. ... The Namboothiris (Malayalam :നമ്പൂതിരി) are the Brahmins of Kerala, thought to be the most orthodox brahmins in India. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Samanthans were the Royal Lineages of the Nairs of Kerala who were given a status immediately after royalty. ... // Introduction Nair is the name of a caste in the Southern Indian state of Kerala. ...


Naming practice of male Thampuran

In Cochin Royal Family all the male Thampurans were named according to the following methodology.

From then on to till date the first three naming convention is followed. But still the name Goda varma is followed in the root family of cochin royal family namely chazur kovilakam as the elders belong to it. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Dharma Raja. ... The name Kerala Varma refers to a number of persons, including many members of the Cochin Royal Family. ... Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was an Indian painter who achieved recognition for his depiction of scenes from the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. ...

Naming practice of Thampuran

In Cochin Royal Family the female Thampurans were named according to the following methodology.

This naming convention is followed again to third daughter and fourth etc. Both the female and male members are called by the name "Thampuran" and have same last name(Thampuran). (in all other royal families in Kerala, males are called Thampuran and females - Thampuratti.)citation required Amba was the eldest daughter of King of Kashi. ... Ambalika was the daughter of King of Kashi and the wife of Vichitravirya, King of Hastinapur. ... Jagannath(far right) with his brother Balarama(far left) and sister Subadra (center) in Radhadesh, Belgium Subhadra is the sister of Krishna. ...

External links

References

  • Genalogy of Cochin Royal Family - By Rameshan Thampuran

 
 

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