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Gramam - Chelakkara

Locattion : Talappilly, Trichur District. 

Chelakkara is in a valley and is surrounded by the Machat Mountains on all the four sided. In the olden days there used to be about 100 Iyer houses in this village. The village has a Narasimhamurthy temple owned by a Namboothiri illam, but managed by iyers only. There is a small car festival on Thiruvadira day. Navarathri is celebrated in a grand scale in this village. The other festival that is observed in a grand way is Vaikunta Ekadasi.

This village in spite of not having a high school in earlier times did take to education very early. Mr. C.V.Subbarama Iyer who was a Professor of Mathematics in University College, Trivandrum and later rose to the position of the Principal of this college. Another great Man from this village was Dr. C.S.Venkateswaran who adorned the post of Head of the Department of Sanskrit of Annamalai University. Dr.C.S.Vaidyanathan was another of those greats who was the Head of the department of Biochemistry of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Mr. C.V.Venkateswaran otherwise known as Harbor Venki was one of those architects of modern Cochin Harbour. Later he retired as Secretary, Department of Shipping and did the remarkable job of being the advisor of Sethusamudram Project of Tamil Nadu. This village also had an Institute teaching Typewriting and Shorthand quite early and was responsible for several youths of Chelakkara getting jobs in different metropolis of the country. This was further helped by Two hotel owners in Bombay belonging to the village (Narasimhan and Akhileeswaran) who provided youth from this village boarding and lodging till they get a job and collecting the dues later. This village also has a unique distinction of having Chelakkara associations in Bombay and Palakkad, which meet every month and also contribute to the activities in the village.

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