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Gramam - Chittur, Durga Koshtam, Lankeswaram

Location : Palakkad District. 

Chittur is one of the very important villages near Palakkad. It was here that the Kerala Iyers got their training in Vedas. This village has three sub villages viz. Thekke Gramam, Durga Koshtam and Lankeswaram. No information is available about why one of these villages is called Lankeswaram. In Thekke Gramam there is a Samadhi of the great Malayalam poet Thunjattu Ezhuthachan. Altogether there are about 300 houses in these three villages with 200 in Thekke gramam. There is a temple dedicated to Rama and another to Siva in these villages. There is a chariot procession in March -April observed by iyers of this village. The Veda Patasala in this village was started by iyers and supported by the Maharaja of Cochin. He also had a Thirumugam Karyasthan from among the iyers of this village. Several families had Pattalis, officers of the Cochin Government who collected the dues on behalf of the King. Thottu Pichu Iyer constructed the irrigation canal to this village and is gratefully remembered by the villagers. He also was responsible for the construction of Moolathara Anakettu (small dam) The Ezhuttachan Madam housing the samadhi of Thunjattu Ezhuttachan is a great pilgrimage center for Keralites. Sri.C.V.Anantha Krishna Iyer, who became Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Sri. C.A.Vaidilingam , who became the judge in the Supreme Court of India, Sri C.A.Ramakrishna Iyer who became Chief Secretary of Madras state, Sri. C.L.Ramakrishnan who retired as Vigilance Commissioner of the Tamil Nadu are some of the prominent people from this village.

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