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Gramam - Kudallur

Location : Palakkad District. 

Kudallur is situated on the northern bank of river Gayathri, a tributary of Thripaallur River, which finally joins River Nila (BHARATHAPUZHA). The village is connected by bus service to Nemmara on the southern side of the river.

This agraharam houses about ten brahmin families at present with the Non-Brahmins residing a little away from the agraharam, which has only two streets. Vaikath Matom is a prominent Brahmin family whose ancestors are said to have come here from Ambasamudram around 300 years ago. Of the families, two branches of Vaikath Matom excel the others in the high degree of erudition of their children. This house takes pride in their children-not less than ten contributing to Software technology in the U.S.A.

There is a small neat temple with a sevellipura in the front and a temple tank nearby. The presiding deity is Karthiyayani Amman. In the month of November on the day of Karthigai Nakshatram falls the temple festival known as Karthigai Vilaku. There is Thrikaala Puja in the temple. In the evening the Devi ventures out of the temple on a caparisoned elephant to see her Bhakthas lined on the two streets with a good Nadaswara vidwan leading the procession. In the dusk the temple is lit with Laksha deepam and a depaaradhanai. The festival ends with splendid display of fireworks. Kudallurians wherever they are contribute liberally to make the festival a grand success.
Once the brahmins of the village were affluent owning large areas of paddy fields and coconut, jackfruit and mango orchards. But with the passing of the Land reforms bill in Kerala making the tillers owners of the soil, the community fell into evil days. This situation energized the children to seek high-grade education enabling them to get lucrative jobs in the country as well as abroad. The younger generation is very well off in America and their love for Kudallur is seen in the form of liberal contribution to the Amman Festival.

The village is situated in the midst of green paddy fields with coconut, jackfruit and mango orchards dotted in the green carpet of paddy offering a magnificent scenario. Karthiyayini Amman is the family deity for a few families who visit the temple with family members to offer prayers and perform "nerchakal" to the deity.

This narration will not be complete with out mention of a Kudallurian, Late Prof.K V Krishna iyer who is considered as an authority in the History of Kerala. As a professor of History in The Zamorins College, Thali, Calicut he has authored important historical books namely "The Zamorins of Calicut", "History of Kerala" and "History of Guruvayur", which are highly authentic based on facts from his personal research on available records like Olagranthangal, Vattezhuthu and Kolezhuthu inscribed on copper plates. His radio talks on the arrival of the Portuguese, Dutch, Arabs on the Malabar coast and their interaction with the local were highly appreciated as also his newspaper articles on Kerala land tenure. Two of his affectionate students, Late Mr. P P Ummer koya and Late Mr.C H Mohammed Koya, ministers in the Kerala cabinet compelled him to adorn many committees on History, Archeology and Anthropology of Kerala. 

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