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Koottalai is a small village (agraharam) comparatively unknown and hidden away in a remote area of PalakkadDistrict-KeralaState- about half-an-hours drive from Palakkad town. If by bus, just one stop before Alathur, one has to get down at Erimayur bus stop and take an auto straight to koottalai temple- normally charged at 40 rupees.


At gramam don't be surprised to see only 2 houses when you go over there because the remaining 16 houses fell down decades back due to age of the buildings

 

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Temple News

 


  sRIRAMANAVAMI FUNCTION 2016 SCHEDULE 
 
from MARCH 12th to  18TH MARCH 2016.

                                                                   FUNCTIONS WENT OFF VERY WELL.

Click on image to view snaps taken on Sri Ramanavami day 2015

             Click on photo FOR
             ENLARGED view of THE  2016

                  SRIRAMANAVAMI SCHEDULE

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Picture taken at Temple prahaaram during daily pooja routine.

About 50 years back, the state government of Kerala decreed that all agricultural land would belong to those who cultivated them and not to the landlords who leased them out to tenant farmers for cultivation.

The tenants failed to pay compensation to the landlords. The old temple forever lost its only source of income. Since then it has been depending
entirely on voluntary donations from devotees and other well wishers for its maintenance and other expenses.

Most of the residents of the village were compelled to move out to different places for survival, as they too had lost their landed property leased out earlier to farming tenants.
 


Only two families who have been cultivating their own land are staying in the village and looking after the temple by engaging a priest (photo) to perform the daily poojas.

The very purpose of this web site is not to extract money from the visitors of this site but share news/messages & memorable moments by way of photos/articles etc. amongst members of this gramam and others living in India and abroad
 
 
From my elders it is learnt that over 600 years ago, a very dedicated group of pious and orthodox people who had migrated there from Tanjore (Tamilnadu), built a temple in Koottalai with
Sri RAMACHANDRASWAMY as the presiding deity.

There were about 18 houses in the village and all were ‘dhayadhis’-(all were related to each other) . Each one valued and respected the sentiments & properties of others. This Ideology – coming by tradition - became a mantra for unity amongst “koottaliers”. To epitome all, functions - held every now & then in the temple built by ancestors - united the villagers and the differences if any among them got vanished and understood each other!

But now with most of the houses gone to dust through ages, the temple stands as a symbol of unity.
Those days all residents of that village had landed property and they had also provided some land in the temple’s name to ensure regular income for its maintenance and other expenses.

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