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The members of the Nayar Tharavadu known as Ponmileri Koroth House now
lives in amsam of Paduvilayi near Ancharakandi. They belong to the class
of Paduvilans. There is a very interesting story told to show how they
came to be known by the name of Paduvilans. At the time of the famous
Cheraman Perumal, a member of this family was serving them as a faithful
karyasthan. One day when Cheruman Perumal was out for a walk, he forgot
to take his sword, which was kept in his bedchamber.
The young Nayar gentlemen when he entered the bedroom found that the
wife of the Perumal occupied it. He asked this lady for the sword. When
she, who was enamored of him, requested him to satisfy her longings.
As he was very faithful to his lord he stoutly refused her request, whereupon
she became angry made wounds on her person herself and began to raise
a hue and cry. Cheruman Perumal on finding that his karyasthan had not
returned evan after a long time, returned to his house when he was told
by his wife that this karyasthan had approached her with evil requests
and that when he refused to comply with his desires he had made wounds
on her person. Perumal on finding the marks on her body was satisfied
with the story and without taking the trouble of knowing the truth of
the affair sentenced this Nayar to death by the sword. As his head was
being severed from the body by the sword a voice was heard to exclaim " the
Perumal who easily believes a women's story go to Mecca and be a mohemmadian" (Penncholu
ketta perumaale makkathu poyi thopiyitto).
The family of this Nayar was thereafter known as the family of vaduvilla
nayar(Nayar without stain), which by corruption became Paduvillan Nayar.
Three sisters of this family whi were the children of a prince came and
settled in the amsam of Paduvilayi and became the ancestors of the three
Paduvilan families - Chandrothu, Arayedathu, Koroth. The ancestral of
these sisters before they came to Paduvilayi was supposed to be in a
place north of Ancharakandy as they settled in Paduvilayi they began
to acquire large property. Their family God "deivathar" was
also given a place in Paduvilayi. They set apart separate property for
conducting religious ceremonies connected with the "deivathar" temple
and constituted the members as uralans of the temple. After a time a
female member of the original family who came there and was given a hand
in the management of the temple by the sisters. The members of the family
descended from her are known as koderi people. Thus there were originally
four uralans in the temple who belong to Chandrothu, Aryedathu. Koderi,
Ponmileri Koroth(killyatt). Off these uralans, the members of the first
two, Chandrothu and Aryedathu multiplied very much and separated themselves
subsequently into four families.
The four families gradually obtained for themselves a hand in temple
management. Hence at present time there are six uralans for this temple.
That the above-mentioned four families had originally only half the right
of management can be known by the fact that they together have now only
half the responsibility of conducting certain religious ceremonies connected
with the temple. The members of the Ponmileri Koroth House before they
settled on Ponmileri Koroth, resided in Killiyatt house(now extinct)
in the same amsam. There were originally two killiyatt houses - one valia
and the other cheria. In the velia Killiyatt house, that karanavans of
the house lived and when they died were cremated in the paramba belonging
to it. In the cheria killiyatt house the other members of the family
lived and when they died were cremated in the paramba attached to it.
Evan at the present time the members of the family are being cremated
an the killiyatt paramba according to the ancient system. The earliest
karnavar (known) of the Ponmileri Koroth House was one known by the name
of 'Nambiar'. The title Nambiar according to reports strung to him as
he obtained the honor from the Rajah of Kottayam by accepting what is
called bhumika. He was a man very much honoured in those days and it
was reported that evan the reigning monarch of the time, Kottayam Rajah
had great regard towards him. His son was one famous Panniyotan Rairu
who was on enmical terms with the Kottayam Rajah. Panniyotan Rairu on
finding that his desire of obtaining the title 'Nambiar' would not be
granted by the Rajah, requested his father to see the Rajah and ascertain
for certain whether this object will be gained or not. The Kottayam Rajah
on seeing 'Nambiar' offering him his respect did not talk to him for
a long time whereupon 'Nambiar' got enraged and treated the Rajah like
an ordinary man and began to talk to him disrespectfully. The Rajah at
once seeing that he will be shown respect only in case he treated his
subjects with the regard due to their position, forgot his enimity towards
the Nambiar and his son and granted the latter his request. The wife
of Nambiar was equally famous as his son.
This women ostracized a family called Kayakkool for the simple reason
that the karanavar of the house happened to speak despairingly of her
and her maids as she entered his house as a guest. The words he is reported
to have spoken was that - Panniyot amma and her maids alone are sufficient
to exhaust the large quantity of rice that was prepared for the occasion.
The above family evan now remains ostracized by their fellow caste men.
Besides the above lady, Nambiar had two other wives one a marayan woman
and the other a lady of good Nayar caste in Kallayi. The name of the
karnavar who succeded Nambiar was 'Dhar', probably a corruption of Ramar.
He was very influential man at that time. Once a servant of the above
karnavar chastised some Muhammedans of the Varijattan house in Vengode
with the result that they mercilessly cut him to pieces and scattered
through out the paddy fields of the place, his remains. His master Dhar
on hearing the news went with large number of his followers to Vengode
and butchered all members of the Vanniathan Muhammadhan house except
the small female child whom he saved as her father threw her at his feet
and craved for mercy. Ponmileri koroth house was build by this gentle
man. As money was spend lavishly on the building the work men who were
given large presents blessed this house and said that it would never
be burnt except if one of their caste(carpentor) happened to be in it.
After the death of Dhar, there was no male member to look after the affairs
of Ponmileri Koroth house.
There were only a female member and her daughter(a small child) in that
house. For a short period the affairs of the family was managed by a
member of the Kandoth house who was the son of Ponmileri Koroth Nambiar.
As the above Kandoth Nambiar was not able to live permanently in Koroth
House, he asked the female member of the Koroth house to adopt Pazhaya
Veetil Chandu Nambiar a distant relation of hers. He was consequently
adopted as a member of Ponmileri Koroth family.