Saints of Guruvayur Temple


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Kudallur Kunjhikkavu Namboodiri ( AD 1839-1903)

Kunjhikkavu was known as Raman in his childhood. He learnt Puranas through his mother’s daily parayana (recitation ) of Ezhuthachan’s works and learnt Sanskrit on his own. He formerly began

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Manavedan (AD1595-1658)

Prince Manavedan of Calicut was born in 1595 and had early education in Sanskrit. He wrote Purvabharatha Champu in 1643. He might have been familiar with Melpathur and Poonthanam

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Kururamma (AD 1570-1640)

Kururamma was born in 1570 in the village of Parur, near the house of Villwamangalam. Her maiden name was Dhatri. By marriage she became Kururamma, the senior-most lady of the Kurur illam

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Villwamangalam (1575-1660)

Villwamangalam II was Prince Manavedan's spiritual mentor. Villwamangalam is the name of the illam in which the saint was born. He settled in Parur near Aluva. Like his ancestor, he also joined

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Poonthanam (AD 1547-1640)

Poonthanam and Melpathur were contemporaries. Poonthanam was the family name, his personal name is not known. He married a heiress at 20, but for a long time , they had no children. Poonthanam

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Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri ( AD 1559-1632 )

The most famous among the Guruvayur saints was Melpathur. He was born in Melpathur illam near Tirunavaya, famed as the theatre of the Mamankam festival. He was married to Achuta Pisharodi’s

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