Nurani grama samudayam
nurani village, palakkad

Eminent Nuranians

FREEDOM FIGHTERS

1. N.S. SREENIVASA IYER (ANNAKUTTY)

Freedom fighter N.S Srinivasa Iyer was arrested on 18.5.1930 and was under rigorous imprisonment in Yerwada jail, Pune. He was in jail for a period of three months for participation in the famous Salt satyagraha. After his release from the jail he came to his native village Nurani and did business here. He was an active participant in all the temple and village activities.

2. N.H.NARAYANAN

N. H. Narayanan was a person whose heroic deeds and patriotism, gave every single Nuranian a high sense of pride. Lt. Col. N.H. Narayanan led the 8th battalion of the Madras regiment in Bangladesh during the Indo – Pak conflict. And they (battalion) under the leadership of Lt. Col. N.H. Narayanan were successful in the Bangladesh liberation struggle. As a mark of respect, pride and gratitude for this gallant achievement in the war, a resolution was adopted by the public (NGS) and a cheque of Rs 100/- was given to the Madras regiment as a whole and 8th battalion in particular. The same resolution was published in annual regimental magazine in 1971.
N.H. Narayanan joined the Indian army in 1952. His last assignment before retirement in 1987 was as in charge of National cadet corps (NCC) in Kerala and Lakshadweep. He was awarded VSM (Vishishta Seva Medal) by the President of India.

3. N.K.MAHADEVAN

N.K. Mahadevan joined the then Royal army on 31 January 1936. He was a Second World war veteran. He was a soldier from India who set sail to fight in the world war II for a period of around 2 years during which he encountered many harrowing experiences. He was also the prisoner of war for a period of 5 years. He retired from the Army Service corpse in the year 1962 from delhi.
He was born on 16 october 1916. He was the son of Sri N. S. Krishnan of Panchagramam (eldest brother of Avapatta). He had his basic education from Nurani Hindu high school and continued his intermediate education at Bangalore staying with his uncles.
Sri Mahadevan was a staunch Nuranian who had immense faith in Lord Dharmasastha. He lived a very simple and positive life, enjoyed each and every moment of his life with his close family, kith and kin. He was the President of the Nurani kumbhabhishekam Committee (Bangalore chapter) during 1993. He passed away on 29 March 2001.

4. T.P. LAKSHMANAN

T.P. Lakshmanan sacrificed his life for the sake of our Motherland during the 1962 Indo – China war. The Viceroy and Governor – General of India, reposing special trust and confidence in his courage, loyalty and good conduct nominated and appointed him as Viceroy’s commissioned officer (jemadar) in Indian land forces. He was appointed so from 1st January 1947.

5. N.A. RAMANATHAN

N. A.Ramanathan who is popularly known as Pattali mama, had served Indian Air Force for 33 years. He had rendered war services like showing theaters of operation. His gallantary work in the war with Pakistan at Alampur (1965), Hindon (1971), earned him war medal and independence medal. The heroic deeds and patriotism of these Nuranians brought about a high sense of pride in the minds of every single villager.

MAHAMAHOPADHYAYA

N. S. Ananthakrishna Sastrigal was a great Sanskrit scholar and tiger in Tarka sastra. He had mastered Sanskrit literature, vyakarana, prakarana granthas in tarkasastra, mimamsa and dharmaSastras. He had adorned various posts like Principal, First assistant, Professor and Faculty in many big Universities of Inida like Calcutta, Benaras, Patna, Allahabad, and had also served in Sanskrit College, Madras. Overwhelmed by the scholarship of sastrigal Sri Ashutosh mukerjee, then the Vice – chancellor of Calcutta university appointed him as the professor of sanskrit at the Calcutta university in 1917. This was the turning point in his life and he served the university for 30 years (1917 – 1947) teaching and guiding the students.
He belongs to the Vadhyar family of Nurani and was born in march 1886 at Nurani. His father Sri Kutty vadhyar was a great scholar in Dharma Sastras and was having upadyayam here. He was very fluent in Sanskrit and wrote several works like advaita – chinta – kousthuba, karma – pradeepa, vedanta – paribasha, advaita – dipika. His language was tough and nobody can win over him in argument. The pinnacle of his intellectual achievement was the publication of satha – bhushani, a polemical work on advaita vedanta in answer to the nuerous criticisms leveled against the doctrine of Advaita by Sri vedanta desika in his Satha – dhushani. He was the recipient of many titles and awards like mahamahopadhyaya by the Government of India, sastraratnakara satabhushani by sankaracharya of Puri. In 1961, President Rajendra Prasad awarded him the President’s Gold medal for sanskrit. He was also a tireless worker in the field of propagation of sanathana dharma. He was actively associated with organizations like the Hindu mahasabha, the Brahmana maha sammelan, the arya samaj, All India vidwatsammelan of Madras, Bombay, Belguam.
He conducted Athirudram at Siva temple in one day engaging 1331 rithwiks and many sadhasyas and supporters. Sankaracharya madadhipas sought his advice often. He took Aapath Sanyasa on 15-11-1964 and passed away the same day and his Aradhana was conducted very well by his Shisyas..

NURANI BHAJANA APPU

N.H. Neelakanta Iyer popularly known as Neelu Anna was an ardent bhajans lover. Even in his eighties he used to follow the group rounding the village in the early morning in Tulam month. He also used to sing Sastha songs beating chengala. Appu (N.H. Hariharan) was his son. He used to accompany Mukkai Ganapathy Bhagavathar and some other in their Harikatha Kalakshepam and was a support singer. He also evinced keen interest in Bhajans. During late forties he used to sing on all Saturdays in our Bhajana Madom from dusk to dawn in high pitch and Nurani style. He earned a good name and was invited for Bhajans in many cities and various places. He was instrumental for the coming up of Ayyappa pooja mandapam at Ramnagar, Kovai where his bhajan was arranged now and then, which attracted huge crowds. Appu was conferred the title of “Krishna Dasa”. Appu’s family was in distress in early days but came up to better state there after. His three sons have entered Bhajana field now and are singing well following the footsteps of their father. “Nurani Bhajana Appu’s” name will shine in the bhajans field forever.

MURUGAN MAMA

Murugan Mama (N.P Mahadeva Iyer) was the son of Parameswara Iyer by his second wife. He belongs to Neelu Pattar family. He was intelligent, but could not continue his studies beyond primary education due to some problems. He joined as accounts clerk in some shops to earn his livelihood. Later he studied vedas from Sri Viswam Deekshitar and Sri Sivarama Sastrigal. After the death of Sri Sivarama Sastrigal, Murugan Mama began to teach various groups of youngsters and elders Rudram, Chamakam, Mahanayasam, Upoanishads, Sookthas etc. He was very much efficient in teaching vedas with proper swaram. He had thousands of disciples all over India and abroad. After Murugan Mama, now N.S. Subramanian (N.S. Mama) took up the reins. He too had many shishyas, readily awaiting his call for japam anywhere.

NURANI PARAMESWARA BHAGAVATHAR

Parameswara Bhagavathar, who lived one hundred years ago was the CHIEF PALACE musician of Sri Swati Tirunal and was a composer in his own right. His compositions include many varnams and keerthanams of which the Varna ‘Sarasijanabha’ in Nata was very popular. He was an expert in Singing Ragam Tanam Pallavi. On the joyous occasion of the Golden jubilee of Sri Swati Tirunal Sangita Sabha and the 179th Swati jayanthi, it is only appropriate to remember a musician and a close associate and disciple of Swati thirunal, Parameswara Bhagavathar, who shook off his mortal coil one hundred years ago.
Parameswara Bhagavathar was born in 1815 at Nurani village in Palakkad in a middle class family as the son of Dharmaraja Iyer. He lost his parents at an early age and was brought up by his uncle at Guruvayur. He studied Sanskrit and music under a musician (name not known) and developed his music by listening to the music of various musicians visiting the temple there. He had a very fine voice in singing.
At the of 16, he came to Thiruvananthapuram to find out his livelihood. One day, he sang before Lord Krishna at Padmanabhaswami temple and was heard by Swathi thirunal, who was then there during his daily worship. After listening to his music and understanding his peculiar circumstances, the Maharaja took him to his palace and put him under the care of various musicians there.
By virtue of his intensive practice and close association with the court musicians, his musical talents developed to such an extent that Swati thirunal had great admiration and confidence in him. Whenever the Maharaja composed songs, the BHAGAVATHAR was made to copy them on cadjan leaves. He used to practice veena and swarabat along with the Maharaja during his leisure. He also acquired proficiency as a violinst having been trained by Vadivelu in the royal court. Swati Tirunal made him the Chief Palace Musician towards the end of his regime after the death of Vadivelu.

SUNDARA VADHYAR

We will be failing in our duty if we do not mention at this juncture the services of Brahmasree Sundara Vadhyar for our village. If we say about Nurani to others , the next question from the opposite side is about Sundara Vadhyar. Ofcourse, he was the authority for all Karmas to be performed and he was able to quote pramanam for all. Studying snd chanting Veda mantras may not be much difficult where as performing the karmas, convincing the yajamanas about its importance and motivating them to do ritual can be possible only by Sundara Vadhyar. He was able to conduct One-day Athirudra Mahayagam. There is nothing wrong if we say he was the only Vadhyar who remembered the name, nakshatras of each member of most families our village. We always remember him as his family continues to sponsor the poornabhishekam at Sastha temple on Thulasiamman day.

GRAMA VADHYARS - GENERAL

After Sundara Vadhyar, Brahmasree Ramamoorthy Battachariar, son of Ramasesha Battachariar took charge as village Head priest. We never thought that he also have the capacity to care of village function. His keen interest at the young age under his father and his further studies of all vedas have become boon to our village. In spite of the non availability of purohits he is now able to take care of all ritual function for our villagers. His heavy commitments compelled the villagers to appoint an additional purohit for conducting the function and Sri Suvas Wadhyar of Kalpathy was appointed.
Manager Suresh, Though he hails from outside Nurani, he's the one who now knows more about Nurani Functions/ rituals.