Nurani grama samudayam
nurani village, palakkad


Nurani is a renowned village in Palakkad district of kerala State (the then Malabar Dist. of Madras state) and is famous for its culture and religious fervour. Since age old days it is the seat of Brahmins. About five centuries ago brahmins – mostly scholars, pandits, vaidikas, Priests and cooks – from Thiruvannamalai in North Arcot district and other parts of Tamilnadu came here in search of pastures new and established their dwelling in the present Agraharam (village). They were held in high esteem for their expertise in Sastras, Puranas and Vedas. Many ventured on commerce, trade and agriculture and prospered.They became property owners and great businessmen. There is also a saying that Noorunnies (hundreds of Namboodhiri boys) were brought up in the mana (house of a Namboodhiri) nearby and the name Nurani is derived from Noorunni.

The Brahmins engaged the Adhivasi, who were inhabitants of a nearby colony, for cultivation. Once when the Adhivais were working to clear bushes in a hillock, they heard the sound of bells and experienced a fragrance and strange phenomena. On hearing this, the Brahmins ordered further excavation and, to their astonishment, found three cylindrical Vigrahas, a small granite Elephant another flat vigraha buried under the hillock. On conducting Ashtamangalya Deva Prasna by eminent Astrologer and Pandits, it was found that:-

The cylindrical Vigrahas are of Hariharaputhra (Ayyappa), Poorna and pushkala (the two consorts of Hariharaputhra) and the flat one of Bhagavathy (malikapurathamma).

There was a Nampoodhiripad who was regularly visited Aryankavu for darsan of Ayyappa. Due to old age, he could not visit Aryankavu and was lamenting. As per the advice of Ayyappa (who came in his dream), he built a temple in his courtyard, installed the above idols seated on the elephant, worshipped them and got solace. After the death of this Namboodhiripad, when war broke out, his family abandoned their residence and fled the place for fear of an attack. In course of time the place was covered by hillock and bamboo bushes and the temple got buried under it.

The idols should be installed in a suitable temple and daily poojas should be conducted as prescribed by Agama Sashtras for the prosperity of villagers.

On hearing this, the Brahmins rejoiced and built the temple at the North Western end, facing the entrance of the village and installed the three cylindrical Vigrahas with the granite elephant. Later, for the prosperity and well being of the community, Shree Bhoomi Samedha Sree Vararaja Perual (Maha Vishnu) was installed on the Northern side of Hariharaputhra Sannidhi and facing the entrance to the village. Slowly idols of Ganesha were installed as prescribed by the Sastras. For the well being of all, a Thulasi Madam surrounded by Naga (snakes) idols and an Anjaneya Sannidhi behind, were erected to the North of Maha Vishnu Sannidhi. A Bhajan Madam was erected in front of the temple for propitiating Bhakthi, where regular Bhajans are held.

For the safety and protection of the southern part, a Siva Temple with Parvathy, Ganesa and other upadevathas was constructed, facing east, at the southern end of the village. The Nurani Agraharam (village) prospered and grew in size and a new extension sprung up on the south of the village, accommodating the increased population. As Siva Dhrishti (sight of Siva) is said to be Ugra (harsh), to protect the residents of the street facing the Siva temple, a Bala Ganapathy Temple was erected directly facing the Siva Temple.

Daily Thrikala Poojas are being conducted in all the temples, as prescribed by Agama Sastras.

As the idols were found by Adhivasis during the excavation, they were also given a share by installing the flat vigraha (Malikapurathamma) in their colony, whom they worship in their own style.