Nurani grama samudayam
nurani village, palakkad

Kochi Vadakkemadom

The business relation between the villagers of Nurani and Thondikulam and the businessman of Kochi existed even 200 years ago, a time when there was no banks etc. So few villagers were staying in Kochi and mingled very well with the merchants there. As a mark of this relation the King of Kochi gave the villagers few pieces of land, in the name of ‘Palakkatussery Samooham’. The same name is seen in many old documents and Sastha Songs.

A part from the Samooha Madom building, the remaining land was registered after fixing “Tarakooli”, so that Brahmins can build houses and live there. Bhagavati Seva on all days in the month of Karkidakam, Thrikala Pooja on all 9 days for Navaratri in the month of Kanni, Sasthapreethi in the month of Kumbham, all these functions are organaised every year in the Samooha Madom. The people of Samooham organise these functions with the help of a welfare committee who go and stay there. Though there is no Pratishta there, every day lamp is lighted in front of a photo. Special Poojas are performed by Avahanam on Padmam.

It was a customary practice of the Kings of Kochi to visit the Samooha Madam and perform special offerings there before they assert the thrown. They used to inform of this and representatives from Nurani went there and welcomed them by putting “Malcloth” over flattened sand. Here Sastha Preethi is celebrated on convenient Saturday in the month of “Kumbham”. All the expenses for these functions is met by Nurani Grama Samudayam. Before Sastha Preethi, plantain leaf and sandal stick were kept as ‘kazhca’ to the king at the Kanakakunnu Kottaram and he was invited for Sastha Preethi. On the Sastha Preethi day, the King used to send his representative with little donation to the Samooha Madom. This was practiced till the regime of Parikshit Maharaja.

How Palakkattusseri Samooham became the possession of Nurani – Thondikulam alone, but of all 96 villages in Palakkad. Case was held, appeal was also given, witnesses from 96 villages were verified, the court verdict said that the samooham is the possession of Nurani-Thondikulam alone and they are the samooham people. But the villagers of Thondikulam did not give their share of court expenses. So, Nurani villagers filed a case against this, the verdict was issued. All rights were given to Nurani village. The half rights that Thondikulam had on Vadakke samooham and rights on the properties in Palakkad was auctioned and thus all the rights was obtained by Nuranians.

After the1964 Act residents were given ownership. No Tarakooli laws collected. Then too without considering the expenses representatives went to samooham and undertook all the works there. With the help from the people of samooham all the proceedings are going well there.