Nurani grama samudayam
nurani village, palakkad

The Village

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. According to legends , this area belonged to Kurur Mana and one Neelakanta Nambooridipad was the head of that Mana. He as a harden Bhaktha of Lord Dharma Sastha was a regular visitor of Aryankavu for Darshan of Lord. 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 Namboodiripad, 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. There is also a saying that Noorunnies (hundreds of Namboodiri boys) were brought up in the mana (house of a Namboodiri) nearby and the name Nurani is derived from Noorunni.

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.

These Brahmins engaged the Aadhivasi, who were inhabitants of a nearby colony, for cultivation. Once when the Aadhivasis 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 Ilaya Bhagavathy (Malikapurathamma).

On hearing this, the Brahmins rejoiced and decided that the idols should be installed in a suitable temple and daily poojas should be conducted as prescribed by Agama Sastras for the prosperity of the village. They 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, Shri Bhoomi Sametha Shri Varadaraja Perumal (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 were erected to the North of Maha Vishnu Sannidhi. The installation of Lord Hanuman at the north west of the temple about 30 years back was done by the present generation. 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 Lord Viswanatha and Parvathy, Ganesa upadevatha and Navagrahas 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 Maha Ganapathy temple was erected directly facing the Siva Temple. A Rajagopuram constructed by the present generation in front of Ganapathy Temple is an added attraction. Certain family members and individuals were kind enough to sponsor major combination for the construction of all three temples of the village.

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

As the idols were found by Aadhivasis 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. Soon after the Sasthapreethi functions, villagers visit here with Narthakas and exchange view each other.

NURANI GRAMA SAMUDAYAM ( N.G S)

Formation, Date of Registration, Election of office bearers, AGM e.t.c.

More than 300 years ago Grama brahmaswam was formed and in 1860 it was registered under the Society's Act and later Nurani Grama Samudayam was formed, and registered under society’s act of 1860 as No: 101 in July 1983.

The Society convenes an Annual General Body Meeting of its members every year and presents audited accounts and annual report to be adopted by the general body. Once in every three years a Governing body of 11 members is elected. The governing body elects a President, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and Joint-Secretary. They hold office for three years. If any vacancy arises in the governing body, the same is filled up by nominating a member who can hold office up to the next general body meeting only.