His Holiness Azhvanchery Thamprakkal or Azhvanchery Samrat is the title of the senior-most male member of the Brahmin (Namboothiri) feudal lords of Oriparambil Mana in Guruvayur and Azhvanchery Mana in Athavanad, present-day Malappuram district, Kerala state, South India. The Azhvanchery Thamprakkal owned a bulk of land in Athavanad: The name Athavanad is derived from them: Azhvanchery Thamprakkal vazhum Nad.

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  • His Holiness Azhvanchery Thamprakkal or Azhvanchery Samrat is the title of the senior-most male member of the Brahmin (Namboothiri) feudal lords of Oriparambil Mana in Guruvayur and Azhvanchery Mana in Athavanad, present-day Malappuram district, Kerala state, South India. The Azhvanchery Thamprakkal owned a bulk of land in Athavanad: The name Athavanad is derived from them: Azhvanchery Thamprakkal vazhum Nad. The Azhvanchery Thamprakkal is often considered as the supreme religious head of the Namboodiri Brahmins of Kerala and for every Raja to be formally crowned, his blessings were required. They are respected by people all over Kerala.The ancestral home of the Azhvanchery Thamprakkal, who is even today held in high esteem and religious sanctity, is in Athavanad.Azhvanchery Thamprakkal were a great patron of mathematics and astronomy. In the famous Brahmandapuranam by poet Thunchath Ezhuthachan, Azhvanchery Thamprakkal had been mentioned as Netranarayanan. Thunchath Ezhuthachan title of Thamprakkal which literally means Emperor (having originated from the Sanskrit Samrat and later corrupted into Thampran) came to be used to refer to the Brahmins of Azhvanchery Mana family after one day, while returning from a coronation ceremony with a golden cow, the Thamprakkal was stopped on the road by a low caste member who stated that the right to take dead cows rested with his caste and not with Brahmins. On this affront being offered, the Thamprakkal sprinkled some water on the golden cow and brought it to life. The low caste man exclaimed "You are indeed a Thamprakkal" and since then the title has stayed with the family. The Thamprakkal has four privileges within the Namboodiri caste and otherwise: Bhadrasthanam: The chief seat in any assembly Sarvamanyam: Universal respectability Brahma Samrajyam: Sovereignty over all Brahmins Brahmavarchas: Highest authority in Vedic learningThe opinion of the Azhvanchery Thamprakkal was considered supreme in deciding matters relating to religion, caste, society etc. The family otherwise are Adhyan Namboodiris and use the surname of Namboodiripad.
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  • His Holiness Azhvanchery Thamprakkal or Azhvanchery Samrat is the title of the senior-most male member of the Brahmin (Namboothiri) feudal lords of Oriparambil Mana in Guruvayur and Azhvanchery Mana in Athavanad, present-day Malappuram district, Kerala state, South India. The Azhvanchery Thamprakkal owned a bulk of land in Athavanad: The name Athavanad is derived from them: Azhvanchery Thamprakkal vazhum Nad.
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