MELSHANTIS

Melshanti is the head priest at Sabarimala temple performing the designated poojas to Swamy Ayyappan.Many consider the melshanti and the tantri as the very representative of the Lord himself.The tenure of the melshanti is one year during which as Purappada shanti,he will not be allowed to leave the sannidhanam even after the closure of the shrine till the completion of the tenure.Many aspire for the coveted post,only a few chosen ones by the Lord himself get it.In the old days there were few takers for the post,mostly because of the inhospitable terrain and conditions.In those days the tenure of the melshanti was not fixed,and a person could continue as Melshanti as long as he wished with the permission of the tantri.It is sometime in the mid sixties or so when the tenure became fixed with the increase in the number of aspirants.It was only in the early nineties that the concept of Purappada Sanths was introduced by the TDB.Till then the melshantis used to return home after closure of the temple and would return in time for the opening of thirunada every month.The selection of melshantis is elaborate.Short listed candidates are interviewed by a panel of experts which includes the Thazhamon Tantri.The candidates are then further shortlisted and their names are jotted on a piece of paper which is in turn kept in an urn,taken inside the sanctum and submitted to the Lord.After the customary pooja the urn is taken out and two little children from Pandalam palace are asked to pick the names of the melshantis of Sabarimala and Malikapuram for the next year.

Many devout people had occupied the melshanti’s seat .In the earlier times long before 1950,tulu brahmins used to be the melshantis at Sabarimala.Kadakkavattath madathil Raman Vasudevan Embrandiri comes readily to mind.When the sreekovil caught fire accidentally on a makaravilakku day in 1903,he singlehandedly removed the idol from the peedam rushed out of the sreekovil and jumped into the old bhasmakulam ,only to be found the next day,astonishingly alive.The idol was not damaged.The punapratishta of this idol was done in 1909 by Kantararu Prabhakararu.Shambu Embrandiri and Ramachandran Potti arethe other melshantis that readily come to mind for their stellar service.It would be incomplete for a writeup on melshantis without a mention of Vadakkedath Eshwaran Namboodiri who became the melshanti after unholy elements vandalized the temple and the idol of Ayyappan.Eshwaran Namboodiri was melshanti of Sabarimala for nearly 4 continuous years,during which the singing of Harivarasanam was established permanently during the closure of the shrine.

Melsanthi Details - Sabarimala

S.E.Sankaran Namboothiri
2015-16

Surya Gayathram, Thiruvanchoor, Kottayam
Pin - 686019

Ph:9633854165 / 4812771299 Mail:
EN Krishnadas Namboothiri
2014-15

Ezhikkode Mana, Painkulam, Cheruthuruthy P.O, Thrissur.
Pin-679531

Ph:9495961322 / 4884261322 Mail: krishnadasezhikkode@gmail.com
P N Narayanan Namboothiri
2013-14

Panagattumpilli Mana, Thrikkariyoor, Kothamangalam.
Pin-686692

Ph:9495220198 / 4852825087 Mail: narayanan.sree1@gmail.com
N.Damodaran Potty
2012-13

Pranavam, Arattukulangara, Vaikom
Pin-686141

Ph:9446403052 / 4829223052 edamanadamodaranpotty@gmail.com
N Balamurali
2011-12

Edamana Illam,Manikanteswaram, Trivandrum
Pin-695013

Ph:9447591999 / 4712436787 Mail:balamuraliedamana@gmail.com
Ezhikkode Sasi Namboothiri
2010-11

Ashikath Mana, Marampilli P.O, Aluva
Pin-683107

Ph:9447769489 / 4842677768 Mail: ezhikkodesasi@gmail.com
G.Vishnu Namboothiri
2009-10

Cheruthalamadom, Eazhakkadavu, Cherukol, Mavelikkara, Alappuzha
Pin-690104

Ph:9447472316 / 4792324137 Mail:
Vishnu Namboothiri
2008-09

Thekkedathu Mana, Maruthamkuzhi, Trivandrum
Pin-695551

Ph:9447389570 / 4712365616 Mail:tnvishnun@gmail.com
T.K. Krishnan Namboothiri
2007-08

Thekkiniyedath Mana, Kumaranelloor P O, Palakkad
Pin-680590

Ph:9447624519 / 4662276382 Mail:
Easwaran Namboothiri
2006-07

Thuruthy Illam, Vazhuvadi, Thazhakkara, Mavelikkara
Pin-690 102

Ph:9495477927 / 4792342672 Mail:
Sukumaran Namboothiri
2005-06

Moothedathu Mana, Viyyur, Thrissur
Pin-680010

Ph:9447333700 / 4872337623 Mail:
V Muraleedharan Namboothiri
2004-05

Endamthuruthi Illam, Thekkenada, Vaikom P O, Pin-686141

Ph:9447662065 / 4829225428 Mail:
Vishnu Vasudevan Namboothiri
2003-04

Gosala, T C 37/470, West Nada ( Kottakkakam), Trivandrum -695023

Ph:9447133100
Sankaranarayanan Namboothiri
2002-03

Ganapathy Bhadram, Pinarayi, Kannur Pin-670741

Ph:9447249423 / 8281182345
Raman Namboothiri
2001-02

Aathrasseri Illam, Thrillalathur P.O, Muvattupuzha
Pin-683541

Ph:9447065431
Sambu Vadhyar Namboothiri
2000-01

Palakkeezhu Illam, Payyannur
Pin-670307

Ph:
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G.Parameswaran Namboothiri
1999-00

Santhi Madom, Thondankulangara, Alappuzha Pin-688006

Ph:9847082144 / 4772234868
Mail:
P.J.Narayanan Namboothiri
1998-99

Maramattathu Mana, Ullala, Vaikom
Pin-686607

Ph:9447115456 / 4829225456
Mail:
K M Narayanan Namboothiri
1997-98

Kottakkat Illam, Nedumudi P O, Alappuzha
Pin-688208

Ph:9447327951
Mail:
Easwaran Nampoothiri
1996-97

Kallampally Illam, Champakulam PO, Alappuzha
Pin-688505

Ph: 9447136500 / 477736500
Mail: kallampally@yahoo.com
N.Govindan Namboothiri
1995-96

Nilamana Illam, Kandiyoor, Thattarambalam P O , Mavelikara
Pin-690103

Ph: 9447473504/4792304156
Mail:
Koottambilli Vishnu Namboothiri
1994-95

Koottambilli Mana,Oorakam, Thrissur Dist
Pin-680663

Ph: 9895701211
Mail:
N Neelakantan Namboothiri
1993-94

Sreebhadram, Behind Attukal Temple, Manacaud P O,Trivandrum - 695009
Pin-680663

Ph: 9447698238/4712456644
Mail:
Radhakrishnan Embranthiri
1992-93

Kadamannayar, Gundu Hithalu House, Near Ketikkavu Temple,Kumabla P O, Kasargod
Pin-671321

Ph: 4998215025
Mail:
Vishnu Namboothiri
1991-92

Muringoor Illam, T V Puram P.O, Vaikom
Pin-686141

Ph: 9447572426/4829210552
Mail:
Easwaranarayanan Namboothiri
1990-91

Thaman Karakkatt Illam, Peringol, Kavumbhagam P.O, Thiruvalla
Pin-686519

Ph: 4692601797
K C Narayanan Namboothiri
1989-90

Sannidanam, Kottoorcheruvelli Illam, Manakkad, Karivalloor, Kannur
Pin-670521

Ph: 4985260107
Mail:
Subramanian Namboothiri (Late)
1988-89

Perumballi Illam, Padinjarekkara, Vaikom Pin-686141

Ph:
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Narayanan Namboothiri (Late)
1987-88

Perumballi Illam, Padinjarekkara, Vaikom Pin-686141

Ph:
Mail:
Vasudeva Sarma
1986-87

Periyamana (Saranam ) , Thukalasseri, Thiruvalla
Pin-689101

Ph: 9495554383/4692607422
Mail:
Easwaran Namboothiri(Late)
1985-86

Vediramana Illam, Trivandrum
Pin-695 001

Ph:
Mail:
N.Krishnan Namboothiri
1984-85

Vellimana, Palace Ward, Alappuzha
Pin-688011

Ph:9447162851/4772262851
Mail:
Krishnan Namboothiri
1983-84

Monattu Mana, Udayanapuram, Vaikom
Pin-686141

Ph:9387630128/4829222665
Mail:
Narayanan Namboothiri
1982-83

Poonthottam Mana, Lakkidi P O, Ottapalam
Pin-679301

Ph:9846531269/4662231269
Mail:
Vishnu Ganapathi Namboothiri(Late)
1981-82

Cheruthalamadam, Eazhakkadavu, Cherukol, Mavelikkara, Alappuzha

Kesavan Embran(Late)
1980-81

Kollam

M S Krishnaru(Late)
1979-80

Mundakkal Madam, Cherukol, Kozhanchery, Pathanamthitta.

Easwaran Namboothiri(Late)
1978-79

Annankala Madam, Prayar, Ochira

M S Krishnaru(Late)
1977-78

Mundakkal Madam, Cherukol, Kozhanchery, Pathanamthitta.

Lakshminarayanan Potty
1976-77

Sreedharma Nivas Ambalammukku Kowdiar- P.O Thiruvananthapuram

M S Krishnaru(Late)
1975-76

Mundakkal Madam, Cherukol, Kozhanchery, Pathanamthitta.

K M Kesavan Bhattathiri(Late)
1974-75

Thiyyannur Sankaranarayan Namboothiri(Late)
1973-74

Thiyyannur Mana, Kavalappara P O, Shoranur

Ph:4662223380
K.Govindan Namboothiri
1972-73

Rugmini Sadanam, Thymaravumkara, West Othara, Thiruvalla, Pathanmthitta Dist.
Pin 689551

Ph:9847397560/9400916948
Palamattom Vasudevan Namboothiri(Late)
1971-72

Pathanmthitta

Sankaran Namboothiri(Late)
1969-70

Vazhemadom, Kavumbhagam, Thiruvalla

Sankaran Namboothiri(Late)
1968-69

Vazhemadom, Kavumbhagam, Thiruvalla