Ettuveetil Pillai

Ettuveetil Pillai

Ettuveetil Pillai

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The Ettuveetil Pillamar (Lords of the Eight Houses) were a group of nobles from eight Nair Houses in erstwhile Venad in present day Kerala state, South India. They were associated with the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram and the Ettara Yogam. They were known by the villages in which they resided and all of them held the title of Pillai. The Eight Lords were Kazhakoottathu Pillai, Ramanamadhom Pillai, Chempazhanty Pillai, Kudamon Pillai, Venganur Pillai, Marthandamadhom Pillai, Pallichal Pillai and Kolathur Pillai Travancore State Manual Vol II by V. Nagam Aiya page 311.

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The Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Trivandrum was governed by the Ettara Yogam, an association consisting of seven Brahmin families, one Nair noble, each of them with one vote in deciding the affairs of the temple, and the king of Venad with the right to half a vote . Ettuveetil Pillamar were the leaders of the land and ‘tharakootams’ known as ‘Arunootavar’. (the military setup of Nairs) established for maintaining law and justice in Venad. They were the Governors of provinces of the country. They had the power to exercise control over the king also. They were also the managers of ‘Ettarayogam’, which governed the activities of Sree Padmanabha Temple of Thiruvananthapuram gradually grew from ordinary landlords to powerful chiefs and allied themselves...
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