Ambilezhathu Tharavad is an ancient Ezhava Tharavad near Pallipad in Alleppey district.
This Tharavad - Naalukettu was built by Manthravadi Mathevan Channar II.
Manthravadi Mathevan Channar II was a legendary Manthravadi (exorcist), who lived during the 18th century and there are many folklores connected to his Manthravadam.
He was also one of the most prominent ‘Karanavars’ of Alummoottil Tharavad.
Ambilezhathu Tharavad property was bought and the present Tharavad was built during the 18th century.
Sree Narayana Gurudevan, during his travels, has visited the Tharavad a few times and there is a lamp lit near the ‘pathayappura’ where Gurudevan used to take rest.
There are three Kavu (serpent groves) in the Tharavad - Sarppa Kavu, Moorthi Kavu and Lakshmi Kavu.
It is believed that the Sarppa Kavu in this Tharavad is home to the mythical Mani Nagam.
Every day lamps are lit in the Kavu in reverence of the Mani Nagam.
Manthravadi Mathevan Channar or Ambilezhathu Appooppan as he is commonly known has been venerated in the Tharavad with a temple being dedicated to him.
There is also a ‘Brahma Rakshassu sthanam’ near to his ‘Kochamablam’.
This Brahma Rakshassu is said to have been one of the prominent Rakshassu that Ambilezhthu Appooppan had exorcised during his lifetime.
The story goes that when Appooppan passed away, some famous astrologers stated that the Brahma Rakshassu should be given a sthanam near to Appooppan as the Rakshassu does not want to leave his side.
There was a good collection of ‘Thaliyola grandham’ of various ‘manthram’ connected to the ‘manthravadam’ with Manthravadi Appooppan which he kept very secretly, even away from his family members, and referred to them occasionally.
Even after his death, nobody in the family was brave enough to touch these books. Unfortunately, most of these ‘grandhams’ were destroyed around 1874, when the buildings at Ambilezhathu was renovated, about 24 years after his death.
The present owner of the Tharavad is Dr.Chandrika who retired as Homeo Director from Govt. Medical Service.
|Ambilezhathu Manthravadi Appooppan Kochambalam|
|Ambilezhathu Sarppa Kavu|
|Ambilezhathu Brahma Rakshassu Sthanam|
|Punchapaadam near Ambilezhathu|