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Maharani Karthika Thirunal:Witnessing History
Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 06:15.
Submitted by UMAMAHESWARI on Wed, 2006-12-06 19:25. Other
A witness to a tumultuous period of history, epoch making Temple entry proclamation, people oriented schemes, and the post independence era, she is endowed with all good things of life.
Born to Ravi Varma Kochukoil Tampuran of Kilimanoor and Maharani Parvathi Bayi in 1916 as the second child and the only daughter of the ruling royal family which follows the matriarchal system, Her Highness shares the happiest memories in her life.
“My Pallikettu with Col. Goda Varma Raja took place on January 24, 1934 of the Kanijiramattam Palace of Poonjar Koikkal which traces its lineage to the Pandya dynasty. Our birthdays fall on the same day. If he were alive he would be 98 today. At Madurai Meenakshi Temple, the Poonjar family offers Udayasthamana puja on his birthday to this day.”
The construction of the royal Palanquin for the Pallikkettu , began on 23 rd of November 1933. The Kalnattu, which is 40 ft high and 15 inches in thick, was erected with the help of Chandrasekharan, the palace elephant. A huge pandal was erected to the south west of Thevarathu Koikkal, where cultural programs took place, recalls the Tamburatti.
“About our father no sports and games held without him. History and development of sports and games is a long story of dedicated services and sacrifices that he made” said Princess Pooyam Tirunal.
He was a born sportsman, and always aimed for excellence. What we have achieved in the field of sports, aviation, and tourism are the results of his untiring effort, vision, and foresight.
”Now I have become a great grand mother,” says Kartika Thirunal, in a way acknowledging her gratitude to Sri Padmanabha for this blessing of long life. (894 words).
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