The Araya Samajam State Committee is an organization created for
the uplift and welfare of araya community in kerala ,India under the
Travancore-Cochin literary scientific and charitable society's registration
act.1955.(REGD NO:650/2002). The Araya Samajam, Araya Cultural & Educational Trust and Sree Kannaki Central School are established by
M.B.Shiv Varman Pallavarayar.
Araya samajam reserves top
priority to the traditional values based on the Mudiraja/
Muthuraja/Mutharaya/mutharasa kings"(The descendants of Koli/ Kalchuri/ Kalabhra kings)of ancient Chola-Chera-Pandya
dynasties which the Araya
community have been migrated from.
It is believed that the Godess
"sree parvathy Devi" has been incarnating in araya community in every
thousands of years. "Sree kannaki devi","Thiraisaar
madantha", "Her Holiness Sree Matha Amrithanantha Mayi Devi are supposed
to be the incarnations of sree parvathy devi. Kannaki was the most powerful
incarnation in the ancient time. She was born as the daughter of araya chief
Manaikkan in the kaveryppattanam. She was wonderfully gifted with beauty and
loftiness of character. She got married to "Kovalan" a scion of
a wealthy family of traders. Kovalan lost all his wealth and valued possessions
due to his misconduct. He felt sorry for the bitter things happened in their
life. He woke up from a deep slumber to realities and decided to go to"
madhurai" to begin a new life. Kannaki offered one of her anklets (The
Chilambu) to meet their immediate needs. It was not life but, the death that
was awaited him in the " pantya capital". For a goldsmith working for
the queen implicates kovalan in theft of queen's own Chilambu and the pantya
king ordered kovalan to be killed for the theft.(It was the goldsmith who had
stolen the Chilambu.
Kannaki learns of the terrible
fate of her husband and roused to fury. She went to the king's presence
demanding justice. The king tried to justifie his action. but, the irate
kannaki throws down her remaining Chilambu in the royal court ,proving beyond a
doubt from the gemstones that shot out of it that what kovalan had with him was
not the stolen Chilambu of the queen which had pearls in it. The king falls
down dead at this demonstration of the injustice he had dealt out and burnt the
city of madhurai with the fire of chastity.
Due to this incident, some
people reached from Thanjavoor to madurai along with the relatives of Kannaki
and Kovilan, and the city of Madurai might have burnt by them. After then, they
were followed by kannaki at the end of her jouney to a hill top of "Thiru
Chenkintoor"(Chengannur of Chera kingdom) where she was disappeared from.
When new land is formed in the western part of Chengannur coast, the people
migrated accordingly to the coastal line and some people reached in the coastal
region of "Alappadu," Karunagappally who are believed to be the
ancestors of the present Arayans.
The King "Cheran Chenkuttuva"had
constructed a temple in memory of kannaki devi at Chengannur'during A.D.205. Since, then the Alappattu Arayans" are
Sivarathry" and "Parisam vaippu".
the most ancient devotional ritual in the world which shows the Araya community
are closely related with the God. The tamil word "parisam" means
"dowry" The ritual parisam vaippu is performing on the day of
sivarathry at Chengannur temple by the Arayans by means of the father of
kannaki. They submit "Paisam" during the time of her marriage with
"Lord shiva" It is a traditional right of Arayans giving
"Parisam" to their daughter during the time of their marriage. The
holy ritual "Parisam vaippu"has been registering in record book by
the administrator of the chengannur temple since,A.D.205.
Mutharsan(Mutharachan) was the ancient leader of this community during the
time of their migration from Chengannur to the coastal region of Alappadu of
Karunagappally in Kollam district. At that time, a temple was established by
him at Adinadu, near Karunagappally is known as"Thiru Perum Thurai Sree Mutharasa Chery temple." This temple was named in memory of a village "Mutharasanalloor" near Thrissinappally(Trichy), south belt of Kavery river. There is also a Siva temple established by a Mutharasa king named "Mutharasanalloor Siva temple). Sree Mutharasa Chery temple runs under the service society named"Araya Vamsa
Paripalana Yogam (A.V.P.Y), Cheriazheeckal. This society was established by Dr.Velukkutty
This community is performing"Thiru
Chengannur Maha Sivarathry and Parisam Vaippu" at chengannur temple by travelling 42 Kms from Alappadu
Panchayat (Kollam district) to Chengannur (Alappuzha district) every year. They
are the one and only heirs to perform the same ritual since A.D.205.
This community is entirely
different in nature, tradition, physical apperance and in domain. They will not
take anybody in face value except the God. It may be the reason, which the
Government has been holding this community to no account by all means.