Our Village, North Village Melarcode is located about 25 kilometres from Palakkad Town and surrounded by paddy fields and greenery. It is a tiny, quaint yet beautiful village free from the hustles and bustles of urban life. There are about 25 houses in this village, which is inhibited purely by the Brahmin families, the forefathers of whom are said to have migrated from Tamil Nadu – specifically from Tirunelveli and Thakazhi – several decades ago. The affairs of the village are managed by a Brahmana Samooham constituted by the villagers for the purpose. The co-operation of the villagers is noteworthy and because of the same, the affairs of the village are carried on smoothly. The Samooham has provided piped water supply to the residents of the Agraharam and also a Community Hall for Marriages and other functions. A very big tank belonging to the Samooham is located in the outskirts of the Village and it serves all the inhabitants in and around the area. This is the only Tank in the region where water would be available during the summer. The Village is connected by motorable road with Palakkad and buses are regularly plying.
Many of the families of this Village were owners of substantial acreages of lands but consequent on the implementation of the Land Reforms Act in Kerala, many of them were deprived of the possession of these lands and thereby they had to seek alternative sources of income for their livelihood and this forced some of them to leave the Village. But their interest and co-operation in the Village Affairs are still vibrant as before, as is evident from their active participation in the Festivals of the Village, etc.
The Residents of this Village have always been highly religious-minded and God-fearing since time immemorial, and their forefathers were proficient in chanting Rudram, Chamagam and the Vedas in general and paid special attention to this subject. They were also service-minded people and earmarked funds for providing amenities to the general public in the area, one such item being the Thaneer Pandal, where Buttermilk, Paanagam, etc., were supplied to the public in the summer season. Meals were also supplied both in the morning and in the night for Brahmins who came to the Village from Agraharams nearby, from funds donated by a Philanthropist of the Village.
Some illustrations from the past also throw some light as to how our forefathers have been very generous in respect of making contributions for the Village / Temple Affairs. The Brahmana Samooham / Temple had had several properties of land in the form of paddy fields, which were under the Tenancy System. The revenue derived from them were being utilised for the maintenance and running of the temple. Consequent to the implementation of the Land Reforms Act by the Kerala Government, the tenants became the owners of these lands and thus the Temple was deprived of the revenues from land, apart from the Paddy required for daily Neividhyam and Salary to the Archagar. One such tenant was however a philanthropist of our Village and he made a kind gesture of handing back all the properties of land of the Temple / Samooham held by him under the Tenancy System and only because of this, the Paddy requirements of the temple are even today met without any hassles.
Following the loss of the revenue, there was a dearth of funds to meet the other expenditures of the Temple for Fuel, Oil for the Lamps, Service Charges, etc., The moment this was put forth before the Villagers, all of them joined hands and immediately donated very liberally to create sizeable funds and also proposed that a Trust could be formed to create further funds. The interest accrued thereon could also be earmarked for meeting any other expenditure. The off-shoot of this proposal was the formation of the “North Melarcode Mahaganapathy Pooja Trust”, which has since been registered and managed by a Board of Trustees elected from among the Villagers.
Besides the initial donations made by the Villagers, a noble “Nakshatra Archana Scheme” has been introduced and for those who donate Rs. 501 under the Scheme, Archana to the Lord will be performed every year on the Birthday of the Donor and the Prasadams sent to him / her immediately. This scheme is working quite satisfactorily with the blessings of the Lord.
With a view to further augment funds, the devotees of the Village residing in Mumbai also gave a helping hand by transferring to this Trust the funds (Rs. 12,000) created by them in the past in the name of Ganesh Samaj.
It may not be out of place to highlight here that the co-operation of the Members of the Village is the back bone for the smooth functioning of all the Village / Temple Affairs, apart from, of course, the blessings of Lord Mahaganapathy.
Similarly for the Lord Mahaganapathy Temple in the Village, huge amounts have been donated for improvements / additional structures to the Temple and ornaments for the Deity. The funds required for One Utsava Vigraham made of Panchaloha and for the Neividhyams were donated by another devotee. Yagas have been conducted in the Village and the distinction of conducting the first Athirudram in the Temmalappuram Region goes to the families settled in our Village.
The effects of all these Kainkaryams (services) are now being reflected on the present generation by way of bountiful blessings of the Lord Mahaganapathy, enabling them to lead a peaceful and prosperous life and ensuring full success in all their attempts.