Thekkumbadan Vettakkorumakan Kottam is owned, managed and run by the Thekkumbadan Vettakkorumakan Kottam Trust with the funds raised from the members and relatives of Moonnillathu Veedu with the nominated members of the family as the Members of the Trust. "VffiAKKORUMAKAN (SIVAN)" and "OORPAZHASSI (VISHNU)" are the twin deities of the temple. The Temple is at present run with the funds collected from amongst the members of the family. Outsiders are not approached for donations. The raising of the funds for meeting the expenses of the temple is entirely the responsibility of the family. A permanent full-time Brahmin Namboothiri is appointed for conducting the daily pooja in the temple. The daily normal morning pooja commences at 5.30 a.m. and ends at 9.30 a.m. In the evening the temple opens at 5.30 p.m. and functions upto 7.30 p.m. Even though the temple belongs to the family, every Hindu can come to the temple for worship and there is absolutely no restriction whatsoever.
On important occasions, temple works from 5.30 a.m. till evening 10.00 p.m. for conducting 'Trikala Pooja'. There are special occasions like 'Navarathri' (10 days in September - October), 'Prathishtadinam' in the month of May (4th and 5th May) and 'Thira' in the last week of December (27th - 30th). Sreebhoothabali is performed by a Thanthri (another Brahmin Namboothiri) on the days of 'Thira' as well as 'Prathishtadinam'. On certain occasions, when people wanted to have special worship like 'Niramala', 'Trikala Pooja' etc, the same will be arranged in the Temple by the Trust. It is at the request of members and relatives of the family on payment of a special charge. In addition, 'Annadanam'(distribution of divine food) is offered, on important occasions, to all the Hindu devotees who attend the temple for worship. A lot of improvements in the temple have been carried out by the Trust over the years for providing various facilities to the devotees.
In addition to the Brahmin Namboothiri, 'Ambalavasis' (communities traditionally dedicated to temple service) like Nambeesan and Marar are employed on full-time basis for supplying flowers and flower garlands for decorating the deity. At the time of daily Pooja, there will be drum beating by Marar. Nambeesan and Marar employees are appointed by the Trust and they are permanent employees and their salaries are met by the Trust. Cleaning the inside, outside and surroundings of the temple also will be attended to by Nambeesan and Marar employees. Apart from this, it is their responsibility to provide oil lamp lighting inside and outside the temple every day. The temple is fully electrified and the expenses thereof are also met by the Trust.
'Thidambu Nritham', a temple devotional dance by holding the idols of the deities on the head by Brahmin Namboothiris accompanied by 'Chenda Melam' (pounding of drums) is performed on 29th December every year. In addition, a traditional performance ritual called 'Theyyam' connected with the worship of the Lord is conducted. In Theyyam, the deity possesses the body of the performer. This used to be an attraction for all the local Hindus.
To encourage the members of the family to involve in matters relating to temple worship on a permanent basis and to give donations on regular basis for meeting the expenditure of the temple etc, a family get-together (Kudumba Sangamam) is arranged once in a year. It will also give them a spirit of community and a sense of moral responsibility. This is also intended to propagate the principles of Hinduism to the numerous outstation and overseas members of the family.
Ambalappuram, Kerala, India