Parsuraman, believed to be great founder of Kerala, consecrated as many temples across the land. In order to perform the customary duties of temples he authorized 12 thanthri’s. One among them is the Tharananallur Thanthri who is the thanthri of Kottarakara temple. He is the thanthri of Sreepadmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananathapuram.
Melsanthi: Brhmasree Gopakumar M S/o Neelakanta Sharma (Mani) of Neyyattinkara ‘Rameswaram Samapriya’
He learned the Pooja & the temple rituals from Sri. Surya Narayana Sharma of Sreekrishnapuram village, Neyyattinkara. In the year 2000 he joined the services of Kallurkavu Devaswom of Kollam group.
He was the chief priest of a number of the Neyyattinkara group temples; the Karungutty Sree Dharma sastha temple, Thrikkannapuram Mahadevar temple, Thirunarayanapuram Sree Mahaganapathy temple, Arangil sree mahadevar temple, Thrippozhiyur sree Mahadevar temple and Arayur Sree Mahadevar temple.
He was lucky only on the third time in 2016 to be selected by lot as the Chief priest of Sree Mahaganapathy temple though he had participated in the selection process since 2014.
Keezsanthi: Krishnakumar N
S/o Puthenmadtathil Narayanan potti,
Learned Pooja & Temple rituals from Puthumana., Ambalappuzha and served as an assistant at Alappuzha Mullakkal Devi Temple and Chettikulangara Devi Temple. In the year 1996 Joined service at Changayil Kavu Devasowm of Karunagapally group.
The initial Devaswom posting as a priest was at Nooranadu Pallikkal Kantala swami Temple. After that served as the chief priest of Thevalakkara Devi Temple, Achankovil Dharma Sastha Temple, Aryankavu Dharma Sastha Temple, Anchal Agasthyacodu Mahadevar Temple and Karavaloor Peedika Devi Temple. From Karavaloor , his next posting was as the Chief priest of Pampa Ganapathi Temple in the year 2011. Then after serving as the second priest of Chadayamangalam Mahadeva Temple, he was posted as the second priest of Kottarakkara Sree Maha Ganapathi Temple.