Sakthan Thampuran

Sakthan Thampuran was one of the most popular rulers of the region of Thrissur. The city of Thrissur was formerly a part of the princely state of Cochin. Raja Rama Varma who is popularly known as the Sakthan Thampuran acceded to the throne of Cochin in the year 1790 and ruled till 1805.

It was during the rule of Sakthan Thampuran that the autonomous power of the chieftains were curbed. The rule of Sakthan Thampuran marks the beginning of the modern history of Thrissur.

Sakthan Thampuran had been vested with the administrative powers by the Dutch Governor and Travancore Raja since 1769. His strong administrative domination curbed the powers of the feudal chiefs and the Namboodithiri community.

The Namboodithiri community elected the ecclesiastical heads of the Yogiatiripppads. These resourceful families chose to act against the ruler of Cochin in his battles against the Zamorin of Calicut. The powers of the powerful lords were curbed by Sakthan Thampuran. He signed a treaty with the East India company to severe all ties with Tipu Sultan who was the ruler of Mysore.

Sakthan Thampuran is often referred to as the architect of the city of Thrissur. The beautiful city fell under the rule of the British after the end of the reign of the Sakthan Thampuran.

Last Updated on 03/06/2013