PONATHIL HOUSE , Palliyil Lane , Diwans Road , Ernakulam, Kerala State, INDIA.
This is my Tharavad. I am the great grand daughter of Itchikkavu amma and Velayudhan Achan. I do not know who built this tharavad, but I have heard from my elders that Itchikkavu amma lived here with her family. She had three daughters and three sons.Marriage and work forced many members to leave the tharavad and settle elsewhere. Today( 26/08/2012 ) Itchikkavuamma's grand daughter Ponathil Indra Varma lives there .
Here I am trying to create a data base of all members of our original Ponathil family at Ernakulam. Please help me in bringing together all those who have been cut off from this branch years ago. Any details , links , stories , myths etc that would give a clue to trace our roots would be welcomed whole heartedly.
Info sent by Dr.Sivadas Ponathil on 8th October 2012
I have no idea when the original ponathil tharavdu was constructed. I even doubt whether the position of what we call now as Ponathil was where it was. The house as I heard from elders had only one Ara and Arayin puram, from where a staircase takes one to ' Thattinpuram'. On either side of it there were rooms called ' Thekke akam and Vadakke akam'. Both these rooms had ' Chayippu' for exclusive urinating purpose. The kitchen used to be outside in the ' Urappura'. where pounding of paddy used to be done. There was provision for warming water on a 3 stone 'aduppu'. There was a small room on western side of the house where women during their ' untouchable days- monthly periods- used to live. A open tank- 'kulam'- was on the south west of the plot. The latrine used to be far on the southern side of the compound and scavenging used to be the practice. This is the lay out of Ponathil Tharavadu. All other rooms are extensions or add ons. Hope now you understand. The front portion of the land was sold to ' Pallyil family, the front North to Edakkunni wariam, South to Cochin Royal family and the east to another wariam by Ammoomma (Itchikkavu Amma). All these transactions were done by her to run the family and to meet the daily expenses because we never had a solid, strong ' Karanavar' during that period.