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Kizhakke Kovilakam Genealogy and Kizhakke Kovilakam Family History Information

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About the Kizhakke Kovilakam surname

Zamorin is the anglicised version of Samoothirippadu or Samoothiri Raja, a title of the rulers of the erstwhile Hindu state of Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), located in the present day state of Kerala, India, between the 14th and 18th century. The royal family is divided into three branches ,viz. Kizhakke (East) Kovilakam, located in Kottakkal, Puthiya (New) Kovilakam, located in Thiruvannur and Padinjara (West) Kovilakam located in Mankaavu, all three are currently within the modern district of Calicut or Kozhikode. The family follows the well-known Marumakkathayam law of inheritance, by which the succession is always to the offspring of its female members only, and among these the next eldest male to the Zamorin is the heir-apparent. On the death of the Zamorin, his successor is always the oldest male from any of these three Kovilakams or branches. The next in line is known as the‘Eralppad Raja’