TRAVANCORE = THIRUVITHAMCORE













TRAVANCORE KINGS SEAL










POSTAL STAMP BY GOVT OF INDIA TO COMMEMORATE-
-THE TEMPLE ENTRY DECREE OF KING SRI CHITHIRA OF TRAVANCORE STATE
Emblem of Travancore king














TEMPLE OF SRI PADMANABHA SWAMY
TEMPLE TRIVANDRUM(THIRU ANANTHA PURAM)


























UNIVERSITY COLLEGE THIRUANANTHAPURAM



KOWDIAR PALACE TRIVANDRUM































REMINISCENCE OF TRAVANCORE

IN TRIVANDRUM (THIRUVANANTHAPURAM)CITY OUR TRAVANCORE MAHARAJAH WAS GIVEN VERY GREAT RESPECT AS HIS RULE WAS VERY BENEVOLENT .OUR MAHARAJAHS STARTED ONE OF THE VERY FIRST UNIVERSITY IN INDIA IN 1866.ALSO OUR TRAVANCORE KING WAS THE FIRST TO START FREE LUNCH FOR POOR STUDENTS IN 1934 (NOW FREE LUNCH FOOD IS GIVEN ALL OVER INDIA)
ALSO THE FIRST DETITUTE HOME NAMED SRI CHITRA HOME WAS STARTED IN 1934 LATER A BEGGARS HOME WAS STARTED IN 1943 IN TRIVANDRUM ALL THIS GOOD WORK WAS HAPPENING WHILE IN MOST OTHER SEMI INDEPENDENT KINGDOMS OF INDIA (ABOUT 675 PRINCELY STATES BIG AND SMALL) THE RULERS WERE SPENDING MONEY ON WINE WOMEN AND LUXURY.

OUR KING WAS VERY GOOD IN HIS RULE IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE EXCEPT WHEN HE WAS LED ASTRAY BY THE ADVICE OF HIS DIVAN SIR CP RAMASWAMY IYER IN 1947 TO KEEP TRAVANCORE KINGDOM AS FREE AND SOVEREIGN COUNTRY.

THE FULL NAME TITLE OF OUR MAHARAJAH KING CHITRA THIRUNAL WAS :-

MAJOR GENERAL- HIS HIGHNESS-SRI PADMANABHA DASA -VANCHIPALA-SIR-BALA RAMA VARMA THREE- KULASEKHARA KIRITAPATI-MANNEY SULTAN-MAHARAJAH-RAMA RAJA-BAHADUR- SHAMSHER JUNG-MAHARAJAH OF TRAVANCORE-GCSI-GCIE

IGAVE THE FULL TITLE TO SHOW THAT HE WAS humble andVERY KIND HEARTED AND CARING TO HIS PRAJAS(PEOPLE)THOUGH HE HAD ALL THE TITLES ALL THE WEALTH AND ALL THE CAPACITY TO KILL ANY BODY IF HE SO WISHED

HE HAD MANY  PALACES ALL OVER TRAVANCORE STATE IN FACT I USED TO WONDER WHETHER HE VISITED ALL THESE PALACES AT LEAST ONCE,
ONE PALACE NEAR TRIVANDRUM CITY - VELLAYANI PALACE WAS HANDED OVER FREE TO TRAVANCORE UNIVERSITY IN 1955 AND NOW IT HAS BECOME THE AGRICULTURE UNIVERSITY I CAN REMEMBER THE VAST AMOUNT OF MARBLES USED IN THAT PALACE
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OTHER PALACES WERE CONVERTED INTO SCIENCE MUSEUM ,KELTRON .KOVALAM PALACE IS NOW A 5 STAR HOTEL.WHILE KANAKAKUNU PALACE IS FOR PUBLIC FUNCTIONS

 HE HELPED   IN THE MAKING OF KERALA'S FIRST MEDICAL COLLEGE IN TRIVANDRUM CITY . THE HOSPITAL BLOCKS ARE NAMED AFTER THE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

 HE RESIDED IN KOWDIAR PALACE AND IT STILL BELONGS TO THE TRAVANCORE KINGS

EVERY MORNING AND EVENING HE USED TO TRAVEL FROM KOWDIAR PALACE TO PADMANABHA SWAMY TEMPLE A DISTANCE OF A FEW MILES.THE POLICE BANDOBUST WAS VERY STRICT .1 HOUR BEFORE HIS TRAVEL(EZHUNELLIPPU IN MALAYALAM LANGUAGE) THE MAIN ROAD TRAFIC USED TO BE STOPPED NOT EVEN A CYCLE WILL BE ALOWED .ALL PRESENT ON THE ROAD MUST PUT THEIR HEAD SCARF(THALELKETTU OR KASVU KAVINI)AROUND THEIR WAIST AND TIE IT TIGHT AS A RESPECT AND MUST BEND DOWN WITH FOLDED HANDS FROM WAIST DOWN TILL THE HEAD COMES DOWN TO A LEVEL OF STOMACH AND REMAIN IN THAT POSTURE TILL HE PASSES THEM IN HIS CAR .LOOKING AT THE KING WAS CONSIDERED RUDE BEHAVIOR.POLICE MADE SURE ALL DO THIS OR THEY USED TO GET BEATEN BY A LATHI STICK .KINGS CAR WAS PRECEDED BY A RED PILOT CAR ABOUT HALF HOUR BRFORE TO GIVE WARNINGS TO ALL THE IMPENDING ARRIVAL OF THE KING

 SINGING NATIONAL ANTHEM OF TRAVANCORE RAJA WAS COMPULSORY ,OUR TEXT BOOKS USED TO MENTION ABOUT HIS GREAT ACTIVITIES AND GOOD WORK IN MALAYALAM LANGUAGE TEXT BOOKS THE KING OF TRAVANCORE WAS MENTIONED AS THE' KING WHO FEEDS US'( IN MALAYALAM LANGUAGE IT IS"ANNA DAADAAVAYA PONNU THIRUMENI")
Travancore national anthen was in malayalam language [first two lines:-vanchi bhoomi pathe cheeram|| means vanchi land long live..pathe=live and cheeram=for ever in malayalam]all school children were forced to by heart the whole national anthem.but i had to learn 3 national anthems[!] travancore{2] indian..jana gana mana [3] british ..'God save the king' .and  all the varieties of coins by Travancore and British kingdoms;and all the different weights and measures common in Travancore and elsewhere in British India

EVERYBODY KEPT THE KINGS PHOTO IN THE ENTRANCE HALL OR VERANDA TO SHOW OUR RESPECT

THE TRAVANCORE CARS HAD A SEPERATE REGISTRATION NUMBER M S T R =MADRAS STATE TRAVANCORE REGISTRATION FOLLOWED BY THE CAR NUMBER.WE HAD WHEN IN THOSE DAYS CARS WERE RARE AND CAR OWNERS KNEW MOST OTHER CAR OWNERS ON THE ROAD .
 .PETROL WAS VERY CHEAP I GALLON= 4 LITER , PETROL WAS 15 RUPEES=3/- RUPEES PER LITER NOW THE PRICE OF 4 LITER PETROL IS 200 RUPEES

EVERY THING WAS CHEAP COMPARED TO NOW BUT AT THE SAME TIME SALARIES WERE ALSO VERY LOW OR RATHER KEPT LOW FOR INDIANS BY THE BRITISH LOOTERS WHEN THEIR BRITISH OFFICERS USED TO GET 100% MORE SALARY
 FOR EXAMPLE AN ICS OFFICER USED TO GET 6000 RUPEES WHILE HIS INDIAN PERSONAL ASSISTANT USED TO GET MUCH LESS AND A PEON ABOUT 15 RUPEES PER MONTH YOU CAN IMAGINE THE INDIAN WEALTH LOOTED BY JUST THESE VERY HIGH SALARIES ALONE BY BRITAIN

THE TRAVANCORE STATE INSIGNIA WAS A COCNCH SHELL ON THE CARS OF KING AND HIS RELATIVES.ANOTHER INSIGNIA FOR OFFICIAL USE WAS TWO ELEPHANTS STANDIND FACING EACH OTHER WITH A CONCH SHELL IN BETWEEN

click and listen to -TravancoreNATIONAL              ANTHEM:-http://www.tmcgulf.com/National.Anthem.html