Thiruvalla - My Native Place

Pradeep Kumar B By Pradeep Kumar B, 8th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2eerrrb2/
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In this post I am writing about my native place Thiruvalla, also spelt Tiruvalla. Thiruvalla is in the State of Kerala, in south India. It comes under the area known as central Travancore. Travancore was a small kingdom which existed before India got independence from British Rule in 1947. Now it is in the District of Pathanamthitta.

Thiruvalla, the Land of People Employed in Foreign Countries

Thiruvalla is well known as the land of people making a living in foreign countries. Thousands of people from Thiruvalla are employed in the Arabian Gulf countries, the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, to mention a few. In fact, natives of Thiruvalla can be found in every nook and corner of the world. The majority of the population at this place is constituted by Hindus, Christians and Muslims. There are a number of educational institutions here. This place is known for the highly educated inhabitants.

The language spoken is of course Malayalam, the mother tongue of Keralites. But most of the people are well versed in the language of English too. The medium of teaching in schools are Malayalam or English. Now, the majority of the students opt for English medium schools.

The people here have a high sense of hygiene and health. There are a couple of big hospitals in Thiruvalla. All the modern amenities are available and the people have a high standard of living. The main junction in Thiruvalla is known as the SCS junction.

The Sreevallabha Temple

It is common in our country to have an ancient temple in every important place. The presiding deity of the temple is considered as the lord and protector of the place. Such a temple is there in Thiruvalla also. It is the Sreevallabha Temple. The presiding deity at this temple is Sreevallabhan who is Maha Vishnu himself, the Hindu god who has assumed the duty of protecting this world. This temple is believed to be constructed 4000 years before.

How Thiruvalla Got This Name

Now, let me explain how Thiruvalla got this name. Because of the presence of Lord Sree Vallabhan, this place came to be called as Sreevallabhapuram from ancient days. The meaning of the word puram is town or place. So Sreevallabhapuram means the town or place of Sreevallabhan. Now, Thru is a word which has the same meaning as Sree. So when Thru was used to replace Sree, Sreevallabhapuram became Thiruvallabhapuram and was shortened to just Thiruvalla as years passed by. That is how this place got its name.

Sreevallabhapuram > Thiruvallabhapuram > Thiruvalla

I, myself am a devotee of Lord Sreevallabhan and I go to the temple once every week to get the blessings of my Lord. Standing before my Lord with eyes closed and hands folded, I experience real calm and I feel my mind filled. I believe that Lord Sreevallabhan is my protector.

My Place-Muthoor

My house is at Muthoor which is a part of the Municipality of Thiruvalla. Muthoor, though very close to the town, has a very calm and quiet atmosphere like a village. There is also an important temple here. It is known as the Muthoor Bhadrakali temple. The presiding goddess here is Bhadrakali. The very name Bhadrakali spells awe.

The Primary School where I Studied

The primary school where I studied is known as the L.P.G. School, meaning Lower Primary Girls’ School. Though it is a girls’ school, it takes in boys too as students. There are only classes from 1st Standard to 4th standard in this school. The school is very close to the Muthoor Bhadrakali Temple.

This school has only one student in this academic year and is now on the verge of closing down. The medium of learning in this school is Malayalam, our mother tongue. These days, parents are taking their children to other schools which have a modern look and have English as the medium of teaching. In this process old schools like this LPG school are neglected and many of them are closing down.

The High School where I Studied

After completing my studies at the LPG School, I became a student of the N.S.S. High School at Muthoor. This school is just opposite to the LPG School, with the Muthoor-Kuttappuzha road in between them. This school is also in a pathetic state now as the number of students is very small. This happens because Parents are enrolling their children in English medium schools. In the two schools mentioned above the medium of instruction is Malayalam, the mother tongue of Keralites. Nobody wants children to learn in their mother tongue, a really pathetic and deplorable condition.

Occupation of the Inhabitants of Thiruvalla

Many of the natives work in foreign countries, mainly the Arabian Gulf Countries like UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia etc. Many others are in the USA, European countries etc. A number of others are employed in other States of India, in places like Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai etc.

Many of those who reside here are employed in Government sector or Private sector. Natives of Thiruvalla are not good entrepreneurs. They are content with a comfortable job here or in any part of the world.

There is no big industry here. Agriculture is also neglected. The main reason for neglecting agriculture is that (1) it is not profitable and (2) agricultural laborers are not available. The vast expanse of paddy fields here is left uncultivated. In many areas paddy fields are being filled with soil to make them suitable for constructing buildings.

Construction of buildings is the only activity going on here. The construction laborers are mainly from north Indian States like Assam, Bengal, Odisha, Bihar etc. The natives are not ready to take up jobs involving physical exertion. So, workers from other states come and get employed in the construction field and in small factories.

Every empty space is being filled with a building, residential or otherwise. Natives working in Gulf countries use their earnings to construct posh houses here. Constructing big houses is their life’s ambition. So the greenery of the place is rapidly receding as trees and paddy fields are being destroyed for constructing buildings. The place is going to be a concrete jungle in the near future.

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I live in Tiruvalla, a small town in the state of Kerala, in India. I am an electrical engineer and I love to write.

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author avatar Val Mills
9th Jun 2012 (#)

The more I read about India, the more I realise I don't know. Thank you for adding to my knowledge. I enjoyed reading this.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
9th Jun 2012 (#)

India is said to be a land where there is unity in the midst of diversity. Every place here is very different from any other. Thank you Val for reading my page and leaving your comment.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
9th Jun 2012 (#)

Oh my neighboring India, I still don't know many things about you. Great poet Lalan says- he is dying of thirst though there are pitcher full of water nearby!
Thank you for your nice post.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
9th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you my friend Karim, for your kind words.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Jun 2012 (#)

Great effort and so nicely told, Pradeep. Thanks also for educating me on the orgin of the name. I have visited Thiruvalla over the years and stayed few months at nearby town Changannur. It is sad indeed that culture of a place is being destroyed in the name modernity. Let us have some balance. The trend of moving away from agriculture portents danger as food is the very basic to our existence. Are we progressing by destroying what held us together? - siva

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
9th Jun 2012 (#)

Oh! You stayed at Cengannur for some time Siva. Quite surprising! Chengannur is very near to Thiruvalla and my wife's home is at Chengannur. If you ever came back to have another visit, you must inform me. I will be very delighted to meet you. Thanks for your comments. I value your words very much.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks Pradeep. I visit Kerala often as my mother is in Trivandrum and not keeping well now. I studied in Kerala till high school in Malayalam medium of instruction, completed CA, and worked for ten years in Kerala. Kerala that I knew has changed a lot but basically Keralites have not very much! It will be my pleasure to meet you - siva

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
10th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Siva. I am looking forward to meeting you some day.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Jun 2012 (#)

how beautiful is this Pradeep..you are very fortunate living in such a lovely and spiritual place...namaste

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
12th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you cn for stopping here and commenting. Your words are very valuable to me.

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author avatar vpaulose
11th Jun 2012 (#)

I love Thiruvalla and its scenes. thank you Pradeep.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
12th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you vp. Are you also from Thiruvalla?

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author avatar Eunice Tan
12th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
13th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Eunice for reading my article and leaving your comment.

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author avatar Karman's Kreations
12th Jun 2012 (#)

You have a beautiful home and village. Thank You for Sharing.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
13th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you for your valuable words.

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author avatar Carol
13th Jun 2012 (#)

I found this introduction to your home and village very interesting. Many thanks

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
14th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you carol.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
16th Jun 2012 (#)

I too found this article very interesting and the 4000 year old Sreevallabha Temple is still so beautiful. Thank you for taking us on a tour of your home town. You put so much hard work into it!

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Judy.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Jun 2012 (#)

My dear Pradeep Kumar B,
I must say you have a comprehensive way of presenting your articles.
I had served three tenures of three years each in Kochi and always found Kerala a much neater place compared to the rest of India. I like Kerala and the hero of my latest book Emma's Escapades in Incredible India is a Keralite. Such is the my admiration for Kerala.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you for your kind words.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

neat maybe earlier, now the cities are flooded with waste. what a pity. I visited Tirupathi and was surprised to find it very neat. Hope everyone follows their method to keep neat inspite of the largest gathering

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author avatar Jacuba Tulan
20th Jun 2012 (#)

The more I read about India, the more I realise I don't know. Thank you for adding to my knowledge. I enjoyed reading this.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
30th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Jun 2012 (#)

wonderfully done,thank you...

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
30th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you for leaving your comment.

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author avatar Teila
1st Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you for sharing

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
1st Jul 2012 (#)

You are welcome.

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author avatar Noreen Ann Snyder
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Wow, Pradeep, you live in a beautiful place! Very interesting article! Thank you for sharing!
Have a great day, Pradeep!

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you Noreen, for your kind words.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

Dear Pradeep, You are missed! I do hope you are well and will be back with full vigor soon. Best wishes and take care.
Regards, Siva

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

ha ha the world is round. I thought you were from another state. Thanks for the darshan and am glad to know you live in my state.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

Are you the 'deepa' on Expertscolumn? I think you are. Anyway glad to meet you here.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
4th Sep 2012 (#)

Yes sir, i am the very same. Nice meeting you too here.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Sep 2012 (#)

oh Pradeep I stopped writing on EC and deleted my account...

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author avatar vpaulose
3rd Sep 2012 (#)

Hope you had a happy Onam, dear Pradeep.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
3rd Sep 2012 (#)

Of course we had a happy Onam as usual. The only thing that dampened the spirit was the heavy rain that lashed the entire Kerala on the day of Thiru Onam. What about you dear vp? How was your Onam? I think you are a non resident Indian, are you not?

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Sep 2012 (#)

such an incredible place to live Pradeep...when I think of the concrete edifices that are built by the West ...well I wont go there! lucky you in such fantastic surrounds...

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
14th Sep 2012 (#)

Thank you cn. But our place will also be filled with concrete structures soon.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Oct 2012 (#)

Hi dear friend Pradeep,
I missed you when I visited Tiruvalla last month, as I didn't remember you belong there.

I'll certainly meet you when I come come there next time, mostly in January 2014.

Namaste!

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
26th Oct 2012 (#)

I will be very glad to meet you Ratna. Do inform me about your next visit in time. I never thought you knew this place. I am looking forward to meeting you. Namaste!

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author avatar RITHUN
13th Feb 2014 (#)

I like Tiruvalla very much. I spent my childhood days in that place. For kintergarden I went to MGM nursery school (now its name has been changed I think). I stayed at Muthoor nearby Devi temple.

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author avatar RITHUN
13th Feb 2014 (#)

glad to meet you Pradeep..

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