Panicker House

2019

With its long verandahs, three chambers, courtyard, basement and chawadi, the Panicker house, a century-old Nalukettu, a traditional house of Kerala, was closely associated with rituals and ceremonies of the nearby temple. The quartet was created almost 100 years ago with the elegance of carpentry and architectural uniqueness. This quartet was part of the family poojas and ceremonies associated with the temple. Fallen prey to the tests of time, the Panicker house has been reclaimed through maximum reuse of materials. Once made of painted laterite stones, the 24 pillars encircling the verandahs and courtyard are redone with teak wood, its rings and knots visible.

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The old pillars, which were covered with red sandstone and painted, are now completely replaced with teak wood as well. The exquisite carvings on the triangular dormers, on all four elevations of the Nalukettu, are restored to their former splendour during the restoration. The excellence of the carvings is also evident on the door panels and facades. The delicate Ananthashayanam (the sleeping pose of Lord Vishnu ) carving at the main entrance and the Gajalakshmi range at the threshold to the Pathayapura are notable. The skill of the carpenters under the leadership of Muthashari Radhakrishnan in all the carvings is noteworthy.