Temple Administration:

In the modern era, the administration governed by the Trustee Board consisting of five Trustees appointed by the H.R & CE (Admin). Department of Kerala Government. Since recent eight years H.R & CE Department is known as Malabar Devaswam Board.


In the past, members of the Kolathaya family of ‘Ashwalayana Soothra’, RigVeda following – Shivalli Brahmins were the priests. In due course of time the prince of Pattaje handed over their landed property at Pattaje to the Kolathaya family and directed them to perform the daily routine poojas as per the devine norms and also handed over the trusteeship to another branch of Maippady family at Perdala Palace. The kings at Perdala Palace were residing at Kodiamme Palace, situated in the Koippady village and were occasionally coming to the Perdala Temple and partaking in the festivals. But presently Kodiamme Palace is ruined due to lack of progeny.

Pre-historic Administrative bodies:

It is the belief that Maippady Kings had the first Pattabhishekham at Sri Madanantheshwara Temple Madhur; where as, second Pattabhishekha was at Sri Udaneshwara Temple, Perdala. That means the kings of second patta vizually, the prince’s worshipping deity is Lord Sri Udaneshwara. To the south of the Perdala Temple, there is a small village named Pattaje. In olden days there was a landed property at Pattaje owned by Maippady kings along with a palace there at Pattaje. There lived the Prince, Vishwavarya Arasu and was daily worshipping Sri Lord Udaneshwara at Perdala. When the senior king expires the Prince becomes the king of Maippady and the third one comes to Pattaje as ‘Vishwa varya Arasu’. Some relics of old palace are also there at Pattaje. As the Prince’s Pattabhisheka was taking place in this area, it was exclusively got the name Pattaje.

Usage of Ash guard is absolutely prohibited at Perdala Temple even today. It is said to be that there was a royal oath that if the second king (prince) happens to expire before enthroning at Maippady and his death rituals if happened to be held then only Ash guard is to be used for the Brahmana Santharpane at their worshipping devotee, Lord Udaneshwara Temple – such was the oath of senior king in the past. But fortunately any of the king of Pattaje never happened to expire before enthroning at Maippady prohibition for the usage of Ash guard is prevalent even today. Even during the annual festival instead of Ash guard, unripened banana is used for the ‘Havisu’ for Khethrapala.

When Pattaje palace merged in Maippady palace there seemed to remain four important families at Perdala viz. Pattaje Kolathaya house,Perdala palace, Krishna Bhandary house and Guthu house of Perdala Bunt’s. In the temple vicinity there are so many reveted old wells and so many basement of the houses.And the landed property surrounding the temple is having the record as ‘Krishna Bhandary Varga’, it can be doubtlessly believed that persons of the Krishna Bhandary house were being the ‘Bhandary’s of the Palace as well as the ‘Patali’s of the temple’. In the course of time even the family of Krishna Bhandary became extinct, persons of Kolathaya family became priests of the temple, Patel of the village (village officer), and also the trustees of the temple. They all along with the co-operation of Perdala palace and Perdala Guthu house conducted the daily and periodical routine programmes of the temple exultantly.

But unfortunately, at the end of 19th century, as Kolathaya family enlarged and income dwindled, due to the cold war in the family, it is divided as upper and lower house. By that time the last member of Kolathaya family, Late Krishna Kolathaya of lower house, sold the landed property due to the torture of the lenders and went towards Sullia. During this situation they donated about three acres of Paddy field in front of the temple, named as ‘Devatta’, to the temple Repository, perhaps in commemoration of their priestship till to that date. And also handed over the priestship to (Late) Shankaranarayana Bhat of lower Pattaje.

By this time, Havyak Brahmins who are the followers of Yajurveda, Bhodhayana Soothra and also the desciples of his holiness Sri Shankaracharya came here from ‘Haigunda’, of Uttarkarnataka through Puttur, Vittala ‘seeme’. Along with areca cultivation and well disciplined life they achieved a leading place (‘Facile princeps status’) in the society. Eventually, they became the dwellers of ‘Kumble seeme’ and happened to be the popular citizens of Maippady Kingdom. With due respect and obligation to the ruling king as well as to Gurupeetam, they worshipped the deities of the Four Seema Temples of Kumble Seeme and also the Bhootha sthanams of the locality. One of the branch of Havyak family that resided at Gaddemane settled at Ilanthodi near Perdala. Another branch of Khandige Shenthar family settled at lower Pattaje. Likewise, one after another Havyak family settled in the Temple vicinity. Thereby Havyaka Brahmins happened to be the Perdala villagers. At the beginning of the last century (Late) Sri Kodiamme Shivavarma Arasu, (Late) Sri Venkappa Bhat Ilanthodi, (Late) Sri Pattaje Subraya Bhat became the managing Trustees of the Temple.

During that period due to the lack of general educational institutions, the village was lagging behind in modern education, though prosperity was there in the Vedic as well as in moral, ethical and cultural education. Villagers had to send their students to far away places like Mangalore, Udupi or Gokarna, even though transportation facility was so little.

Foreviewing the very fact that there will not be much benefit from modern English Education than from Sanskrit Education which is the fundamental base of the Indian culture. Khandige(Late) Ishwara Bhat founded the ‘Havyaka Dravida Brahmin’s  ‘Vidyavardhaka Sangha’ along with the co-operation of the educationists of the locality and started a school named Mahajana Sanskrit School at Sri Udaneshwara Temple, Perdala in 1911. Considering the better convenience of the students and also the prosperity of the school it was shifted to Nirchal, which is about 4Kms away in the North western direction, situated near the Kumbla- Badiadka- Sullia main road – in the year 1915. The same was upgraded in 1920 as Mahajana Sanskrit College. The prestigious achievement of this Sanskrit college is that it spreaded the aroma of Sanskrit literature and there by flourished the Indian culture through its Sanskrits scholars who produced innumerous scholastic gems having immense knowledge. In commemoration of the beginning of the school at the Perdala Temple the staff & students of Mahajan Sanskrit College High school, maintained a custom of visiting the Perdala Temple to worship deities, once in every year. Moreover there built a stage (‘Devine Katte’) on behalf of the school, at the south western side of the temple near the road. Presently, Mahajana Sanskrit College High school is functioning as a High School of modern education. It is a matter of great pleasure that this educational institution is in the threshold of the glorious centenary celebration, which will be held on December 20th, 21st & 22nd 2013.