Babu Zachariah, M.D. belongs to KAVILAI
VEETTIL family, an ancient aristocratic
Christian family of Thiruvalla, Kerala,
India. Their ancestors were, the Brahmin
Christians, who came from Kuravillangad
Pakalomattam Pally Vadakkedam, during beginning
of 15th century. They were called to purify
the pooja materials and other commodities.
Since early Christians are converted from
among the Brahmins – the priest hood
of Hindus, it was believed that the Christians
have an inherent of sacred power of St.
Thomas, the Apostle of India, and all materials
happened to be impure would magically become
pure by the touching of a Christian.
a member from pakalomattam family
was invited by Pazhayidathu madathil
potti, one of the powerful Nambuthiri
family among the pathillathu potties
at sreevallabhapuram (THIRUVALLA).
They built a house inside the ‘Kavu’
near Kavumbhagam temple and settled
down there. The house was known as
KAVILAI VEETTIL means the House
Inside the 'KAVU'. Kavilae
veedu is considered the FIRST CHIRSTIAN
HOUSE at THIRUVALLA.
facts are depicted not only in the Kavilai
veettil kudumaba yogam, but also exists
in Pala Kattakkayam kudumab yogam, Thumbamon
Vadakkedathu Shagha and Pakalomattam maha
In 19 th century, POTHA
was the leader of the one of the Kavilae
Veedu at Thiruvalla. His successor PERUMAL
took initiative to re-build the THIRUVALLA
PALIAKKA PALLY (Church) that was destroyed
by miscreants. His close Contact with temple
authorities and royal families enabled him
to arrange wood and other materials for
the re-construction of the Paliakkara church
(St. George Jacobite church). His successor
POTHA had two sons PHILIPOSE and
EYPE. Both are true religious,
strong and dedicated devotees in Christian
faith with strict adherence of fasting and
prayer in all prescribed hours of the day.
brother EYPE resided at
Kavumbhagam and the local people counted
timings hearing his enchanting rhythmic
the elder brother settled at Muttenparampil
in between Kavumbhagam and Paliakkara church.
He took keen interest in church and social
activities. He cured the ailments of peoples
by praying and giving pure water with out
giving any medicine. He give 4 stones to
be installed at 4 corners of the compound
and it was believed that these stones will
prevent the ill effect of Satan/ Super human
PHILIPOSE had 6 sons and 4 daughters.
The sons are Potha, Eype, Varghese, Mathai,
Zachariah and Thomas. His
5 th son is the late K. P. ZACHARIAH
who was an Accountant of the National Quilon
Bank. Due to the political intervention
the Bank was closed down and he joined as
Branch Manager in a Private establishment.
& Mr. K. P. Zachariah with
elder daughter, 1938
(Mary) belongs to a prestigious family Parambil
Puthenpurayil, Thiruvalla and the daughter
of Vidwan M. Varghese, who was a famous
Malayalam Poet. His literature works were
not preserved properly. His poem (Ghnda
Kavyam) only is available NIZHALIL KURISU
(In the Shadow of Cross) which was edited
by his son Prof. Thomas P. Varghese, a former
senior Professor of Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla.
Mrs. and Mr. K .P. Zachariah
has 2 sons and 3 daughters. The younger
son is Dr. Babu Zachariah
(Rajan Babu), the owner of this web site
and he has maintaining a house, Kavilai
Veettil at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
His elder brother
Joy Zacharia is residing at Kavilai
Veettil, Kuruppampady, Ernakulam Dist. ,
who retired as Assistant General Manager
(HMT LTD, Kerala) and his wife prof. Susan
Joy, Retd. from Mar Athanasious College
Kothamangalam and she is the daughter of
freedom fighter and Rtd. Head master Thanelimalil
M. Varkey, Ex. M.L.A. ( Visit:http://www.varkeythanelimalil.com).
They have 2 daughters, Leena & Jeena
both are Engineers and they are married
to two Engineers M/S Mathews George, Muppathiyil,
Muvattupuzha and Viju Rajan John, Ponvanibham,
Accamma, married to Mr. M. Thomas, Peedikayil
Susamma to the late Mr.
K. K. Abraham, Monekkattu
P. A. Raju, Adimuriyil
Mini Cottage, Pathanamthitta.
and Kunjamma Zachariah expired in 1981
and 2003 respectively and were buried
at Kuruppampady, St Mary’s jacobite
Syrian Church, in the Kavilai Veettil
Veettil family tomb at St Mary’s jacobite
Syrian Church, Kuruppampady, Ernakulam Dist,