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Veliyanad (India)
Coordinates: 9°51′0″N76°30′0″E / 9.85000°N 76.50000°E / 9.85000; 76.50000 Coordinates: 9°51′0″N76°30′0″E / 9.85000°N 76.50000°E / 9.85000; 76.50000
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
  Official Malayalam, English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration KL-07
Lok Sabha constituency Kottayam
assembly constituency piravom
Climate Moderate (Köppen)

Veliyanad is a small village in the Ernakulam District of the state of Kerala in southern India. [1] It belongs to the Edakkattuvayal panjayat and Kanayannoor Taluk. The village is around 30 km from the city of Kochi. nearby city is piravom The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport. Piravom Road, Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction Railway Stations are the closest major railway stations.


The maternal home and birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya at Veliyanad, Piravom


The name Piravom derived from a word 'Piravi' in Malayalam means 'birth'. There are two beliefs about the etymology of the name.

Also it is near to Piravom which also has got a connection with the birth of Sri Adi Sankaracharya. (Piravi in Malayalam means birth, Sri Sankara's birth made this place as Piravom). Mel Pazhoor Mana is believed as the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, which is the home of Aryamba, his holy mother. It is located near Piravom. [2]

Places of interest

Also Pazhoor Perumthrikkovil is 3 km from Veliyanad. Thirumarayoor Rama's Temple is 2 km from Veliyanad is one of the few ancient Rama temples in Kerala.

Pazhoor Padippurais 4 km from Veliyanad. It is an astrology center linked to Pazhoor Perumthrikkovil located in Piravom is referred in the Aithihyamala by Kottarathil Sankunni.

Educational institutions

Recreational Clubs

Adi Shankara Nilayam

Located in Veliyanad, Adi Shankara Nilayam is the ancestral maternal house of Shri Shankara. It is a sprawling nalukettu located in Veliyanad at Edakkattuvayal Village in Ernakulam. Traditionally known as the 'Melpazhur Mana', the place was renamed as Adi Shankara Nilayam by Swami Chinmayananda Saraswathi. Now the property has been acquired by the Chinmaya International Foundation. The nalukettu is decorated with exquisite wooden paneling and engravings. A meditation hall in memory of Swami Chinmayananda Saraswathi is there nearby. Situated in 8.3 acres (34,000 m2) of land, the property houses a water pond, a temple complex, an excellent library, a computer unit and residential accommodation for visiting scholars. There is a large temple dedicated to the deity of the family - swayambhu Shasta (Lord Ayyappa). A Naga Yakshi temple and a temple for Vettakkorumakan are also seen in the complex.

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  1. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Report
  2. "Melpazhur Mana".