Sree Kuladevata Mandir Complex, Ambalamedu

It is a well known and established fact that Gauda Saraswat Brahmins have migrated from the banks of river Saraswathi in Punjab to Mithila Desa, formerly ruled by the great King Janaka. Most of them settled in a place called “Trihotrapura” forming north eastern part of the present Bihar State, which was then known as Gauda Desa. Later a number of GSBs belonging to different Gotras or clans were invited by Parasurama to Gomantak (present Goa) for performing and sanctifying the place with Vedic rituals, rites and their knowledge. It is said that they settled initially in 66 localities (Sasashti), and a later batch in 30 more colonies (Tiswadi) due to which the entire area came to be known as Shah-Navi or Shenvi (meaning 96). It is only logical that the GSB settlers in Goa also came to be called as Shenvis collectively. Still later, many GSBs who took up business as occupation started migrating to western coasts of Karnataka and Kerala. A bigger chunk initiated an exodus to the Konkan area owing to the unbearable atrocities from Portuguese rulers. The migrants carried with them their worshipping deities, known as Ishta Devatas and Kuladevatas, cultural ethos, practising customs, and most importantly their identity – Konkani as mother tongue.

Despite the passing of over five centuries since the historical migration, the GSB community still carries forward their heritage and traditional values including duties of worshipping their respective family deities or Kuladevatas. Temples have been constructed in different GSB settlements. While some of these temples were built for Ishta Devatas, some others were to worship Kuladevatas. Devotees of Kuladevatas cherish the welfare and progress of their families and community at large. Due to the long distance to the places of Kuladevata temples situated in Konkan and Goa, the GSB community in Kerala found it inconvenient to frequently visit the temples. Their Dharmaguru Srimad Sudhindra Tirtha Swamiji, the Pontiff of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, emphasised the significance of worshipping the Kuladevatas. The long cherished ambition of Swamiji initiated the construction of Sri Kuladevata Mandir Complex in Ambalamedu in order to facilitate befitting worship of the Kuladevatas and augment the blessings obtained thereby.