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The Architectural Structure

Certain portions of the main building of the Mana Complex (House Complex) are older than 300 years. Truly speaking the Mana Complex cannot be called a home, it was rather an institution with many people staying there, in addition to the owners, with specific duties for each one. There were arrangements for food and stay for students and teachers and to study Kathakali, Music, Vedas and Sanskrit in the Mana.

Even though the members of family may be around six to seven people, there were more than fifty to sixty people taking food from Mana every day belonging to servants, staff, poor people and guests. Every day more than 50 Kg of rice was served and on special days it may go beyond 100 Kgs.

Here comes the importance of architecture of the building.
The main building is known as Ettu Kettu
(Eight structures with two open quadrangle), having two each Halls on Eastern side, Western side, Southern side, one at Central portion and one at Northern side. The names of the halls are also based on the position- for example Eastern Hall is called Kizhakkini, Kizhakku means East. Similarly Thekku means South and Southern hall is named Thekkini.

Kitchen always will have a position at the North- East corner of all Namboodiri Houses according to Vasthu Rules.

There are three kitchens. The smallest is for ladies only. The second one is for daily cooking and the third one; a large one is used during special days.

Only the Western side of the building is having three stories and the first floor is being used as bedrooms and rest rooms.

Three sub buildings known as Pathayapuras surround the building. Even the sub buildings are too large and can accommodate a large number of people.

Very spacious ground, similar to playgrounds of schools are provided around the Main Building to accommodate a very big crowd during marriage like functions.