Present Administrative Organisation
The Administrative office is functioning in the Sreepadmam building from 1997. In the present set-up there is no yogam. The ancient families all except Mallisseri have become extinct. On 9th March 1971, the Government of Kerala introduced an Act , known as the Guruvayur Devaswom Act, replacing the Trusteeship by a Managing Committee, nominated by the Hindu Ministers in the State Cabinet.
The day-to-day administration is to be looked after by an Administrator appointed by the Government. The Managing Committee include, the Zamorin Raja, the Mallisseri Namboodiri and the Tantri of the temple among others.
Due to the High Court’s directive that the Act should be revamped, the 1971 Act was replaced by 1978 Act. According to 1978 Act, the Managing Committee consists of 9 members – The Zamurin Raja, Mallisseri Namboodiri, the Tantri, a representative of the employees of the Devaswom and five more persons of whom one shall be a Scheduled Caste member. The six non-traditional members are appointed by the Hindu ministers of Kerala Government of which one will be the Chairman of the Managing Committee. The committee selects an Administrator from the panel of names given by the Government. The Administrator should not be below the rank of Deputy collector. The Administrator acts as the Secretary of the Managing Committee and the Chief Executive of the Devaswom.
GURUVAYUR DEVASWOM MANAGING COMMITTEE
The Administration, control and management of the Devaswom shall be vested in a Committee constituted in the manner hereinafter provided The Committee shall by tha name of “ The Guruvayur Devaswom Managing Committee ” be a body corporate and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and shall by the said name sue and sued through the Administrator.
The Committee shall consist of the following members namely :-
- The Zamorin Raja
- The Karanavan for the time being of the Mallisseri Illam at Guruvayur
- The Thanthri of the Temple, ex-officio
- A representative of the employees of the Devaswom nominated by the Hindus among the Council of Ministers
- Not more than five persons,of whom one shall be a member of a Scheduled caste,nominated by the Hindus among the Council of Ministers from among persons having interest in the Temple . A Person shall be disqualified for being nominated under clause (e) of sub-section (1),if
- He believes in the practice of untouchability or does not profess the Hindu Religion or believe in temple worship; or
- He is an employee under the Government or the Devaswom; or
- He is below thirty years of age; or
- He is engaed in any of the disqualifications mentioned in clauses (a),(b) and (c) of sub-section (3) of section 5.
The members of the Committee shall,at its first meeting,elect one of its members as its Chairman. Every member of the Committee shall, before entering upon his office, make and subscribe in the presence of the Commisioner an oath in the following from that is to say- ” I, A B, do swear in the name of God that I profess the Hindu Religion and believe in temple worship and that I do not believe in the practice of untouchability. “
Duties of Committee
Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made there under, it shall be the duty of the Committee-
- Subject to the custom and usage in the Temple, to arrange for the proper performance of the rites and ceremonies in the Tmple and the subordinate temples attached there to in accordance with dittam or scale of expenditure fixed for the Temple and the subordinate temples under that section,in accordance with the dittam or scale of expenditure fixed for the Tmple and the subordinate temples under section 51 of the Madras Hindu Religios and Charitable Endowments Act, 1951 (Madras Act XIX of 1951 )
- To Provide facilities for the proper performance of worship by the worshippers;
- To ensure the safe custody of the funds, valuable securities and jewelleries and the preservation and management of the properties vested in the Temple;
- To ensure maintenance of order and discipline and the subordinate temples attached there to and of proper standard of cleanliness and purity in the offerings made there in ;
- To ensure that the funds of the endowments of the Temple are spent according to the wishes so far as maybe known of the donors;
- To make provision for the payment of suitable emoluments to the salarised staff of the devaswom; and
- To do all such things as may be incidental and conductive to the efficient management of the affairs of the Devaswom and the convenience of the worshippers