Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan | Father of Malayalam Language

Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan

Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan

Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan (1495-1575) was a Malayalam saint and a poet. He is also known as the father of Malayalam language.


Ezhuthachan was born in Trikkandiyoor. At a younger age, he became a saint and travelled throughout southern India,and settled finally at Palakkad.

He has contributed a lot towards Malayalam language. He translated, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, to Malayalam in a very simple manner, so that even a common man will be able to read it. He got great skills in writings poems and was a great scholar in Malayalam.


Ezhuthachan strongly invoked the Bhakti movement in Kerala. In his name, literary honour awards are presented by the Kerala government, and it is known as the “Ezhuthachan Puraskaram”.

Narayana Pattathiri who was the author of Narayaneeyam, was a friend of Ezhuthachan, and it is said that Ezhuthachan has helped Pattathiri in writing his famous text Narayaneeyam, and he has asked him to write his text by beginning with Matsyaavatara (Fish avatar of Lord Vishnu), and then to proceed the remaining avatars of Lord Vishnu, and after that explaining the childhood glorious deeds of Lord Krishna in a detailed and attractive manner.


Ezhuthachan was a great poet, and a devotee of both Lord Vishnu and Shiva. He treated both of the gods as one and the same. He has chosen the path of spirituality, and attained a great success in his life.

Let us worship this great poet and be blessed.

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