Ramanamadam Buildings of Thrissur, Kerala takes back to the glorious days of Cochin rulers

Constructed during the 17th and 18th centuries, during the reign of the Cochin royal family Ramanamadam Buildings of  Thrissur city  are a fine example of Kerala's native design style and architecture predominantly using wood. The structures' intricate wooden carvings, paneling work  on the  exterior walls and pillars highlight the quality of craftsmanship and the expertise of artisans of bygone era from this place. They were well versed not only choosing the right wood for the building and nuances of wood carvings and designs, but also the vastu shastra. Kerala Vastu shastra for house gives much emphasis on elements of nature which influence the cosmic forces and energy forms. The building is built on five key components called as panchabhutas: Prithvi (earth), Agni (fire), Tej (light), Vayu (wind), and Akash (ether). In choosing right type factors include  integration between the occupant and the building, between the environment energies and above all the lifestyle of the people.

Ramanamadam Buildings of  Thrissur:archaeology.kerala.gov.in/

Above image: Ramanamadam Buildings of  Thrissur: A careful blend of Kerala and European architectural elements. On the first floor the slating tiled roofing is supported by paired columns along the outer edge and in between them are set grilled parapet. Notice the gables in the front and on the sides on the sloping roof which has wide overhanging  eaves all along the front part.  Here, the nice and complicated  wooden carvings, depict various interesting  episodes  from the Hindu mythology .........................

The buildings served as the residences of the aristocrats and officials of the Cochin kingdom. The architecture of these buildings combines elements of traditional Kerala style with European influences, making them a unique blend of cultural styles.

 The Ramanamadam Buildings  came up to serve as the residences of the aristocrats and officials of the Cochin kingdom. Worthy of their status and official position  the building was built in elements of traditional Kerala style  with incorporation of European design elements. This unique cultural and harmonious synthesis imparte the structure a unique and distinctive style. A legacy of past ruler of Kochi, this heritage building takes us back to the princely state's glorious past.