origin of this celebrated literary Assembly has on exulting and
colourful story. It focuses light on the nature of temple
administration that existed in the beginning. And this came into
icing as the act of expiation of sin perpetrated by the Zamorins on
the priests called porlatiris in charge of temple administration. In
the beginning Nambudiri priests held unlimited sway over this temple
administration, as it was the case with Kerala temples. The entire
Kerala mandalam was split up into temple states with village or
gramam as the administrative unit.
gramam was administered by Kazhakam-an advisory Board with an
officer called Taliatiri. These villages were called Talis. Among
such 18 talis, Kozhikode Tali was one and it was very famous at it.
The presiding deity of the Tali was the head and every thing was
done in his name. The territory enjoying the Lord's administration
was called Sanketam. The Talitris were carrying on many
philanthropic activities including running of Vedapathasalas.