hiI find that almost all Palakkad brahmins have this doubt. almost all have now migrated back to Tamilnadu or Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkotta and abroad and very few only reside in villages around Palakkad. Few relatives living in Palakkad, Vadakkanchery, ( one of mine was employed in Hantex and known to us as Hantex Narayanan)also do not know. Enquiries with a few relatives also did not throw any light.
My wife's aunt lived in Pudhukode and she is referred to as Pudhukkode Vijayam. She is also related to me from my father's side. I don't know whether she is living in Pudukode now and if so she must be very old.
My gothram is "Haritha'.
My kuladeivam as I have been led to believe is Parakkattu Bhagavathy in Kavassery. But my fathers (P R Sahasrananaman) place was Peringottukurissi. Later I gathered that my great grandmother moved from Nellithara village (adjeasant to the kavu) to her paternal village, i.e Peringottukurissi on the death of her husband. My father moved to Trichy and I had my education there.
My mother belonged to Thiruvilvamalai and my maternal grandfather worshipped Shri Vilvadhrinathan (Lord Rama) as his ishtadeivam. His name was Subramania Sasthrigal.
I remember accompanying my maternal grandfather as a toddler ( I am now 74) to the Vilvadhrinathan temple where he recited Bhagavatham as, Sapthaham.
My parents did not visit the Bhagavathy temple much due to poverty. Only after my marriage I started to visit Parakkattu Bhagavathy temple once in a year with my family.
I too consulted an astrologer and he said that my kuladeivam is a female deity, mostly Ambal. So I continue to worship Parakkattu Bhagavathy. We say it is our Adimaikavu. I believe as our forefathers migrated to Kerala they worshipped the deity established in that village and that is how it has become our tradition to have an 'adimaikavu' and believed she will protect us. Many perform 'bhaghavathseva' to propitiate bhagavathy.
It is believed that most brahmins have either Venkatachalapathy or Subramania as their kuladeivam. Other than that if we worship Bhagavathy or any other deity it may be the local temple deity of the village whom our forefathers worshipped. Many also perform 'venkatachalapathy vilakku pooja'
As almost all elders are no more there is nobody to help us clarify. (We ourselves have become elders). So I try to visit and worship as many temples as possible in Tamilnadu and Kerala.
Do not know if there are any archives in any Kerala Government offices/ former kings' palaces/descendants of the former rulers ( as it is believed that the King brought the brahmins from Tamilnadu and gave them various villages to live and prosper ) that may throw any light on Palakkad brahmins.
we have KAAVU worship mainly PALLASENA MEENKULATHY AMMAN KOVIL from mother's side...its called
ADIMAI KAAVUmany palakkad brahmins moved from madurai and sorrounding areas and thEy worship SRI MEENAKSHI
TEMPLE.....my father's side venkatachalapthy is tirupati.as kuladeivam.....