The Namboothiris from the Brahmin family,Pathillathukar has the
rights for being the Melshanthi who belong to Neelaswaram which is in Kasargod district. These families come as Melshanthi’s in
Thiruvananthapuram Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple Ettumanoortemple, Thiruvallam,Thiruvangad,Thalassery,Mithranandapuram,Aranmula,Mukhathala besides Haripad Temple. It is the Periyathampi who appoints the temple melshanthi in Padmanabha Swamy temple.Melshanthi who was the Purappeda Shanthi was known as the Kudashanthi.Melshanthi’s had been appointing the Keezhshanthi’s(sub priests) for last twenty five years.Now Keezhshanthi’s , appointed by the Devaswom Board is doing the practice.