ancient temple of Lord Lakshmi Narashimha was managed by
BOKKISHAM family till 19th Century. The male members of this
traditional family are called as BOKKISHATHAR. They are
considered as first Archagas (Main Priest) of the temple.
The senior most member of this family was considered as supreme
authority for the temple operations. Apart from the normal
temple management, they hosted all the festivals and acted as
treasurers’ of the Precious Jewelries.
The supreme power of the BOKKISHTHAR is evidenced by the Sasanam
(Written statement) in Cooper plate given by the Mysore
Maharajas - Mysore Kingdom.
Nayakkar Kings of Vijaya Nagara Kigndom has renovated the main
temple during their period. BOKKISHAM brothers were given
authority to execute the above renovation, which took years
together to complete.
As kind of respect by the Vijaya Nagara Kingdom for the service
being rendered by BOKKISHATHAR, the Kings have named the
Mandapam, which is in front of the Lakshminarashimar, as
BOKKISHTHAR MANDAPAM and placed BOKKISHAM brother’s statue on
the right side of the above Mandapam.
Bokkishathar abishegam is being offered to:
• Goddess Namagiri Thayar on Thiru Aadi Pooram Utsavam (Birth
day of Goddess Namagiri Thayar) and first two days of
• Goddess Renganayaki thayar on the first day of Navarathiri
• God Ugra Narashimar on Narashimha Jayanthi.
For the honorable service being rendered by the Bokkishathar
family, they have been given special privilege of:
• Offering Seer (Traditional items for marriage) to
Lakshminarashimha Swamy Thirukalyanam during Bramotsavam and
other kalyana utsavams.
• Prathanam and other Kumbam Purappadu (taking prathana kumbam
to the temple) at the time of Kumbabhishekam and other Utsavams.
Further to the above, they have been offered first theertham and
prasatham at all utsavams and special events. All the Utsavams
(festivals) of the temple are being are executed by the
Bokkishathar till this date.