Kozhikode: P.K.Sreemanavedan Raja, “Zamorin” (a hereditary royal title) of Kozhikode died at a private hospital early on Wednesday due to old age related problems.
Raja (101) is survived by two daughters.
Zamorins were the rulers of the erstwhile Malabar region of Kerala.
Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran condoled the death of Raja.
In his condolence message, Ramachandran said Raja was a towering personality and his contributions for the well-being of the people will be remembered.
Raja was active in social and cultural activities despite his advancing age.
Born in 1913 in the Puthiyakovilakath Thekkekettu Thavazhi at Thiruvannur in Kozhikode as the son of A K T K M Ashtamurthi Namboothiripad and Kunhithambatty Thamburati, Raja finished his early education at the Srikrishna Vidyalaya of the royal family and the Zamorins’ high school here and completed Honours in Mathematics from Loyola College, Chennai.
Raja had served in the Central telegraph Department across the country in various capacities before retiring from service as DGM from the Chennai Telecome in 1971.
Raja, who ascended the defunct throne of the Zamorin 2003, was known for his simplicity and sincerity.
He was the patron of Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College and the Zamorins Higher Secondary School, besides a number of temples including the well-know Tali Mahadeva temple.