Chief Priest and Thantri Divakaran Namboothiri
Shri Divakaran Namboothiri is the Chief priest and Thantri of the Guruvayurappan temple of Brampton.
He hails from Kariannur Mana. The family members of Kariannur Mana occupy the sacred position of "Thantri" in over 50 temples of Kerala.
Shri Divakaran Namboothiri went through a rigorous 6 year course in Thantram from Thantra Vidya Peedham, Alwaye which culminated in his being conferred "Thanthrarathnam (Jewel of Thantra)". This course covered study of Vedas, Sanskrit and Thantra. His capabilities came to the fore in his first year as a student.
As an outstanding student, he was entrusted with teaching assignments even during the time he was a student. This was exceptional. He was also appointed as faculty at the very institution where he studied, which was a very high honour available only to a chosen few.
In 1992 Lord Guruvayurappan blessed him with the position of "Melshanti" (Chief Priest) at the Guruvayoor temple, also known as Bhooloka Vaikuntam. He attained this at a very young age not achieved by any other individual.
People in Toronto are also blessed that Thirumeni and his family have now made Canada their home.Shri Divakaran Namboothiri was the Thantri of Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Maryland, USA for a period of 5 years. He worked as a Thantri for six months at Sri Lakshmi temple in Boston, before returning to India.
In India, he has conducted Bhagavatha Saptaham as well as Narayaneeya Sapthaham. In 2003, Trichur witnessed Somayagam which lasted for 6 days and Shri Divakaran Namboothiri held the position of Brahman. Similarly in 2006 a yagam named Athirathram was conducted in Moolamkode, Palakkad, which lasted for 12 days.
This yagam was conducted after a span of 15 years. Shri Divakaran Namboothiri held the position of Parikarmi, also known as Committee chairman. This Yagna was attended by an estimated 300,000 devotees and cost approximately Rs. 60 lakhs.
Shri Divakaran Namboothiri has also performed temple consecration services at various places in Kerala. He has also been consulted on specific issues related to temple construction and worship.