This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)(Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Thazhamon madom is the family of the thantris of sabarimala. The members of this madom are the traditional head priests of Sabarimala temple. This madom is in Mundencavu in Chengannur of central Kerala. The Padi Pooja, Udayasthamana Pooja and Kalasa Poojas cannot be conducted unless the Thantri is present during the ceremony. The thanthri, or his representative is required to be present at the temple premises whenever the temple is open.
The myth about the origin of these families dates back to the time of Sage Parasurama. After reclaiming the land of Kerala, he decided to install temples all around, and needed thantris to conduct the rituals. He went to the region that is current Andhra Pradesh and identified two brothers for the job.
In order to test the supremacy of the two Brahmins, the sage asked them to cross a river. The first priest walked over the current to the other bank. But the second priest stopped the flow of the river and walked through the river bed. Seeing this, Parasurama was pleased with them and granted them the following titles. The Brahmin who walked over the water was called Tharananelloor (In traditional Malayalam Tharanam means to cross), the other priest was called Thazhamon (the one who walked on the sand below the river). The sage also bestowed the title Kandararu to the Thazhamon family. The present tantris are Kandararu Maheshwararu, Kandararu Rajeevararu, & Kandararu Mohanararu. They take yearly turns to discharge the responsibilities.