The name of the Temple is synonymous with the name of the main priest, the sage-like, scholarly Sankaran Nampoothiri. He has dedicated his humble life to the worship of Lord Ganapathy and to the rendering and exposition of the Bhagavatham, Born on February 2, 1921 son of Parameswaran Nampoothiri and Arya Antherjanam, he passed through long and trying phases of illness and suffering. On the advice of Brahmasree Padappa Nampoothiri, he started rendering the Bhagavatham in total surrender to Lord Guruvayurappan. Very soon matters took a turn for the better; his health improved and the Temple was restored to its former glory.
His Bhagavatham sessions are renowned for their blend of simplicity and erudition, attracting thousands of devotees. He was awarded the title Bhagavatha Hamsam, having successfully completed 2,500 Bhagavatha Sapthas. He also awarded the ‘Poonthanam Puraskaram’ instituted by the Akhila Bharatha Sree Guruvayoorappan Bhaktha Samithi and ‘Dharmashreshta puraskara’ by Kerala Barahmana Sabha. To the people who come seeking his advice and blessing.
Sankaran Thirumeni is divinity incarnate, a perennial source of wisdom and serenity. Sankaran Nampoothiri has two daughters and two sons, Parameswaran and Divakaran Nampoothiri, who are following their father’s footsteps, serving Lord Ganesha and working tirelessly for the upliftment of the Temple.