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Tharakan (Malayalam: തരകന്‍ ) is an honorific title given to affluent Saint Thomas Christian families for their sincerity, truth and honesty towards the Maharaja of Travancore namely Dharma Raja.


The word Tharakan literally means the holder of document of Raja. They are so called because they were the recipients of Tharaku or writ of social previlege.[1]

Notable personalities[edit]


  1. ^ "Census of India, 1961, Volume 7" P. 21