Kerala Varma VI

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Kerala Varma VI GCIE (c. 1863 – October 13, 1943) was the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin from May 23, 1941 to October 23, 1943.


Kerala Varma ascended the throne on the death of Rama Varma XVII.He was a younger brother of Rama Varma XVI. He was famously known as Midukkan Thampuran and it was during his reign that food rationing system was introduced for first time in an Indian princely state. He was an Ayurvedic physician of great knowledge.

Personal life[edit]

Midukkan Thampuran and his wife Smt. Lakshmikutty Neithiyaramma founded the Radha Lakshmi Vilasam Academy of Music which has today become the RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura. He had four sons, Krishna Menon, Girijavallabhan Menon, Raghunandanan Menon and Sukamara Menon, and a daughter Radha.[1] His fourth son, Sukumara Menon, who held a Captain's rank in the army married Bharathy Kutty, daughter of Marayil Nanu Menon.[2]


The Maharaja died at Thripunithura on October 23, 1943.


  1. ^ "HH Maharaja Kerala Varma (Kochunni Thampuran) Midukkan Thampuran, Cochin (1941 - 1943) (1863 - 1943) - Genealogy". Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  2. ^ Henry Soszynski. "COCHIN". Retrieved 2016-05-24. 

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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rama Varma XVII
Maharaja of Cochin
Succeeded by
Ravi Varma V