A note on Thalappilly Nambidi Rajas, local rulers associated with Guruvayur in Kerala. They are said to be Nambuthiri Brahmins who lost Brahminhood since they assassinated a king. They still ritualistically keep Brahmin title Sharma, but in records they're regarded as Kshatriyas.
They adopted Nair matrilineal & marriage system and had no right to learn Vedas (Samavartana is done right after Upanayana, skipping Brahmacharya). They could not marry Nambuthiri women and had Nair women as their wives.
The Punnathur Anakkotta or elephant center near Guruvayur was formerly under them. They call themselves as Nambidi.
Although there exists another clan of Nambidi-Nambiars in Palakkad, who were Nairs and had right to provide ingredients like Somalata & animal hides whenever a Vedic Soma Yajna was conducted in Kerala.

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