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Land tenure system of Kerala explicitly associated with the feudalism in the medieval period. Land became the precious form of wealth and it determined the social status of the people. After the establishment of the Brahmin settlements, social hierarchy was formed in the state. With the help of their temple oriented culture, the Brahmins subjugated all social institutions of Kerala. In that circumstance, temples played an important role to the social formations of Kerala. The temple was synonymous with the Brahmin settlement and vice-versa.