Adiraja Mariyumma, Sultana of Arakkal royal family, passes away

The 39th Sultana of Arakkal royal family Adiraja Mariyumma, who passed away at the age of 89 years. Photo: Special Arrangement  

The 39th Sultana of the Arakkal royal family, Adiraja Mariyumma, also known as Cheriya Beekunji Beevi, passed away on Monday. She was 87.

Bedridden due to old age and congenital diseases, she died at Almar Mahal, her residence inside the Arakkal building in Kannur.

The Arakkal dynasty has ruled for centuries with women heads, and had control over Kannur, the Lakshadweep islands and the Maldives for centuries.

Adiraja Mariyumma was given the title of sultana two years ago following the death of Sultana Arakkal Adiraja Fatima Muthubeevi.


Authority over various mosques and the Arakkal family property is vested in the sultana. The eldest member of the family will be appointed the next sultana.

Adiraja Mariyumma was married to A.P. Alipi, former Madras Port Administrative Officer, who predeceased her. She is survived by children Adiraja Abdul Shukoor, Adiraja Naseema and Adiraja Rahina.

Adiraja Mariyumma will be buried at the City Juma Masjid in the evening.

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