|Tali are a term
generally applied to a Siva temple and, like all Kerala temples, Kozhikode Tali was an
independent sanctuary, which belonged to Brahmins. In those days Kerala consisted of a
number of temple states and village republics belonging to Brahmins. In the temple-state
the Lord was regarded as the head and everything was done in his name. The territory under
their rule was called a sanketam.
Some gramams were also administered by. Kazha-kams or Advisory Boards, each under an
officer called the Taliatiri. These villages were known as Talis, of which the important
ones numbered eighteen. -Among them Kozhikode Tali were the most famous.