The family of Kanippayyur hails from Kerala, a culturally rich coastal state in South India. Legends have it that, Parasurama, after creating the land from the sea, brought Brahmins to populate the land. Various professions, which were essential for the upkeep of the society, were distributed among them. Architecture and Construction of Temples, Residences, etc. were devolved on a few Nambudiri families and Kanippayyur was prominent among them. Kanippayyur Krishnan Namboodiripad, grandnephew of Shankaran Namboodiripad and selected by him to carry on the Vaastu tradition, has designed thousands of residential buildings, temples, churches, commercial and industrial establishments. His brother Kanippayyur Parameswaran Namboodiripad looks after the family press and publications, library, in addition to practicing traditional architecture. The youngest brother Kanippayyur Narayanan Namboodiripad carries on the astrological tradition and is consulted daily by hundreds of people. He calculates and compiles the Yogakshema Panchangam. The family has Kanippayyur Krishnan Namboodiripad (Udayamperoor, Cochin), Kanippayyur Unni Namboodiripad and Kanippayyur Kuttan Namboodiripad also practicing the Vasthu Shastra.