The sacred grove and temple are under the administration and management of the Travancore Dewaswom Board.2 Previously, this sacred grove was owned by 32 Brahmin illams. 3 Only three illams now survive, and were managing the grove till recently. Due to financial constraints and administrative difficulties, they could no longer take care of the grove and handed it over to the state government. The state government slated this grove for developing a tourism centre. This plan was fiercely opposed by the local villagers and consequently the government had to withdraw the plan. The village itself does not have any institution of its own to manage and look after the grove. The villagers still actively protect the grove and oppose any action that may cause harm to the grove. Villagers strictly adhere to all traditional rules and regulations regarding maintaining the sanctity of the grove as well as regarding the resource collection from the grove. Some of these include:
1. No material (plant or animal) is permitted to be taken out of the sacred grove, except on certain exceptional cases or occasions after consulting the local priest.
2. Fallen twigs, branches of trees or leaves are also not taken out.
3. Women are not allowed to enter the grove during menstruation.
4. Pilgrims visiting the grove are permitted to dip in the sacred tank, but bathing is prohibited.
Violation of the rules that disturb or dispel the sanctity of the sacred grove and its immediate surroundings were considered to be unpardonable sins that would invite the wrath of the patron deity.