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Rama Varma XVI

Maharaja Rama Varma XVI on a revenue stamp of Cochin
Statue of Rama Varma XVI in Thrissur city

Sir Sri Rama Varma XVI GCIE (1858 – 21 March 1932) was the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin from 1915 to 1932.


Rama Varma XVI succeeded Rama Varma XV on his abdication in 1914. Rama Varma ruled from 25 January 1915 until his death on 21 March 1932.


He is remembered as the king who had given the Thitooram (Royal white) to build a new church within the premises of the fort city of Thrissur. Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours known as the largest church in India, stand tall in Thrissur, showing the love of the king to Christians.


Rama Varma died on 21 March 1932 in Madras. He was aged 74. As he died at Madras, he is known as 'Madrasil Theepetta Thamburan'. His death came two months after the death of his predecessor.


  • "List of rulers of Kochin".
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rama Varma XV
Maharaja of Cochin
Succeeded by
Rama Varma XVII