Shree Narayan Guru

Shree Narayan Guru
  • Narayan Guru’s family belonged to the Ezhava caste and was considered ‘avarna’ according to the social mores of the time.
  • He was a pioneer reformer who rejected the caste system and stressed the equality of man.
  • He also gave the universal message, “One caste, one religion, one God.”
  • Aravipuram Movement was launched by Shree  Narayana Guru on Shivaratri day of 1888. On that day, Sri Narayana Guru defied the religious restrictions traditionally placed on the Ezhava community and consecrated an idol of Shiva at Aravipuram.
  • He also lent his support to the Vaikom Satyagraha which was aimed at temple entry in Travancore for the lower castes. Mahatma Gandhi met Guru during this time.
  • Dr Palpu, a devotee of Guru established the Shree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP Yogam) in 1903 to further Narayana Guru’s message.
  • His birth anniversary is also celebrated as Shree Narayana Jayanthi.
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