S.N.D.P Yogam Sakha No. 2528 Chackai, Thiruvananthapuram-23
About Narayana Guru
Sree Narayana Guru was born in 1856 at Chempazhanthi near Thiruvananthapuram as son of Madan Asan and Kutti Amma. As a boy he was initiated to studies by Chempazanthi Mootha Pillai who was also the local village officer at Chempazhanthi, he learned the basics of Sanskrit, Astrology and Ayurveda.
At his age of 21, he was sent for higher education in Sanskrit in Karunagapally under the Sanskrit Scholar Kumman Pillai, Raman Pillai Asan. There he stayed in the famous Varanappali Tharavad where pupils were provided free food and accommodation. Pupils who became great poets later, like Perunelly Krishnan Vaidyan, Velutheri Kesavan Vaidyen and Manambur Govindan Asan were his classmates. At Karunagappalli, his Upasana moorthy was “ Balamurali Krishna”. There, he wrote poems in Sanskrit and Malayalam. On return from Karunagappalli, he spent him time teaching Sanskrit to the pupils of the locality.
At Chempazhanthy, his parents forced him into a marriage with one Kali Amma which he did not accept.
At Thiruvananthapuram, he met Kunjan pillai, another Sanyasin called Chattambi Swamikal. With his help, he went to Thykkattu Ayyavu, a devotee of Lord Subramonian, from where he got some lessons of Yoga. Due to this contact, Nanu and Chattambi became devotees of Lord Subramonian.
Both these Sanyasis wandered several places in Travancore and Tamilnad and then went upto Maruthwamala a hilltop near Kanyakumari to do penance Chattambi Swamikal could not suffer the ordeals of the tapas at the hill top. So he came away. Nanu continued his tapas. His Upasana Moorthy appeared before him in the form of a leper and gave him “vision” and blessings.
From Maruthwamala Guru came down to the plains and continued his tapas in the caves at Aruvippuram in Neyyattinkara. Gradually he mingled with people and did several wonderful deeds. He healed several incurable diseases like leprosy, mental diseases and cured infertility of mothers who did not conceive. So people began to flock before him to get his blessing.
The first revolutionary thing he did at Aruvippuram was the “Sivapratishta” done by him on a Sivarathriday in 1063 ME (1888 AD) On that day, he swam deep into the Neyyar river and lifted a piece of rock which resembled Sivalingam and fixed fixed it on another rock which was supposed to be its “Peetam” without using the fixing material called “Ashtabandham”. This was the first ever Pratishta done by a non Brahmin in the whole world.
After the Pratishta, Guru wrote on the walls of the Siva temple a poem in the Malayalam in his own handwriting which means that “ This is the place where all people live together without discrimination of caste or religion”.
T . k . Madhavan, the Organization Secretary of the S.N.D.P. Yogam who was also a leader of Indian National Congress attended the meeting of Indian National Congress at Kakkanada in 1924 and prevailed upon the A. I. C.C to accept the principle of untouchability underlined by Guru in the Aruvippuram Pratishta as a programme of the Indian National Congress. Following this, Gandhiji came down to Sivagiri and discussed with Guru about caste distinction and untouchability. Ultimately, discrimation on the basis of caste and religion and untouchability were prohibited in the constitution of India.
The third thing he did at Aruvippuram was the formation of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalanayogam in the year 1903 with Guru as its first President and Kumaran Asan as its general Secretary. A magazine by name “ Vivekodayam” was also started as its mouth organ to spread its ideals. Afterwards he shifted his Head quarters from Aruvippuram to Sivagiri at Varkala.
Narayana Guru did Pratishatas in 51 temples in and outside Kerala. He also evolved a Pooja system for these temples. For these purpose, he sent Sankaran Paradesi (Later Sankarananda Swamikal) to Kasi Vidyapeetam to learn “ thanthra vidya”. On his return, he conducted classes along with other thanthris of his time at Vaidikamaton at Sivagiri. The students who completed their training here were engaged to conduct poojas in temples. There are now more than 7000 temples and 20000 poojaris who conduct poojas in Sree Narayana ways.
After conducting the Sarada Pratishta at Sivagiri he went to always where he established “ Adwaidasramom”.
Towards the close of his life, Guru established Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom with only Sanyasis as its members and all assets found in his name at that time were vested with that Sanghom.
He attained Samadhi on 21st September 1928’.
SNDP yogam was later bifurcated and S. N. Trust was formed to run Educational Institutions and Hospitals.
Sri. Narayana Dharma Sangam, S. N. D. P. yogam and S. N. Trust have temples, Asramams Educational Institutions and industrial establishment worth crores of rupees.