Sree Narayana Guru was the Kingpin of a
social revolution which transformed the caste-ridden society of
His philosophy of 'one caste, one religion
and one God for man' and 'man should progress whatever be the religion'
had far-reaching impact.
He even went to the extent of installing
and consecrating idols in temples to establish that the authority
to perform religious rites does not rest only with Hindus, especially
Brahmins. The Sharada temple and his mutt at Sivagiri atop Varkala
hill has now become a place of pilgrimage.
The Guru Deva Jayanti, the birthday of the
Guru, and the Samadhi day are befittingly celebrated in August and
September respectively every year. On these days colorful. processions,
seminars, public meetings, cultural shows, community feasts and
special rituals are held.
In the last week of December, devotees of
Sree Narayana Guru, donned in yellow attire stream to Sivagiri from
different parts of Kerala and outside, in what may be called a pilgrimage
Seminars and discussions on various themes
of modern life ranging from industrialization to women's emancipation
are held during the days of pilgrimage. The Maha samadhi of Sree
Narayana Guru also attracts a large number of devotees and tourists.