The 'Sivagiri Mutt' is a 'Ashram' founded by the great Hindu reformer
and philosopher, Sree Naravana Guru.
decades after the Guru breathed his last here in 1928 AD, his 'Samadhi'
(restling place) continues to be thronged by thousands every year. The
'Sivagiri Pilgrimage' is conducted between December 30 and January 1.
The Mutt is also the headquarter of the 'Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham',
a religious organisation established by the Guru to propagate his
concept of 'One Caste, One Religion, One God'. The Sarada Temple and
Sivagiri Mutt set in picturesque hill of Sivagiri near Varkala have now
become a place of pilgrimage with great fanfare.
Colourful processions, debates and seminars, public meetings, cultural
shows, community feasts, group wedding, rituals all mark the
celebrations in Sivagiri hills.
Sree Narayana Guru was one of the greatest social reformers of India
and a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi. His call for equality among people
found a great following.
His teachings have had a profound effect on the caste-ridden society of
Kerala and helped the state achieve great social progress when compared
to the other states of India. Founded many ashrams, the most important
being at Sivagiri near Kollam.
At Varkala, 51 Kms North of
Sree Narayana Guru