Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi
Sree Narayan Guru was a noted saint, social reformer, and prophet from Kerala. The saint attained Samadhi (passed away) on 20th September 1928. Since then, that date is celebrated as Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi to mark his death anniversary. The day is celebrated worldwide to remind his disciples and the world of his teachings and learnings. Narayana Guru Samadhi is also organized as a remembrance that the great Guru, though not physically there, still lives in his followers' minds. Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi date is the 5th day of Kanni, Malayalam month.
Origin, History, and Significance of Sree Narayan Guru Samadhi
Sree Narayan Guru is an essential Guru of Kerala. He was a philosopher, social reformer, and spiritual leader in India. The Guru was born in 1855 in an Ezhava caste, a lower caste; he was a pioneer for social reforms and against social injustice in the caste-ridden Kerala society. He promoted social equality and spiritual enlightenment. To honor his work and efforts, Kerala has a public holiday on both his birthday and death anniversary.
Sree Narayan Guru, under the guidance of Ayyavu Swamikal, learned yoga and meditation. This led to him becoming a hermit for eight years, during which he practiced yoga and meditation to attain spirituality. He opened several ashrams, schools, etc. for children and other people from the underprivileged society sections. Here, free education was provided to everyone irrespective of their caste. He also approved a pilgrimage plan called Sivagiri pilgrimage to promote education, devotion to God, cleanliness, agriculture, handicrafts, trade, and technical training. After his death, this project was started in 1932, where pilgrims come and learn about these values to enhance their lives.
The Guru attained Samadhi (passed away) on 20th September 1928. His followers observe this day as his Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi. They organize fast meetings and prayer meetings to remember him and his teachings. There are events across the globe in remembrance of the Guru. It signifies that though the Guru has departed the physical world, it is still alive through his teachings in his followers' minds. He is forever guiding them with his teachings.
When is Sree Narayan Guru Samadhi Celebrated
Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi is celebrated on the death anniversary of Sree Narayana Guru, which falls on the 5th day of Malayalam month of Kanni. Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi date is on 20th September, every year.
How is Sree Narayan Guru Samadhi Celebrated and Where to Go
Across the globe, devotees of Sree Narayana Guru mark his death anniversary by organizing various events to remember him and his teachings. There are special prayer meetings, observances, fast meetings, etc. organized on Narayana Guru Samadhi day. Millions pay their homage at such events to the great Guru who changed Kerala's social life and inspired others for drastic social reform.
Some of the famous places where Narayana Guru Samadhi events are held are:
1). Sivagiri, Kerala- In Sivagiri, Sree Narayan Guru lies in the Samadhi state. Hence this Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi place is most pious for the devotees. Every year thousands of pilgrims come on Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi to pay their homage at Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi place. The place also has a Samadhi Mandapam and is one of the most prominent pilgrim centers for his worshippers.
2). Alappuzha- The district has many temples consecrated by the Gurudevan, which the followers visit on the Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi day. In Cherthala, there is Kalavamkodam temple, Sree Shakteeshwaram temple, Sree Kandeshwaram Sree Mahadeva temple, and Sanmargasanadayini Sree Anandasayaneshwaram temple. There is Elankavu Sree Bhaavati temple in Chungam and Vezapra Shaktiparambu temple in Ramankari.
3). Chempazhanthy- The small village located in the suburbs of Thiruvanthapuram became notable due to the birth of Sree Narayana Guru. Followers visit the place due to the Sree Narayana Gurukulam here on Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi and Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi day. There are prayer meetings and fast meetings also organized here.
4). Eranakulam- The beautiful place has various temples that are visited by the devotees of Sree Narayana Guru on both his Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi and Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi day. Some of the prominent places to visit are Sree Pottayil Devi temple, Sree Shaktidara temple, and Advaitha ashram.
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