Sivagiri Mutt Temple, Varkala

Sivagiri is a pilgrimage centre in Varkala Trivandrum wherein the tomb or samadhi of Sree Narayana Guru is situated. The city is also the location wherein Guru construct the Sarada temple committed to Sarada devi the goddess of expertise . His tomb attracts hundreds of devotees each year all through the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days(sivagiri theerthadanam), from 30 December to at least one January. The Sivagiri Mutt, built in 1904, is situated on the pinnacle of the Sivagiri hill in (Varkala)-Trivandrum. That is also the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an enterprise of his disciples and saints, installed via the Guru to propagate his idea of “One Caste, One faith, One God”. The Guru Deva Jayanti, the birthday of the Guru, and the samadhi day are celebrated in August and September respectively every yr. Colourful processions, debates and seminars, public meetings, cultural suggests, network feasts, organization wedding and rituals mark the celebrations.

After journeying many locations in South India and Sri Lanka and setting up temples, he did the prathishta of the goddess Sree Sarada at Sivagiri in April 1912. It ranks as the most incredible amongst his consecration of temple deities, and occupies a prominent place in records. Foundation for it had been laid in 1909. The identical year he composed the poem “jananee navarathna manjari”. In step with the Indian idea, the goddess Saraswathy is the high goddess of expertise. However there are only a few temples in Kerala with Saraswathy prathishta. Sivagiri Sarada Mutt became deliberate and designed through Gurudevan who took a specific interest in it. Ordinary temples do not have home windows. Gurudevan known as this temple, which is octagonal in shape, Sarada Mutt. Here in contrast to in different temples, there’s no nivedyam (supplying of meals to the deity) or abhishekam (pouring oil, ghee and such at the idol). Devotees can worship the goddess via reciting hymns. The idol of Saraswathy seated on white lotus is the symbol of know-how blossoming on whiteness or purity.

In connection with Prathishta of goddess Sarada, grand meetings and fairs have been performed for four consecutive days. Sree Narayana Guru delivered original and novel perceptions about temples, departing from conventional ideas on the concern. He kept away from tantric rituals. There’s no similar temple in India. Here, he established an structure that changed into simple and unique. For the first time in India, a temple with home windows and air flow became devised. The Guru installed a deity which turned into traditionally symbolic and aesthetically best. The very best standards of hygiene were brought to keep the place as a model to different temples and temple worshipers. The opening of this temple become uniquely marked with the aid of the inspirational rite of guest of hymns in praise of the mother Sarada. The Guru himself wrote janani-navaratna Manjari, nine gem stones in reward of the mom. It isn’t essential to construct temples in the old style by means of spending numerous cash he ordained. In addition, he also recommended no longer to spend money on fairs and fireworks.

In temples there need to be spacious rooms in which human beings can take a seat easily and take part in discourses. There ought to be schools connected to all temples. There ought to additionally be amenities attached to the temples to train youngsters in various trades. The money that involves the temples as donation must be spent in this kind of way that the poor human beings gain from it. It is not applicable to make ponds close to temples for the worshipers to take bathtub. It isn’t feasible to keep the ponds continually pure. Therefore toilets are to be built with an arrangement of small pipes so that the water will fall from above the pinnacle. From those phrases we will sincerely apprehend the progressive nature of Gurudevan’s idea of the temple.

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  • By Road: Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities.
  • By Train: You can reach by train from any part of India. If you are coming by train get down at Varkala station and take a bus or auto directly to the temple.
  • By Air: Sivagiri Mutt is only 44 Kilometres away from the Trivandrum International airport.
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport
  • Nearest railway station is Varkala¬†
  • Nearest bus station is Kerala
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