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Sivagiri, Varkala

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Experience the tranquility of Sivagiri, a pilgrimage center which hosts a famed sage’s enlightenment place and tomb. The ‘Samadhi’ (resting place) of Sree Narayana Guru attracts many devotees over the year who come to give their respects to the renowned social reformer. Learn about the story that follows his life and work, and get a glimpse of the house he lived in, as well as his belongings. Enjoy the serene ambience of this Ashram situated on a hill and stroll through its open halls to see the pictures and writings of the guru. No photos are allowed. Put Sivagiri into our Varkala vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We wanted to visit the Varkala beach and our cab driver mentioned that we should visit this ashram also. This is an ashram which is on a small hillock. We went there around 1 PM and there was not much...  read more »
  • Amazing place! You get a Paradise! Quiet, clean and comfortable and I don't want to go from there! Recommend a visit!
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  • The Sivagiri Ashram is situated on a hill and has a serene ambiance.. One could just relax in one of the open halls and feel the continuous breeze or walk around the hill and the temple within. Guru p...  read more »
  • Tomb or the samadhi of Sree Narayana Guru attracts thousands of devotees. Guru Deva Jayanti, the birthday of the Guru, and the samadhi day are celebrated in August and September respectively
  • Situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill. It is also the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham
  • Resting place (samadhi) of Sree Narayana Guru. It used to be his place for meditation. 19th century scholar by self study, he lay the bedrock for Kerala's cultural Renaissance. His messages of "religion don't matter, as long as Man progress" "find your strength in unity" remains relevant across the globe. Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and many of Indian freedom struggle and cultural Renaissance met Guru at his ashram in Shivagiri. Guru's Abode on top of the hill has drawn elements from Buddhist temples going with Guru's teachings which had shades of Buddhism. The category as hindu temple is wrong. It's a holy place of worship and guru himself didn't want to associate himself with any particular religion.
  • Final resting place and ashram of Kerala's most influential personalities in social reformation. Greatest of all social reformers in Kerala. He spearheaded the Renaissance of Kerala Social outlook bringing it back to its original open and inviting changes attributes. A scholar by self study, a Guru and born leader, he helped eliminating the caste based social stigmas associated with Hindu religions. His views were mostly identical to Buddhism and hindu sankya philosophy. The idea that God is within you is symbolized by installing a mirror as main dirty of a temple. His ideas and emphasis on Unity as biggest strength helped the weaker to join hands and work to improve their own problems. Respected by the King himself for his views, Guru penned a 10 verses poem that infact encompasses whole of Geeta and could be understood by the weak. Sadly , post his demise, SNDP founded by Guru for days post him, ended up as a organization for only ezhava community ( same as guru) as higher caste and even lower caste followers moved to their own organisations. But the central theme of strength in Unity remained true His later years was spend at this ashram. His seperate organisation for Shivagiri consisting only of saints at his ashram ensured that Shivagiri ashram remains as he wished to. Now a place of worship ( he didn't believe in human gods) Guru's abode is also of political significance with even PMs ensuring a visit.
  • Peace, Serenity.... The Samadhi (Final abode) of Sree Narayana Guru, a great Social Reformer and Saint. This is a famous pilgrimage site. This is open to all human beings from all casts and creeds. There is no discrimination here. This place is a must visit for all Visitors to Varkala. The tourists usually go to the beach and return. Don't miss this place.
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