Sivagiri, Varkala

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#5 of 19 in Historic Sites in Thiruvananthapuram District
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. A visit to Sivagiri represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Varkala vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The place is cool and silent. A good visit on the way. Note the timings before going. Even lunch is provided at minimal price.  more »
  • Though I have been to Varkala several times I have never visited Sivagiri but mr recent visit was to Sivagiri Mutt. A good number of devotees were there and people irrespective of their cast can visit...  more »
  • Temple of serenity and inner silence. All allowed to walk in the yard, only have to remove your shoes. Inside the log can only be believers, but we did not. Really enjoyed just walking around and watching. Pleasant in all respects. Reached easily on any tuk-tuk ride from anywhere in the city. We walked in one direction, the other rode. And both paths are full of impressions. Be sure to visit!
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  • Very Calm and Green Environment. Best suited for marriage events. They arrange meals for the attending persons. Very good transport option. They are government bus always there to pick up. Autowalas are also very co-operative.There is small restaurant for quick snack and juices.
  • Pilgrim place... Good environment for meditation.... calm n quiet place... weddings n receptions also conducting there
  • Sivagiri is a pilgrimage centre in Varkala, India where the tomb of the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru. The town is also the place where Guru believed himself to have become enlightened. His tomb attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days, from 30 December to 1 January.
  • In 1904 he decided to settle down in a place to continue his spiritual practices. He chose Sivagiri at Varkala, twenty miles north of Thiruvananthapuram. He started a Sanskrit school in Varkala and poor boys and orphans were given free education regardless of their caste. Temples were built at different places - Thrissur, Kannur, Anchuthengu, Tellicherry, Calicut, and Mangalore. It was in the year 1912 that he built the Sharada Devi Temple at Sivagiri.
  • This is the place where Sree Narayana Guru Swami, the revolutionist who made a twist in formation of State from the state of an asylum of lunatics to the God's own country, breath his last and his worldly body was cremated. He reformed the thought of a downtrodden and untouchable community and raised them to the mainstream of the world. He inculcated confidence and wiped out ignorance and fear from the root. Hence he became GURU and even elevated to GOD. Guru's bodily remains are cremated and thus the place itself became a place of worship. Ideal occasion is just before sivagiri theerthatanam. Best time is Nirmalya pooja at 5 a m., Then deeparadhana at 6 p.m. Pooja will be there from 5 a m to 11.30 a m and 5 p m to 7.30 p m . Taking ₹50/- ticket for Gurupooja from Devasam Counter, meals for the day is also offered. You can book rooms in nearby guesthouse of mutt in advance. Neat and tidy rooms for cheaper rent are available. Contact number 82815 66870.

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