Narayana Guru

Philosopher, Author

1856 – 1928

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Who was Narayana Guru?

Nārāyana Guru, also seen as Sree Nārāyana Guru Swami, was a Hindu saint, sadhu and social reformer of India. He was born into an Ezhava family, in an era when people from that community and other communities that were regarded as Avarna, faced much social injustice in the caste-ridden Kerala society. Gurudevan, as he was known by his followers, led a reform movement in Kerala, rejected casteism and promoted new values of spiritual freedom and social equality.

He stressed the need for the spiritual and social upliftment of the downtrodden by their own efforts through the establishment of temples and educational institutions. In the process he denounced the superstitions that clouded the fundamental Hindu cultural convention of Chaturvarna.

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Born
Aug 20, 1856
Chempazhanthy
Parents
Religion
  • Hinduism
Ethnicity
  • Malayali
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Lived in
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kerala
Died
Sep 20, 1928
Varkala

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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