Narayana Guru, also known as Sree Narayana Guru (c. 1856 – 20 September 1928) was an Indian social reformer. He was born into an Ezhava family in an era when people from such communities, which were regarded as Avarna, faced much social inequality in the caste-ridden society of Kerala. He led a reform movement in Kerala, expelled casteism, and promoted new values of spiritual and social equality. In the process, he denounced the superstitions that clouded the fundamental Hindu cultural convention of caste.
Sri Narayana guru Jayanthi
Sri Narayana Jayanthi is a festival of the Ezhava/Thiyya, Nadar, Billava and Idiga communities of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is also called Chathayam Dinam in Kerala. It is considered as the birthday of Narayana Guru, a greatest Social reformer of India. It is celebrated in all over the world by the above communities.
The birthday of this great saint is celebrated on the Chathayam asterism of the Malayalam month of Chingam (Leo). In a society broken into fragments by casteism and economic inequality, he emphasized the gospel of 'one caste, one religion, and one god.' Even though the Guru believed the fundamental principles of the Vedic religion, he offended against caste-based ascendancy, caste discrimination, and sectionalism.
Communal harmony parade, conferences, floral tributes, community prayers, feeding for the poor and community function marks Jayanthi celebrations.
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