Sivagiri, Kerala

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Varkala Sivagiri
Sivagiri  ശിവഗിരി is located in Kerala
Sivagiri  ശിവഗിരി
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°44′20″N 76°43′55″E / 8.739°N 76.732°E / 8.739; 76.732Coordinates: 8°44′20″N 76°43′55″E / 8.739°N 76.732°E / 8.739; 76.732
Country  India
State Kerala
District Thiruvananthapuram
 • Body Varkala municipality
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 695141
Telephone code 0470
Vehicle registration KL-16
Nearest city Varkala
Literacy 100%%
Lok Sabha constituency Attingal
Civic agency Varkala municipality
Sri Narayana Guru : Spiritual Guru, One of the greatest Social reformers in India
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Sivagiri is a pilgrimage centre in Varkala, India where the tomb of the social reformer Sri.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.

The Sivagiri Mutt, built in 1904, is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala Thiruvanathapuram. This is also the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an organisation of his disciples and saints, established by the Guru to propagate his concept of "One Caste, One Religion, One God". The Guru Deva Jayanti, the birthday of the Guru, and the samadhi day are celebrated in August and September respectively every year. Colourful processions, debates and seminars, public meetings, cultural shows, community feasts, group wedding and rituals mark the celebrations.

Guru Jayanthi celebration at Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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