Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti in Kerala in 2021

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti in Kerala in 2021
Sree Narayan Guru on 1967 Indian stamp. Image via India Post, Government of India

  Dates of Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti in Kerala
2022 Sat, Sep 10Regional Holiday
2021 Mon, Aug 23Regional Holiday
2020 Wed, Sep 2Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, Aug 27Regional Holiday
2017 Wed, Sep 6Regional Holiday
  Summary
A state holiday in Kerala to mark the birthday of a notable Keralite social reformer who was born on this day in 1855.

When is Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti?

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti is a regional public holiday in Kerala, India observed on August 28th each year.

The state holiday marks the birthday of a notable Keralite social reformer who was born on this day in 1855.

History of Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti

Kerala has an important and commendable tradition of honouring social reformers with public holidays. Narayana Guru is especially important as he is the only Keralite who has a holiday for both his birthday and death anniversary.

Narayana Guru was born on August 28th 1855 into a lower caste family. He grew up to lead a reform movement, against the injustice in the caste-ridden societal structure in Kerala to promote social equality.

He was introduced to meditation and yoga by Ayyavu Swamikal and became a hermit for eight years in order to practice his meditation and yoga.

In 1904 he opened a school for children from the lower strata of the society and provided free education to them irrespective of their caste.

Narayana Guru died on September 20th 1928, at the age of 73.

"The legacy of Narayan Guru is a society elevated, in accord, the lower classes educated and full of dignity and a feeling of self-worth."
Elst, Koenraad (2002)

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