History of Sivagiri

Varkala 50 KMS North of  Trivandrum, which was popularly known as ‘Dhakshina Kasi’ is a famous holy place from Centuries ago.  Sree Narayana Guru was attracted to this place not only because of its natural beauty and serene surroundings, but was also due to its geographical  nature of hill tops and valleys.  During the year 1903 Guru used to come to Varkala regularly and rest here in search of Truth.  In the beginning he sat near a jack tree.  Later Guru made a temporary ‘Parnasala’ and stayed  there. On its south side, there was a no mans land hill, Guru managed to get it registered in his name and established his Asramom on the top of the hill and reside there.  The place became  known as Sivagiri from then onwards.

Sivagiri today has become one of the most sacred centres of pilgrimage for  the people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, religion or language. Gandhiji came here thrice - while Swamiji was alive, Gandhiji came to Sivagiri on 12-3-1925 and stayed  a day  in the Asramom, and twice after Swamiji’s Samadhi.  Acharya Vinobabhave visited Sivagiri in 1925 and he proclaimed later that the Guru  is an ‘Avathar’. “Sree Narayana Guru  is  considered as one of the ‘avathars’ that have appeared in India during the last 100 years. Rabindra Nath Tagore, the Great Indian Poet who visited Sree Narayana Guru on Nov 22, 1922, Says that he never come across one who is spiritually greater than Swamy Sree Narayana Guru of Malayalam.  He stated that he shall never forget the “ readiant  face of Guru illuminated by self effulgent light of divine glory and those yogi’s eyes fixing their gaze on a far remote point in distinct horizon”. In 1903 Guru established a school to teach poor students and a night school for “backward” and “untouchables”.  He also started an industrial training centre here to    impart job training to the people. Guru wanted Sivagiri as a spiritual centre and ultimately Sivagiri termed to be a centre of every thing connected with Guru, his teachings, his message etc.  The idol of sarada, the goddess of wisdom and prosperity was installed at Sivagiri in 1912.  Thus Sivagiri is a holy hill, where people from all parts of  the world meet to seek knowledge, mental love and affection and for blessing of the God for all occasions.  With the installation of Siva the place justified its name “Sivagiri”, the mountain of Siva, the pedestal from where all the Godly blessings come to man.  According to Guru, spiritual support and sublimation of soul will strengthen natural life.