Hindumatha Mahamandalam, which conducts the Hindumatha Parishath for the last 105 years.
"Hindumatha Parishath" which is held every year in the month of February since 1913 for propagating the essence of Hinduism in general and the teachings of PARAMA BHATTARAKA VIDYATHIRAJA CHATTAMBI SWAMIKAL, in particular. Swamiji was a great savant, thinker and philosopher of Kerala. He along with Sree Narayana Guru ushered in the great Rennaisance movement in Kerala 19th and early 20th centuary. The very fact that the Parishath continues to be held for the past 105 years, attracting and enlightening thousands of Hindu devotees, irrespective of caste and creed is itself proof of it wide and sustained acceptability.
The inspiration for holding the annual Parishath came from the most revered Sanyasin in Kerala (after Adi Sankaracharya) namely Vidyathiraja Parama Bhattaraka Chattampi Swamiji, who along with Sree Narayana Guru spear headed the renaissance movement in Kerala in late. The venue of the Parishath is named after that great Savant.
Hindumatha Mahamandalam is a cultural - spiritual Organization, having its head office situated in Ayroor Cherukolpuzha, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. The Parishath is organized by a renowned spiritual - cultural organization called Hindumatha Mahamandalam. Many eminent persons are closely associated with the Mahamandalam. To name a few, Shri. O.Rajagopal MLA, Shri. Kummnam Rajasekharan, Hon'ble Dy.Chairman of Rajya Sabha Prof. P.J.Kurian, Sri. T.K.A. Nair IAS ( Former Prime Minister's Principal Secretary ) etc.
In the past dignitaries like Vice Presidents of India, Late Shri V.V. Giri, Late Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Chief Ministers of Kerala P.K. Vasudevan Nair and Sri. Oommen Chandy etc and religious leaders like Mata Amritanada Mai (who inaugurated the centenary parishat), Shri Sri Ravi Shankar, Desi Kendra Maharaj, Mysore, Mahamandaleswar Poojya Swamiji Kashikananda Girijii Maharaj, Kanchi Kamakodi Jayendra Saraswathi Swamikal and many scholars and swamins have also addressed different sessions of our parishat in the yester years.
The Hindu Society of the Nineteen Century Kerala was in the throes of severe spiritual decadence. The lofty Hindu traditions and its philosophical moorings were sadly side tracked by barren rituals and superstitious customes. Social evils like casteism and untouchability with all its ugly faces ruled the roost, drow. Hindumatha Mahamandalam owes its origin to Hindumatha Parishat, which itself was inspired by the renaissance movement spear headed by two great savants in earstwhile Travancore state, namely Vidhyadhiraja Chattampi Swamikal and Sree Narayana Guru, in late 19th Centuary and early 20th Centuary. Both of them were contemporaries and shared a vision of eradicating casteism and untouchability practices prevalent in Hindu Society in those days. In particular, Chattampi Swamikal emphasized the right of every Hindu to learn and preach the Vedas, Upanishads,Epics and Puranas of Hinduism. A new dimension was added to the Objectives of renaissance movement when social reformers like Mannath Padmanabhan, K Kellappan etc.. exhorted Hindu Society to cut down on pomp and pageantry of temple festivals and utilize the savings to build schools and provide educational facilities to the children of all castes, so as to make them earn their livelihood. One of the earliest group of people to pay heed to this advice was the Pradeshika Nair Samajam of Ayroor village.
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