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                        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.
                                    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.

Hindumatha Parishat

Thus drawing inspiration from the teachings of the sages and exhortations of social reformers, some influential elders of Ayroor and nearby villages joined together at the initiative of Swami Theerthapada Paramahamsa, one of the closest disciples of Chattampi Swamikal, and decided to hold a weeklong religious convention in the pleasant month of February on the sandy bank of river Pampa, at Ayroor Cherukolpuzha. In fact the primary motivation for holding the parishat was the words of none other than Chattampi Swamikal who graced Cherukolpuzha by his visit earlier and advised a gathering of admirers in the locality to organize a spiritual convention every year at the aforesaid venue. The first such convention was held in february1913 and the convention was called “Hindumatha Parishat”. The event was repeated every year thereafter. Over the years, the Parishat attracted more and more attention of the religious and cultural leaders as well as participation of devotees.It is a matter of a great pride and satisfaction to all sections of Hindu Society in this part of the country that the Parishat centenary was held in February 2012 and as of now, preparations are on, to hold the 104th Parishat from 7th to 14th feb 2016. Very impressive indeed, is the list of dignitaries, mainly religious scholars and sanyasins who inaugurated the events or addressed the gatherings, during the last several years. To name a few: Swami Agamananda, Mannath Padmanabhan, K Kelappan, T.K Madhavan, Swami Chinmayananda, Guru Nitya Chaithanya Yathi, Matha Amritananda Mayi, Sri Sri Ravisankar, Mahamandaleswar Kasikenanda Giri Maharaj, Swami Bodhinath Velan from Hawai etc, etc.


 

HINDUMATHA MAHA MANDALAM


For about four decades, the annual Parishat was organised and conducted by a voluntary group of likeminded people under the leadership a few influential and learned elders. However, over a period of time it was felt necessary to have a formal Organisation and formal membership to devotees . Thus a spiritual-cultural Organisation was formed in the year 1957 with the name “Hindumatha Maha Mandalam”. The Mandalam is registered under the charitable and cultural socities act and has a well-drafted constitution (Bye Law) which sets out its aims and objectives, membership criteria, administrative machinery, spheres of activities etc. From time to time the activities are enlarged and diversified within the limits of aims and objectives. At present the mandalam’s activities include: 1. Holding the Parishat in February (1st Sunday to next Sunday) every year with elaborate arrangements. 2. Publishing a bi-monthly magazine titled “PAMPA THEERTHAM” with spiritual and cultural content 3. Running a reference library and providing research guidance to students in religious and philosophical studies. 4. Organising commemorative meetings/seminars on Jayanthi and Samadhi anniversaries of Vidhyadhiraja Chattampi Swamikal 5. Conducting personality development programmes for children of different age groups. 6. Conducting competive knowledge tests for children of different age groups on subjects related to Hinduism and rewarding the successful ones. 7. Encouraging children to learn Sanskrit language. 8. Providing financial assistance for education of children belonging to weaker sections of Mandalam devotees, through charitable endowments. In short, the Hindumatha Maha Mandalam is a multi-faced Organisation which is growing in membership strength and reaching out to all sections of Hindu Society within the State of Kerala and to some extent, outside as well. It maintains following institutions. a. Office of the Hindu Matha Maha Mandalam b. Vidyadhiraja Samskarika Kendram c. Vidyadhiraja Smrithi Mandapam Needless to say, the Mahamandalam is on the path of further expansion and diversification of activities beneficial to Hindu Society.