Questions

When and where was Sri Narayana Guru born? – 1856, Kerala

When did Sri Narayana Guru die? – 20th September 1928

Which famous movement was launched by Sri Narayana Guru and when was it launched? – Aravipuram movement, launched on Shivaratri day of 1888

What was the name of the community to which Sri Narayana Guru belonged? – Ezhava

Which famous slogan was used by Sri Narayana Guru to urge the Ezhava community to abandon the occupation of toddy-tapping and to abstain from liquor? – “Drink not, serve not, brew not”

What is the name of the organisation which Sri Narayana Guru set up to maintain and manage the institutions that he founded? – Sri Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam

Facts

Sri Narayana Guru was a saint, seer, philosopher, poet, and social reformer. Education and organization were amongst his many slogans for freedom and strength. He held that the essence of all religions is one and the same, and advocated the comparative study of all faiths.

In the early years of the 20th century, the Aravipuram movement was given new vigour when two new leaders, Dr Palpu and Kumaran Asan, joined Sri Narayana Guru, Dr Palpu was the first Ezhava to receive education in Western medicine and Kumaran Asan was a well-known writer and poet.

In 1877, Sri Narayana Guru was sent to Varanapally to be tutored by well-known scholar Kummampilli Raman Pillai Asan.

In 1925, Sri Narayana Guru led the Vaikom Satyagraha which demanded the entry for lower-caste in the Shiva temple at Vaikom, near Kottayam.

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