Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi

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Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi 2020

Sri Narayana Jayanthi is a state festival of Kerala. It is a celebration of the birthday of Narayana Guru, who was a social reformer and saint. He fought against the caste system of the Hindu religion. This year Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi is on September 02 Wednesday.

As a state festival, the day is a public holiday for schools and offices and banks in Kerala. On this day processions, floral tributes, seminars, cultural shows, community feasts, and special rituals are held.

About Sree Narayana Guru

Sree Narayana Guru was born on 28 August 1855 Chempazhanthy, a village in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram City, the capital of Kerala state in India. His father was Madan Asan and his mother was Kuttiyamma. He was a scholarly academic, philosopher, writer, and precursor to social rebirth. He published 45 works in Malayalam, Sanskrit, and Tamil languages which include Atmopadesa Satakam, a hundred-verse spiritual poem, and Daiva Dasakam, a universal prayer in ten verses.

Casteism was practiced in Kerala during the 19th and early 20th centuries and the lower caste people had to suffer discrimination from the upper caste people. He fought against the caste system of the Hindu religion. He promotes ‘One Religion, one caste and one God for human being’.


Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi festival dates

Year Date
2020 Wednesday, 2nd of September
2021 Monday, 23rd of August
2022 Saturday, 10th of September
2023 Thursday, 31st of August
2024 Tuesday, 17th of September
2025 Sunday, 7th of September


Sree Narayana Guru Quotes

Love of others is my happiness, Love that is mine is happiness for others. And so, truly, deeds that benefit a man must be a cause for other’s happiness too.

Men may differ in their faiths, their languages and their modes of dressing; but there can be no evil in inter-dining and inter-marriage, because all belong to the same kind of creation.

One caste, one religion, one God for man; one form and the same blood in all; I cannot find any differences.

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