Narayana Guru Biography
(Spiritual Leader, Social Reformer)
Birthday: August 20, 1856 (Leo)
Born In: Chempazhanthy, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Narayana Guru, also known as Shree Narayana Guru Swami, was a spiritual leader, saint and social reformer from Kerala, India. He belonged to the Ezhava community considered as 'Avarna' or belonging to the lower caste. He was a social reformer and led a movement to end the injustices prevalent in the Hindu caste-ridden society in Kerala. He believed in spiritualism, social equality, freedom, and brotherhood. He dedicated his entire life to promoting spiritual enlightenment. He is venerated as a saint and “Guru” for his profound Vedic knowledge, poetic excellence, and his teachings of tolerance and non-violence, which impacted a large population in India as well as abroad. He was instrumental in laying the groundwork for social and spiritual reform in Kerala. He believed that spiritual and social growth could be attained by education and establishment of learning centers. Thus, he built several temples, schools, and education centers for the underprivileged. He dismissed the 'Chaturvarna' and the beliefs attached to it. Many years after his death, he was commemorated on an Indian postage stamp by the Indian government. The Sri Lankan government also issued a commemorative stamp in his honor.