Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sree Chattampi Swami
161st Jayanthi Celebrations

Sree Vidyadhiraja Paramabhattaraka Chattampi Swami Thiruvadikal 161st Jayanthi falls on Saturday, 13th September 2014 (കൊല്ല വർഷം 1190, ചിങ്ങം 28).

Chattampi Swami (1853–1924) was the Gangotri of socio-religious Renaissance and Reformation of the Hindu Society of Kerala. His practice of austere Brahmacharya and intense Tapasya conferred upon him all the various Yoga-Siddhi. The spiritual and mystical powers that Chattampi Swami had acquired were formidable. He had commendable mastery over diverse fields of knowledge. He possessed extraordinary memory power. Veda, Vyakarana, Jyothisha, Ayurveda, Yoga, Tarka Sasthra, Tantra Vidya and Tamil and Sanskrit Literature were some of the areas of his intellectual pursuits.

Sree Chattampi Swami was a Realised Soul and lived the life of an Avadhoota. He initiated a large number of people to spiritual pursuits and he also authored several books.

Sreemad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3, Verse 21 reads thus: “Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.”
These words of Bhagawaan Sree Krishna apply well and truly to the great Rishi Chattampi Swami.

Sree Chattampi Swami's authoritative book 'Vedadhikara Niroopanam' established beyond all doubt that Vedas are not the monopoly of the Brahmin Caste, but that all the Hindus had the right to learn Vedas.

Sree Chattampi Swami proclaimed that irrespective of caste, all Hindus had the right to worship in temples and that any Hindu who is properly trained can even perform the rituals in temples. During the British colonial times he presented an intellectual bulwark against Missionary propaganda attacks on Sanatana Dharma and blunted Missionary efforts at conversion.

Sree Chattampi Swami worked in co-ordination with his contemporary and soul-mate Sree Narayana Guru (1855–1928) to bring social equality in a heavily ritualistic and caste-ridden Hindu society that prevailed around the late 19th and early 20th centuries across the erstwhile Princely States of Travancore and Kochi as well as the Malabar Province of the Madras Presidency. He strived tirelessly to free the society from the death-grip of superstitions and anachronistic rituals.

Sree Chattampi Swami's well-researched writings formed the doctrinal basis for the extensive social reforms carried out by his most-dear and life-long friend Sree Narayana Guru.

Sri Kumpalathu Sanku Pillai, one of the Grihasta disciples of Sree Chattampi Swami, established an Asramam at Panmana (between Kollam and Kayankulam). This is where the revered Swami attained Samadhi in 1924.

Sree Balabhattarakeswara Asramam Trust which manages the Panmana Asramam is conducting the 161st Jayanthi Celebrations on Saturday, 13th September 2014 at Panmana Asramam.

The Highlights of the 161st Jayanthi Celebrations are as follows:

7:00 AM Commencement of Celebrations with Pooja.

9:30 AM Benedictory Message by Swami Shankaranand, Matadhipati, Karimbinpuzha Asramam.

The Matadhipati of Teerthapaada Asramam, Vazhoor, Swami PrajnanAnanda Teerthapaada will deliver the Keynote Address.

There will be Annadaanam at Noon. This will be followed by:

2:00 PM Study Class by Dr Krishnan Nair
              വിഷയം: കരിമണലും ക്യാൻസറിൻറെ സാദ്ധ്യതകളും
              Spiritual Discourse by Swami Shivateerthan, Tapovanam, Karimbinpuzha

6:00 PM Kalabha-Abhishekham and Deepa-Araadhana

7:30 PM Dance Program
              by Kalamandalam Dhanya S. Kumar and Troupe

Swami PranavAnanda Teerthapaada, Matadhipati, Panmana Asramam
Sri Kumpalathu Sanku Pillai, President and
Sri A.R Gireesh Kumar, General Secretary of the Trust have extended their warm welcome to all devout Hindus and requested them to grace the occasion and make the Jayanthi Celebrations a grand success.

Those who are unable to attend the Chattampi Swami 161st Jayanthi Celebrations and make their contributions in person may send donations by Account Payee Cheques or Drafts in favour of “Sree Bala Bhattarakeswara Asrama Samithi”. 

Contact Address :-
Panmana Asramam
Panmana P.O., Kollam
Keralam, India
Phone 0476 - 2670930

Book Release of
Hitherto Uupublished Works

VEDANTA SAARAM and VEDANTA SANGRAHAM, two hitherto unpublished works of His Holiness Sree Chattampi Swamy (1853–1924), the great philosopher-saint from Kerala, are being published on Saturday, 13th September 2014 at 5 PM on the occassion of the 161st Jayanthi Celebrations.

The manuscripts of these unpublished works authored by Sree Vidyadhiraja Parama Bhattaraka Chattampi Swamy were discovered and brought to light by Sri Panmana Unnikrishnan. These books, VEDANTA SAARAM and VEDANTA SANGRAHAM, explain to the common man in simplest of words the most sublime spiritual truths contained in the Ancient Vedas.

The teachings of Sree Chattampi Swamy influenced the launching of many social, religious, literary and political organisations and movements in Kerala and for the first time gave voice to those who were marginalised. Sree Chattampi Swamy and his life-long friend Sree Narayana Guru (1855–1928) were the originators and prime movers of reforms that have transformed the socio-religious landscape of Hindu Kerala.

Sri P Parameswaran, Director, Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram will release the two books in a function to be held at Thiruvananthapuram Press Club on September 13, 2014 at 5 PM.

Prof. Panmana Ramachandran Nair, eminent educationist, will receive the first copies of the books.

Venerable Swamy Pragnananda Theerthapaada, Head, (മഠാധിപതി) Theerthapaada Ashramam, will deliver the keynote address.

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