Sree Narayana Sevika Samajam is a charitable organization situated at Thottumugham, Aluva, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India which is also known as Sree Narayana Giri.
Sree Narayana Sevika Samajam is a charitable organization situated at Thottumugham, Aluva, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India which is also known as Sree Narayana Giri.It was established in the year 1965 under Travancore Cochin Literary Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, Travancore, 1955. Sreenarayana Sevika Samajam seeks to give a home to those who would otherwise have none. An atmosphere of a large family prevails in the orphanage.The institution is totally managed by women.
Sahodaran Ayyappan (21 August 1889 – 6 March 1968) was a social reformer, thinker, rationalist, journalist, and politician of Kerala, India. He was one of the outspoken followers of Sree Narayana Guru. He was born at Cherai in Vyppin island. In 1917 at cherai, he organized a Misra Bojanam. He formed an organization called Sahodara Sangam. He was also known as Pulaya Ayyappan. He started the journal " sahodaram".He became the founder editor of the magazine "Yukthivadhi".
"Weaker to be the prey to stronger is the law of jungle It is the human duty for the stronger to support the weaker."
This glorious cultural centre of Giri with its base as the SILA on which Guru used to perform the meditation for long years, was conceived by Sahodaran Ayyappan. To translate the idea into actual realisation was the mission of Parvathy Amma, known to cultural Kerala as ‘wife of Sahodaran Ayyappan’ and ‘daughter of Ayyakkutty Judge.’
The daring woman got totally immersed in activities needed for the Herculean task of facilitating the fulfilment of the desires and dreams of young girls to live better in their future life. The activities were in a brown bald hillock five kilometres away from Aluva. It was after a creditable service in Woman’s’ Auxiliary Corps during the Second World War, and long years of service as a teacher who guided may generations of girl students, that Parvathy Amma devoted the rest of her life for the cause of Giri. The great challenge of every day was to gather the food to feed the young girls on the next day, and to provide them with dress and education. It was virtually a begging expedition!
Our GRAND MOTHER, continues to be the great motivating force of SREE NARAYANA GIRI.
Giri is located on a hill in a village of Keezhumadu, near Thottumugham, about 5 KM from Aluva, an industrial town in central Kerala. This hill has close association with the saint and social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru, and his follower, Sahodaran Ayyappan. The Guru used to spend long hours in meditation on this hill. The rock on which he sat is still carefully preserved under a cenotaph.
The land on this hill once belonged to a person convicted for murder. By the time he was released from custody, he had repented his act and later became a disciple of Sree Narayana Guru. The Guru gave him a name, Valmiki. He donated the hill to the Guru and it got the name Valmiki Kunnu(Valmiki Hill). In the course of time, it came to be known as Sree Narayana Giri. It was there that Sahodaran Ayyappan and his wife, Parvathy Ayyappan, set about practicing Sree Narayana Guru's percept that Service to humanity is Service to God. They established the Sree Narayana Sevika Samajam in 1964.
At that time Thottummugham was a backward area inhabited by the weakest sections living in poverty and misery. The first step was to start a school. Getting children to attend classes was not an easy task. Parents refused to send their children unless they were paid at least Rs.2 every day since the child could have earned that money by begging! Incredible, but true. It took patient cajoling to persuade parents to let their children attend school. Schooling them involved more than teaching them to read and write. The children had to be catalyst for social change and reformation, giving the poorest in society a sense of dignity and hope of betterment.
This lower primary school gives education to the local children up to the fourth standard when they would be about 10 years old. There are eleven teachers, including one for Arabic. Shortly afterwards, a Nursery School was started. There were just 32 children when the Nursery began. Although not directly related to the Nursery School, a balanced and nutritious meal is given to pregnant women, nursing mothers and children below 3 years. This programme, which is funded by the Kerala State Social Welfare Board, has been of a great benefit to women and children of this still relatively poor area.
River Periyar flows along about the central region of the Kerala State. On its way down from the lofty hills to join sea on the western coast, it touches the shores of Kalady where Sri Shankara was born and further flows along Alwaye. At Alwaye, on its banks, Sree Narayana Guru founded Adwaidasramam about a Century back. About 5 Kms away from the Asramam was a village known by name Thottumugham. It was an area where people were in want of education and means for daily needs. There stood a hill which belonged to one Velu, who was convicted for life for the offence of murder. When he came back after his prison life he was drawn to the sanctified presence of Sree Narayana Guru. As, Velu after his prison life showed some noble traits, Guru called him ‘Valmiki’, reminiscent of the legendary name. Velu gifted to Guru, the hill belonging to him. The hill was thereafter known as ‘Valmikikunnu’ (Valmiki Hill).
When Sree Narayana Guru was staying at ‘Adwaidasramam’ he used walk up to the top of the hill and spend there long hours in meditation. Guru at that time prophesied that at one time institutions necessary for service of humanity will come up on the hill. This was conveyed to none else than his disciple Sahodaran Ayyappan. Sahodaran translated the idea into reality.
Later when Sree Narayana Sevika Samajam was formed in the year 1966, it was felt that there was no other place suitable than ‘Valmikikunnu’ (Valmiki Hill) for its activities to propound the ideals of Sree Narayana Guru. The rock on which Guru used to sit and meditate is considered as the most sacred spot on the hill, which is now known as Sree Narayana Giri. Samajam constructed ‘Gurumandiram’ around the ‘Gurupeedam’ which now provides a space for people who visit the sacred place to sit and meditate in an atmosphere of peace and serenity, fully covered by a green canopy.
A person who had intensely desired to imbibe in her the wide scope and ambit of the Charitable objects of Sree Narayana Sevika Samajam or Sree Narayana Giri. Almost like the coconut, the fruit of Kerala symbolic tree coconut – with a hard and hash exterior but with sweet and delicious internal kernel. The inner compassion was almost nectar like! The apt definition of B.N. Bharathi Amma: The Commander-in–Chief who led Giri through the most difficult days of its long history. The individuality who took Giri along the path delineated by Parvathy Amma with her steady determination and rational decisions.
The grand aunty of all the children!
A symbol of simplicity, with unfading smile on her lips at all times! The pink of courtesy. Unfailing enquiries with every visitor of Giri, ‘Did you have your tea?’. A last link of Parvathy Amma tradition.
Renounced all pleasures of individual life and LIVED only for GIRI. The womanhood of Human compassion to ALL, at a time when most people treat life as a procession of luxury episodes.
The last resting place of Sahodaran Ayyappan and Parvathi Amma reminding us of their lives' message "to provide equal opportunity to all human beings."