The house of social reformer Sahodaran Ayyappan will soon be converted into a cultural centre. The Sahodaran Memorial at Cherayi will be renovated under the Muziris Heritage Conservation project. The state government has already sanctioned Rs 1.30 crores for this purpose.
Remembering Ayyappan’s contributions, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that Sahodaran Ayyappan was a brave fighter who fought against social evils and injustice and added that it was necessary to make the present generation about his deeds. “The state government will make all efforts to spread his message to the new generation. Sahodaran Ayyappan’s house has been identified as one of the sites under the Muziris Heritage Project with this aim,” Chandy said. He was speaking after launching the Muziris Heritage Conservation project at a function held at the Sahodaran Memorial on Sunday.
“Sahodaran Ayyappan earned the respect of the public without holding any official posts. People loved him because of his actions. His vision and his views are sources of inspiration to us even today,” he added.
The Muziris Heritage Project is aimed at protecting the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris and the conservation of numerous monuments in the area. The site of the project stretches from the municipality of North Paravur in Ernakulam to Kodungalloor in Thrissur.
It includes four panchayats in Ernakulam district including Chennamangalam, Chittatukara, Vadakekkara and Pallippuram, and three panchayats in Thrissur district like Eriyad, Mathilakam and Sreenarayanapura.