KOLLAM: The 161st birth anniversary of Chattambi Swami, one of the torch-bearers of renaissance movement in the state, will be held at Panmana Ashramam near here on September 13. The celebration will begin at 7 am with prayers, followed by a blessing talk by the head of Karimbinpuzha Ashramam, Shankarananda.
The birth anniversary meet at 10.30 am will be inaugurated by Speaker G Karthikeyan and Labour Minister Shibu Baby John will preside over it. During the event Sri Vidyadhiraja Samskruthi award will be given to founding director of Regional Cancer Centre M Krishnan Nair, by the head of the Panmana Ashramam Pranavananda Theerthapadar.
Birth anniversary message will be delivered by the head of the Theerthapada Ashramam at Vazhoor, Prajnananda Theerthapadar. The first speech will be delivered by N K Premachandran MP, and the keynote speech by Public Service Commission chairman K S Radhakrishnan. District Panchayat president S Jayamohan, Tamil Nadu Nair Service Society president C K Vasukuttan, block Panchayat president Chavara Harish Kumar, Panmana Grama Panchayat president E Yousuf Kunju and secretary of BJP (Southern region) M S Shyamkumar will attend the function.
“As Panmana and adjoining areas near Chavara where there is a concern of cancer owing to blacksoil mining, we have requested Dr Krishnan Nair to conduct a workshop on the topic - black soil and the possibilities of cancer,” said the organisers. This will be followed by a spiritual discourse by Shivatheerthan. Chattambi Swami was a Guru of Siddhanta system- neither adhered to the way of dressing of the sanyasins like wearing saffron clothes nor cared about their caste, class, colour, external dress, behaviour etc.
“His works became earliest background materials for the socio-religious and political reformers to change the attitudes and to amend the unjust systems, rules and norms,” said Raman Nair of Centre for South Indian Studies.
Well versed in Sanskrit, Tamil and Malayalam Swami blended Vedic and Dravidian thoughts related to non-dualism and non-violence. Among his works ‘Vedadhikara Nirupanam’ and ‘Advaita Chinthapaddhathi’ stands out. To commemorate the 90th Mahasamadhi day on April 30 former Governor Sheila Dikshit released a postal stamp on Chattambi Swami at Panmana.