Sivagiri – This is the place where Sree Narayana Guru’s tomb is located and place where guru was enlightened and attained salvation. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days 30th December to 1st January.
The Sivagiri Mutt, built in 1904, is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala. Even decades after the guru's Samadhi in 1928,Gurudevan’ssamadhi continues to be hronged by thousands of devotees, donned in yellow attire, from different parts of Kerala and outside.
The Sivagiri Mutt is also the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an organization of his disciples and saints, established by GURU.
This place, in due course, developed into the site of the Sarada Temple, and guru established an architecture which was simple and different. For the first time in India, a temple with windows and ventilation was devised.The opening of this temple was uniquely marked by the inspirational ceremony of guest of hymns in praise of the mother Sarada. The Guru himself wrote janani navaratna Manjari nine Gems in praise of the mother.
Last days of SreeNarayana Gurudevan
T. K Madhavan’s request a special meeting of S.N.D.P.Yogam was held in Nagampadam, Kottayam district, this was the last public function Gurudevan attended. In the meeting Gurudevan distributes registration certificate for 108 S.N.D.P Branches.
After the meeting Gurudevan was resting in Nagampadam Temple, his two devotees Mr. Vallabaserry Govindan Vaidyan and Mr. T.K Krishnan approached Guru and presented the idea of Sivagiri Pilgrimage/Sivagiri Theerthadanam. Guru gave permission.
Gurudevan was badly affected with blockage of urine due to prostate disorder, he was so tired and seems with bad body pain, from Nagampadam Gurudevan went to Vaikom Velloor mutt. Dr Rao was treated him, but Gurudevan not get any relief. Dr. Krishnan eminent doctor and great devotee of Guru send his son Dr. Raghavan to Gurudevan. Under his treatment guru felt relief, Swami went to Alua Advaitasramam through a boat from Vaikom to Ernakulam railway station.
Ernakulam Railway station, the British ambassador visited him and arranged all facility to travel by Train. Gurudevan send Dr. Raghavan back because he felt relief.
Again gurudevan was suffered with pain, Dr. Krishnan heard the news he brought Guru to Palakkat, Guru's followers are rushing to see the Gurudevan, the news spread every where and all people are spoke about Guru’s disease. His condition was again become worse Dr. Krishnan brought Dr. Pandala eminent doctor and great scholar from Madrass.
For better treatment both of them decided to take Swami to Madrass. Swami came to Madrass on February 10th 1928 and stayed in Dr. Koman’s house. His body was struggling with pain but his face is remains pleasant. Guru got better treatment from inside and outside of Kerala and Guru’s condition remains same.
He felt relief Gurudeva wants for ayurvedic treatment so Guru was brought to Palakkad Dr. Krishnan and Ayurvedic eminent scholars especially Kakkanand Mama Vaidyar are treated Guru.
Guru wants to return back to Sivagiri, on the way thousands of people are crowded in railway stations and Gurudevan stayed in Kollam Dr. M.N.N Panickar and Dr M.K Thampi got an opportunity to treat gurudevan.
In 1928 March 11 Swami reached from Kollam to Varkala, Swami stayed in a guest house of Sivagiri mutt and Guru was treated by Cholayil Mami Vaidyar, Panavalli Krishnan Vaidyar, Eminent Ayurvedic physician Thaikottu Divakaran Moose , Dr. Panickar and Dr. Palpu
May 28 Swamy was brought to Thiruvananthapuram for treatment, Swami stayed Mathu’s house. Dr. Noble eminent physician from England and Dr. Samarwell are treated Gurudevan, accompanied by Mami Vidyar and Dr Thampi.
After treatment Swami came back to Sivagiri first week of June, Guru seems very tired but his face was pleasant and divine, devotees and dignities of various parts are rushing to visit Gurudevan
Last Moments of Sree Narayana Gurudevan
Kanni 5 is a pleasant day Swami felt comfortable and disciples are visited Gurudevan, Mambalam Vidyananda swamy was reading Yogavaristam, Jivanmuktiprakaranam and as per swami’s instruction others help him to sit in the position of Padmasana in his bed and Gurudevan told them to read Daivadasakam. Sreedarmatherthar swamy, Narasimhaswami, Sugunananda Swamikal, Mambalam vaidyanadha swamikal started to read Daivadasakam, last stanza of Daivadasakam swami was closed his eyes and entered to Mahasamadhi.
“In the ocean of your Glory
Of Great profundity
Letus all together, become sunk
To dwell therein everlastingly in happiness”
In 1928 September 20th Thursday Kanni 5, 1104 ME) time of 3:30 pm swami entered Mahasamadhi, and then the tiny rain drops fell to the earth as a symbol of shedding tears. Thousands of followers are come to Sivagiri with signing hearts and filled eyes.