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Remembering the guru: Chattampi Swami’s walking stick, drum and mala on display next to his statue at his samadhi shrine in Panmana. Chattampi Swami () was the harbinger of renaissance and reformation in Kerala. His thoughts and work influenced the launching of many social. Sri Chattampi Swamikal (–) was a Hindu sage and social reformer. His thoughts and work influenced the launching of many social.

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Kunjan was a child prodigy. He ignored all distinctions of caste. For many days he served as a labourer carrying building materials for the construction of Government Secretariat building in Trivandrum.

Swami Chinmayananda, [17] Swami Abedananda, hcattampi and many other saints ascribes to Swami the responsibility for their turning to spiritual life. Swamikal promoted vegetarianism and professed non-violence Ahimsa. Swami Vivekananda was very much impressed by this exposition and wished to have spiritual discussion with swamikal the next day also.

A starving mother had to be given victuals rather than knowledge for sustenance. Details about the Swami’s works and the controversies that followed give us important insights into the 19 century cultural history. Impressed by the high standard of Kunjan the teacher admitted him to his class and soon Kunjan attained remarkable proficiency in Sanskrit.

Swamikal considered Ahimsa as the highest duty. In that pose, in a few seconds, Swamikal entered into Eternal Samadhi at 4 pm on 5 May As his parents were not able to provide him formal education, he learned letters and words from children of his neighbourhood who attended schools.

Material deprivation failed to dampen his spirit and penury could not hamper Swamikal from becoming a mastermind by his own latent genius and prodigious intellectual industry. He declared that Brahmins and non-Brahmins have equal right to learn the Veda.

He would not eat food cooked in a kitchen which prepared non-vegetarian dishes. InTheerthapada Paramahamsa became Swami’s disciple. As the burden of supporting the family fell on him, Kunjan Pillai took to many manual works.


Advaita Philosophy of Chattampi Swamikal. By then Swamikal was well-versed in yoga and spiritual matters and their meeting proved to be the start of a profound and cherished companionship, although the two were of different temperaments [9] In those days Nanu Asan was a soft-spoken introvert and Swamikal was an outspoken extrovert. This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat A Crusader for Social Reforms Despite the fact that Sannyasins sacrifice everything cuattampi attaining Self-realization, many of them live among cahttampi people to fulfill their obligation to society.

Lotus posture, sitting cross legged with feet swamo on the opposite thighs and the soles turned upwards. He was equally good at painting. He worked as a casual labourer and carried headloads of bricks and mortar for the construction of the Secretariat building in Thiruvananthapuram. When their Prarabdha Karmas are over, they cast off their bodies, and the Jeevan dissolves in the Absolute Brahman.

He settled down at Panmana, a village 18km north of Kollam, enjoying the services rendered by his disciple Sree Kumpalathu Sanku Vhattampi, a young and spirited freedom fighter.

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Media related to Chattampi Swamikal at Wikimedia Commons. The onslaught of these religions shook the fundamental unity of Hinduism. He had the power to cure seemingly incurable diseases and make cobras and even tigers obey his behests. It was there that he earned the name Chattampi on account of swam assignment as the monitor of the chattakpi. Indus library is a place to study Indology, a place to study history, cultures, languages and literature of India.

Mastering this mantra gave him a new vigour and zeal and he assumed the name Shanmukhadasa due to his deep devotion of Subramanya.

Chattampi Swamikal

Humble creatures like ants and dogs were his brothers or friends. They lived and travelled for many months together.

Such great souls see swwami experience Brahma Tattwa in a Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog and the one who eats a dog, all alike without any distinction. There he acquired deep and extensive mastery of all sastras in Tamil and Sanskrit.


Swamikal visualised a universal family of man without the barriers of caste or creed. When the feast was served on leaves a pack of stray dogs entered the hall, sat by the leaves and had their meals in an uncharacteristically disciplined way.

Documenting the aspects neglected by earlier biographers the authors make a remarkable contribution to our understanding of the man behind the myth.

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A symbol of consciousness related to Siva. Pracheena Malayalam also aimed at awakening the mind of the people of the region divided by various complexes to a collective sense of ‘We’.

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Hrdaya Kumari says that Pracheena Malayalam is not only a good example of Swamikal’s logical arguments but is the earliest example of application of hypothesis and fixed methodology for historical studies.

It is regarded as the best position for meditation. Later he himself revealed that he had initiated his sannyasi disciples into this potential mantra and found it effective. An Asramam hermitage founded by Swami Abhedananda in Theiruvananthapuram. The Feast for Dogs is considered the most popular swaim he performed. The Theertha order is the first in the Dasanami sannyasa order established by Adi Sankara.

chattampii His thoughts and work influenced the launching of many social, religious, literary and political organizations and movements in Kerala and for the first time gave voice to those who were marginalized.

His parents were Vasudeva Sharma and Nangamma Pillai. It refuted the baseless customs and rules that existed in Kerala.