Bhagavatha Hamsam Memorial in North Indian temple style at Malliyoor soon

A magnificent temple-like memorial in the North Indian architectural style will soon be erected for Bhagavatha Hamsam Malliyoor Sankaran Namboothiri next to Maha Ganapathy Temple at Malliyoor in Kottayam district of Kerala. Designed as a three-story structure with an area of ​​40,000 square feet, the memorial will showcase the philosophy proposed by Sankaran Namboothiri

The laying ceremony of the memorial stone, which is named after ‘Bhagavatha Hamsa Viharam Smriti Mandapam’, will take place at 8 a.m. on August 24. Expert workers will arrive from Gujarat to Malliyoor to build the Mandapam, which was designed by architect Shobak Thomas.

Bhagavata Hamsam Malliyoor Sankaran Namboothiri. Photo: Manorama Archives

Among the attractions of the Mandapam is a life-size statue of Sankaran Namboothiri on the top floor, where meditation facilities will be provided. A statue of Sankaracharya will also be installed at the Mandapam. Meanwhile, in the prayer hall, facilities for conducting studies on the Vedas and Upanishads would be provided. Bhagavatha Sapthaha Yagnas will also be organized in the hall.

Other highlights of the Mandapam are a library of religious literature and a museum displaying items used by Sankaran Namboothiri, including his books, Vedas, prize-winning and rare photographs. Several rare religious books will also be stacked at the Mandapam except for photos of major Bhagavata Acharyas and their short biographies.

Vinayaka Chathurthi Festival

Meanwhile, the flag will be raised for this year’s Vinayaka Chathurthi festival at Malliyoor Temple on August 25. Tanthri Manayattillath Aryan Namboothdiri will lead the flag hoisting ceremony. Vinayaka Chathurthi falls on August 31. Starting at 5:30 a.m. that day, a “Maha Ganapathyhoman” ritual will be conducted with 10,008 coconuts. Malliyoor Parameswaran Namboothiri will lead this ritual. At noon, ‘Gajapuja’ (prayers to the elephants) will take place, followed by ‘anayoottu’ (feeding the elephants). A percussion performance led by Peruvanam Kuttan Marar and Mattannoor Sankarankutty and a ‘kudamattam’ (umbrella exchange) by Paramekkavu Temple are the other programs for Vinayaka Chathurthi today.

The festival will end with ‘aarattu’ on September 1st.

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