Sivagiri Mutt is an important tourist destination and one of the most sought after sacred places in Varkala which is initiated by Sree Narayana Gurudev. Varkala is a quiet and tranquil coastal town famous for Sun, Sea, Sand, Surf and spirituality. Sivagiri Mutt is around 3 kilometers from Varkala Town. This is the place where this Hindu philosopher in Kerala was enlightened and his Samadhi situated. A lot of followers of Gurudev visit this sacred place to pay homage to this great social reformer and his teachings.
Sree Narayana Guru was a social reformer and spiritual giant in Kerala who encouraged equality among fellow human beings. Guru worked for the benefit of lower caste and believed in ‘‘One Caste, One Religion, One God.’ Sivagiri Mutt constructed in 1904 and after that this great Hindu Sage has established several temples in South India and Sri Lanka. Guru also envisaged a shrine for Goddess Saraswati in 1912 and dedicated to her at Sivagiri which is unique in many ways.
Sivagiri is a shrine initiated and created by Sree Narayana Guru and he got salvation also at this place. This Mutt is the headquarters of the ‘Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham’ which is a social organization. Tourists to Varkala never forget to visit Sivagiri as it spreads out the delight of spiritual contentment. The immense bliss at the Mutt definitely soothes the soul of each visitor.
Guru Deva Jayanthi, the birthday of Sree Narayana Guru, and his Samadhi are celebrated each year by his followers fervently in the months of August and September respectively. Many programs are included in these celebrations like colorful processions, cultural shows, community feasts, group weddings and seminars and debates. Although Sivagiri Mutt is open throughout the year for visitors, the pilgrimage period runs from 30th December to 1st January every year. Thousands of devotees visit Sivagiri during this time to pray and pay homage to Guru.
The tourism industry of Kerala has understood the possibilities of Varkala and they encourage tourists to visit and experience the serene and calm atmosphere of the Sivagiri Mutt to refresh their mind and body. Guru himself was designed this temple and visitors will certainly admire its octagonal shape. Once you visit the mutt, you will be able to see the futuristic approach in the attractive design of it.
The nearest railway station to Sivagiri Mutt is Varkala railway station and the nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is around 51 kilometers away. Visit this blissful temple during your Varkala holidays to experience the spiritual joy.