Nārāyaṇa Guru


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A widely revered Keralan reformer who fought to raise the status of his caste, the untouchable Izhavas, through a programme of school- and temple-building. His general strategy was one of Sanskritization, based on a reading of Śaṅkara's non-dualistic Advaita Vedānta which opposed it to caste and religious discrimination. He produced works in Malayalam, Sanskrit, and Tamil.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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