Swamy Sathyananda Saraswati passes away
Last Updated: Friday, November 24, 2006, 00:00
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 24: Swamy Satyananda Saraswati, head of Sreeramadasa ashram here and a frontline campaigner of several temple rights movements in Kerala, died at a private hospital here today.

He was 71. Satyananda Saraswati was keeping indifferent health for quite some time, ashram sources said.

Popularly known as 'Chengottukonam Swamy', after the village where his ashram is located, he shot to fame in early 1980s for organising a mass struggle for establishing the right of Sabarimala shrine over the vast stretches of land at Nilakkal area, about 10 km from the Pampa foothills.

Known for his fiery speeches and organising skills, the Swamy had played a key role in forging unity of Hindu organisations in the state since the 1970s.

A religious scholar and inspiring orator, Swamy was the founder-editor of the Punyabhoomi daily.

He had set up branches of his ashram in other parts of the country and abroad and founded young men's Hindu association and 'Maithili Mahila Mandalam'. He was also founder of the annual Rama Navami Mela in the state capital.

An Ayurvedic and Siddha expert, he had a few years back launched a health drink called 'herbal cola'.

The Swamy's real name was Sekharan Nair. He was born in a middle class family in Andoorkonam near here. After teaching science in a school for a few years, he became disciple of Neelakanta Gurupadar and chose to lead an ascetic life.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, November 24, 2006, 00:00

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