Accompanied by a group of sanyasins of the mutt, PM Modi spent about a few minutes at the Sivagiri hillock, located around 50 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram, and offered obeisance at the 'maha samadhi mandapam', the final resting place of the legendary Guru.

The Prime minister also touched the feet and took the blessings of swami Prakashananda, Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham Trust President and the senior most swami of the mutt.

In a brief speech at the Mutt, the PM Modi said he was happy to get the blessings of this 'Pavithra sthal' (holy place) and that of saints here which has given him strength to work for the Dalits, backward and marginalised sections of the society.

A quality of the Hindu religion was that whenever there is lot of evil prevailing, great people are born to save the society. Narayana guru had awakened and united the people to fight against untouchability and other ills in the society, he said.

PM Modi also remembered the contributions of Adi Sankara, the early eighth century philosopher, who consolidated the doctrine of 'Advaita' philosphy. Established by Narayana Guru who propagated the message of 'One Caste, One Religion and One God for Mankind', the Sivagiri Mutt is a major spiritual-cum-pilgrim centre of the backward Ezhava community in Kerala.

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