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Here’s the palace built for Aswathi Thirunal Umayamma, popularly known as Umayamma Rani

Koyikkal Palace was built for Umayamma Rani, the regent of Venad between 1677 and 1684

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Situated at Nedumangadu, Thiruvananthapuram district, in South Indian state of Kerala, Koyikkal Palace Museum opened for public post refurbishment in the last week of May.  The architectural marvel has opened after four years of renovation.

Reflecting the affluent culture of Kerala, the palace was built in the 16th century, marking the traditional Kerala ‘nalukettu’ style. It’s a double storeyed palace built for the regent of Venad Royal family, Umayamma Rani. She was the regent of Venad from 1677 to 1684.

The renovated Koyikkal Palace

A Folklore Museum and Numismatics Museum make the palace more intriguing for history lovers.

Since 1980, the Archaeology Department of Kerala has been maintaining the palace, and it is touted as a tourist destination too. The Museum has got exceptional stuff including rare ancient coins, traditional music instruments, weapons and a wide range of folklore objects.

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Acharya M R Rajesh receives International Vedic Award from Swami Ramdev

Praising Acharya Rajesh for his efforts to popularise the Vedas, Ramdev also said that the founder of Kashyapashram is a man of yajnas

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Acharya M R Rajesh receiving International Vedic Award from Swami Ramdev at the four-day global convention of the Arya Samaj in New Delhi/Image: Facebook/Acharyasri Rajesh

Eminent Vedic scholar Acharya M R Rajesh received the Mahashay Dharampal International Vedic Award, instituted by International Arya Sammelan, New Delhi, Friday (October 26, 2018) from yoga guru Swami Ramdev.

Acharya Rajesh, the founder of Kasyap Ashram which is based in Kozhikode, Kerala, has been spearheading a movement of democratising the Vedas for the last 15 years. Praising Acharya Rajesh for his efforts to popularise the Vedas, Ramdev also said that the founder of Kashyapashram is a man of yajnas.

Acharya Rajesh has also published around 40 books in both Malayalam and English which includes the English translation of the Atharva Veda

Under Acharya Rajesh’s leadership, Kasyapashram is conducting Vedic classes to all irrespective of caste, religion, age or gender.

An ardent follower of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, the founder of Arya Samaj, Acharya Rajesh has taken the Vedas to the masses, training thousands of people in South India to absorb the ideals of Sanatana dharma in their daily life.

Mahashay Dharampal International Vedic Award is instituted to those who have devoted their lives to spread the message of the Vedas in society.

Acharya Rajesh has also published around 40 books in both Malayalam and English which includes the English translation of the Atharva Veda.

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Sabarimala is not a place for activism: Sri Sri Shankar

The founder of the Art of Living movement made it clear that Sabarimala is not a place for activism or one-upmanship

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As Kerala has been witnessing heavy protests over the state government’s stand on Supreme Court’s judgement on Sabarimala temple, eminent spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s tweet on the issue is getting much attention.

The founder of the Art of Living movement made it clear that Sabarimala is not a place for activism or one-upmanship. “The abode of Lord Ayyappa should be kept intact with utmost serenity, respecting tradition. It’s not a place for activism or one-upmanship,” Sri Sri tweeted.

He also believes that while considering the review petition, the Court will take note of the sentiments of devotees as well.

The Supreme Court’s judgement that allows women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple has resulted in one of the biggest movements in the history of Kerala by Lord Ayyappa devotees, demanding the state government to back off from implementing the Court’s order with immediate effect.

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The sentiments of Ayyappa devotees cannot be ignored: RSS

The RSS makes it clear that the sentiments of the Ayyappa devotees cannot be ignored while considering the judgement on Sabarimala

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The devotees of Swami Ayyappa have just started an unprecedented movement in the history of Kerala to save the prestigious Sabarimala temple in the backdrop of Supreme Court judgement that permits women of all age groups to worship at the temple. As the movement against the judgement is gaining momentum, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has made it stand clear on the issue.

RSS, in a statement, said that it is an issue of a local temple tradition and faith to which sentiments of millions of devotees are attached. “The sentiments of the Ayyappa devotees cannot be ignored while considering the judgement,” said the statement issued by RSS Sarkaryavah Suresh (Bhayya ji) Joshi Wednesday.

The Sangh also emphasized the point of honouring Supreme Court. “While respecting the varied temple traditions followed by devotees, we need to also honour the Supreme Court.”

The RSS has criticized the Kerala government for their plans to implement the judgement with immediate effect without considering the sentiments of devotees.

According to the RSS, all the stakeholders should come together and address the issue in a way that reflects the concerns of devotees on their right to worship.

 

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