His name was Rama Panicker before he became the disciple of Sree Narayana Guru. Born in a Kanisa community on July27, 1870, in Villyapally village in Bhadagara Taluk. Astrology was his family's traditional job. Rama Panicker was a scholar in many subjects like Sanskrit, astrology, philosophy, ayurveda etc. He worked as a Sanskrit teacher in 'Vidhyarthi Chinthamani' Sanskrit school in Tellicherry. He met Sree Narayana Guru when Guru was visiting Tellicherry. Guru was very much impressed in Rama Panicker's knowledge in Sanskrit. Guru invited him to be a teacher at Adwaitha Ashram Sanskrit school. Later he joined as the Head Master of Adwaitha Ashram Sanskrit School. His staying at the Ashram gave him to know more about the Guru. Later he was initiated as a Snyasin by Guru and gave him a new name - ‘Atmananda' and stayed at Sivagiri. Govitananda Swami invited him to Kancheepuram Ashram. He visited the Ashram many times and helped Govindananda to improve the Sree Narayana Seva Ashram. His hard work brought lots of financial assets to the Ashram. Later he stayed there permanently. He was famous in that area as an Ayurvedic medical practitioner and people called him ‘Valiya Gurukkal' or ‘Great Teacher'. He wrote many poems about Guru. One of his published work ‘Sree Narayana Dharma', is one of the best books to understand Guru's thoughts. On November 12, 1969 Atmananda Swami attained Samadhi at the age of 100.
Bodhananda Swami was already a Sanyasin before he became Sree Narayana Guru's disciple. He was born in a middle class family in Chirakkal village in Trichur district. His parents named him Velayudhan. He had an extraordinary physique and piercing eyes. Besides Malayalam, he also had some knowledge of Sanskrit. He was well versed in Ayurvedic treatment. From an early age he argued against inequality in the society. Due to the compulsion from his family he got married, but that relationship lasted only two years. He traveled to many places in North India and he accepted the Sanyasin life at Jyothir Mutt in Kasi. Jyothir Mutt, which followed the traditio
n of Sree Sankaracharya. Later he went to Bombay and stayed in an Ashram for a short time. He came back to Kerala and started agitations against untouchability and caste-lunacy. He opposed idol worship. When he heard of Guru's program about the idol installation at Jagannatha Temple , he went there. He talked to many youngsters there about the meaninglessness of idol worship and asked them stay away from the function. They requested Bodhananda Swami to meet and talk to Narayana Guru. He went to the hermitage where Guru was staying, but did not get a chance to talk with the Guru. He went there again to meet with the Guru; he prostrated in front of the Guru. Bodhananda Swami expressed his opinion to Guru, but Guru's explanation about the necessity of Temples and Idols made Bodhananda Swami stay there until the function was over. Guru introduced him to Sivalinga Swami and Chaitanya Swami who were staying there. Sivalinga Swami invited him to Peringottukara Mutt. After this he became a frequent visitor to Aruvippuram and Peringottukara. He became a member and Treasurer of Sharada idol installation committee. In 1912, on the third day of Sharada idol installation, Guru accepted Bodhanda as his Sanyasi disciple. Guru sent him as his representative in many meetings and committees. Bodhananda Swami who opposed idol worship served as a member of the Sree Narayana Guru statue committee at Jagannatha Temple , Tellicherry. This will show the depth of his devotion towards Sree Narayana Guru. He helped Nataraja Guru to set up the Narayana Gurukulam in Neelagiri. He spent a major portion of his life up-lifting the status of down-trodden people in his native state. He established the Cochin National Bank that helped the economic progress of the backward people in general. He codified Guru's precept on “Caste, Religion, Morality, Celibacy, Household duties etc, and published a book by name, “Sree Narayana Dharmam”. The Guru registered his will in Bodhananda Swami's name and made him his successor. But unfortunately Bodhananda Swami attained Samadhi two days after Guru's Samadhi, in 1928.
C.Kesavan (1891-1969) was a social revolutionary who fought throughout his life for the social justice. He worked as the Secretary of SNDP Yogam. He did everything possible to propagate the messages of Sree Narayana Guru. He became the chief minister of Travancore-Cochin.
Shri C.R. Kesavan Vaidyar (26.08.1904 - 6.11.1999) was a social worker, industrialist and traditional Ayurvedic Vaidyar. Apart from these he was an active participant of historic, social reform movements such as Vaikom Satyagraha and Guruvayur Satyagraha. He was lucky to become the disciple of Sree Narayana Guru and became very lose to the Guru. He has studied the traditional Indian system of medicine and was a disciple of the famous Sidha and Ayurveda Physician, Swami Ramananda and was later awarded the "Vaidyaratnam" title by K.C. Manavikraman Zamorin of Kozhikode in 1953. His medical knowledge helped him establish "Chandrika" herbal toilet soap.
Vaidyar has held various high positions. He has worked as SNDP Yogam President, Chandrika Educational Trust Chairman, S.N. Trust Director Board member, Kalamandalam Exeutive Committee member, Unnayi Warrier Kalanilayam President and Guruvayoor Temple Renovation Committee member.
C.R. Kesavan Vaidyar had a humble beginning as social worker. He was born to Chulikat Raman and Kunjalichi of Kottayam district. He began his career as school master at Kudapalam Grand School. He had taught in other schools before getting connected with Guru and SNDP Units. The Guru inspired him to work for the welfare of the people who were the down-trodden and neglected in society because of caste-difference and due to birth in poor family conditions. As per the wishes of Sree Narayana Guru he led a simple life and helped others. (In a recent speech at Sree Narayana Club, Irinjalakkuda (July 2000) Lonappan Nambadan, Irinjalakkuda MLA disclosed his conversation with Vaidyar where Vaidyar had told him about his abstinence from liquor business. True to the spirit of Guru, Vaidyar just didn't want any penny from that business, in spite of approached by many several times!)
He is survived by sons Dr. C.K. Ravi and Mr. C.K. Jinan and daughters Mrs. Leela, Mrs. Nalini and Mrs. Santha. One son C.K.Manilal passed away at young age and Lal Memorial Hospital and Nursing School in Irinjalakkuda were established in his memory.
C.R.Kesavan Vaidyar (1904-1999) was an ardent devotee of Sree Narayana Guru. He worked as the president of SNDP Yogam during 1966 to 1970. He also worked as the Advisory Council member of Sree Narayana Dharma Sangom, Sivagiri. He was the founder of M/s.S.V.Products, Irinjalakuda, Kerala manufacturers of famous ayurvedic soap “Chandrika”.
C.V.Kunjuraman (1870-1949) was an ardent devotee of Sree Narayana Guru. He wanted to build a model society on the ideals of Guru. He was a well known journalist. Through his articles and public speeches he exorted people to get educated to be free. He publicly declared that the then prevalent system of “the more you respect the more you get beating and the more you get beating the more you had to respect” cannot be allowed to continue.
Chaitanya Swamigal (1877-1953) was born in an orthodox Nair family. His original name was Narayana Pillai. He was a scholar in Sanskrit,Vedanta and Ayurveda. In his earlier days he was associated with Chattambi Swamigal. He took sannyasam later from Sree Narayana Guru and became Chaitanya Swamigal. He codified the prayer Gurupushpanjali starting with “Sree Narayana Parama Guruve Namaha”-------- and ending with “Aghanda Sachidananda Swaroopaya Namaha”. He made remarkable contributions in respect of the construction of temples like Jagannatha Temple at Thalassery, Sreekandeshwara temple at Kozhikode, Sundareshwara Temple at Kannoor, Sharada Madom at Sivagiri etc.
Dr.Palpu was denied education and employment in his native state of Travancore on the ground that he was born in a lower caste family. He, therefore, had to do education and employment in Madras and Mysore states. The clarion call of Sree Narayana Guru, “Get united to be strong”, was implemented in practice by him. He was responsible for the formation of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, the organization which rewrote the history of Kerala.
He served as a police officer before he became Sree Narayana Guru's sanayasin disciple. He was born in Mulankadu near Ernakulam and many of his relatives still live in Palluruthy area. He came to know about Guru and his activities through Bodhananda Swami, whom he was a follower of. He resigned his job and joined the Sivagiri Ashram. There, he studied Vedanta and philosophy. After Bodhananda Swami's samadhi, Govindananda Swami became the head of Sivagiri Mutt. He had a piece of property in Kancheepuram that was donated by one of Guru's followers; he founded a Sree Narayana Seva Ashram there. Later a sanatorium was started adjoined to this Ashram. He traveled to Japan , Malaya and Burma to propagate Guru's words. Govindananda activities helped a lot to propagate the gospel of the Guru in Tamil Nadu. Govindananda Swami felt ill while he was visiting this Ashram and attained Samadhi at the age of 105.
K.Sukumaran (1901-1981) was the editor of “Kerala Kaumudi”. He fought for the social justice for the down trodden in general and for the upliftment of his own community in general. The period when he was the President and Shri..R.Shankar the General Secretary of SNDP Yogam was full of hopes to the underprivileged.
Mahakavi Kumaran Ashan, Poet Laureate, (1873-1924) was an ardent devotee of Sree Narayana Guru. Guru identified the poetic abilities in Kumaru when he first met him. Guru sent him for higher education in Bangalore and Calcutta with the help of Dr. Palpu. His contributions to Malayalam literature made him Mahakavi Kumaran Ashan. The spiritual teachings of Guru influenced him and it is well reflected in his poems. While his contemporary writers were engaged in mythological repetitions and sermons Kumaran Asan concentrated in social issues. He is classified in the category of poets like Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats. His contributions to the social revolution in Kerala by being the Secretary of SNDP Yogam will also remain eternal.
M.Govindan (1874-1956) was a courageous and fearless disciple of Guru. He was an Ezhava who fought all the adversities and grew upto the post of Judge in the Travancore state. He was an able parliamentarian and his contribution to get the “Makkattayam” bill passed was appriciative
His Sanyasin disciple of Sree Narayana Guru was born into a joint family in Kavalam, Kuttanadu. Many of his family members were Ayurvedic medical practitioners. His name was Ramankutty. He studied at Sanadhana Dharma High School , Alleppey and he passed High School with high marks. He could not continue his education because of the sudden death of his three uncles. These tragedies exhausted him mentally; he left his home and visited many religious places. He came to the Adwaita Ashram while Guru was staying there. After hearing Ramankutty's story Guru asked him to stay there. He arranged Ramankutty a job at the Sanskrit School . His staying at the Ashram helped him to improve his skills in the Sanskrit language. He also spoke English, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. Later he was initiated as a monk by Guru and received the name, ‘Vidyananda'. After Guru's Samadhi Vidyananda Swami moved to Kancheepuram Sree Narayana Seva Ashram, later to Mambalam. A rich person donated some land near Mambalam and the Swami founded Sree Narayana Mission there. Later he started an infirmary adjunct to the Mission . This free sanatorium was a big help for the poor people in that area. Vidyananda Swami wrote an interpretation for Sree Narayana Guru's ‘Darsanamala'. Guru titled this book as ‘Dheedhidi', which means ray.This book became an important means of reference to many scholars. He wrote many articles, mostly related to Guru's philosophy, and published in periodicals. In 1959 Swami became ill and partially paralyzed. He spent the end of his life in Changanacherry and attained Samadhi in 1964. Sadly his body was buried in a public cemetery. The Sree Narayana Mission was not affiliated to Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, so the Sangham showed no interest in preparing a ‘Samadhi Peedham' (proper way of burying a Sanyasin's body) for him at Sivagiri.
Mitavadi Krishnan (1867-1938) was a journalist who had devoted whole his life to put Gurudeva philosophies into practice. With the help of his monthly “Mitavadi” he could cleanse the society from superstition and absurd customs
Moorkoth Kumaran (1874-1941) believed that the philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru was the best suited one for social benefit and world peace. He had devoted his literary abilities for spreading the messages of Guru. He had written a book on the biography of Gurudev.
N.Kumaran (1881-1964) was an efficient advocate who became the Secretary of SNDP Yogam after Kumaran Ashan. He fought alongwith Shri.T.K.Madhavan for Equality of Individual, Temple entry, Reservation in public service.
Nataraja Guru (1895-1972) earlier known as Dr.Natarajan was son Dr.Palpu, an ardent devotee of Guru. He studied abroad with the blessings of Guru. He received his doctorate degree from Sorbon University, Paris, France in Educational Psychology. He worked there for six years. He studied the philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru along with the Indian and western philosophy. After getting convinced that no philosophy could beat the philosophy of Guru, he decided to devote his whole life for the propagation of that philosophy. He founded Narayana Gurukula and established various branches in India and abroad through his devotees. He translated and interpreted most of Guru’s works in English. His interpretation to Guru’s work “Darshanamala” called “An Integrated Science of the Absolute “ is acclaimed among the philosophical interpretations of noted philosophers of the world. This book is at present included in the syllabus of many western universities for research work. Some of his famous disciples were John Spiers, Mangalananda, Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, Muni Narayana Prasad etc.
R.Shankar (1909-1972) was a well known political leader in Kerala. He worked as the General Secretary of SNDP Yogam, his contributions to the field of education in Kerala will be remembered by all. He founded S.N.Trust for the purpose of starting educational institutions hospitals etc. and it has now several schools colleges and hospitals under its ownership for rendering help to the poorest of the poor. He had also been the Chief Minister of Kerala.
Sahodaran Ayyappan (1889-1968) was born in Cherai in a family of Ayurvedic Doctors. He was a teacher for some time. He had devoted his whole life for fighting against superstitious customs, absurd rites untouchability, casteism. He was an ardent devotee of Sree Narayana Guru and had full support from Guru. He propagated intercaste marriage and intercaste dining. He was the founder of “All Kerala Sahodara Sangham” The intercaste dining organized by him at Cherai in those days was a real revolution. Guru supported it by giving a message written in his own handwriting as “Whatever be the difference in dress, language or religion of the people, they being of the same specie, there is no harm at all in their dining together or having marital relations with one another.” Thereafter people called him “Pulayan Ayyappan”. He started a news paper named “Sahodaran” and later he was called as “Sahodaran Ayyappan”.
Sreemad Saigon Swami studied in Sivagiri Brahmavidyalayam and after studies Swami founded an ashram near Kalady at Neeleeswaram called as "Sree Narayana Dharmashram". The ashram conducts various spiritual and charitable activities according to the thoughts of Baghavan Sree Narayana Gurudevan.
Swami conducts 12 study centers all over Kerala including imprtant cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Thrissur on continuous basis on various subjects which needed by modern world linked to Sree Narayana Gurudarsanam.
Swami have conducted classes in Kerala University, Cochin University of Science and Technology and various colleges and schools for students on topics like educational psychology, personality development, etc. Swami is taking classes for the teachers on modern educational strategies like behaviorism, cognitive constructivism, self science curriculum, etc. For parents Swami conducts classes on positive parenting, better family life, etc.
Swami conducts classes at various companies like Elite Foods, Thrissur, Synthite Kolenchery and organizations like Confederation of Indian Industries on the subject "Stress Management".
SNDP Unions and Branches, Sree Narayana Samskarika Samithy, SN Club, various ashrams and temples have invited Swami to conduct spiritual classes on the life and works of Sree Narayana Gurudevan. Swami conducts classes on "Gerontology" at old age homes.
For worshipping Sree Narayana Gurudevan as the almighty, Swami conducts "Sree Narayana Sarvaiswarya Pooja, Sree Narayana Maha Santhi Havanam at various places. Besides Swami is propagating through ashram and study centers the very old indian teachings of Yoga and meditation and its effects on our life.
Concisely, Saigon Swami is doing propaganda of Gurudeva Darsanam according to modern world and science.
He fourth and the last head of Sivagiri Mutt. His name was Sankaran. He was born into a financially well to do family in Puthullad, Trichur district. . He did not show much interest in formal education. From his early life he showed interest in Spirituality. Due to the pressure from his family members he started a family life, but that did not last long. He left the house and traveled to different holy places in South India . After staying at Ramana Maharshi's Thiruvanna malai for a brief period he came to Palghat and stayed at Brahmananda Shiva Yogi's ashram. After some time he went back to his native place and started to live there. He was heard about Guru and his social activities. When Guru was staying at Peringottukara ashram, he went to see Guru and told him about his mental dilemma. Guru told Sankaran that, “if his path is right he will reach his aim”. He went back home and told his relatives about his wish to join Guru as a Sanyasin. Next day, accompanied by his uncle, he went to Adwaitha ashram and met Guru. With Guru's blessings he became an inmate at the ashram. Later Guru gave him a new name, ‘Sankarananda', and accepted him as Guru's sanysin disciple. . He served as the administrator of the Await Ashram for a long time. After Achuthananda Swami's samadhi, Sankarananda became the head of Sivagiri Mutt. Guru's hundredth birth anniversary was celebrated while he was the head of the Mutt. He was not an orator or writer, but he showed much interest in collecting and publishing Guru's works. Two periodicals, ‘Navajeevan' and ‘Sivagiri' were published during his time. The commencement of Sivagiri pilgrimage, the celebration of Guru's hundredth birth anniversary and the construction of Maha Samadhi Mandir were occurred while he was the head of the Mutt.
Sathyavruta Swamigal (1893-1926) was popularly known as “Vivekanandan of Sree Narayana Guru”. His original name was Ayyappan Pillai. He was born in an orthodox Nair family. He was a school teacher before he met Guru at the Adwaidashramam at Aluva. At the first sight itself he was attracted to Guru and offered himself at the feet of guru and became Swamy Satyavruthan. He was an excellent organizer and an orator. He was the main organizer of the All Religions Conference conducted by Guru at Aluva in 1924. The welcome speech made by him at the conference was so inspiring that it will remain in the history as a treasure for religious amity. He accompanied Guru to Ceylon and stayed there for three years. He established there a “ Vijnanodaya Yogam” and started 42 night schools. His contributions in organizing satyagrahies for Vaikom Satyagraham are also praise worthy. He took a lot of initiative in establishing Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham but god called him back before it came into being.
Satyavrida Swami, known as Ayappan Pillai in his early life, came from a middle class Nair family near Changanacherry. He was a teacher. Ayappan Pillai did not have much respect for Sree Narayana Guru before he met the Guru. He only knew about Guru through the exaggerated stories by Ezhavas in his neighborhood. When he went to participate in the Sivarathri festival at Alwaye Guru was staying at Adwaita Ashram. His curiosity made him to go to the Ashram and see the ‘Ezhava Guru'. He could see Guru only from a distance because of the huge crowd. “I saw compassion, love and confidence on his face”, later Satyavrida Swami said. The next day he went to Guru and discussed many matters with him. After coming back home he became restless and he wanted to go and stay with Guru. His income was a great help to his family, so he was faced with a dilemma. But with his mother's blessings he left his house in 1916 and joined as an inmate at the Adwaita Ashram. Sree Narayana Guru appointed him as the Malayalam teacher at the Sanskrit school there and made arrangements for him to learn Sanskrit. Guru accepted Ayappan Pillai as his Sanyasin disciple. Because of his straight forwardness and honesty, Guru named him ‘Satyavridan'. He was a scholar and a forceful orator. He had the talent of speaking to the common people in simple language. He became a regular speaker at many public meetings and his speeches attracted more people to the meetings. He accompanied Guru to Ceylon 1918. Guru asked Satyavrida Swami to stay in Ceylon for a while; he spent three years there. Guru wanted him to start evening schools there. Within those 3 years he started 30 evening schools and many Sree Narayana organizations there. When he came back he started to work as the editor of ‘Navajeevan' magazine. In 1921 he went back to Ceylon for 3 months. He became the Secretary of Adwaita Ashram in 1922 and Guru asked him to mange all the properties belonged to the Ashram. He was one of the few true proponents of Guru's principles. Not many people in Kerala worked like Satyavrida Swami against the caste system. Guru once said, “Satyavridan has no caste feelings at all; even I have such feelings sometimes. He even excels Buddha in forgetting caste”. He was one of the three people Guru appointed to coordinate the ‘All Religious Conference at Alwaye'. The others were Sahodharan Ayappan and C.V. Kunhuraman. His hard work was one of the reasons for the huge success of the conference. Satyavrida Swami was one of the few disciples who lived a life of Guru's ideology. Unfortunately his life was cut short in 1926 at the age of 32. Upon hearing of his death the Guru was overwhelmed with sorrow.
Shivalingadasa Swamigal (1867-1919) was Guru’s first disciple. He was a young boy when he met Guru accidentally at Aruvipuram and got attracted to him. His original name was Kochappi Pillai. He belonged to a conservative nair family. He learnt Sanskrit, Malayalam and Tamil and wrote 34 books. He played an important role by remaining as a right hand for Guru in the consecration of Shiva idol at Aruvipuram in 1888 by Guru. For him Guru was Shiva incarnate. His prayer, Gurushatgam, starting with “ Om brahmane ------------- “ reveals this fact. He was instrumental in constructing several temples. He established an Ashramam at Peringottukara,Trichur, Kerala. Swamy Asangananda, popularly known as “malayala swamigal” in Andhra Pradesh was his disciple. Swamy Ramananda, famous siddha vaidyan, was also his disciple.
Sivalinga Swami was one of the first and prominent disciples of Narayana Guru. He was born in 1859 in an orthodox Nair family in Aruvippuram. Before he became a Sanyasin he was known as Ayappan Pillai. Swami met Guru for the first time when Guru was staying in a cave near Neyyar River . He listened to Guru's words very carefully and sometimes he accompanied Guru in his journeys. Guru taught him some Sanskrit and later send him to Perunelli Krishnan Vaidyar for further study. He learned Sanskrit grammar under famous Sanskrit scholar Shri. Venkateswara Sasthri. He became acquainted with Kumaram, who later became the poet mahakavi KumaranAsan, at Aruvippuram and they became close friends. In 1905 Ayappan Pillai accepted the ascetic way of life from Guru and became SivalingadasaSwami. When Guru moved to Varkala he took Sivalingadasa Swami with him. Sivalingadasa Swami helped to build a hermitage for Guru at Sivagiri. He served in many Ashrams and temples according to Guru's suggestions. Later he stayed at Trichur Peringottukara Ashram; he started a Sanskrit school there. Later in his life he left the Ashram and started to live in Viswanatha Temple in Chavakkad. In 1919 Sivalinga Swami attained Samadhi. Kumaranasan wrote the poem ‘Parannu poya hamsam' (The flown away Swan) in remembrance of the Swami. The Swamikal wrote many spiritual compositions, ‘Vedanthasaravali', ‘Sharadhashtakam', and ‘Sree Narayana Guruvarya Panchakam' are a few his famous works
He was a Yogi who was more concerned with redeeming the day to day problems of the common people. He worked with the common people and became one among them. He helped people with utmost sincerity. To propogate the Guru’s precepts he travelled extensively throughout South India and participated in many functions. He was very keen on constructing institutions. He was the permanent president of several Devaswams. At the time of his Samadhi he was the president of the ‘Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham’ Trust.
Swami AananthaTheerthar was the last disciple of Sree Narayana Guru. He was a fabulous personality in the fight against social injustices in Kerala. Anantha Shenoy was born in a rich Gowdasaraswath Brahmin family of Thalassery. He took Bsc (Hon) degree in Physics from Madras University . At that time it was very easy for him to get a high paying job anywhere in India , but he was interested in public service. Anantha Shenoy heard about Sree Narayana Guru. When he was studying at Tellicherry Brannen College Guru visited Jagannatha Temple there, but Anantha Shenoy did not show any interest in meeting the Guru. He thought Guru was just a religious leader of Ezhavas. But he started to admire Sree Narayana Guru when he read Guru's conversation with Mahatma Gandhi and learning more about his work against social injustices. He got attracted to National movement and wanted to live at Mahatma's Sabarmathi Ashram. He sought Rajaji's help for this, but Rajaji advised him to go and stay at Sabari Ashram in Palghat. Sabari Ashram was started for the upliftment of the downtrodden. In 1926 Anantha Shenoy became a member of that Ashram. He met Guru for the first time at a house in Coimbatore ; Guru talked to him in great interest when he heard Shenoy was working for Sabari Ashram. In August 1928 he accepted the ascetic way of life and became the disciple of Sree Narayana Guru. Guru gave him the name Anantha Theerthar. He spent all his life for the uplift the life of Harijans. He faced a lot of opposition from the upper caste people and sometimes even suffered physical harassment. He selected Payannur as his work area and started Sree Narayana School and hostel there for Harijan children. This institution is widely known as Ashram. He changed the venue of this school three times due to the strong hostility of the people there. He was one of the few disciples who continued Guru's deed of the fight against social evils.
Earnest Clark was the only foreigner who was a direct Sanyasin disciple of the Guru. He admired many spiritual leaders in India . He came to India and joined Annie Basant's Theosophical Society. While working there he traveled to many sacred places in India and happened to visit Sivagiri. Earnest Clark met Guru there and told Guru about his intention to stay there and Guru arranged the facilities for him. Swami Dharma Theerthar and Shri. K.M. John were Guru's interpreters. Shri. K.M. john, who was a teacher by profession, was staying at Sivagiri and teaching Bible. At that time Guru was thinking about how to use the assets of Sivagiri for the benefit of the people in a useful way. He consulted many people about it and appointed a committee to prepare a project. Earnest Clark was the convener of that committee and he played a major role in preparing and presenting the, ‘Sivagiri Free Industrial and Agricultural Gurukulam', project to Guru. It was a project to connect Agriculture and Industry to Education. Even Mahatama Gandhi never thought about vocational education at that period. Shri. P. Natarajan (later become Nataraja Guru) was responsible for the educational matters. Later Earnest Clark became a Sanyasin, but Guru never asked him to change his name. In 1927 the ‘Sivagiri Free Industrial and Agricultural Gurukulam' project started to function, but Guru's Samadhi affected it and the project was abandoned. After Guru's Samadhi Swami Earnest Clark left Sivagiri due to the court case and politics. He moved to Coimbatore and founded Sree Narayana Ashram there. From there he started a publication, ‘Life', which gave importance to Guru's philosophy. Swami Dharma Theerthar wrote the ‘Prophet of Peace' owing to Swami Earnest Clark's request. In 1942 he was removed from the Dharma Sangham by the authorities of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham. It did not stop Swami Earnest Clark propagating Guru's words.
Swamy Dharma Theerthan (1892-1976) was an advocate by profession before he met Guru. His original Name was Shri.P . Parameshwara Menon. He was the first secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Sangam . He had drafted the constitution for Dharma Sangam in consultation with Guru. His book on Gurudev “The Prophet of Peace” is worth reading for understanding Guru in real perspective. It gives us the real path by which we should approach the philosopy of Guru. All devotees of Sree Narayana Guru owe sincere gratitude towards him for the commendable work done by him in propagating the ideals of guru in its original spirit.
T.K Madhavan (1885-1930) was a great leader. His motivation in social work was the messages of Sree Narayana Guru. He was the editor of “Deshabhimani” paper. He travelled the length and breadth of Kerala and enrolled many members in SNDP Yogam. He was a great organizer. He fought tooth and nail against the social inequalities.
Dr.K.K.Damodaran is an ardent devotee of Sree Narayana Guru. He is a silent and committed social worker fully focused on the foundation of guru’s ideals “educate to be free, organise to gain strength”. His life is a living example of simple living and high thinking with a very strong sense of commitment. Appreciation or criticism, awards or publicity that came on his way never influenced him. He had a well defined goal and a well set path to travel towards that goal. Without attracting controversies or creating enemies he is consistent in his area of social service since many years. Shri R.Shankar planted the seed of social service in him in his twenties. It slowly grew in him and ultimately merged with himself. He was in the field of social service from the very beginning of his career as a lecturer in S.N.College, Kollam, Kerala and it continued even while he was a nuclear scientist and later an academician in BARC. He turned out to be a full time social worker after his retirement from service in 1981. He is continuously involved in improving the living standards of poor and the down-trodden by giving them education and by creating facilities for the same. His untiring efforts are on in organizing people for creating the infrastructure for helping the poor. The principle of ‘forgive and forget’ appears to be his inborn quality. His social service revolves around Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti, a prestigious organization rendering humanitarian services in Mumbai and its adjoining districts. It grew to the present stature of being the biggest organization in the name of Sree Narayana Guru outside Kerala state, only because of the tender care of Dr.Damodaran.
BIRTH AND FAMILY
Dr. K.K. Damodaran was born in Kochuparambil house in a tiny village of Kadapramannar, Tiruvalla, in Alappuzha District of Kerala in the early morning of 31st October 1921 in “Rohini nakshatram” (birth star according to the Malayalam calendar). His father was Velutha Kunju Raman (V.K.Raman) and mother, Kochupennu Kunjipennu. He was sixth of the nine children born to his parents. Shri Damodaran had three elder brothers and two elder sisters. They are Krishnan, Narayanan, Kesavan, Karthiayani and Narayani and the other younger sisters are Janaki, Lakshmikutty and Bharatikutti. By knowing the date and time of his birth one well known astrologer of that time in the village told his father that he was lucky to have this child. He predicted a great future to the child and that the boy would bring name and fame to the family. His father was an agriculturist having business in coconut husk cover (outer cover of coconut which is used to make coir). Mother was house wife. Elder brother Narayanan joined the War Service as an electrician and subsequently joined the Electricity board of Kerala and retired as Junior Engineer. Another brother Kesavan studied up to 9th standard and later the land survey course and joined the village office. He became village officer and then retired from the government treasury as treasurer. One sister Lakshmikutty was a teacher and she retired as a Head Mistress from government primary school.
Dr. Damodaran had his education started very late at the age of seven. As was the practice at that time he also started education by writing on the ground. He studied from first standard to fourth standard in Malayalam in a Christian school called as Mozhasseri School. He also used to attend the moral lesson classes conducted in the Sunday school. Fifth standard to seventh standard in Malayalam he studied in St.Mary’s school at Niranam. He was a brilliant student. He always stood first in the class. When he was in fifth standard his teacher Shri. Govindan Nair took him to his colleagues and made him to answer a question in Arithmetics from the lessons of the sixth standard. According to them it was a tough one even for the sixth standard students. He could answer the question easily without any difficulty. As he was excellent in studies, every body at home liked him and gave all the encouragement and support needed for his studies. He rarely participated in extra curricular activities.
After seventh standard, which had been in Malayalam medium, he joined the English medium school under the same management, with scholarship, in the second form. After completing the second form and third form from the said school he joined the fourth form in N.S.English School, Mannar. This school was four miles away from his house and he had to cross a ferry to reach the school. He completed fourth, fifth and sixth form there and passed Matriculation (English School Leaving Certificate-E S L C) in 1941with first rank and got a lot of prizes. He had been getting “His Highness Maharaja of Travancore Scholarship” from the second form onwards and continued to get it until he passed his B.Sc degree.
In 1941 he joined St.Berchmans College, Changanassery for Intermediate course in Science. He was staying there in a family friend’s house. He passed the Intermediate Science in first class. Then in 1943 he joined the University College, Trivandrum for B.Sc (Physics). At Trivandrum he stayed in Government Hostel for one year and later in a private house as paying guest. Part of the expenditure used to get covered from the Scholarship and the balance was met by his father. He passed B.Sc (Physics) in first class in 1945. However, he could not clear his English paper. At Trivandrum he was introduced to the Ex-Chief Secretary Shri C.O.Madhavan and his brother Dr.C.O.Karunakaran, the then Director of Public Health. They were introduced by his class mate at Changanassery Shri Balaraman who later became the Director of Public Health, and was the son of Dr.C.O.Karunakaran and. the association with them had helped him a lot in shaping his future.
Immediately after passing the B.Sc degree he Joined M.S.English High School, Ranni as Science Teacher for nearly 8 months. After clearing the English paper in 1946 he joined St.Josephs College, Trichnappally which was under Madras University, for B.Sc(Honors) which was equivalent to M.A.(Physics). He passed the Honors degree in second class. This enabled him to have two degrees Viz: B.Sc(Honors) and M.A.(Physics). At Trichnapally he was staying in college hostel. He was getting a scholarship at the initiative of Shri R.Shankar from Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam(SNDP Yogam) during his studies at Trichnappally. SNDP Yogam was an organisation started in the year 1903 by Sree Narayana Guru, Dr.Palpu and Kumaran Asan for the upliftment of socially, educationally, and economically backward class. He was fortunate to be away from the social inequalities being prevalent on those days in Kerala. This was mainly because his education was mostly in the institutions run by the Christians and by the time he has graduated, the social awareness had gathered momentum in Kerala.
In 1948, immediately after the M.A.(Physics) examination results were published, he met Shri R.Shankar who was the General Secretary of S N D P Yogam and a prominent political leader of Indian National Congress then. Shri Shankar was in the process of starting Sree Narayana College at Kollam. Dr. Damodaran assisted Shri Shankar and other people from the management in the initial works of starting the college. He was then appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Physics. He was the first lecturer to be appointed in the college. All the remaining staff including the Principal was appointed later. He was also made warden of the college hostel. He used to give free tuition to the hostel students in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
BEGINNING OF SOCIAL SERVICE
In 1950 Shri R.Shankar undertook a massive fund collection drive in almost all the Talukas in Travancore state for the construction of College Building. Donations were collected in kind and cash. Dr.Damodaran also took an active part in the fund collection drive. They could collect a donation amounting to over Rupees one lakh from each taluk. In those days the said amount of Rupees one lakh was equivalent to today’s one crore.
VISIT TO LONDON FOR RESEARCH
In appreciation of his devoted service in S.N.College, the SNDP Yogam leaders and especially Shri R.Shankar decided to grant Damodaran a loan-scholarship of Rs.12,000 from SNDP Yogam and sent him to London for further studies. Shri Damodaran wanted to do research work in Nuclear Physics. He took leave from the college and left for London in August 1952. He joined the London University College for PhD in Nuclear Physics. Travancore University also granted him a scholarship of Rs.2000. Necessary foreign exchange was arranged through M/s.Thomas Cook. He completed his PhD programme within the minimum period of two years under the guidance of professors Dr.H.S.W. Massey, FRS and Dr.E.H.S.Burhop, FRS and received the PhD degree in October 1954. During this period he remained very busy. Except for the research work he could not find time for any extra-curricular activities. The scholarship amount was sufficient to meet the expenses. First year he stayed in Indian YMCA hostel and in the next year in the hostel run by Indian High Commission. The Malayalis staying in the hostel used to celebrate Onam festival. He published the following research papers as a part of the PhD programme.
(1) “Single scattering of fast electron by atomic nuclei”
(2) “Preparation of scattering foils of uranium”
(3) “Dissociation of hydrogen ions(H)+ in gases”
After getting the PhD, he joined the Physics Department of Burmingham University as research fellow. There his guides were Professor P.B.Moon, FRS and Professor Burcham, FRS. He worked there for about two years. During this period he stayed as paying guest. Break fast was available at the host’s place. Lunch and dinner were taken from University canteen. While in London he could attend the conferences conducted by the Indian Embassy for Indian students and the conferences conducted by BBC for Indian Students. He could also attend the conference of vice-chancellors of Commonwealth Universities conducted in London in 1953. There he could get introduced to several vice-chancellors of Indian Universities. SNDP Yogam celebrated its golden jubilee at Kollam in 1953. As he was in London, he could not participate in the celebrations. However in the souvenir released on the occasion his bio-data and photograph were published.
INTRODUCTION TO HOMI JEHANGIR BHABHA
While in Burmingham University Dr.Damodaran was introduced to Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha through his professors Prof. H.S.W. Massey, Prof. E.H.S.Burhop, Prof. P.B.Moon and Prof. W.E.Burcham who were co-researchers with Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha in Cambridge University. Dr.Bhabha was a great visionary with a very brilliant academic record from great institute like Cambridge University. He had a vision of building a self-reliant modern India. He wanted to introduce nuclear technology in India for the purpose of peaceful uses of Atomic Energy. He strongly believed and prophesied that the very atomic energy which led to the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War-II could be harnessed for civilian purpose to produce electric power and isotopes for various applications. Under the leadership of Dr. Bhabha who was the Director in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (an institution started by TATA and later handed over to government) and with the active support of the then Prime Minister Shri.Jawaharlal Nehru, Government of India started another research establishment in Bombay in the year 1954 which was then called as Atomic Energy Establishment Trombay (AEET). It was inaugurated by Shri. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This establishment was later renamed in the year 1967 as Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) in the loving memory of Dr.Bhabha who had an unfortunate death in the year 1966 by air-crash of AIR INDIA flight near Mt.Blanca in Europe.
RETURN TO INDIA
On the basis of the recommendation of the professors at Burmingham University and Professors of University College, London Dr. Bhabha had appointed Dr. Damodaran as research officer in Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay without any interview. He happily accepted the appointment for the reason that he considered the chance to work under Dr.Bhabha was really an honor and a blessing. He was also fascinated by the criticality of the 1st research reactor named Apsara in India. There was a hidden urge in him to do something in the name of Sree Narayana Guru for the benefit of the public and that also influenced his decision to come back to India. In the meantime he got the permission from Shri R.Shankar to repay the loan scholarship taken from SNDP Yogam by installments without interest. He also got no objection from the management for not returning to S.N.College, Kollam.
BEGINNING OF CAREER
Dr. Damodaran Joined the Atomic Energy Establishment Trombay in October 1956 in the Nuclear Physics Division as Research officer under Dr. R. Ramanna. In 1957 August Dr.Bhabha started Atomic Energy Establishment Trombay training school. Dr.Ramanna was made the Chairman of the training school co-ordination committee with several distinguished scientists and engineers from different divisions as its members.
Dr.Damodaran was made the member secretary of the training school co-ordination committee, thereby putting him responsible for the implementation of the decisions of the committee and the day-to-day nitty gritty matters pertaining to the training school. To begin with, the training was started in 1957 in a hired space in a building in Churchgate(Express Building). This was shifted in 1963 to another rented building namely Harchandrai House in Marine lines and to BARC premises at Anushakti Nagar in the year 1967. In 1970 August the training school moved to its permanent building, training school complex, situated in south side of BARC at Trombay. Classrooms, laboratories, audio-visual aids, attached workshops, canteen for trainees etc were all in the same complex. As years passed by more and more courses were introduced and there was the necessity of more administrative powers bestowing to the person running the institute. This was realized by the authorities and Dr.Damodaran was made the Head of Training division. The training school Co-ordination committee was reconstituted to three committees viz. Training School Physics Committee, Training School Chemistry Committee and Training School Engineering Committee. Head of the training Division was the member secretary in all the three committees. The committees were made autonomous so far as the curriculum development, faculty appointment, selection of the trainees etc were concerned. The implementation of the decisions of the committees was, however, on the shoulders of Dr.Damodaran. This institute was providing one year training in Nuclear Science and Engineering to the top ranking Engineering and Science graduates with stipend. The trainees were selected by giving wide publicity in all the leading news papers. A selection committee was entrusted with the job of screening the candidates and conducting the interview There were 15 interview committees to select good candidates in various disciplines. The merit was the only consideration in the selection process. During the training there used to be continuous evaluation by conducting weekly examinations and counseling. In the beginning Dr.Damodaran could do side by side the research work for about 6 years but this had to be stopped due to pressure of work. Before starting the training school the scientists were trained at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Bombay in basic sciences. However, after the formation of the Institute, it started giving training in Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy, and Biological sciences. Later the courses like Instrumentation Technology, Computer science etc. were added. Russian language was also introduced from the 7th batch as a foreign language but this was discontinued after few years. Dr. Bhabha used to give constant support and encouragement to the trainees. His guidance and inspiration were exceptionally good from the very beginning. He used to preside over the graduation function of the Training School to distribute the awards to the trainees on completion of the one year training. He used to mix freely with the trainees to motivate them and also to get the feed back. Dr.Damodaran was provided with all the facilities including car with driver and telephone by BARC. He was also made in-charge of the Training School Hostel. The hostel was at the beginning in the Military barrack at Bandra Band Stand. Later it was shifted to the Vrindavan Building at Anusakti Nagar and finally in 1975 to the present 14 storey building at Anushakti Nagar. This hostel is having facilities like single room accommodation for the trainees, special ladies wing, clean and hygienic kitchen, dining hall, recreational lounge for indoor games, well equipped library for trainees with working hours specially suited to trainees, well furnished multipurpose hall and official guest houses. Dr. Damodaran continued there from the 1st batch to the 25th batch. During the period of 25 years he was looking after the training of 3750 Scientists and Engineers. Average batch size used to be 150 trainees. The trainees after completing the training were absorbed in the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay and other projects under the Department of Atomic Energy such as Nuclear power project, Heavy Water project,Atomic Minerals Division, Space Project etc.
After the sudden demise of Dr.Bhabha , Dr.Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai took over as the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Dr.Homi Sethna took over as the Director of B.A.R.C. These two scientists were also towering personalities who understood and recognised the training needs in the right perspective. They also, therefore, gave whole hearted support and guidance. Dr.Damodaran could, therefore, manage the administration very well. Dr.Damodaran was the local guardian and guide for the trainees. They used to call him “guru”. Screening the applications for admission to Training School,Organising interview committees, conducting interview, arranging faculty from IIT,TIFR,BARC, Power Projects,Heavy Water Project, arranging transport to the faculty members, allotment of the trainees who have completed the training to various Divisions of B.A.R.C. and other projects under the Department of Atomic Energy with the help of various committees constituted for that purpose etc. were broadly the work involved in the Training School. Some of the prominent persons like Shri. Anil Kakodkar (7th batch Mechanical Engineering trainee) who later became the Director of BARC and Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, Shri A.N.Prasad (1st batch Chemical Engineering trainee) who became the Director of BARC, Shri B.Bhatacharjee (9th batch Chemical Engineering trainee) who became the Director of BARC, Shri S.Banerjee (10th batch Metallurgy trainee) who became the Director of BARC etc. were trained when Dr.Damodaran was in-charge of the training school.
Dr.Damodaran retired from B.A.R.C on 31.10.1981.
Dr. Damodaran married Kum. Saraswathi daughter of Shri Kochera Panicker and Smt Naniyamma of Edayila Veedu, Pattathanam, Kollam on 04th May 1959 at Sarada Temple at Sivagiri Mutt, Varkala. It was an arranged marriage. The bride was the seventh of the eight children of her parents. She had 5 elder brothers, one elder sister and one younger sister. She was a post graduate in Zoology with high second class. She had to sacrifice the desire for a job for the benefit of the family. She entered the family way soon after the marriage. The first child, Asha was born on 27.03.1960 and the second child, Vinod was born on 17.07.1962. Asha and Vinod studied in Scottish High School, Mahim, Bombay in ICSE syllabus. Both of them were very good in studies, throughout with distinction. The responsibility of their studies were fully on his wife because Dr.Damodaran was very busy in his earlier years of service in setting up the training institute at the Atomic Establishment and since 1963 he continued to be busy due to the acceptance of additional responsibility in Samiti’s activities. Asha passed her M.B.B.S in general medicine and M.D. in radiology from Grand Medical College, Mumbai. Asha married Shri Pradeep Chandran a Mechanical Engineer in April 1986. They are working at Damam, Saudi Arabia. They have two sons (Varun-14 years and Rohit-12years). Vinod passed B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Mumbai and specialised in software technology from NCST. He completed his post graduate diploma in software technology in 1st rank. He worked about 2 years in NELCO and 6 years in Godrej. He left for California, USA in 1990 and is working there. He married Kum. Deepa, Bsc.B.Ed, daughter of Shri K.Divakaran and Indira of Zenith Park, Mumbai in October 1989. He has one son (Neil –12 years) and a daughter (Priti-10 years). They are settled in California, USA. Apart from looking after the children, his wife had to look after the guests too. Their families being big the guests were very frequent affair. After starting the Samiti, its visitors were also regulars at their house and at times staying too. She had been looking after them very well without any sort of displeasure. Few of the great personalities who stayed at their house include (1) Dr.Natraja Guru
(2) Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati
(3) Mr. Fred Has
(4) Mr.John Spiers
(5) Mangalananda Swamigal
(6) Arryabhadan Swamigal
(7) Geetananda Swamigal
(8) Nijananda Swamigal
(9) Saswathikananda Swamigal
(10) Sachidananda Swamigal
(11) Shri M.P.Moothedath
(12) Shri Poruthiyil Narayanan Vaidyan
(13) Shri C.R.Keshavan Vaidyar etc.
According to him his Gurus were Shri R.Shankar and Dr.Homi Jahangir Bhabha.
According to Mrs.Saraswati Damodaran, Dr.Damodaran is quiet, kind hearted,loving,hospitable, sympathetic and helpful. He rarely got anger and the chances of quarrel at home were rare. He preferred simplicity in his personal life and at home.He avoid luxury. He has no false prejudices or ego. Even if there is difference of opinion with somebody he never stood on false prestige to stick to his own point. He will listen to others and compromise if it is beneficial to all. But if he is convinced that his point is right he cannot be changed. She remembered that once an astrologer had seen his horoscope and said that he is like a rock in the ocean –let any amount of waves come and go, the rock remains unchanged. She subscribed to the said observation. Once he decide to do something he will do it by hook or crook. Immediately after their marriage they were visiting the elder persons in the family for introduction. They went to her eldest uncle, who was most respected by all at that time, and Dr.Damodaran paid the respect by touching the feet. As there was no such custom in her family she did not do that. But Dr.Damodaran expected her also to do the same. Dr.Damodaran did not express the displeasure there. After reaching home he expressed his displeasure and took her again to that uncle and made her to pay respect by touching his feet. That Uncle used to say that Damodaran is like a tree full of fruits in the branches. The branches of a tree full of fruits will always bow down. At home he never used to show love and affection either to wife or children.His love and affection was within. Quoting an incident she explained this point. In 1998 Dr.Damodaran had an attack of Malaria and he was admitted to BARC hospital at Anusakti Nagar.After two days Mrs Damodaran was attacked by Cerebral Malaria and she was also admitted in the same hospital. Her condition worsened and with the help of Shri.P.K.Venu, who was working then at Jaslok Hospital , she was removed to Jaslok Hospital. She was critical and unconscious. Doctors told that the near and dear may be informed. Their son Vinod was at Bangalore for some official Visit from USA. He was informed and he came. Their Daughter Asha with family was at native place.Though her husband Pradeep was in hospital due to the attack of Malaria and jaundice, she also came. Son and daughter decided not to inform the condition of mother to father because he was already ill. Every one was under tension. One phone came and Asha picked up. The sound was resembling that of their relative Shri.Sivanandan. She explained everything to him. The phone was in fact of Dr.Damodaran. He kept it with him. Vinod visited his father the same day without knowing about the conversation Asha had.. Father started crying unexpectedly. He also lost control. Both of them embraced and wept for some time. This incident was not known to mother. After mother recovered Vinod left for USA and from there he wrote a letter Quoting the incident and wrote “ that day only I came to know how much love father had towards mother”. At the time of marriage he was a vegetarian. As Mrs.Damodaran was fond of fish they used to cook fish at home. Slowly he started eating fish. Now he has no restriction for any food. In the beginning his salary was not enough for running the home. They were meeting both ends by taking loan and with the financial help from Mrs.Damodaran’s family. In spite of the financial difficulties he used to help the near and dear. He never spent any money for decorating the house or for buying any luxurious things at home. The children after visiting their friends’ houses used to say about the luxuries there. She also sometimes felt the need for limited luxuries. But Dr.Damodaran never appreciated such desires. The life therefore went on like that. But now she feel that the way they had come in life was better. She is having a feeling of fulfillment. Children also learnt to be independent and they are fully on their own feet. Before accepting the responsibilities in Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti he used to help in family matters like looking after children, going for marketing etc. But after getting involved in the activities of the Samiti he is rarely available at home. She herself was droping and bringing back children from school. Since 1970 they had a car. She had to learn driving for meeting the necessities.As there was servants since beginning she could manage the home some how or the other. In 2004 she was seriously attacked by dengu fever and admitted in hospital. Children had to be called from abroad. In that condition also he was finding some time to go to Samiti. That is his attachment to Samiti now.
Foreign visits as part of social service :
Mrs and Dr.Damodaran visited USA during the period from 09.07.1992 to 24.08.1992. During this visit Sree Narayana Association of North America honoured Dr.Damodaran at New York on 15.08.1992. He and his wife visited UK during the period from 30.06.1994 to 20.07.1994 and participated in the inauguration of the Mission Centre of Sree Narayana Mission at East Ham, London. They again visited USA during 10.03.1997 to 05.05.1997. This time also the Sree Narayana Association of North America honoured Dr.Damodaran at New York on 24.04.1997. On their way to USA they visited the Mission Centre of Sree Narayana Guru Mission of Singapore both the times.Mrs. and Dr. Damodaran were the chief guests at the Onam and Chathayam celebration of “Saradhi” at Kuwait on 31.08.2001. On 03.09.2001, they were honored by Vidya International Charitable Trust at Abu Dhabi. They were also honored by Malayalee organizations at Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman.
Awards and recognition received for social work :
Sree Narayana world council of New York gave him an award for social service at Sree Narayana Global Convention held in August 1999 at Hilton Parcippany, New Jersey, USA. Asianet interviewed Dr.K.K.Damodaran in their studio at Trivandrum for their “Suprabhatham” programme and telecast his speech on 11.03.1999 highlighting his service in the field of Education and Social Service. He was presented an award for life time achievement for science and social work by Dr.B.L.Mungekar Vice-Chancellor of Bombay University at a function organized by “RAGASUDHA” at M.I.D.C. ground Dombivili on 14.04.2002. Sree Narayana Samiti, Bangalore presented an award to Dr.K.K.Damodaran at the Silver Jubilee function of the Samiti on 05.05.2002 for his outstanding contribution in spreading the messages and teachings of Sree Narayana Guru. “Pathradhipar K. Sukumaran” award for best Sree Narayana Dharma Pracharakan in India was presented to him on 18.10.2002 at a function held at Press Club, Tiruvananthapuram under the auspices of Sree Narayana Mission of India by the then Union Minister Shri. O.Rajgopal. Shree Hariharaputra Bhajan Samaj, Chembur presented him an award for his outstanding service in the field of Education at their Samaj Shakti awards function held at Shanmukhananda Sabha Hall on 22.05.2004. Sree Narayana Samiti, Bangalore honored him with with an award for his social work on 14.11.2004 on the occasion of the 150th Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti celebration.
Felicitation on 80th Birthday :
Dr. K.K.Damodaran Felicitation Committee had organized a grand felicitation function on 4th November 2001 at Sree Narayana Guru School Complex, Chembur to honor Dr.K.K.Damodaran, M.Sc. Ph.D.(London) on his 80th memorable birthday. Shri.G.Karthikeyan, Minister for Culture, Kerala State was the Chief Guest. The Minister in his address by quoting the words of Mahatma Gandhi declared that “ Dr. Damodaran’s life is his message” amidst thunderous applause from the vast gathering. The function commenced with receiving Dr.K.K.Damodaran, Smt.Saraswati Damodaran and Chief Guest Shri.G.Karthikeyan at the main gate of the function venue with thalappoli and Nadaswaram. Lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest marked the beginning of the function. The felicitation committee Chairman Shri.Kumaran M.Nair welcomed the guests. Shri.C.V.Saseendran,President of Keraleeya Kendra Sanghadana introduced Dr.Damodaran to the distinguished gathering with vivid details of his life sketch. Thereafter a continuous stream of admirers, individuals and the representatives from various organizations including those from Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti, surged to the dais for floral tributes, presentation of memento, shawls,drawings and many other gifts. A “Prasasthipathram” was presented to Dr.Damodaran by Shri.K.S.Menon. Chief Guest presented “Ponnada” to Dr.Damodaran and Smt.Saraswati Damodaran. In the felicitation speeches, prominent public figures praised the services of Dr.Damodaran in his official assignments as well as in educational, social, cultural and spiritual fields. Shri.K.A.Sukumaran,Secretary of the felicitation committee proposed vote of thanks.A grand cultural program and feast followed the function.