Narayana Guru
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Sree Narayana Guru (1856?-1928), or Nanu (a contracted form of Narayana), a member of the Īzhava caste in Kerala, and a product of the colonial period in Kerala, was deeply influenced by the renaissance movement in India. As a result, he critiqued some of the customary practices within the caste-oriented society of early 20th-century Kerala and pioneered a socioreligious reform movement based on his manifesto, “One caste, one religion, one God …

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George Pati, “Narayana Guru”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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