Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Sahodaran Ayyappan Memorial, Cherayi

The Department of Culture took over the Sahodaran Ayyappan Memorial at Cherayi in 1985.The Sahodaran Memorial comprises the house where Sahodaran was born (¼ kms from Vypeen-Munnambam state roadway east, by the side of the river), a three-storeyed library, and an ancient madom. Sahodaran’s brother Achuthan Vaidyar was a famous physician and a scholar in Vedas and Itihasas. He received guests at the madom. The luminaries who stayed there include Sree Narayana Guru, Mahakavi Kumaranasan, E.V. Ramaswamy Naicker and many others.

The library was built in 2001. The late M.K. Kumaran donated his private collection of books to the library. Working in this research-cum-study centre, five persons have secured their Ph.Ds. In honour of Sahodaran, every year literary awards are presented. And, in commemoration of the Sahodaran newspaper which was in circulation for thirty-six long years, in 2013 an award was instituted for the best editorial appearing in a Malayalam daily.

Now, Sahodaran Memorial has been included in the Muziris Heritage Project and renovation is being carried out. Sahodaran Museum is an integral part of this project.

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