The Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (S.N.D.P) is a social service organization that has been representing the Backward community from the Indian state of Kerala since 1903. The S.N.D.P Yogam was founded by Dr.Padmanabhan Palpu and other Ezhava leaders with the blessing of Sree Narayana Guru. The organization aimed to lead the Backward community to the religious reform movement and to achieve economic prosperity and educational opportunities. The organization has also been playing a significant role in the Kerala social and political movements since its formation.
|Formation||15 May 1903|
|Founder||Dr. Padmanabhan Palpu|
|Type||Social equality promoting organisation|
Life time Chairman
|Sree Narayana Guru|
The Sree Narayana Trust is founded by the SNDP Yogam to start, and manage educational, social, and economical institutions with the vision of Narayana Guru. Combined both the Yogam and the Trust present annual budgets of about ₹2,000,0000,00 (two hundred crore INR or USD 270 million).
Currently, the organization runs several educational institutes, hospitals, and other institutions.
The S.N.D.P yogam is based on the principles and philosophy of Sree Narayana Guru. Guru devoted his life to working against the social and economical inequality, casteism, and superstitions in the Kerala society. The Yogam has the moral responsibility and the social duty to model the Sree Narayana dharmas.
Vavoottu Yogam expanded and formed an organization known as Aruvippuram Kshetra Yogam. The Aruvippuram Temple Society: known as Vavoottu Yogam emerged in 1888.
During the 1890s, the caste system in Kerala had the concept of untouchables. Padmanabhan Palpu, better known as Dr. Palpu, started working towards ensuring the rights of the then identified backward communities. With the 1891 Malayali Memorial Revolt, he took the leadership of the then oppressed community named Ezhava; and attempted to begin an organization called Ezhava Sabha. In 1896, he created the organizations' by-laws and published the law in Malayali, a newspaper published from Thankussery. He organized a few meetings at Paravur and Mayyanad, before the movement failed.
On January 7, 1903, a special meeting of Aruvippuram Kshetra Yogam was conducted. They decided to enlarge the organization to support the progress of all backward communities both religiously and materially. Thus, on May 15, 1903, with Narayana Guru as its president, Aruvippuram Kshetra Yogam was registered as Aruvippuram Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam according to the Indian Companies Act, No.6, 1882.
The deity at the Sree Bhavaneeswara temple, Lord Shiva, was consecrated by Sree Narayana Guru on March 8, 1916 (24-07-1091 M.E.). After the ceremony, Gurudevan laid the foundation stone for the Lower Primary School under the SNDP.