Sri Sivalingadasa Swamy
Sivalingadasa Swamy was born in 1859 in an orthodox Nair family and he was the first and prominent disciple of Narayana Guru. He met Narayana Guru for the first time when Narayana Guru was staying in a cave near Neyyar River. The Guru taught him some Sanskrit and later sent him to Perunelli Krishnan Vaidyar for further study. In 1905 Sivalingadasa Swamy accepted the ascetic way of life from the Guru and became a sanyaasi. Sivalingadasa Swamy accompanied the Guru when he moved to Varkala and helped him to build a hermitage at Sivagiri. He played a major role in the consecration of Shiva temple in Aruvipuram in 1888. He served in many Ashrams and temples according to the Guru’s suggestions. Later he stayed at Trichur Peringottukara Ashram and started a Sanskrit school there. In 1919 Sivalingadasa Swamy attained Samadhi.
He has deep knowledge in Sanskrit, Tamil and Malayalam he wrote around 35 books and many spiritual compositions, ‘Vedanthasaravali’, ‘Sharadhashtakam’, and ‘Sree Narayana Guruvarya Panchakam’ are a few his famous works. Main disciples of Sivalingadasa swamy are Ramananda Swamy and Sadguru Malayala mahirshi.