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Kidsworld Club

Welcome to HKW

We cordially invite you all to this fully entertaining and informative website on Hinduism.

We brought you this site after a huge hard work spanning over a decade. We sincerely hope that you will appreciate our efforts and to provide your full support to this worthwhile project and encourage your kids to use this site to educate themselves well on Hinduism.

The Dravidian moments that came to power in Tamilnadu of South India were adopting 'atheism' policy and as a result the religious education was discontinued in schools. While in the neighbouring Sri Lanka it was and is a subject from Grade 3 to university level. This syllabus has been adopted in some schools in Singapore and Mauritius as well.

The contribution of Sri Arumuga Naavalar of Nallur, Jaffna of the British Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka) was of immense importance to the said syllabus.

Dedication to and a brief note of Sri Arumuga Naavalar of Nallur, Jaffna (1822 - 1879)

When Ceylon was under the British colonial administration, the Christian missionaries of America was establishing schools and through which they were interested in spreading English Language education and of course the Christianity.

During this time,  in Nallur, Jaffna, a baby boy, Arumugam was born to Kanthapillai and Sivakami on 12 December 1822.  He was a good learner and studied Tamil language from his father who was a Tamil Pundit. He also learned Sanskrit and studied at the Wesleyan missionary school in Jaffna (currently Jaffna Central College) and there by learned English Language as well.

The head teacher of the school Rev Peter Percival spotted the talent of the boy and asked him to teach him the Tamil Language. When he was 20 years old, Arumugam became a teacher in the school.

Rev Percivel wanted to translate bible in to Tamil and he decided it was Arumugam who would be the right person for the job and handed the assignment to him. Arumugam did an excellent translation and he was praised for his work and also commented well by the scholars in Madras (currently Chennai) in South India.

This translation was so powerful that many Hindus in Ceylon and South India had converted into Christianity by reading it. This disturbed Arumugam to a great extent. He was a true Saivaite (followers of Lord Shiva) and so he started to feel that his own religion needed some desperate help.

As a result he left his job and leading a life of chastity, dedicated his life to Saivasim and Tamil.

He has written and published more than 60 books and established, 'Saiva Pirakasa Vidiya Salai' Schools in Jaffna and as well as in Chithamparam in South India. He started preaching in temples on divinity. As a result the conversion rate fell. He had also set up 'madalayam' (centre for pilgrims) in Chithamparm in the vicinity of the famous Chithamparam 'Nadaraja' Temple which is still serving to pilgrims.

His oratory skills was also equally powerful that he was given a special name ‘Naavalar’ (powerful orator). He was then on known as ‘Arumuga Naavalar’.

Arumuga Naavalar's books such as ‘Question and Answers in Saivasim’ and ‘Palapadam’ (Lessons for Kids) etc, are the basis for the above said syllabus and also of this site, we sincerely hope that you will support and join us in our endeavour to dedicate this site to Sri ‘Arumuga Naavalar’ of Nallur, Jaffna, of the British Ceylon who was matchless in his service in recent time to our religion and also to Tamil Language.

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