3-day National Hybrid Conference ‘Kerala’s Contribution to Vedanta’

Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth (CVV) and Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) along with the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) are conducting a 3-day National Hybrid Conference ‘Kerala’s Contribution to Vedanta’ from 2nd to 4th February 2024, at Adi Sankara Nilayam, Veliyanad, Ernakulam. 

Kerala has seen luminaries in Vedanta from ancient to modern times belonging to various streams and schools. Advaita Vedanta tradition, which is a predominant one among the Vedantic traditions has seen various saints and philosophers from Kerala such as Adi Sankaracharya, Padmapada, Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan, Chattambi Swamikaḷ, Nilakantha Tirthapada, Sri Narayaṇa Guru, Tapovan Maharaj, Svāmi Chinmayananda, Kashikananda Giri, Swami Ranganathananda, Swami Bhumananda Tirtha …and more. 

Along with the Advaita Vedanta tradition, there also emerged a Siddha Tradition and Shiva Advaita Tradition. Thinkers from these traditions are not known to many. Saints such as Parappur Shiva Yogini Amma, Mannur Swamigal, Siddhashrama Shivananda Siddhayogi… are some such thinkers. 

The conference will bring together eminent scholars from across the nation/world to discuss and celebrate the invaluable contributions of the saints mentioned above and philosophers of Kerala through their lives, works and teachings.


  1. Lectures from invited esteemed speakers of diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds who are well entrenched in the Vedantic traditions of Kerala.
  2. Presentations of research papers on the themes:
    • Comparative studies of Vedanta traditions in Kerala with those outside Kerala.
    • Historical development and evolution of Vedantic sampradaya in Kerala.
    • Original philosophical works of Vedanta written in Sanskrit or any other language by scholars of Kerala.
    • Translations and Commentaries on Vedantic texts/treatises by Vedanta scholars of Kerala.
    • Modern Institutional and Scholastic initiatives in Vedanta in Kerala.
    • Influence of Kerala’s social structure and culture on Vedantic thought.
    • Hagiographies of Vedanta scholars of Kerala.


Papers are invited by research scholars, students and Vedantins. Please submit your abstract in 250 words by 15th January 2024 to academic.admin@chinfo.org and register here: https://forms.gle/ZCt2K2cWvBAcgAje7

All others (not paper presenters) who wish to attend the conference may register here: https://forms.gle/mYVovfD5LcS4ZvbN6

All are welcome to attend the conference (paper presentation is not compulsory).


Day 1, 2 February 2024SpeakerTitle
9:30-10:15 AMInaugural Address and Introduction of the Themes 
Theme10:15-11:00 AMSwami SwatmanandaSwami Chinmayananda and Chinmaya Mission Sadhus
11:30 AM-12:15 PMSwami AdityanandaSwami Tapovan Maharaj
12:15-1:00 PMSwami NarasimhanandaSri Ramakrishna Math and Mission Sadhus
1:00-2:00 PMLunch 
2:00-3:30 PMResearch Scholars & StudentsSeven Paper Presentations
4:00-5:30 PMResearch Scholars & StudentsSeven Paper Presentations
Day 2, 3 February 2024Speaker 
9:30-10:15 AMProf. Kutumba SastrySri Adi Sankaracharya
10:15-11:00 AMProf. Natesan M VSri Narayanguru
11:30 AM-12:15 PMSri Dharmananda SwamigalRamananda Ashrama Sampradaya
12:15-1:00 PMResearch Scholars & StudentsFour Paper Presentations
1:00-2:00 PMLunch 
2:00-3:30 PMResearch Scholars & StudentsSeven Paper Presentations
4:00-5:30 PMResearch Scholars & StudentsSeven Paper Presentations
Day 3, 4 February 2024Speaker 
9:30-10:15 AMProf. Muralivallabhan T VChattambi Swamigal
10:15-11:00 AMSri Rajeev IringalakudaParappur Shiva Yogini Amma
11:30 AM-12:15 PMSri HareendranSri Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan
12:30-1:00 PM Valedictory Function
1:00-2:00 PMLunch