Friday, October 15, 2010

Vakkom





Vakkom is located near Kadakkavoor in Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. It is about 10 km from Attingal. Vakkom is the birth place of Vakkom Moulavi, one of the greatest renaissance leaders of Kerala. Vakkom Purushothaman, the former speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly, was also born here. Sarkara Devi Temple and Varkala Beach (8.5 km) are points of interest nearby. Kaikkara Kumaran Asan Smarakam and Kadakkavur Railway Station are within a short distance from Vakkom.

Main landmarks are Federal Bank-Vakkom Branch, SBT-Vakkom Branch, Vakkom Farmers Service Co-operative Bank, Vakkom Panchayath Office, Vakkom Village Office, Vakkom Post Office, Vakkom Govt. Hospital, Vakkom SNDP Hall, Vakkom Govt. Girls High School, Probodhini Upper Primary School-Vakkom (Puthiyakavu School), Vakkom S.N Central School, Vakkom Mission School, Vakkom Manuthanvilakom Lower Primary School, Puthen Nada, Mukkaluvattom Temple, Kulangara Temple,  Velivilakom Temple, Daivapura Temple, Moonnampuraikkal Devi Temple, Puthupurakal Devi Temple, Puthiyakavu Temple, Pulivilakom Temple, Sree Ganapathy Temple, Kunnamangalam Temple, Velayudan Nada etc.

Attingal Bus Station is the nearest bus station. The nearest Airport is Trivandrum International Airport and Kadakkavur Railway Station (1 km) is the nearest Railway Station. It is about 8 km off the National Highway 47, 3 km off the Attingal - Mananakku – Kavalayoor – Cherunniyoor – Palachira – Varkala road and 2 km off the Kadakkavur –Anchuthengu – Kayikkara - Vilabhagom - Varkala road.


Vakkom Abdul Khader Moulavi


Abdul Khader Moulavi, popularly known as Vakkom Moulavi, was a towering personality in the fields of social reform, journalism, religious thinking and literature. He was born at Vakkom village near Kadakkavur in 1873. He began his literary career in the Malayalam journal Swadeshabhimani in 1905, in which he aimed for the all-round awakening of the people of Kerala. Along with his editor, Sri Ramakrishna Pillai, Moulavi started the struggle for the rights of the people of the land. When the publication of the journal came to an end with the confiscation of Swadeshabhimani Press and the exiling of the editor, he continued his activities through other publications and books, sacrificing his entire wealth in the process.
 Moulavi also took great effort in strengthening unity among Muslims. He was very active in the formation of Chirayinkeezhu Taluk Muslim Samajam and Travancore Muslim Maha Jana Sabha. Under his guidance, several Madrassas and schools were also established.
Moulavi penned several books. Among these Daussabah and Islam Matha Sidantha Samgraham are his original works, while Imam Ghazali’s Keemiya-e- Saadat, Ahlu Sunnathuwal Jammath, Islamic Sandesam are his translations. This visionary social reformer, scholar and fearless journalist breathed his last in November 1932.
A charitable trust, Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust was established in his honor for the invaluable services that he had given to the community for securing democratic rights and social justice for all people.