Prominent Personalities

Sri Bikshu Dr Laxmanananda Swamiji    Sri Bekal Rama Nayak    Sri Krishna Palemar    Sri Laxminarayana K

His Holiness Late Bhikshu Dr Lakshmanananda Swamiji (1886-1951)

The Late Swamiji was born on May 8th,1886 in a noble family of our community in Soorlu village, Kasaragod taluk of erstwhile Canara district. After completing his medical education at Madras, he got appointed as a Government doctor in Burma. Soon he got disillusioned with Government service, resigned the job and returned to motherland.

He embraced Sanyas in 1914 and toured the breadth and length of the country as a spiritual seeker. The country's freedom struggle of the time beckoned the deeply patriotic Swami and he trained freedom fighters under the influence of Lokmanya Tilak. To ameliorate the lot of the downtrodden, he set up many Ashrams. He lived for some time in Ramakrishna Ashram, Kashi serving the poor. He offered care to the sickly and leprosy patients, and also worked for the uplift of untouchables and encouraged widow remarriage.

Late Gurudeva Parama Poojya Bhikshu Lakshmananandaji authored well known literary works like 'GeetaShatashloka' , a treatise on Bhagavadgeeta, 'Swaanubhooti' , memoirs of his life, a deeply analytical book in English on Varnashrama ( i.e.caste system ) and also a book on home remedies ( "Thyself Thy Doctor Home Remedies" ). He was the founder of Saraswati Sangha, Madras and Saraswati Printing Press associated with the Sangha publishing a monthly 'Saraswati' in Kannada and Tamil, and another journal by name 'Dharmaraja'.

It was his practice to live his life by raising daily alms, leading the life of a true ascetic.

Despite his larger concerns and activities, he did not forget the community and the near and dear ones amongst whom he was born and raised. Realizing the need for a formal institution to nurture community spirit and a sense of service, as early as in 1933 he founded the D.K. District Ramakshatriya Sangha with the co-operation of late Attavar Shivarama and other elders of the community.

The Swamiji attained confluence with the Divine on June 20th,1951


Sri Bekala Rama Nayak

The renowned Poet Bekala Rama Nayak was born on October26, 1906 in a noble family of our community in a historical land of Bekal south of Kasaragod. He did his intermediate studies at Mangalore and since 1923 he started teaching in district board schools at different places. He joined Kasargod Mission High School in the year 1933 and served the school till his retirement.

He collected and published many "Janapada" articles which were ignored by the people. He wrote many articles on history of Kasaragod and Bekal in news papers and in many special issues. He published more than 20 books on History and "Janapada sahithya"


Sri J Krishna Palemar

Ex. Minister for Ecology, Enviornment, Port and Inland water transport, Karnataka Govt.

Sri J Krishna Palemar was born and brought up in Mangalore from a renowned Hindu Ramakshathriya family. His parents Mr J Mallappa & Mrs Hemavathi are well known for their genorosity and religious background. Mr. Palemar after completing his education took up land business as his main profession in the year 1980. Later on he diversified into construction and development business. Today he has been groomed into several kinds of business and very well known all over the state of Karnataka. He is an industrialist, a reputed builder, educationist and a versatile social worker. He owns a chain of business firms such as Land Link, Quality Clay & Tile industries, Prestige Cable (Pvt) Ltd., Land Mover, Land Link Housing Development Corporation, City Market Shopping Arcade, Kapila Oils ans so on. He also runs educational institutions namely, Vikas College of Physiotherepy, a professional Physiotherepy college and Vidya High School, Derebail. He is the promoter of the famous, one of its kind township in Karnataka- "Landlinkstownship" with 1000 houses. This township has been accredited by the ministry of Housing and Urban Development of Govt. Of India, in a competition held in Delhi, for unique projects of India, this township bagged the 4th place.

He has involved himself in a number of social, religious & educational organizations. He is a trustee of famous Mallikarjuna Temple, Jeppinamogaru & Parashakthi Kshethra Madyaru. He is also serving as a president of Laxmanananda Co-Operative Bank Ltd. He is an executive member of Builders Association of India. He is an executive committee member of state Bharathiya Janatha Party.

His contribution towards the upliftment of poor and downtrodden are plenty. He has sponsored many poor student for higher education. He has adopted many orphans and destitutes.


Sri Laxminarayana K

(Ex. MLA, Karnataka Assembly form Byndoor Constituency)