ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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KERALA-Temple Entry for Tourists

THOUGH he ceased to be ruler of Travancore in 1949, Padmanabhadasa Sri Bala Rama Varma remains a very popular man in Trivandrum. This was amply proved on his shastiabdapoorthy day (60th birthday) on November 4. Bala Rama Varma was the ruler of Travancore from 1930 to 1949. Most of the events of those momentous years may perhaps be forgotten in due time, but not the historic proclamation on temple entry in 1937 which will remain a landmark in the annals of the social reform movement in this country. That extraordinarily bold step gave the lead to the other states. With all that, the fact remains that with a domineering mother and an astute dewan, Bala Rama Varma could not develop a personality of his own. Today he is a grey bachelor, simple as a child. He evokes much sympathy and affection from the middle class.

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