About Us

Who we are

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We are a community-based non-political, non-profit, cultural, and charitable organization of Nair expatriates in the Minnesota state of United States of America. NSS of Minnesota works to create better understanding among its members and others and to enhance their social and cultural life based on the traditional ways of life and values of the  NAIR community.

Aims and Objective

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 To Provide a non-political forum to bring together people of Nair community and strengthen the common bonds of culture, tradition and way of life. We also intend to work for the upliftment of the needy irrespective of their caste or religion in USA and India. 

Thank You

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 Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.  

NSS OF Minnesota

Nair Service Society of Minnesota was founded mainly for building a platform 

for all the Nair families in Minnesota USA to join together. NSS of Minnesota was founded on November 04 2017 and the executive board met for the first time on December 12 2017

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History of Nair Service Society

NAIR BHRITHYA JANA SANGHAM, was founded by Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai and thirteen others of his Nair community associates, at Mannath House, Perunna, Changanacherry on 31 October, 1914 (15-3-1090). K.Kelappan Nair was the first President and Mannath Padmanabha Pillai its secretary. Apart from them the twelve other founder members were:


1. Panagottu Kesava Panicker
2. N.C. Thrivikrama Kaimal
3. Kakkanad Narayana Panicker
4. Panakkattu Parameswara Kurup
5. Nagavallil Kochukunju Kurup
6. Padinjarekattu Krishna Pillai
7. Kottanattil Padmanabha Pillai
8. Pallupurath Narayana Pillai
9. Pothuvadathu Padmanabha Pillai
10. Valparambil Velayudhan Pillai
11. Kondur Krishna
12. Thaliyil Madhavan Pillai


This name was suggested by Kappana Kannan Menon (Thalassery) who was then the Headmaster of St. Berkmen High School Changanacherry wherein K. Kelappan Nair was also a teacher. This name was chosen in the beginning in the model of SERVANTS OF INDIA SOCIETY that was prevalent in those days under the stewardship of Gopalakrishna Gokhale and N.M. Dravid,G,K. Devdhar, A.V. Patwardhan, Ranade like veterans on national level.

 

In his childhood, the great personality influenced Mannath Padmanabhan in social movements was the eminent Lawyer Govinda Pillai of Kainikara house that was situated adjacent to Chiramuttam and Mannath houses wherein the former (Mannam) was born and brought up. On the day of performance of the last rituals followed by the untimely demise of the later (Kainikkara Govinda Pillai), in accomplishment of his unfulfilled desires and in his loving memory, the Nair community members of the locality assembled over there decided to form a Nairs organisation; and they named it as “Perunna East Nair Samajam”. Mannath Padmanabha Pillai was elected as its first secretary. It was in the year 1910 (1086). They later constructed a Mandiram for this Samajam and its foundation stone was laid by His Holiness Thirthapada Paramahamsar.


This organisation was second of its kind in Kerala, the first being Ayiroor Nayar Samajam in Pathanamthitta District (then Quilon) that was registered in the year 1909 (1085).


The other eminent Nair community reformers renowned of those days were C. Krishna Pillai, C.V.Raman Pillai, P.Thanu Pillai, K Paramu Pillai, Swami Theertha Pada ParamaHamsar, Kappana Kannan Menon, K. Kelappan Nair, Mahilamandiram K. Chinnamma and the social organizations formed in those days were: 


1. Nair Purushartha Sadhini Sabha (Founded by Swami Thirthapadar)
2. Malayalee Social Union that was later renamed as Malayalee Sabha in 1886 during the reign of Maharaja Visakham Thirunal .
3. Daily Newspaper “Malayalee”, its chief editor C.V.Raman Pillai.


Those organizations had not lived long. In Jan 1905, formed Keraleeya Nayar Samajam. was then formed and it was registered under company act in 1912 and C. Krishna Pillai was its President and C.V. Raman Pillai, the Secretary. Today’s System of Nair Karayogams was the great idea and vision of TheerthaPada Swamikal (Poorvasrama Name: North Paroor, Madathil, Narayana Kurup). C. Krishna Pillai was its staunch supporter. Abolition of Namboothiri Sambandham, Thalikettu Kalyanam and varies of other regressive customs prevailed in that age; promotion of agriculture, commerce and industry activities among Nair community members were the intended mission of the Keraleeya Nair Samajam. Unfortunately, due to difference of opinion in the leadership, this organisation also could not accomplish its mission and was later divided into two groups. “Samastha Kerala Nayar Samajam” was thus formed anew under the Presidentship of C. Krishna Pillai, whose blessings were always with Mannathu Padmanabhan in his unmatched majestic endeavors in fulfillment of the community services ahead.


Both the Keraleeya Nayar Samajam and Samastha Kerala Nayar Samajam gradually demised when Nair Service Society started its endless expansions under the captainship of Mannath Padmanabhan.Nair Bh’rithyajana Sangham was later renamed as Nair Service Society under the scholastic advice of the great personality K. Paramu Pillai who was the first person to have had achieved M.A. degree in Kerala history (He was later known as M.A. Paramu Pillai).


In its plight, N.S.S. had conquered all areas of social, cultural, economical, educational, industrial segments and revived our community as a whole from the depth of chaos indeed from the bitterness our numerous destructive customs. Yet, we have to accelerate our spirit to go at par with other communities in this modern age. We have to determine ourselves that we are not lagged behind in any spheres. Our Samudayacharyan had suffered a lot to get our community to today’s stature. Let us and our descendents follow His divine foot steps leading to victorious hemispheres! 


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SRI. MANNATHU PADMANABHAN

 

Sri. Mannathu Padmanabhan, the great leader and social reformer was born on January 2, 1878 in Perunna Village in Changanacherry, as the son of middle-class parents. Abject poverty misery and deprivation marked the early years of his life. After school education he became a teacher and then a pleader .Before long he found himself drawn in to the vortex of political and social movements.



The plight of the Nair Community that was witnessing it's own decadence and disintegration, precipitated by extravaganza, superstitious veneration for antiquated and anachronistic customs and tradition, filled him with anguish. He marshalled his oratorial skill and organizational ability to motivate, inspire and mobilize the Community that was lost in a long and deep slumber.



The Nair Service Society which he conceived, nursed and nurtured, epitomized the hopes and aspirations of the community which had been waiting for a saviour.


Mannam's personal life was inextricably intertwined with the history of the N.S.S.He travelled extensively through the state, met the people ,organizedthem and won their love and regard with the help of his disarming simplicity, single-minded devotion, will and determination. Impregnable fortress of superstition and formidable citadel of resistance crumbled before his all-conquering and awe-inspiring personality. Gradually he built an empire out of nothing .The prestigious institutions founded by him would perpetuate his memory.



Captivated by Mahatma Gandhi and his principles of Satyagraha. Mannam led a Satyagraha march called "Savarnajatha" for the sake of the untouchables .It ultimately led to the "Temple Entry Proclamation" .The dynamic roles he played in the "Vaikom Satyagraham" and in the independence struggle and his subsequent imprisonment and his initiatives aimed at communal harmony, peace and social changes turned him into a legend in his life time .The major milestones in the history of the N.S.S intersect the social, political and cultural history of Kerala.



Mannam passed away at the age of 93 on February 25, 1970. The story of his life is the stuff, fairy tales are made of. The touch of his magic wand revived and resurrected the entire community. He taught them the philosophy of action, the value of unity and above all the need to change .His legacy is undiminished by passage of time. He lives through generations

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OUR CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS

 

Nairs have customs that are different from the rest of Kerala. The first of these is the Marumakkathayam system of inheritance. This system is a matrilineal system of inheritance. It is exceptional in the sense that it was one of the few traditional systems that gave women liberty, and right to property. Under this system, women enjoyed respect, prestige and power. An exception is the community of Mannadiars of Palakkad, because they follow patrilineal system. Some historians believe that the Marumakkathaayam system started after the Chera-Chola wars during the second Chera empire, as Nairs lost most of their men during the war.


In the Marumakkathayam system, the family lived together in a tharavaadu which comprised of a mother, her brothers and younger sisters, and her children. The oldest brother was known as the Karanavar and is the head of the household and managed the family estate. Lineage was traced through the mother, and the children "belonged" to the mother's family. All family property was jointly owned. In the event of a partition, the shares of the children were clubbed with that of the mother.


The Marumakkathayam system is not very common in Kerala these days for many reasons. Kerala society has become much more cosmopolitan and modern. Nair men seeks jobs away from their hometown and take their wives and children along with them. In this scenario, a joint-family system is not viable. 



However, there are still a few tharawads that pay homage to this system. In some Nair families, the children carry the last name of their mother instead of their father, and are considered part of the mother's family, and not the father's. Nairs connect to and trace their lineage to a tharavadu - not to a member of the family. Tharavadu names are quite an important element of social reckoning - though decreasing in importance these days.



The martial art known as Kalaripayattu is believed by some to be created by the Nairs, and is also thought to be the oldest form of martial arts in the world.
Those who hold this point of view think that all other forms of martial arts are descended from it. They reason that this is because Kerala had intense contacts with Buddhist monks, and Kung Fu, popularized by monks of the Shaoling Temple, traces its ancestry to Bodhidharma - a semi-legendary Chinese Buddhist monk who in some versions of his legend, came from Kerala, but who in the earliest known written version was said to have come from Central Asia.

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