Inaugurating the celebrations, Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran stressed the importance of popularising Sanskrit.
�The contributions of those like P.T. Kuriakose, founder of the Guruvayur campus of the Sansthan at Pavaratty, to the State�s cultural world is immense. They understood the importance of preserving Sanskrit, a language that opens a window to India�s heritage and culture,� he said.
Radhavallabh Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan Deemed University, New Delhi, presided over the function.
Therambil Ramakrishnan, Murali Perunelly, K.V. Abdul Khader and Babu Palissery, MLAs; and Vice-Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai were present at the function.
The three-day centernary celebrations include memorial lecture series, seminars, poets� meets and alumni get-together.
Six Vidyapeeths function under the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan based in New Delhi.
The Vidyapeeth in Orissa was the first to celebrate its centenary and the Guruvayur campus of the Sasthan is the second.