Dharmosmat Kuladaivatam (translated by the source as, "Charity, Our Household Divinity") is the motto of Malayala Manorama, a leading Malayalam Newspaper.

The Malayala Manorama insignia, with the phrase "Dharmosmat Kuladaivatam" in Malayalam script.

Is this phrase from a Hindu text?


The motto of Malayala Manorama is taken from the motto of the Travancore Royal family. It is inspired from the Mahabharata.

The insignia of the newspaper is a contribution from Shree Moolam Thirunal, then king of Travancore towards the newspaper. The lines "Dharmosmat Kuladaivatam" is the part of Travancore royal family emblem which is also the motto of Travancore royal family.

Emblem of Travancore Royal family with two elephants and a conch

From page 36 Kandathil Varghese Mappilai, a monologue by C.J Roy

The insignia which accompanies the name Malayala Manorama was a contribution from Sree Moolam Thirunal, the then king of Travancore. Beneath it was the inscription dharmo' smat kuladaivatam which means Charity our- Household Divinity.

From page 45 of the same book,

With the Mahabharata aphorism dharmo' smat kuladaivatam as the declared motto of his newspaper, Varghese Mappilai was particular that Malayala Manorama should be deeply rooted in Indian culture that visualised a unified human race devoid of differences in the name of caste, creed and region.

Mahabharata speaks of Dharma in great detail. There are two parvas Anushasana parva and Shanti Parva dedicated for explaining duties to Yudhishtira by Bhishma.

About charity, see SECTION CXXXVII of Anushasanika Parva. Bhishma speaks of many kings and sages who ascended to heaven by performing charity.

  • Can you add Sanskrit text for clarity? @Sarvabhouma – srimannarayana k v Aug 16 '19 at 15:36
  • Sanskrit text for which verse @srimannarayanakv ? – Sarvabhouma Aug 16 '19 at 16:27
  • You had stated - With the Mahabharata aphorism dharmo' smat kuladaivatam as the declared motto of his newspaper, -. Mahabharata aphorism's text please @Sarvabhouma – srimannarayana k v Aug 16 '19 at 16:30
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    I want full verse from Mahabharata please @Sarvabhouma – srimannarayana k v Aug 16 '19 at 16:37
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    @AravindSuresh Yes. Varghese Mappilai had a huge respect towards Indian culture and values. He had preceptors who were Brahmins and he believed in unity of all Indians irrespective of caste, creed, religion. – Sarvabhouma Aug 17 '19 at 17:53

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