The Thiruvalla Ashrama was consecrated on 9th May which was the auspicious day of Akshaya Thritiya, only five days after the Haripad Ashrama. In the morning the pictures of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda were brought to the Ashrama building, mounted on elephants with the usual paraphernalia, in a procession led by Swami Nirmalananda and Swami Vishuddhananda, from a Bhagavathy temple about two kilometers away. Swami Nirmalananda himself placed the two pictures on the altar and Swami Vishuddhananda performed the Puja. In the afternoon a lay devotee spoke inspiringly on Sri Ramakrishna and the Swami followed. All the artisans and laborers who were engaged in the building work were blessed and given gifts of clothes by the Swami himself. Swami Nirvikarananda had recorded an interesting incident at the function. The chief carpenter asked the Swami, “We carpenters are according to the Puranas descendants of God Viswakarma. Why then are we unable to enjoy an exalted position in society?” The Swami’s reply was greeted with a burst of laughter from everybody. He said, “This very thought is the reason. Your pride that you are greater than others is downgrading you.” This was a new message to the caste ridden society of Kerala, in which each group in the hierarchy presumed themselves to be superior to all the strata below theirs and looked down upon them and in their turn was despised by those above.
The Ashrama was in an upper caste enclave and that too near the temple. This area was out of bounds to outcastes. So the next day a feast was arranged for them on the farther side of the river on land belonging to one Krishna Pillai. The Swamis and devotees walked to the place. People living on the way had cleaned the path and decorated their doorways on either side with lighted lamps and flowers. The two Swamis were welcomed respectfully by the family of the owner. Pictures of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda were decorated and kept on two seats with lamps lit before them. Swami Vishuddhananda waved incense before the pictures and offered raisins and sugar candy which were distributed among the people. The outcastes were fed sumptuously. That afternoon there was a meeting at the Hindu Girls’ School, when Swami Nirmalananda and a lay devotee spoke.