Sow. Uma Hariharan has been writing articles in Tamil relating to religious matter for over forty years. More than 500 articles have been published in various Tamil magazines. She has also written and published three books. ‘Pithruyagnam’ is a detailed work on the rites to be performed by sons to their deceased parents and two other books in a three part series on ‘Temples of Kerala’. Encouraged by the stupendous success of her earlier works, she has now written a book on Navagrahangal.
Sow. K.S. Uma Maheswari was born as the fourth child to Late K.S. Sundaram (a renowned banker in Coimbatore who hailed from Kizhakkanchery) and Late P.S. Saradambal of Perinkulam (Kerala). She married Prof. N.P. Hariharan who served at the Chemistry department in S.D. College, Alleppey and relocated to Alleppey. Prof. Hariharan hails from Nurani in Palakkad and is the son of Late N.R. Parasurama Iyer (Mamakutty) and Late N.P. Lakshmi Ammal who was the great-grand daughter of Nurani Parameswara Bhagawathar, a renowned court musician for His Royal Highness Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, the musician monarch of Travancore.
After moving to Alleppey she started writing articles for Tamil magazines. Her writings became more regular from mid-seventies and she began writing articles relating to our customs, rituals and temples, which were published in major Tamil religious magazines like Amarabharathi, Gopuradarsanam, Sapthagiri, Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam, Thiruvarul Shakthi, Sri Varahi Vijayam, Ohm Saravana Bhava, Shakthi Vikatan, Gnalayam, Kumudam Bhakti and Amman Darsanam among others.
Her first book ‘Gayathri’ was published in 1999. It has now gone into its fourth re-print. In 2004, His Holiness Jagathguru Sri. Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal honoured Sow. Uma Hariharan for her literary contributions and excellence spanning a quarter of a century.