In a landmark event in the history of Indian religious tradition, His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda has been declared as the 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, the world’s most ancient living Hindu religious organization. April 27, 2012
At the press meet, which was marked by a mood of celebration, the current pontiff read out the affidavit declaring that “We hereby declare, nominate, enthrone, coronate and appoint Paramahamsa Nithyananda as 293rd Guru Maha Sannidhanam of Madurai Aadheenam, also called as Tirugnanasambanda Swamigal Adheenam. We hereby coronate with the title His Holiness the 293rd Guru Maha Sannidhanam Srila Sri Paramahamsa Nithyananda Sri Gnanasambanda Desika Paramacharya Swamigal”.
The current pontiff declared His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda as “my lawful successor, descendant and inheritor of Madurai Adheenam, Tirugnanasambanda Swamigal Adheenam, having all the powers, duties, obligations, ritual and customary rights that is being performed, enjoyed, vested in the Madurai Aadheenam.” He also declared His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda as “my lawful successor to deal with all the movable and immovable properties of the Tirugnanasambanda Swamigal Adheenam”, including over 1250 acres of land, several temples and properties owned by the Aadheenam in India and abroad.
The legendary Madurai Aadheenam has existed since time immemorial. However, it was revived around 1500 years ago by the young enlightened incarnation Tirujnana Sambandar, one of the four visionary saints of South Indian Shaiva Siddhanta philosophy. The Aadheenam is established in Madurai, one of the oldest cities of India with a history dating all the way back to Tamil Sangam period. The presiding deities of Madurai areand Devi in their incarnations as Chokkanathar and Meenakshi, enshrined in the world-famous Madurai Meenakshi-Sundareshwara temple.
According to the rules and regulations of the Madurai Aadheenam, only hereditary Saiva Vellalars (the religious community to which His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda belongs) are selected as the pontiffs of this ancient and premier religious institution.
The pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam is known by the title ‘Guru Maha Sannidhanam’ and inherits great responsibility in carrying forward the traditions of Tirujnana Sambandar's sacred work. The spiritual services offered by Madurai Aadheenam are well-known throughout India.
According to Shaiva Siddhanta philosophy, everything is preordained according to the judgment of Lord Shiva. Referring to His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda as ‘a noble gift of Lord Shiva’ and ‘the avatar of saint Tirujnana Sambandhar’, the current pontiff declared His Holiness Nithyananda as the ambassador to the Almighty, appointed by the eternal Government of Lord Shiva.
There is no tenure for this position and it is a lifetime honor.
Accepting the sacred honor, His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda said, “With all humbleness for divine grace I hereby declare that I accept the responsibility given to me as the 293rd Guru Maha Sannidhanam of Madurai Aadheenam. I vow, keeping Chokkanathar and Meenakshi and Jnanasambandhar as witness, we will fulfill all the responsibilities of Madurai Aadheenam, making the Shaiva tradition revived and celebrated all over the world. I also commit to Madurai Aadheenam Guru Maha Sannidhanam, that we will make Madurai Aadheenam as an international religious organization.”
His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda made an offering of 1 crore (10 million) Indian Rupees towards Madurai Aadheenam’s spiritual activities. He also announced the upcoming kumbhabhishekam of the Madurai Meenakshi temple and inaugurated the daily annadaanam (which is the traditional service of free satvic meals for all visitors) at Madurai Aadheenam, starting today.
Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in enlightenment science. Revered as a Incarnation (avatar) by millions worldwide, Nithyananda is also the most watched spiritual teacher on YouTube with over 14 million views. He is the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. Nithyananda was recently named one of the world's top 100 most spiritually influential personalities of 2012 by Watkins' ‘Mind Body Spirit,’ the world's largest and oldest esoteric magazine. Clear, dynamic and modern in approach, Nithyananda’s teachings are truly transforming.
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