Sri-la-Sri Harihara anointed Madurai Adheenam pontiff | Madurai News – Times of India


MADURAI: Sri-la-Sri Harihara Sri Gnanasambanda Desika Swamigal, 67, was anointed as the 293rd pontiff of the Madurai Adheenam at a ceremony on the mutt premises on Monday.
The anointment happened 10 days after Arunagirinatha Gnanasambantha Desika Paramacharya, who was the 292nd pontiff, died. Arunagirinatha died on August 13.
There were controversies over the succession as fugitive godman Nithyananda staked a claim. Guru Mahasanidhanam Kailai Masilamani Desika Paramacharya Swamigal, the 27th head of Dharumai Adheenam, declared that junior pontiff Harihara Sri Gnanasambanda Desika Swamigal, who was appointed by Arunagirinatha on June 6, 2019, as his successor, would become the 293rd pontiff.
The official taking over of charge was put off till the end of the 10th day ceremony for the late pontiff. The guru puja was performed on Monday morning. Then the 293rd pontiff was anointed through a series of rituals. This was done in the presence of the 27th head of Dharumai Adheenam and heads of other mutts.
Many mutt heads including Kundrakudi, Thirupananthal, Siruvai, Kancheepuram South zone and Porur adheenams participated in the ceremony. Joint commissioner of the Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple K Chelladurai, HR and CE officials, were also present. Public stood in long queues and sought the blessing of the new Adheenam.
After assuming charge, the new Adheenam signed six files which included the file to revive the Ushakala kattalai, a ritual that had been suspended. He announced that the Nithya and Maheswarar pujas would also be conducted in the mutt and free meals (annadhanams) would be provided by the mutt as well as in the four temples coming under it. The new Adheenam also offered worship in the Sri Meenakshi temple and later went on a procession in the evening.
Madurai Adheenam is said to have been established by Saivite saint Thirugnanasambandar 1,500 years ago.

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