The foundation stone for Appar Arangam building was laid on Sri Thilagavathiar Tiruvarul Adheenam premises at Machuvadi here recently.
An organ of the Saimatha Siva Brindadevi Educational and Social Trust, the arangam primarily aims at organising annual conferences on Saivite philosophy. It would promote research in Tamil literature, extend assistance to farmers, transgenders, widows belonging to economically weaker section, and differently-abled persons.
Speaking after laying the foundation, A.R. Lakshmanan, former Judge of the Supreme Court, highlighted the services by Sri Sai Brindadevi, the first woman to head an ahdeenam, in this part of the country.
M. Ponnavaikko, Vice-Chancellor of S.R.M. University, spoke on Appar's contribution to tirumarai and referred to services by the adheenam,
Sri Ooran Adigal from Vadalur offered felicitations. Mr. Lakshmanan donated Rs. 10,000 for the arangam. Sri Dhayananda Chandrasekaran, head of Adheenam, said that a committee had been set up for constructing the arangam. To contribute, call 04322-228024.