Madurai

Mixed reaction over Nityananda's appointment

The All India Vellalar, Pillaimar, Sengunthar and Mudaliars Federation has welcomed the appointment of Nithyananda as the 293rd pontiff of the ancient saivite mutt of Madurai Adheenam and hoped that both Tamil and Saivism would flourish under the new head.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, K.Arunachalam, president of the association said that this effort of the incumbent mutt head Arunagirinatha Gnanasambanda Desigar appointing Nityananda as the head has made the members of above said communities proud. Moreover they stated that Vellalars, Mudaliars and Pillaimars belonged to the same clan and the efforts to play divisiveness among them are condemnable.

Dr.Arunachalam stated that a few organisations in the name of Hinduism has been involved in tarnishing the image of Madurai Adheenam and the association has plans to go for legal action against such efforts. They also made a request to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to provide adequate security to both the pontiffs and the mutt.

Tamil Nadu Sivanadiyar Thirukkootam has condemned the appointment of Nityananda as the 293rd Pontiff of Madurai Adheenam stating that the appointment was not made under the rules of Saivism. In a statement issued here on Saturday, the association said that his form of worship and religious acts are contradictory to Saivism. They also said that the incumbent head should have taken cue from his predecessors while appointing his successor.


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