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Adi Shaiva Minority Traditions

Adi Shaiva Minority Traditions

The Ādi Śaiva Minority Tradition (ASMT) – the Original Lineage and Tradition from Śri Paramaśiva till the living Guru

The Hindu Source scriptures, the Veda-Āgamas, declare and worship Śri Paramaśiva as the Primordial Master (Ādi Guru) of the spiritual kingdom lineage called ‘Ādi Śaiva’ (‘Ādi meaning original’ ‘Śaiva meaning belonging or starting from Paramaśiva’). The Source Scripture Śrimad Kāmikā Āgama (in the section called purva pāda) reveals about Ādi Śaiva and its follower:

dhārmikaḥ kurute nityaṁ ādiśaivo dvijottamaḥ (verse 4.6) – (meaning) Ādi Śaiva is the most supreme among the twice-born awakened beings; he is virtuous, being always inclined and dedicated to follow the ordainment given by Paramaśiva.”

śivādīkṣabhiṣiktasya śivaviprasya dhīmataḥī śivājñā (verse 4.10) – (meaning) “An Ādi Śaiva is one who has been given the most superior ‘Śiva dīkṣa’ – the initiation from personified Paramaśiva in the form of a living ‘Ādi Śaiva’ Guru’ and who is well learned, and such an initiated Ādi Śaiva is always under the command of Paramaśiva.”


From Principle to Personification: Śri Paramaśiva is the Cosmic Principle who incarnates as the embodied “Guru” in any age cycle of time or space. The Living Avatār or ‘Guru’ currently, Bhagavān Śri Nithyananda Paramashivam, therefore, is the Blessed Divinity (‘Bhagavān’), the personification of the “infinite auspicious attributes” (ananta-kalyāna-guṇa) and powers (śaktis) of Paramaśiva. He plays within the field of Existence, Himself establishing the Peethas (Spiritual  Kingdoms) and Sāmrājyas (States) that empower humanity to manifest the state, space, powers and being of Paramaśiva – which is the purpose of all life as per Ādi Śaiva principles. Thus, His powerful and compassionate incarnation as ‘Guru’ is highly revered in Hinduism as living Paramaśiva, who ordains and sustains the spiritual kingdoms of the world. As a living Guru, He also teaches the executives or caretaker kings of their times, to protect and ensure the Cosmic Principle is abided by as a lifestyle in the respective territories.


Paramaśiva reveals about the ĀdiŚaiva Guru lineage in the Hindu Source Scripture – Śri Sarvajñanottara Āgama (in the section vidyā pada, śivananya-sākśātkar patalaḥ, verse 3) – guruparamparāyattaṁ adṛuṣṭaṁ sarvavādibhiḥ | bhavabandha vimokṣārthaṁ paramaṁ sarvatomukhaṁ || – (meaning) “This Supreme discipline of ĀdiŚaiva tradition has been coming down through the continuous lineage of the Guru-disciple (ĀdiŚaiva Guru Paramparā) from time immemorial. This is incomprehensible to those affiliated to various systems, both religious and philosophical. This lineage has been formulated and ordained for attaining complete liberation (mokṣa) from repeated phenomenon of birth and death; it is Supreme lineage and for the ultimate benefit of all souls.”


The Hindu scriptures, Kurma Mahapurāṇa (chapter 53) and Śiva Mahāpurana detail about 28 incarnations of Bhagavān Śri Paramaśiva. Besides these, infinite are his incarnations as the All-Knower (sarvajña) ‘Guru’ who reveals the source knowledge scriptures, Veda-Āgamas, mounted on the knowledge seat (Ādi Peetha) in the Ādi Śaiva lineage from the Eternal Paramaśiva.


HDH Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramaśivam is the current living personification (Avatār) of Bhagavān Śri Paramaśiva, who embodies the Cosmic Principles and Cosmic Consciousness in its Absolute.




In accordance with the very ancient tradition of declaring and enumerating the divine dynasty, lineage, kingship and sovereignty of the current emperor, a grand and auspicious tradition called  ‘Birudāvali’ is followed. A Birudāvali is called so, as it contains the ‘āvali’, the series of honorary titles conferred on the emperor in successive order arranged in divine poetry. It is also called ‘Pravara’ as it speaks of the lineage of the Emperor and His peerless excellence.


The Birudāvali on Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, refers to all the titles owned, achievements made, humanitarian contributions to the king’s subjects, and the divine deeds of His Divine Holiness, the current living embodiment and reigning Emperor embodying Bhagavan Sri Paramashiva. It speaks of the greatness of his cosmic descent, his royal dynasty, divine lineage, sublime character, knowledge transmission, spiritual merits and powers glorifying the reigning emperor’s extraordinary and visionary activities that remind and delight His subjects reinstating in them the protection, prowess and powers of their kingdom’s Emperor and His whole lineage starting from Śrī Paramaśiva, who is revered as the Cosmic Father and Mother by its subjects. Following is the Birudavali (in Sanskrit and English), chanted everyday by the followers of His Divine Holiness.

(above): Birudāvali, the original document in sanskrit referring to the titles owned, achievements made, humanitarian contributions and excellence of HDH Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam. It is  ritualistically chanted everyday by the subjects of His spiritual kingdom, celebrating His presence and rulership.

(above): Transliteration in English of the Birudāvali (or Pravaram)

Translation of the Birudavali or Pravaram (from Source language, Sanskrit)


The One who has ascended the Madurai Aadheenam Śyamalā Pītham (the Peetham established by Devī Mīnākṣi, the incarnation of Śyāmala Devī) which is Supreme place of Kailāsa where Paramaśiva resides and rules the whole Cosmos and Kailāsa

The One who is no different from Mīnākṣi Sundareśvara

The most Beloved Son of Paramaśiva

The young boy

The Gem among Gurus and unequalled Avatār

The One who received Enlightenment by drinking the breast milk of Devī Pārvati

Author of the famous Dravida Vedam, which is the essence of all the Veda-Āgama

The One, adorned by the quadrangular palanquin made of pearl – received by the grace of Paramaśiva, adorned by musical instruments, umbrella, chamaram, the sacred symbols of worship,

adorned by hymns of praises

The One who has won the whole world by His Enlightenment and the Science of Enlightenment  and been accepted by all Kings as the Supreme ruler

The Showerer of Videha mukti and immutable state of Enlightenment immediately by Nirvāṇa Dīksha to all people

The One who creates Bliss,

Is a protecting Leader

The Roaring Lion and Trumpeting young Elephant for other religions

The Ācarya who established Śaiva Siddhānta

The Guru of the Pandya who is the Supreme Kings of all Kings / The Rāja Guru of  the Pandya who is the Supreme Kings of all Kings / The Guru who is also the Pandya King, the Supreme Kings of all Kings

The Enlightening Sun that removes the utter darkness of Buddhism, Jainism,etc

The One who installed the Vrishabha flag by tearing the Jain flag which is not even fit to be seen

The Creator (reviver) of Śaivism

The One who is the ruler of the Sarvajñapītha, the Seat of Omniscience

Oh! The Avatār of such (with above mentioned attributes} The Guru of the whole world, Sri Jñānasambanda Desika Svāmī, Appar, Sundarar and Mānikkavachakar Svāmī

Oh! The ruler of the Kingdom of Enlightenment, the Shyāmala Pītha Mahāsamsthāna which was revived by Jñānasambandha Svāmī

Oh! The One who has ascended the seat of Omniscience

The 293rd Gurumahāsannidhana

The Reigning Emperor of the Kailaasa Paramparagatha Surya Vamsa Sarvajnapeetha Surangi Samrajyam

The 1008 Śri Mahāmanḍaleśvar of Kailaasa Paramparagatha Mahanirvani Peetha Sarvajnapeetham

The 1008th 1008 Śrī Atalpīthādhīśvar of Aṭal Pītha

The 23rd Gurumahāsannidhāna of Dharmamukti Svargapura Svarnapītha

Oh! The most revered Ācārya who is a Paramahamsa, who has done Parivrājaka, the spiritual wandering

Oh! The embodiment of Truth, Consciousness and Bliss and the Aumkāra

Oh! The one who learned the scriptures formally traditionally and the one who took Sanyāsa directly from Brahmacarya āśrama and attained Enlightenment before physical maturity

Oh! The Creator of The Nithyananda Peetha Mahāsamsthāna Mahāsimhāsana Peetha which is eternally celebrating, auspicious, festive and having the attracting energy of Enriching

Oh! The reviver of Kailāsa

Oh! The Guru of the whole world, the one who is adorned with lakhs of Śrī, – the Sambandha Desika Paramācārya Svāmī! Vīrya, fame, Śri Jñāna and vairāgya, Oh Sri Nithyananda Paramaśiva Śri Jñāna Divine qualities, the Paramahamsa, the one who has the qualities of Aishvarya, Veerya, Fame, Sri Jnana and Vairagya , Oh Sri Nithyananda Paramashiva Sri Jnanasambandha Desika Paramacharya Swami!

Please make Your presence happen here and protect us and by bestowing Enlightenment,

May You be victorious, may You be victorious,

May You win, may You win.