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Thiru Jnanasambandar’s Guru Pooja Celebrations

Thiru Jnanasambandar’s Guru Pooja Celebrations

Madurai, 05 June 2012: The 5-day Thiru Jnana Sambandar Guru Pooja Festival from 01-05 June at Madurai Aadheenam culminated today with a host of religious and service activities in which over 5000 people from around the world participated. This is the major celebration at Madurai Aadheenam since H.H. Paramahamsa Nithyananda took over as its 293rd pontiff on 27 April this year. Thiru Jnana Sambandar, the child incarnation, a 6th century visionary Shaivite saint, is the patron saint of Madurai Aadheenam.

Well before sunrise today, to the accompaniment of traditional nadaswaram music by artistes from Tiruvannamalai,  the temple elephant and priests welcomed the two pontiffs of Madurai Aadheenam and took them in procession from Madurai Aadheenam to the Meenakshi-Sundareshwara temple . Entering through the East tower, the two pontiffs and devotees witnessed the auspicious suprabhata seva – gently awakening the Divine couple Meenakshi and Sundareshwara (Devi & Shiva) with music and worship.

This was followed by the re-enactment of the scene of ‘darshan’, where the saint Thiru Jnana Sambandar receives the divine vision of Meenakshi and Sundareshwara. Worship was performed to over 60 other deities in the temple.  Thiru Jnana Sambandhar and the 63 nayanmars (chief Shaivite saints) were then carried in a palanquin procession through the four streets surrounding the temple. The procession arrived at Madurai Aadheenam where a special pooja (worship) and arati (worship with lamps) was performed. After the daily parartha pooja, a homa (fire ceremony) was performed.

Later in the evening, the charming ceremony of Kanakabhishekam (showering with gold coins) was performed by Paramahamsa Nithyananda to his predecessor, the 292nd pontiff Srila Sri Arunagirinatha Sri Jnanasambanda Desika Paramacharya Swamigal as a symbol of honor. This was preceded by the offering of a golden crown by Paramahamsa Nithyananda to the elder pontiff. The 292nd pontiff also released the official Madurai Aadheenam website. Other spiritual leaders who honored both the pontiffs on the occasion included the pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam’s Pulippani ashram, and the pontiff of Karumari Peetha in Bangalore, Madhukar Swamiji.

Addressing the media on the occasion, Paramahamsa Nithyananda praised the honesty, open nature and moral courage of his predecessor. The 292nd pontiff in turn declared that whether people are aware of it or not, Paramahamsa Nithyananda was not only a great saint and an infallible spiritual healer, but a divine Avatar.

The day’s celebrations closed with another darshan at the Meenakshi temple, followed by a silver chariot procession and Maha Deeparadhana (ceremony of lamps).


The Procession to Meenakshi Temple begins at the beautiful dawn at 4.30 am

Offering puja to the various deities around the sacred Meenakshi temple

The Guru Maha Sannidhanams walk within Meenakshi Temple with priests & devotees

at Tiru Jnanasambandar's shrine at Meenakshi temple that will come on a procession to the Aadheenam

Divine Elephant which will lead the procession

293 Pontiff shines amidst devotees radiating bliss at Meenakshi Temple

H.H 293 Pontiff, Shiva Devi's representative enjoys the soaring heights of Meenakshi Temple Tower

Procession moves onwards on the sacred day of Thiru Jnana Sambandar

Thiru Jnanasambandar receiving darshan from Meenakshi and Chokkanathar replayed..

Meenakshi and Chokkanathar

Aarti to Meenakshi Sundareshwara, Thiru Jnana Sambandar Deities

Sundareshwara (Shiva) and Meenakshi (Devi) on Rishab Vahana (Nandi)