While the controversy over the appointment of Nithyananda s Madurai Adheenam refuses to die down, the affair has sparked off a clash between the Madurai Adheenam and the other seventeen Adheenams of Saiva Sect , which date back to 7 th Century AD.
The Adhenams are up against the appointment of Nithyannada as the successor to the present Adheenam Arunagiri includes the The Thiruvavaduthurai Adheenam,Thiruppnananthal and Dharmapuram Adheenams.
The heads of all the 17 Adheenams met recently at Dharmapuram Adheenam premises near Myladuthurai,Tamil Nadu.
Thirteen Adheenams participated in the meet.
A Resolution asking the Madurai Adheenam to revoke the appointment of Nithyananda was passed and the Madurai Adheenam was given a ten days deadline.
The resolution also warned that the Adheenams shall take the issue to Court and to the Government of Tamil Nadu at the end of this period.
There was argument over a clause in the Resolution which envisaged ‘t0 request and appoint Dhramapuram and Thiruvavaduthrai Adheenams as the successor to the present Madurai Adheenam if the Madurai Adhennam fails to appoint an heir according to the custom followed”.
This clause was dropped on the objection of Kunrakkaudi Ponnambala Adigalar.
The Adheenams’ view is that the Madurai Adheenam has violated the Sanctity of the Saiva Sect by appointing a man tainted by Sex Scacndal and Jailed. and not following the custom of the Madurai Adheenam of appointing the successor from the Saiva Vellalar sect.
Nithyananda belongs to Mudaliar caste.
(It is another matter that Nithyananda claims he is a Mudaliar and also a Vellalar and he produced in person some people purporting them to be his Uncles!)
Nithyananda threatened the 17 Adheenams by declaring that his followers will go on indefinite fast(not-‘he does not say he will go on fast) in front of the Tiruppanathal Mutt:he also said that he will file cases against them for Criminal Conspiracy!
He further had the audacity to declare that if Hindu Organisations raise this issue he will not be responsible for the actions for actions for the reactions of his disciples.
It is such a shame that one who has been jailed for sexual case can threaten a Civilised Society!
Inputs: Kumudam Reporter 10 May 2012.
PS.Curious that the Madurai Adheenam appoints only Kaar Kaaththa Vellalar as the Head of the Mutt.
If caste has to be followed Gnanasambandar, who started the Mutt, was a Brahmin.
He had appointed some one who was qualified and not because of caste.
Who started this mess?
Will some one enlighten me?