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Aadheenam

For the first time, the place where a civilization settled down is ‘Aadheenam.’

The word Aadheenam means ‘aadhee, ancient’ and ‘inam, community, settlement.’ So, the very word Aadheenam means “the ancient community”.

It is in Madurai that such an ancient civilization settlement happened for the first time in the South zone. That is “Madurai Aadheenam”, the primeval, original civilization.

 

Cosmic Founders with an Eternal Empire

Madurai Adheenam was founded by Chokkanathar ie. Sundareshwara  and Meenakshi. Madurai Aadheenam’s roots directly source from the personified super-consciousness that appeared on the human plane. Madurai Aadheenam was founded by Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati, the Cosmic Father and Mother in their incarnations as ‘Chokkanathar, Sundareshwara’ and ‘Meenakshi’ .

It was then bequeathed to Vageesa Muni.

It was only about 1500 years ago that the child incarnation, the son of the Lord, Thiru Jnana Sambandar revived Madurai Aadheenam. He is the source of all spiritual lineages of the vedic tradition and all other religions. From the time of Thiru Jnana Sambandar the history of Madurai Aadheenam that is referred to as “Thiru Jnana Sambandar Aadheenam” was recorded.

Meet the Cosmic Founders here…

 

Oldest Recorded and Pre-Historic Origins

Thus, Madurai Aadheenam is irrefutably one of the most ancient settlements of human civilization. Its origin and time period spreads across all the historically recorded periods and even the unrecorded time period preceding it – referred as the “pre-historic period”.

Dwelling into the origins of Madurai Aadheenam is non-different from diving into the depths of the ocean of this existence that is filled with the shining pearls of spiritual richness and beauty, adorned with the divine jewels of ‘sacred sentiments’, and the ocean itself which is the pure, authentic heritage of the grandest ever living tradition on planet, the Vedic Tradition. Madurai Aadheenam’s origins take us on a journey into the source of our very Self, waiting to be revealed and celebrated.

Madurai Adheenam has two histories. One is the recorded historic period which is recorded from 7th century, 1500 years ago. Another one is pre-historic period which originates from the source that has no beginning or end. With its divine origin, source emanating from Shiva, Mahadeva, the causeless auspiciousness, Madurai Aadheenam represents the highest “Vedic Tradition” in all its purest and the grandest form.

The recorded history begins from Thiru Jnanasambandar, the first ‘Adheenakartar’, the child-incarnation who revived Madurai Aadheenam to the systematic and unbroken succession of Masters leading up to the current pontiffs, the 292nd and the 293rd Guru Maha Sannidhanams.

Until the year 1945, the Madurai Meenakshi temple and the Rameshwaram Temple at the southern most top of India at Kanyakumari were under the control, management and administration of this mutt. Thereafter, it was taken up by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu.

Such is the supreme and inimitable glory of Madurai Aadheenam. That which is original, eternally existing is Madurai Aadheenam, for its progenitors are the source of existence itself. The tradition of Madurai Aadheenam is continuing today in all its pure essence. It has its own unique place in preserving, protecting, promoting the infinite vedic tradition, crest jewel of all traditions.

Most Authoritative Scriptural References

Madurai Aadheenam is the only organization referred in any literature before 1,000 years. No other organization can trace any literature that mentions about their names prior to 1000 years. Madurai Aadheenam is mentioned in literatures that are at least 2000 years old.

The two main spiritual foundations and lineages, the essential branches of the great tree of the Vedic tradition are Vedanta and Saiva Siddhanta. They both are sourced from Madurai Aadheenam, which belongs to Vedic Tradition.

All literatures be it of the Shankara Mutts or of the Saiva Siddhanta took birth in the mid first millennium. Adi Shankaracharya created the Shankara movement, the Shankara Mutts (spiritual communities) in the 8th century establishing the Advaita Vedanta tradition, the science of experiencing enlightenment or self-realization by understanding the nature of the Self (Brahman) by the authority of the ‘Upanishads’, the revelations on the essence of the vedic scriptures, and the direct experience of the Truth by inquiring into the scriptural evidences.

Saiva Siddhanta Aadheenams, the spiritual organizations that were founded in 13th century are centered on Truth (siddanta), the established conclusion that Lord Shiva is ALL, in all as the cause of all. It teaches the ultimate goal in life, the cause of pain and pleasure and the ultimate relationship with God by the direct experience of ‘Shiva’, the causeless auspicious energy.

Deity of Thiru Jnanasambandar at Madurai Aadheenam worshiped by 293rd Guru Maha Sannidhanam, Paramahamsa Nithyananda

But this divine Mutt, Madurai Aadheenam is revived in the 7th century A.D. by Thiru Jnana Sambandar. All Saiva Siddhanta literatures themselves accept that their literatures, 14 books called “Padinangu Satirangal”, the 14 books of Saiva Siddhanta were written only in 13th century.

The philosophy of Saiva Siddhanta evolved after Thiru Jnanasambandar’s advent and took shape in the 13th century nearly 800 years after the revival, not even the establishment of Madurai Aadheenam. Saiva Siddhanta directly acknowledges the young son-incarnation, Thiru Jnanasambandar as the first and foremost apostle of the Saiva philosophy. So, all the philosophies whether it is Vedanta or Siddhanta evolved from Thiru Jnanasambandar, the founding reviver of Madurai Aadheenam. Thus, Madurai Aadheenam is founded purely on Vedic tradition.

The great literatures beautifully authenticate the truth that from time immemorial Madurai Aadheenam exists.

Madurai Aadheenam belongs to Vedic Tradition. Vedanta and Siddhanta, Siddha tradition and all said and unsaid philosophies are branches of Madurai Aadheenam.

 

Explore into the philosophy of Madurai Aadheenam

Source of Siddha Tradition, Meenakshi & 18 Siddhas – the official deity

Madurai Aadheenam directly being the one eternal source of all traditions is also the straight source of the Siddha Tradition. The Siddha tradition is the science of making extraordinary possibilities into reality. Adi Shakti, the Cosmic Mother Meenakshi who is herself the Purna Avatar, complete incarnation of Devi manifested extraordinary siddhis, the divine powers expressing her power of enlightenment for the benefit of humanity.

The grand Siddha tradition took birth from Meenakshi Devi. Siddha is a Master who doesn’t have a perishable identity, and because of it has eternal identity. His identity is made out of the material which is imperishable.

Being the forebearer of this life-giving lineage, Meenakshi Devi is a great Siddha, the Siddha of Siddhas. And so, She is the Istadevata – the sacred cherished divinity called as ‘vaalai’ (girl) for all the 18 Siddhas, such as Sri Patanjali Siddhar, Sri Agasthya Siddhar, to name a few.

The official deity of Madurai Aadheenam is Meenakshi with the 18 Siddhas.

 The Pontiffs, Guru Maha Sannidhanams

291 & 292 Guru Maha Sannidhanams

292 and 293 Guru Maha Sannidhanams

Being a witness to the growth of human civilization on the planet, the Aadheenam’s rare and sacred lineage of Masters has been carefully, systematically carried over in an unbroken progression from ages. The chosen emissaries of Lord Shiva and Devi, the Maha Sannidhanams (pontiffs) of Madurai Aadheenam are the direct representatives of the cosmos.

The pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam is known by the title ‘Guru Maha Sannidhanam’ and inherits great responsibility in carrying forward the traditions of Thiru Jnanasambandar’s sacred work. There is no tenure for this position and it is a lifetime honor.

 Meet the Great Masters, the Pontiffs of Madurai Aadheenam..