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Govt. Upholds H.H Nithyananda’s Coronation as 293 Pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam

Govt. Upholds H.H Nithyananda’s Coronation as 293 Pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam

Chennai, 28 Aug 2012: Putting a firm end to all the controversies surrounding the appointment of Paramahamsa Nithyananda as the 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, the HR&CE (Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments) Department of the Tamil Nadu Govt. has made it clear that it will not take any steps to take over Madurai Aadheenam.

The decision was conveyed in response to a writ petition filed by a Chennai advocate R. Krishnamurthy in the Hon’ble Madras High Court on 17th May this year, requesting the authorities to immediately take the Aadheenam under the custody of the department as per the HR & CE Act, and to take steps under the Court of Wards Act, in public interest.

The HR& CE Dept. has disposed of the petition with the opinion that it ‘deserves no merit, as it is not in accordance with the provisions of law.’ This was conveyed by the HR and CE Commissioner (Additional Charge), M. Rajaram on 22 August this year.

The HR & CE has further reiterated that it recognizes Srila Sri Arunagirinatha Sri Jnanasambanda Desika Paramacharya Swamigal as the 292nd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, and confirmed that Paramahamsa Nithyananda would be his successor and 293rd pontiff of the 1500-year-old Madurai Aadheenam, which is the most ancient Hindu establishment in the world.