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Lotus symbol of Ayyavazhi.

Ayyavazhi (Tamil: அய்யாவழி, Malayalam: അയ്യാവഴി Ayyāvaḻi [əjːaːvəɻi] (About this sound listen), "Path of the Master") is a universalizing henotheistic belief that originated in South India. It is cited as an independent monistic religion by several newspapers, government reports, journals, and academic researchers. In Indian censuses, however, the majority of its followers declare themselves as Hindus. Therefore, Ayyavazhi is also considered a Hindu denomination.

Ayyavazhi is centered on the life and preachings of Ayya Vaikundar; its ideas and philosophy are based on the holy texts Akilathirattu Ammanai and Arul Nool. Accordingly, Vaikundar was the Purna avatar of Narayana. Ayyavazhi shares many ideas with Hinduism in its beliefs and practice, but differs considerably in its concepts of good and evil and dharma. Ayyavazhi is classified as a dharmic belief because of its central focus on dharma.

Ayyavazhi first came to public attention in the 19th century as a Hindu sect. Vaikundar's activities and the growing number of followers caused a reformation and revolution in 19th century Travancorean and Tamil society, surprising the feudal social system of South India. It also triggered a number of reform movements including those of Narayana Guru and Ramalinga Swamigal etc.

Though Ayyavazhi followers are spread across India, they are primarily present in South India, especially concentrated in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The number of practitioners is estimated to be between 8,000,000 and 10,000,000 although the exact number is unknown, since Ayyavazhis are reported as Hindus during censuses.

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Neetham is the primary virtues to be followed by people as per Ayyavazhi religion. This is found in Akilam one, the first section of Akilattirattu Ammanai in the midst of meta narrative events of eight yugas. This shows that how the society, its people, the ruling king etc once lived in absolute harmony with nature, placing the power of almighty in all their works deeds and activities, during early ages.

The Akilam points out this as an example, and there by says that how the people should live in the world, taking these as a model. It forms also a part of Ayyavazhi ethics. The Neethams are split into three. They are,

  1. Manu Neetham: How an individual should personify him or herself with good morality.
  2. Raja Neetham: How an individual should be to the society or Nation, and in turn how the Nation should be to a common man.
  3. Deiva Neetham: How an individual should be before God. (more...)
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Ayya as Father and Son in Trinity.

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Akilathirattu Ammanai (Tamil: அகிலத்திரட்டு அம்மானை; akilam ("world"), thirattu ("collection"), ammanai ("ballad")), also called Thiru Edu ("venerable book"), is the main religious text of the Tamil belief system Ayyavazhi. The title is often abbreviated to Akilam or Akilathirattu.

Akilam includes more than 15,000 verses and is the largest collection of Ammanai literature in Tamil as well as one of the largest works in Tamil constructed by a single author.

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Did you know?

  • ... that the Akilam is the longest Ballad form of literary work in the world?
  • ... that more than ten of the prophesies in Arul Nool had been fulfilled in the world?

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West view of Swamithope Pathi.

Swamithope Pathi is the primary pathi of the Ayyavazhi.This is the head of all worship centers of Ayyavazhi, and the place where Ayya Vaikundar is said to have performed the Tavam. Ayya Vaikundar incarnated from the Sea, and came to Detchanam (Swamithope) and performed Tavam for six years in the place which was now known as Vatakku Vasal in Swamithope. Then he was arrested by Kalineesan after the trial he was carried in a Vahana by his devotees to Swamithope where he incinerated the evil spirits and unified the Seven Virgins with himself. Then after the marriage with the deities in Ambalappathi he returned to Swamithope. According to Akilattirattu Ammanai, Swamithope is the only place Narayana (Vaikundar) slept (in Tamil: Pallikolluthal) after the incarnation. He attained Vaikundam and his ponnmenikkoodu (Sacred Golden Body) was interred in the place which is now the Palliyarai of Swamithope. (more...)


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"தாழக்கிடப்பாரை தற்காப்பதுவே தர்மம்"

"To uplift the lowly is Dharma".

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