Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam

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Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam is a Saivite mutt based in the town of Thiruvaduthurai in Kuthalam taluk of Mayiladuthurai District, Tamil Nadu, India.[1] The adheenam maintains the Mayuranathaswami temple at Mayiladuthurai.[citation needed] As of 1987, there were a total of 15 Shiva temples under the control of the adheenam.[2]


The Adheenam is involved in publishing Saivite literature, specifically Thevaram and Tiruvasakam and its translations. It is also involved in literary scholarship. Some of the prominent Tamil literary personalities like Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai had their tutorship in the Adheenam. His disciple U V Swaminatha Iyer, who published many Tamil classical texts also was associated with the organization.[3] The Adheenam along with Thiruppanandal Adheenam and Dharmapuram Adheenam were founded during the 16th century to spread the ideology of Saiva Sidhantam.[4]

Rajaji was an ardent follower of this adheenam


  1. Census of India, 1981: Tamil Nadu. Controller of Publications. 1962. p. 7.
  2. M. Thangaraj (2003). Tamil Nadu: an unfinished task. SAGE. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-7619-9780-1.
  3. M.M.M., Mahroof (1993). "Arabic-Tamil In South India And Sri Lanka: Language As Mimicry". Islamic Studies. 32 (2): 182. JSTOR 20840120.
  4. Peterson, Indira V. (1982). "Singing of a Place: Pilgrimage as Metaphor and Motif in the Tēvāram Songs of the Tamil Śaivite Saints". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 102 (1): 82. JSTOR 601112.

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