TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HUMANITY AS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER REPRESENTING HINDUISM
His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda was coronated in the year 2013 as Mahamandaleswar of the renowned Sri Panchayati Akhada Mahanirvani (Mahanirvani Peetha), the most ancient apex body of Hinduism. The appointment was done through a democratic selection process by the spiritual leader groups of the organization.
Already recognized as a powerful crusader for Sanatana Hindu Dharma, His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda brings to the role a new vigor, vitality and spiritual activism, while drawing strength from the Akhada’s vast network and solid spiritual base.
The coronation ceremony or Pattabhishek of His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda as the 1008 Mahamandaleshwar of Sri Panchayati Akhada Mahanirvani, with the spiritual leaders, sadhus of the Akhada in February 2013.
Sri Kapil Mahamuniji deity at Sri Mahanirvani Akhada
The living deity of Sri Kapil Mahamuni at Sri Nithyanandeshwara Devasthanam, Bengaluru Aadheenam.
The first akhada established was the Akhada Mahanirvani . Akhadas represent Sanatana Dharma in their entirety by including all Hindu sects (Shaiva, Vaishnava, Brahma, Shakta), Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists . While the heritage of Mahanirvani Akhada is ten thousand years old, the group was formally named in 748 A .D . after a very auspicious happening. In 748 A.D., a group of seven sadhus of Atal Akhada performed tapas (spiritual penance) at Gangasagar.
They were graced with the darshan (Divine vision) of Sri Kapila Mahamuni. With his blessings, they revived the Naga tradition with an official name – Mahanirvani Akhada – near Neel Dhara in Haridwar . Even today, the chief Deity (Upaasyadev) of the Mahanirvani Akhada is the saint incarnation, Sri Kapila Mahamuni.
The Shahi Snana, the sacred water bath at the Kumbh Mela blessings millions.
Letter inlay: Appointment letter and coronation invitation letter by Sri Panchayati Akhada Mahanirvani in February 2013 declaring His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda in the honored position of ‘Mahamandaleshwar’
Letter inlay: Translation of the appointment letter in English
On 27th April 2012, His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda was coronated as the 293rd Guru Maha Sannidhanam, the pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, the world’s most ancient living Hindu religious organization. Accepting the responsibility as the 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, His Holiness Divine Paramahamsa Nithyananda pledged to bring great fame to Madurai Aadheenam and the four temples belonging to it.
The legendary Madurai Aadheenam has existed since time immemorial. However, it was revived around 1500 years ago by the young enlightened incarnation Tirujnana Sambandar, one of the four visionary saints of South Indian Shaiva Siddhanta philosophy. The Aadheenam is established in Madurai, one of the oldest cities of India with a history dating all the way back to Tamil Sangam period in the 3rd century B.C. The presiding deities of Madurai are Shiva and Devi in their incarnations as Sundareshwara and Meenakshi, enshrined in the world-famous Madurai Meenakshi-Sundareshwara temple.
The pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam is known by the title ‘Guru Maha Sannidhanam’ and inherits great responsibility in carrying forward the traditions of Tirujnana Sambandar’s sacred work. There is no tenure for this position and it is a lifetime honor.
Tirujnana Sambandar, the child saint incarnation
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is revered and worshipped as an Avatar, the Divinity Incarnate by lakhs of people worldwide.
Avatars are divine beings who descend (‘avatarati’ in Sanskrit) on planet earth for specific divine purposes to raise humanity to their ultimate divine possibilities. It takes an Avatar to indeed recognize an Avatar, who exist in the oneness experience of superconsciousness.
It was on the historical day of 12th June 2004, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba personally sent and gifted three divine items to His Holiness Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, formally coronating him as The Avatar (incarnation) as per Sanatana Hindu Dharma.
The divine items offered onto Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamiji were Swarna Padukas, two sacred sandals made of gold and Kirita, the divine crown made of gold – which formally symbolize and officiate Swamiji as the Avatar, direct physical manifestation of divine superconsciousness who has incarnated in the human plane of existence.
The President of the Shri Sathya Sai Trust, along with a group of devotees of Bhagavan Sathya Sai Babaji visited the Bengaluru Aadheenam, Nithyananda Peetham on 12th June 2014 and reverentially performed homa, the ceremonial sacred fire ritual and Paduka Puja, and made these divine offerings of Swarna Padukas and Kirita.
There were two padukas offered to Swamiji – one that will be kept in the puja for people to offer their prayer and respects and the other for Swamiji to personally use.
In Sanatana Hindu Dharma, the formal offerings made by a Spiritual Master to another, uphold and grow the spiritual traditions from time immemorial. The coronation ceremony of an Avatar by another Avatar is very rare and holds not just the traditional significance of honoring the Divinity embodied in the Avatar, but also holds the cosmic significance of declaring onto the world the spiritual legacy and unbroken lineage of Avatars.
In this current age, it is a rare occurrence of Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba coronating and gifting divine items to The Avatar Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, signifying the traditional honoring of Swamiji for his superconscious state and his divine responsibility to spiritually lead the world and raise the humanity to their Divinity.
In the Tretya Yuga, we find Bhagavan Parashurama (the Avatar of Shri Vishnu) recognizing the Divinity in Shri Ram Prabhu (new Avatar of Shri Vishnu) and gifting him the celestial Bow of Vishnu, which can only be beared and held by an Avatar of Vishnu alone.
Following are the pictures taken as on 12th June 2004 for this divine occasion of the coronation of the Avatar.
Bhagavan Shri Sathya Sai Baba brought by the devotees of Shri Satya Sai Trust, placed alongside the Shiva Linga in the Ananda Sabha, Nithyananda Peetham, Bengaluru Aadheenam.
Hindu Priests who accompanied the representatives of Shri Sathya Sai Trust and Babaji’s devotees, perform the fire rituals as per the traditional Vedagamic process.
Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda during the traditional coronation ceremony along with the Kirita, (the golden crown) been offered onto him.
Photo inlay 4: Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda presides at the fire ritual being performed as part of the traditional coronation ceremony. The Kirita, golden crown and the Svarna Paduka, golden sandals placed at the front of Swamiji.
Photo inlay 5: The President of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust seen with Sathya Sai Baba
Photo inlay 6: Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamiji adorns the Kirita, the sacred crown as the gift offering from Shri Sathya Sai Baba.
Photo inlay 7: Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda offered the Kirita, the sacred crown as gifted by Shri Sathya Sai Baba, during the coronation ceremony.
Photo inlay 8: The President of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust and his wife, offer Paada Puja (the traditional worship of sacred feet of the Avatar) to Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda on the Swarna Padukas.
Photo inlay 9: The President of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust make the fire offerings during the coronation ceremony, in the divine presence of Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamiji.
Photo inlay 10: Paramahamsa Nithyananda blessing the President of the Sri Sathya Sai Trust and his wife, along with the devotees and the Hindu priests.
Photo inlay 11: The Svarna Paduka (sacred sandals made of gold) gift offered by Bhagavan Shri Sathya Sai Baba to Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamiji, with the divine symbols engraved on them of conch (shanka) and chakra (discus), which are the symbols of Bhagavan Shri Vishnu.
Photo inlay 12: The Svarna Paduka (sacred sandals made of gold) gift offered by Bhagavan Shri Sathya Sai Baba to Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamiji (the second padukas).
Photo inlay 13: The Kirita (sacred crown made of gold) gift offered by Bhagavan Shri Sathya Sai Baba to Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda Swamiji.
PARAMAHAMSA NITHYANANDA OFFERS TRIBUTE TO SRI SATHYA SAI BABA
April 26, 2011 06:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time
BANGALORE, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Paramahamsa Nithyananda, founder of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam and Life Bliss Foundation, today visited Puttaparthi and paid his last respects to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Baba, who entered into Mahasamadhi on 24th April 2011. He was received by the senior members of the organization.
Speaking to the media on the occasion, Paramahamsa Nithyananda recalled the exceptional spiritual and humanitarian services rendered by Baba to the world. “(Baba’s) contribution to the Vedic tradition is unimaginable. He is God incarnate. We offer our humble respects to him. Though Baba is not in the earthly frame, his presence will always protect his people. We pray to him that he blesses all his devotees to continue the service and his mission,” said Nithyananda.