The Main Aims and Objective of Saiva Siddhantha Mandram Malaysia: 

The organization is mainly structured for those Hindus who do not have any basic education in Tamil language and for those who could not read or write in Tamil language. We are very committed to serve the Hindu community in following ways:-

  • To conduct courses in Hinduism & Saivisim by correspondence related as well to hold religious classes, seminars and forums whenever needed.
  • To organize work camps for the Hindu community of Malaysia and undertake social and welfare works in the lines of multiracial society.
  • To facilitate and promote cooperation with other Hindu registered religious organizations whose interest are similar to that of this organization
  • With prior approval of the authorities concerned, to print, publish, sell or distribute graciously periodicals, booklets, leaflets, newsletters that the organization may consider desirable for the promotion of its objectives towards the members and the Hindu community on the whole.
  • To organize, conduct and promote Indian musical lessons for all communities of the country. The Organization will also include Indian culture as a major part of their activity.

The Birth of Saiva Siddhantha Mandram at Malaysia…

As early as 1976, Sri N. Thiruvasagam was involved with His Holiness Sivaya Subramuniya Swami (Gurudeva) of Hawaii. He began spreading the teachings of Gurudeva to his close friends and other interested fellow Hindus by distributing pamphlets and brochures on Gurudeva’s teaching. Since 1980 after the establishment with Shivaya Subramuniya Swami, N. Thiruvasagam found there was a great need to spread the teaching of Saivites Hinduism in Malaysia especially to non Tamil educated people. During His visit to Malaysia in 1981, it was suggested by Gurudeva that the time is ready to form a Mandram in Malaysia. Then, after some selection of the names, Gurudeva has decided to call the organization as Saiva Siddhantha Mandram. With His blessings and with the group of all the dedicated volunteers and devotees, the protem committee was formed, and the name Saiva Siddhantha Mandram was submitted for registration together with the constitution. A lot of activities were carried out under the protem committee and in 15th June 1982, the ROS officially approved Saiva Siddhantha Mandram as  a newly established  Hindu organization in Malaysia. In 1982 after the approval in June 1982, the official committee for the organization was formed with its first AGM held at Vivekananda Ashram, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Gurudeva’s teachings spread far and wide by the distribution of religious book sent by Gurudeva from Hawaii. All was going on fine until 1986, an instruction was directed by Gurudeva, that the name Saiva Siddhantha Mandram be changed to Saiva Siddhantha Church. This was done because Gurudeva being the Guru of the Mandram wanted to have full control of administrative and decision making for the Mandram from Hawaii. Secondly, it was made very clear that all who wish to join the Saiva Siddhantha Mandram must undergo a course in Sanmarga conducted by the Himalayan Academy Hawaii. This change of name created anger and disappointment among the Mandram members and Hindu organizations in Malaysia. the reason being in Malaysia according to RoS, church represents Christian organization and it cannot be applied on Hindu organization in Malaysia. This will cause a lot of confusion and problems among the confused Hindus in Malaysia. An urgent meeting was called by the committee to discuss the change of Mandram name by Gurudeva. Except for 2 or 3 members all other committee members strongly rejected the use of the word ‘Church’ for Hindu organization in Malaysia. There were some opinions gathered by N. Thiruvasagam from established Saivites Organizations in Malaysia such as Malaya Arulneri Thirukootam, Ceylone Saivites Association, and Malaysian Hindu Sangam. They strongly objected to using the word Church in Malaysia and also this will create disharmony and misunderstanding among the Hindu organization in Malaysia. There was a lot of telephone conversation between Gurudeva and N. Thiruvasagam regarding the views expressed by the Malaysian Hindus. With deep regret, he refused to accept our views and in 1985, he sent Sadhaka Jothi Kathiresan, who is the religious teacher in Hawaii to explain and convince the Mandram members on reason why the name has to be changed. He was here for almost 6 months, meeting members in groups and individuals trying to convince the members to accept the word Church. This was going on for almost about 6 months. The committee decided to call for the EAGM to get the views and decision from the members. At the meeting, it was decided unanimously that the word Church should not be replaced for the word Mandram in Malaysia and the secretary was asked to officially write to Gurudeva regarding the stand made by the Mandram members. In the beginning of 1986, Gurudeva sent Reverend Shanmugamsundram, the President of Saiva Siddhantha Church Allavedy, Sri Lanka to Malaysia, by trying to convince N. Thiruvasagam and his committee members to replace the word Mandram with Church. A very clear decision was conveyed to Reverend Shan that the Malaysia government will not allow the word Church to be used by Hindu organization in Malaysia. Secondly, the members of the Mandram have unanimously decided to reject the word Church. He immediately conveyed the message to Gurudeva that they will not compromise with change of name. It also must be brought to the notice of the people, the name Saiva Siddhantha Mandram was first given by the Gurudeva himself for registration 1981. After five years, why a sudden change in name. As a Satguru, being a fully realized soul should have not given the name Saiva Siddhantha Mandram from the beginning itself. If this was known, the Mandram would have not been formed in Malaysia.

Official Separation of Mandram with Church in 1986,…

In 1986, Gurudeva came to Malaysia to have a face to face dialogue session trying to convince and explain if the word Church is not going to be accepted,  the Mandram would not be affiliated to Saiva Siddhantha Church Hawaii with immediate effect. After meeting us, He left to Singapore and told us to convey our decision to Him immediately. After few days, some of the principal officials of the Mandram traveled all the way to Singapore pleading to Gurudeva that we continue using the word Mandram. The example given was Red Cross Society which has a Christian symbol as the logo which was not accepted by the the Islamic countries and the Red Cross Society agreed to use of the logo Red Crescent as a international symbol doing the same function. It was decided at the meeting with Gurudeva in Singapore, we will not be affiliated to the Church anymore. Together with this, there were some people who left the Mandram and continued to have direct contacts with Gurudeva and the Mandram since then became officially disassociated with the Church in Hawaii. With this, some very important circulars were sent by the Gurudeva to the Mandram members and his followers in Malaysia. Firstly, it was officially informed to all the Malaysian Hindus that Saiva Siddhanta Mandram is no more a part of Saiva Siddhantha Church Hawaii. Secondly, it was instructed that the Mandram is not supposed to use any of their teachings or photographs of Gurudeva in all future activities. From 1986 to 2000, the Mandram was without a Satguru.

  Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (January 5, 1927 – November 12, 2001)

The Beginning of A New Chapter for Saiva Siddhantha Mandram Malaysia…. 

In 1986 AGM, the members proposed that Saiva Siddhantha Mandram to be named as Saiva Siddhantha Mandram Malaysia to reflect the mandram”s Malaysian identity. Officially ROS approved the changed of name in 1987.

In 1996, N. Thiruvasagam traveled to India to seek for the Saivites Addheenam so that the Mandram can continue the teachings of Saivism and the members to have guidance and blessings of a traditional Saivites Addhenam from Tamil Nadu, India. Then in 1996, N. Thiruvasagam met Pullavar Vaitheenathan (Director of Distance Learning Educations), Thiruvaduthurai Addhenam in Tamil Nadu. In 1998 Pullavar Vaitheenathan was invited to Kuala Lumpur to conduct the Distance Learning Program for Malaysians who wanted to have knowledge in Saiva Siddhantham. This course was stretched for two years. And the total of 30 people graduated from this Course. Graduation ceremony was conducted by His Holiness 23rd Arulthiru Sivaprakasa Desiga Swamigal in the year 2000 at the Kalamandapam Hall, Jalan Scout Kuala Lumpur. It was after this graduation ceremony, it was officially declared that Saiva Siddhantha  Mandram Malaysia will be the first affiliated organization with Thiruvaduthurai Addhenam of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. Our sincere gratitude goes to Pullavar Vaitheenathan who created this affiliation.  Saiva Siddhanta Mandram Malaysia is one of the channels for Malaysian to associate with Thiruvaduthurai Addhenam at Tamil Nadu till present time.

Sri Namashivaya Murthikal
(First Guru for Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam)

23rd Arulthiru Sivaprakasa Desiga Swamigal
(It was during His time, our affiliation with Addhenam was established)

24th Sannidhanam Ambalavana Desiga Swamigal

“About the Thiruvaduthurai Addhenam, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu” 

Believers of Lord Shiva to be the supreme god are called as Saivites. The principal mutt for Saivites is Thiruvaduthurai Addhenam which was founded by Sri Namashivaya Moorthy, a disciple of Sri Siddar Sivaprakasar in 14th Century. The predecessors of this mutt came directly from the Sri Kailash lineage. Till present day, the Addhenam carries on with undeterred devotion for the propagation of Saivism, promotion of Tamil literature and devotion to the divine Lord. Thiruvaduthurai Addhenam is located in the town of Thiruvaduthrai in Kuthalam taluk of Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu, India. The Adheenam maintains the Mayuranathaswami temple at Mayiladuthurai. As of 1987, there were a total of 15 Shiva temples under the control of the Adheenam.

The Adheenam is involved in publishing Saivite literature, specifically Thevaram and Tiruvasagam 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. The Adheenam along with Thiruppanandal Adheenam and Dharmapuram Adheenam were founded during the 16th century to spread the ideology of Saiva Siddhantam.

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