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AyyavazhiIndian belief system[1] that originated in South India.[2] It is cited as an independent monistic[3] religion by several newspapers,[4][5][6] government reports[7][8] and academic researchers.[9][10][11][12] In Indian censuses, however, the majority of its followers declare themselves as Hindus. Therefore, Ayyavazhi is also considered a Hindu denomination.[13][14][15] Ayyavazhi is centered on the life and preachings of Ayya Vaikundar; its ideas and philosophy are based on the holy texts Akilattirattu Ammanai and Arul Nool. Accordingly, Vaikundar was the Purna avatar of Narayana. Ayyavazhi shares many ideas with Hinduism in its mythology and practice, but differs considerably in its concepts of good and evil and dharma.[16] Ayyavazhi is closely related to other Indian religions because of its central focus on dharma.[17]



Mythical figures

Religious studies


Akilattirattu Ammanai

Arul Nool


Thulangum pathi thuvaraium pathi



See also


  1. ^ Arisundara Mani, Akilathirattu Ammanai Parayana Urai p. 4
  2. ^ Tha. Krishna Nathan, Ayyaa vaikuNdarin vaazvum sinthanaiyum, p. 62: "? () ? ? ? ? ?(..1833) ? ?." (The day at which Vaikundar is given rebirth could be considered as the date of origin of 'Ayyavazhi religion'.)
  3. ^ N. Vivekanandan, Akilathirattu Ammanai moolamum Uraiyum, Volume 2, p. 97
  4. ^ The following morning and evening dailies calls Ayyavazhi as a separate religion:
    • Malai Malar (leading evening Tamil daily), Nagercoil Edition, 4 March 2007, p. 5, " ..." (this report calls Ayyavazhi (' ') "a separate religion");
    • Dinakaran (Tamil Daily), Nagercoil Edition, 1 March 2007, p. 3: " ?"("Bala Prajapathi Adikalar the head of Ayyavazhi religion laid foundation stone for the ...");
    • Dinakaran (Tamil Daily), Nagercoil Edition, 14 February 2011, p. 2: "... ? ? ? ?."("Bala Prajapathi Adikalar the head of Ayyavazhi religion welcomed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who arrived here in Swamithope pathi...");
    • Dina Thanthi, Nagercoil Edition, 2/3/2007, p. 5. " ." Translation - "The religious conference is led by Bala Prajapathi Adikalar, the head of Ayyavazhi religion." This news from a leading news paper in India, on reporting the 175th Ayya Vaikunda Avataram, calls Ayyavazhi a religion, and Bala Prajapathi Adikalar the head of Ayyavazhi religion;
    • Tamil Murasu (4/3/2006), p. 3:" ? ' ' (the conference of 'Ayyavazhi religion') ..."
  5. ^ "Nallakannu Watches Ayyavazhi" ( " They follow a religion based on his principles, which is called Ayyavazhi.". Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ "Ayyavazhi followers visit Swamithoppu" (The Hindu). " By the middle of nineteenth century, Ayyavazhi was recognised as an independent religion...". Chennai, India. 5 March 2010. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Bala Prajapathi Adikalar Manivizha" ( "The Maniviza (fest) for Bala Prajapathi Adikalar, the head of Ayyavazhi religion ..."(Tamil:Press release No-45/13-01-2008.). Retrieved 2009.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Sri Vaikunda Swamigal" (PDF). "By the midnineteenth century, Ayyavazhi came to be recognized as a separate religion and spread in the regions of South Travancore and South Tirunelveli.". Archived from the original (Tamilnadu Text book Corporation) on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ G. Patrick, Religion and Subaltern Agency, Chapter 5, pp. 120-121. "it may be concluded that, AV emerged as a 'new and singular' religious phenomenon in that context"
  10. ^ The Land of Charity (Samuel Mateer). "this singular people display considerable zeal in the defence and propagation" (This author's view is negative over the 'belief of Ayyavazhi', but this book is cited here only to reflect the then structure of Ayyavazhi on the social and religious ground as viewed by an outsider.). Retrieved 2008.
  11. ^ Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis, (2007), Historical Dictionary of Shamanism, ISBN 0-8108-5798-7, Scarecrow Press, pp. 101
  12. ^ M.C. Raj (2001), Dalitology: The Book of the Dalit People, Ambedkar Resource Centre, Tumk?r, India, p. 422, "The Shanans also started a non-Brahminic religion called Ayya Vazhi." ISBN 81-87367-04-0
  13. ^ "Tamil Nadu - Nagercoil" (Gold ornaments stolen from temple). "... which was the headquarters of Ayya Vazhi sect, had been decorated with jewels in view of the ongoing festival ...". Retrieved 2009.
  14. ^ Dr. R. Ponnu, Sri Vaikunda Swamigal and the Struggle for Social Equality in South India, p. 98
  15. ^ "Madurai News Letter" (PDF). "Fr. Maria Jeyaraj arranged an inter-faith dialogue at Samithoppu, Kanyakumari, on 'Akila Thirattu Ammanai' and 'Arul Nool', the scriptures of 'Ayya Vazhi', an 'important sect of Hinduism'. The present head of Ayya Vazhi, Sri Bala Prajapathi Adigalar, guided the meeting.". Archived from the original (Thozhamai Illam, Kanyakumari) on 29 November 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  16. ^ G. Patrick, Religion and Subaltern Agency, pp. 111-113,
  17. ^ G. Patrick, Religion and Subaltern Agency, pp. 160-161.

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