The Kailasa Paramparagatha Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham, established by Paramaśiva, with its capital at Madurai, ruling the Pandya Kingdom, through the Madurai Aadheenam (ancient temple-monastery), revived by Meenakshi, the Goddess Incarnation and Queen of Madurai, during which time the Pandya kingdom extended its rule over the entire 59 nations that at the time constituted Planet Earth.
In his lifetime, Tiru Jnanasambandar ensured that the lineage established by Paramaśiva was preserved and maintained by His direct heirs and legal representatives – the lineage of Guru Maha Sannidhanams (Pontiffs) of the Madurai Aadheenam.
Being a witness to the growth of human civilization on the planet, the Madurai Aadheenam’s rare and sacred lineage of Masters has been carefully, systematically carried over in an unbroken progression from ages. These chosen emissaries of Paramasiva and Devi, the Guru Mahasannidhanams (Pontiffs) of Madurai Aadheenam are the direct representatives of the Cosmos. They inherit great responsibility in carrying forward the traditions of the Seat. There is no tenure for this position and is a lifetime honor.
Madurai Aadheenam existed all over the world
Seen in this picture is an invitation printed in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1969 by the Jaffna branch of the Madurai Aadheenam, inviting one and all to the traditional musical rendition of the great Hindu epic “Kamba Ramayana” by the Head of the Jaffna branch of the Madurai Aadheenam, Srimad Swaminatha Thambiran Swamigal. Thus, from time immemorial, Madurai Aadheenam and the Gurus of the branch monasteries functioned in various parts of the world keeping alive the enlightenment eco system for the benefit of humanity.