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Sri Ahobila Muth, TN

History of Sri Ahobila Matam

Ahobila Matam is a Sri Vaishnava religious institution establsihed 600 years ago in a place called Ahobilam by Srimad Athivan Satakopan. He was originally known as Kidambi Srinivasachar. He was a student under Gadikasadam Ammal in Kanchipuram. One day, the Lord of Ahobilam, Sri Lakshminrisimha, appeared in Srinivasachar's dream and instructed him to come to the temple town of Ahobilam. After consulting with his Acharya, he proceeded to Ahobilam.  At Ahobilam, the Lord himself initiated Srinivasachar into Sanyasam (monasticism) and gave him the title, "Satakopa Jeeyar". (Later, Lord Athippiran of Azhvar Thirunagari added the title Van and Nammazhvar added the title Athi. Thus the Jeeyar came be be known as "Athivan Satakopan".)

Then, one of the nine Nrisimhas of Ahobilam called Malolan jumped into the hands of Athivan Satakopan (see picture on the right) and ordered him to travel the length and breadth of the country. Thus began the institution called Sri Ahobila Matam and the travels of Lord Malolan to village after village so that devotees get a chance to undertake Panca Samskaram and perform Bhara Nyasam at the lotus feet of the Lord.

The travels thus started 600 years ago continues to this very day. A succession of forty-five ascetics known as Azhagiya Singar have headed Sri Ahobila Matam. They have all taken Lord Malolan to the people. The unique tradition of the Lord traveling to the houses of His devotees continues. The present Jeeyar, who is the 45th in succession, has traveled the length and breadth of the country several times.

Sri Ahobila Matam and Sri Vaishnavam
Sri Vaishnavam is the true religion of the Vedas drawing authority from the Prastana Thraiyam, namely, Upanishads, Brahmma Sutra, and Bhagavath Geetha.

In addition to the Prastana Thraiyam, Sri Vaishnavas consider the Tamil hymns of twelve saints called Azhvars as equal in authority to that of the Vedas. These hymns are called the Dhivya Prabhandham. The teachings found in Dhivya Prabhandham are completely consistent with the teachings of the Prastana Thraiyam. Therefore, Sri Vaishnavas consider the Dhivya Prabhandhams to be equal in status to the Vedas. For this reason, Sri Vaishnavas are called Ubhaya Vedantis.
 After the period of the Tamil Saints called Azhvars, the Dhivya Prabhandham was lost. During the 9th century C.E., Sri Nathamuni retrieved them by the grace of Nammazhvar and re-established Sri Vaishnavam. For this reason Sriman Nathamuni is considered the first Acharya of the modern era. In the line of Acharyas that followed, Sri Ramanuja is considered the greatest. Among his many achievements the commentary he wrote for Brahma Sutra, called "Sri Bhashyam," is considered by many to be the best.

Among the Acharyas after Sri Ramanuja, Sri Vedantha Desika and Sri Manavalamamuni are considered preeminent. After the time of these two great souls several Sri Vaishnava religious orders were established for the purpose of following the teachings of the great line of Acharyas.

Among the organizations that follow Sri Vedantha Desika as the torch bearer of Sri Ramanuja's teachings are Sri Parakala Matam, Srimad Ahobila Matam, Sri Powndareekapuram Andavan Ashramam, and Sri Srirangam Andavan Ashramam. Among these the oldest is Sri Parakala Matam founded by one of the disciples of Swami Sri Desikan. Sri Ahobila Matam is the second oldest in this line.

We are glad you are visiting our site. We have a wealth of information about Sri Ahobila Matam such as a brief history of the Matam, biographies of the Azhagiya Singars who have graced the Matam, dailiy rituals and practices, current travel schedule of Malolan and Srimad Azhagiya Singar, and even a calendar of important dates for the Matam during the upcoming month. Hope you will enjoy our site.
Our Mission

The primary Mission of our organization is to
 Strengthen the AchArya (Pontiff) - SishyA (follower) connection between our beloved AchArya Srimath Azhagiyasingar and His Holiness' sishyAs around the world.
  Support the science and arts educational institutions that cater to needy students.
  Preserve the ancient temples and sustain the rich vedic culture. Our organization facilitates this by:
1.   Helping sishyAs approach Sri Matam to undergo SamAshrayanam and perform BharanyAsam.
2.   Informing sishyAs about the status of the various projects (temples and educational institutions) undertaken by His Holiness in India and help raise funds for these projects.
3.   Arranging tele-upanyAsams so that people around the world can listen to HH's divine words of wisdom.
4.   Informing sishyAs on HH's sanchAram (tour) information and publishing recordings of these events in India.
5.   Organizing Dolothsavams for Sri Navaneetha Krishnan of Sri Matam in the United States.
6.   Providing financial support to build educational institutions, hire well qualified instructors and granting scholarships to students.
Developing and maintaining our portal (www.ahobilamutt.org) which includes information on temples, purchasing books, subscriptions to Sri Nrisimha Priya, access to rich multimedia content (e-Books, audio, photos, videos, …) and sponsorship opportunities  
Sri Padmanabhachariar was born in 1957 and is the son of Sri P S Srinivasa Desikachariar Swami (younger brother of Srimad Devanar Vilagam Azhagiyasingar (43rd) Jeer of Ahobila Mutt. Swami holds a M.A and a Ph.D in Sanskrit and is a professor in Madras University. Swami has undertaken traditional kalakshepams under great vidwans and acharyas and has published several books and articles.

Sri Ahobila Muth Major Locations in India
CHENNAI 600059

CHENNAI 600 004

PH:-044-2279 0814/2239 7567

PH:- 044-2461 0042
BANGALORE 560 021.
PH:- 080-2342 0745
Sri Malola Guest House
Badri Narayanan
MUMBAI 400 071
PH:- 022-2528 7183 & 2528 0249
HYDERABAD 500 013.
Ph:- 040-2742 3043/094418 26767
PH: 0431-243 0804 & 094436 50029.
PUNE 411 021.
Ph:- 020-2587 0125
PH: 0422-2216359
Sri Ahobila Mutt Guest House
Aradhakar Cell Nos 918-903-865831
Lodging, Food and Travel Facilities are available
Sri Ahobila Mutt Guest House
Sriman L.R.Gajendran, Manager of Sri Ahobila Matam.
Ph:- 04633 277 007, Cell Nos:- 944-326-5126, 934-554-0035
Lodging, Food and Travel Facilities are available
* Note: Some of the above locations are not directly under Sri Matam, but are places where HH's usually stay when visiting that city.
Board Members (USA)

Name & Address

Name & Address
Arun Krishnamachari
Edison, NJ
Joint Secretary:
Anand Iyengar
Centreville , VA
Vice President:
Varadachari Sadagopan
Scarborough, NY
Joint Treasurer:
Sumathi Sarangapani
Bedminster, NJ
Jagan Bharadwaj
West Palm Beach, FL
Raghavan Rajaji
Alpharetta, GA
Srikanth Raghavan
Gaithersburg, MD


Regional Co-ordinators (USA)
Name & Address
Name & Address
Wayland, MA
New Jersey
Raleigh/Durham, NC
Durham, NC
Srini Kuthalam
Irving, TX
Charlotte, NC
Ravi Narasshiman
Matthews, NC
DC Metro Area
Lakshmi Mukundan
Herndon , VA
Radhika Kannan
W.Bloomfield, MI
Malathi Dileepan
Hixson, TN
Vimala Rajaji
Alpharetta, GA
San Francisco
R Raghunathan
SFO Bay Area
Anuradha Srinivasan
Houston, TX
A S Rajagopalan
Cincinnati, OH
Los Angeles
Manoj Krishnan
Valencia, CA
N V Srinivasan
Indianapolis, IN
Central Florida
Rajesh Ganesan
Tampa, FL

Sri Nrisimhapriya Office
30, Venkatesa Agraharam,
Mylapore, Chennai 600004.
Phone: (044) 2461-1540
Email: srinarasimhapriya@gmail.com

Checks and Contributions in the USA
Sri Ahobila Muth Inc.,
3160 Manor Bridge Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Email: malolan@ahobilamutt.org

Sri Ahobila Muth Acharya Vaibhavam
Samasrayana Paramparai
2.   Mahalakshmi
3.   Viswaksenar
10.                     Swami Bhashyakarar
11.                     Srimath Embar
12.                     Srimath Parasara Bhattar
13.                     Srimath Nanjeeyar
14.                     Srimath Nampillai
15.                     Srimat Vadakku Thiruveedi Pillai
16.                     Srimath Srirangachariyar
17.                     Srimath Kesavachariyar
18.                     Srimath Kamalavasar
19.                     Srimath Kesacvachariyar
20.                     Srimath Athivan satakopan
21.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 2 - 10
22.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 11 - 20
23.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 21 - 30
24.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 31 - 40
25.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 41 - 45
Kalakshepa Paramparai
2.   Mahalakshmi
3.   Viswaksenar
10.                     Swami Bhashyakarar
11.                     Thiru Kurugaipiran Pillan
12.                     Srimath Engalazhvan
13.                     Srimath Nadadur Ammal
14.                     Srimath Appillar
15.                     Swami Sri Desikan
16.                     Sri Nayinarachariyar
17.                     Sri Brahma Thanthra Swathanthra Swami
18.                     Gadikasatam Ammal
19.                     Srimath Athivan satakopan
20.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 2 - 10
21.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 11 - 20
22.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 21 - 30
23.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 31 - 40
24.                     Srimath Azhagiya Singar 41 - 45

Brief Background Information

More than six hundred and ten years ago Sri Lakshminrisimha appeared in the dream of a great mahatma and instructed him to come to Ahobilam in the present day Andhra Pradhesh. His name was Srinivasacharya. He reported this dream to his Acharya who instructed him to obey the command of Sriman Narayana. He then proceeded to Ahobilam from Kanchipuram, a distance of about 400 KM.
Upon reaching Ahobilam Sri Lakshminrisimha appeared before him and initiated the young Srinivasacharya into Sanyasam. This great Yati came to be knwon as Srimad Athivan Satakopa Jeeyar. He was the founder of Srimad Ahobila Matam. Then, Sri Malola Nrisimha jumped into the hands of the Jeeyar and asked to be taken to the villages all across India so that the common people can pray, worship, and celebrate the glory of Sri Malolan. From that time onwards till this very day, a row of 46 Sanyasis of Srimad Ahobila Matam have been criss crossing the land of Bharath taking Malolan to the villages and to the houses of countless devotees.
As Malolan did more than 610 years ago, perhaps Sri Krishna decided to criss cross the land of U.S. and visit with the devotees here. In the month of Vikrama Panguni (March 2001) Sri Krishna made an avathara at Sri Ahobilam and was worshiped by Srimad Azhagiya Singar at Ahobilam and Thiruppathi.
On April 6th, Navaneetha Krishna traveled 18000 k.m. to the shores of U.S.A. The journey of 400 KM by Srimad Athivan Satakopan more than 610 years ago from Kanchipuram to Ahobilam was much more arduous and momentous, it paved the way for the establishment of the great Sri Vaishnava Matam. The journey by Navaneetha Krishnan was made in the comfort of an airplane, but by the divine Sankalpam of Sriman Narayana it is a significant event in the lives of all Krishna bhakthas in the U.S. Since the arrival in the U.S. Sri Navaneetha Krishna has been on Sancharam visiting the houses of devotees. The Lord is waiting to visit your house. Please click here to arrange for a dolothsavam in your house.

More about Thirumanjanam

Thirumanjanam (abhishekam, divine bath) is performed usually in the morning from 8 am till 12:00 noon.
When Krishna arrives at your home be prepared to welcome Him into your home as a honored guest. Play some auspecious music such a Nadaswaram. Have "manjaneer Arathi" (turmeric mixed water) ready with at least two ladies. Optionally, you can have "poorna kumbam" (a silver sombu filled with water with a cocunut as the lid).
The ghosti members accompanying perumal will recite Suprabhatham, Divya Prabhandam and then Vedham (Taittriyopanishad & Pancha Sooktham) during the actual bathing procedure. One of the uniqueness of Sri Ahobila Matam is the preparation of Nava (Nine) Kalasa Dhravyam (materials) to bathe the lord including sandal, turmeric, coconut, fruits etc. The purification process is very rigorus and elaborate and is followed in an authentic way.
After the bath, Krishna is adorned in new clothes and jewels (called Saathupadi) and takes his place in a Swing. At this point, prasadam (food) is offered to Perumal and then distributed to the guests. The conclusion of the program is called Saatrumurai (where select prabhandam and vedham is recited). The function ends at around 12:30 pm.
The recitation list (Nityanusandhana Kramam) during Thirumanjanam can be downloaded from here.
The list of items for Dolai is given below
List of items for Thirumanjanam
Fruits, banana, apples, etc.
See Note below
Fragrant flowers (loose flowers and garland)
at least 1 dozen
Organic Whole Warm Milk See Note Below
1 cup (for suprabatham)
Organic Whole Milk See Note Below
1/2 gallon
Yogurt (made from organic milk)
10 ounces
8 ounces
Tender coconut juice (or fresh orange juice if Tender coconut juice is not available)
8 ounces
Turmeric powder
1 packet
Beetle leaves, beetle nut
Sandalwood paste
Small amount
Incense (agar batti)
1 packet
Unsalted sweet butter (organic)
1 pound
KalkaNdu (rock sugar)
1/2 pound
Coconut (grated fresh)
Coconut (to be broken towards the end for thamboolam)
Dry fruits (unprocessed - unroasted, unsalted...)
See Note below
Cashews, almonds (unprocessed - unroasted, unsalted...)
See Note below
Jaggery / Vellam (not brown sugar)
Half a pound
Aluminium foil
1 roll
Aluminium tray
Extra Large to collect Thirumanjanam water
Tamarind paste - viscous
approx 250 ml
Rice flour
a hand full for cleaning vedhigai
Note: Some whole milk products including the one at Costco fortified with Omega-3 contains fish oil. Please check the packaging and ensure that you get normal Organic Whole milk without Omega-3

More about Dolai

 Dolai for Sri Krishna is an event where the participants sing, play musical instrucments, tell stories about Krishna, and may be even dance, for the pleasure of Sri Krishna.
When Krishna arrives at your home be prepared to welcome Him into your home as a honored guest. Play some auspecious music such a Nadaswaram. Have "manjaneer Arathi" (turmeric mixed water) ready with at least two ladies. Optionally, a man can have "poorna kumbam" (a silver sombu filled with water with a cocunut as the lid).
Prepare the place where Sri Krishna will have the dolai. Keep fresh flowers ready. Have at lesat two lamps lit with Ghee. Have some incense sticks lit as well.
After Sri Krishna takes His place in the dolai, an introductory address will be given by one of the representatives of Sri Ahobila Matam. This will be followed by singing, etc. by partcipants for about an hour or hour and a half. You can also recite Sahasranamam or Bhajans.
At the conclusion, there will be Ashtothra Sadanama Archanai, Thaligai (contact our representatives for restrictions), Mangala harati, and Theertha viniyogam.
The list of items for Dolai is given below.

List of items for Dolai
Fruits, banana, apples, etc.
See Note below
Fragrant flowers (loose flowers and garland)
at least 1 dozen
Flowers for decorating dolai
at least 1 dozen
Incense (agar batti)
1 packet
Unsalted sweet butter
1/2 pound
KalkaNdu (rock sugar)
1/2 pound
Dry fruits (unprocessed - unroasted, unsalted...)
1 or 2 pounds
Cashews, almonds (unprocessed - unroasted, unsalted...)
1 or 2 pounds each
Organic Whole Warm Milk See Note Below with some saffron and honey (towards the end of the function)
1 cup (for paryankaasanam) - needed only if this is last dolai for the day
Note: Some whole milk products including the one at Costco fortified with Omega-3 contains fish oil. Please check the packaging and ensure that you get normal Organic Whole milk without Omega-3
Note: Quantity of fresh/dry fruits depends on the number of people expected. Flowers may be bought as much as possible.

Guidelines for Prasadam Preparation

The following uncooked items can be offered to PerumAL any time:
  • Dry fruits (non processed - unroasted, unsalted...)
  • Fresh fruits
  • Butter
  • Sugar rock candies (kalkandu)
For preparing cooked prasadam to PerumAL, a more detailed procedure is mentioned here.
We would like the hosts to have a blissful experience during the whole program. If you have any further questions and need personal guidance, please get in touch with our Thaligai (prasadam) coordinator Smt. Vimala Rajaji (vrajaji@gmail.com or 770-664-2251).

His Holiness, Srimathe Sri Ranganatha Yathindra Maha Desikan, the 46th Jeer of Sri Ahobila Muth has kindly consented, in spite of His busy schedule, to give an Anugraha BhAshanam on Sunday, June 16th at 12:00 PM US EST( 9:30 pm Indian Time).
US Bridge Number: 1-862-902-0100 Code: 626450


6/16/2013 - DOlOthsavam in Chicago, IL Sun, Jun 16, 2013

6/16/2013 - Thirumanjanam and DOlOthsavam in Chicago, IL Sun, Jun 16, 2013
6/8/2013 - Thirumanjanams and DOlOthsavams in Chicago, IL Sat, Jun 8th, 2013 - Sun, Jun 9th, 2013

5/25/2013 - Thirumanjanams and DOlOthsavams in Indianapolis, IN Sat, May 25th - Mon, May 27th, 2013

5/18/2013 - NammAzhwAr TN Celebration in Washington DC area Sat, May 18th - Sun May 19th, 2013

5/10/2013 - Thirumanjanams and DOlOthsavams in Boston, MA Fri, May 10th - Sun, May 12th, 2013
5/4/2013 - DOlOthsavam and Annamacharya Day Celebrations in Washington DC area Sat, May 4, 2013

Aug 13th, 2012
  • Its with deep sadness we announce that Sri Karyam Swami of Sri Ahobila Mutt, Sri U. Ve. Pazhaveri Sadagopachar Swami has attained Acharyan Thiruvadi yesterday. A well acclaimed vidwan and salakshana ganapati, he was always humility personified. We will miss his noble presence at Sri Matam.
Sep 16th, 2011
July 7th, 2011
  • Latest Sancharam of Srimad Azhagiyasingars has been posted.
June 23rd, 2011
  • Please note that the thirunakshatra mahotsavam of HH 46th Srimad Azhagiyasingar will be held at Selayur, Chennai instead of Hyderabad as previously announced.
June 8th, 2011
  • Latest Sancharam of Srimad Azhagiyasingars has been posted.
April 21st, 2011
  • Latest Sancharam of Srimad Azhagiyasingars has been posted.
April 16th, 2011
Jan 1st, 2011
Nov 4th, 2010
Oct 27th, 2010
  • The 84th TN Celebrations of Prakrutham Azhagiyasingar and the 109th TN Celebrations of 43rd Jeeyar (Devanar Vilagam Azhagiya Singar) is to be celebrated in Selayur, Chennai. Please see the invitation here.
Oct 7th, 2010
  • Sancharam Update: Srimad Azhagiasingars will be at Selayur Matam in Tambaram, Chennai until futher notice. We will provide an update as soon as we receive information.
Sep 1st, 2010
  • Srimad Azhagiyasingar is recovering well. On September 1st, Sri Sudarsana Mantra Japam (32,000 times per day) was recited and Homam conducted by 15 Vedic Experts at the Selayur Matam seeking the anugraham of the Lord for the well being of Sri Narayana Yatheendhra Mahaa Desikan to resume Malola Aaradhanam and sishya rakshanam. Check out the photo slideshow at the bottom of this page.
Aug 21st, 2010
  • Srimad Azhagiyasingar has returned to Matam in Selaiyur. He is still very weak and tired but recovering well. Let us pray to Malolan for HH's speedy and complete recovery.
Aug 18th, 2010
  • On Sunday morning (15th Aug), Srimad Azhagiyasingar had a fall and was admitted to Apollo Hospital. X-Ray revealed that he had a wear and tear in the hip region and on Tuesday (Aug 17th) morning, doctors performed a successful operation. Srimad Azhagiyasingar is keeping good health and is expected to be back at Selayur in 3 days. Srimad Chinna Azhagiyasingar is performing Nitya Aaradhanam, Samashrayanam and Bharanyaasam this week. Please check back for periodic updates.
July 26th, 2010
  • The chaturmasya sankalpam was celebrated yesterday in a grand manner at Selayur, Chennai in spite of the unfortunate and tragic incident early in the morning. Please view the photo album contributed by Sri Durai.
June 28th, 2010
  • Chaturmasyam Invitation for this year at Selayur Chennai has been uploaded.
April 19th, 2010
  • Latest Sancharam of Srimad Azhagiyasingars have been posted.
April 5th, 2010
  • Srimad Azhagiyasingars reached Thirupullani from Mannagudi today evening. Tomorrow (April 6th) they will do Sethu Snanam and then leave for Pudukottai on April 7th.
March 29th, 2010
  • Latest Sancharam of Srimad Azhagiyasingars have been posted.
March 8th, 2010
  • We have uploaded photos of Srimad Azhagiyasingars at Ahobilam taken in the last two weeks on our Facebook page (contributed by Sri Govindarajan).
Feb 28th, 2010
  • There is a slight change in the sancharam schedule. Srimad Azhagiyasingars are currently at Ahobilam to participate in Brahmotsavam Celebrations and were due to come back to Selayur, Chennai before going to Tirumalai on March 10th to participate in Annamayya Vardhanthi Celebrations. Now, HH's will remain in Ahobilam till March 9th and proceed to Tirumalai directly.
  • Sri Annamacharya is a disciple of Sri Adivan Satakopan, the first Jeeyar of Sri Ahobila Muth. In addition to his esoteric compositions on Sri Venkateswara, he has also composed a number of songs in praise of Sri Lakshmi Nrisimhar at Ahobilam and also his guru Sri Adivan Satakopan.
Feb 15th, 2010
  • Thirunakshatram of 42nd Ingimedu Srimad Azhagiyasingar was celebrated in a grand manner at Sri Vedanta Desika Bhavanam at Mylapore from 8th to 12th of this month.
  • This included divya prabhandam, veda parayanams by 125 ghosti, vidwath sadhas (in which 45th Azhagiyasingar participated and asked questions to assembled vidwans). Sri Matam has nearly 4 to 5 such events per year. This sravanam (hearing) of divya prabhandam and vedhams will result in lokakshemam (global well being) and self purification.
  • Srimad Azhagiyasingar performed mangalasasanams at Srinivasar Temple in Mylapore during Pushpa Yaagam.
  • Both Srimad Azhagiyasingars are now en-route to Ahobilam to participate in Brahmotsavam celebrations and will be back in Selayur on March 2nd.

Tele Upanyasam by Sri Matam

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Date: Sunday, 9th June 2013 6:30pm EST
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Om Tat Sat

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