Paramahamsa Nithyananda is the Mathadhipati of Four Ancient Mutts in South India Says High Court of Madras

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In the continuing streak of legal and moral victories for Hinduism, Paramahamsa Nithyananda regained grandly his rights to the 4 ancient traditional mutts that he was appointed as the mathadhipati (spiritual and legal head) of by the previous pontiff Swami Atmananda:


1.       Sri Somanatha Swami Temple & Aadheenam , Thiruvarur

2.       Sri Arunachala Gnandesikar Swami Temple & Mutt, Vedaranyam

3.       Sri Po.Ka.Sathukal Mutt, Vedaranyam

4.       Sri Palsamy Mutt, Thanjavur

5.       Sri Sankara Swami Mutt, Thanjavur


The Hon’ble High Court of Madras dismissed the petition initiated against Paramahamsa Nithyananda that wanted to prohibit him or his representatives from reviving or even performing puja in the four major ancient Mutts in South India. The age old Mutts in contention were from the districts of Tanjavur, Nagapattinam and Thirvarur. The Hon'ble Court thereby upheld the interim injuction granted in this regard by the Court at Nagapattinam giving the full rights to these Mutts to Paramahamsa Nithyananda. 

The strong order unequivocally establishes the right of Paramahamsa Nithyananda over the 4 mutts as mathadhipati and doing the administration of the mutts and their properties.


The Hon’ble High Court clearly ruled that once madhadhipati is appointed by a nomination deed as in the present case, as per Tamil Nadu HR&CE Act, only the Civil Court has jurisdiction to decide any issue with regard to Mathadhipati.

The  Hon’ble High Court also stated that the petition seeking striking off the original complaint and challenging the appointment of mathadhipati is invalid and it upheld the order of the lower Court granting absolute injunction for administration of the suit. The Court asserted the order saying it has supervising power over all the Courts subordinate to it.  


The verdict also goes a long way in supporting Paramahamsa Nithyananda's vision of restoring many of the ancient mutts which are in dire straits and rescuing them from the clutches of vested interests such as people who have gotten very cheap long term leases or occupied the premises belonging to these mutts illegally. Many times as we have seen these vested interests collude with some local leaders and  goondas and prevent the temple properties from being used for the rightful use. They even use physical force and death threats to evict the Sanyasis. Inspite of this blatant religious persecution in India where the majority religion is supposedly Hinduism, the sannyasis of the Nithyananda order bravely fought the war for living Hinduism and triumphantly won the war, in the face of all odds including attempts to murder them, molest the women sannyasis, physical assault and such heinous crimes.


Official Court Order:




Download the full court order declaring Paramahamsa Nithyananda as Madathipati of the 4 Mutts: Click here



Attached are the documents (Niyamanpatrams) appointing Swami Nithyananda as the Madadhipati (head) of the 4 Mutts: 



Read the rest of the documents here:

Sri Somanatha Swami Temple & Aadheenam , Thiruvarur

Sri Arunachala Gnandesikar Swami Temple & Mutt, Vedaranyam


Sri Po.Ka.Sathukal Mutt, Vedaranyam

Sri Palsamy Mutt, Thanjavur