Symbol of Ayyavazhi Religion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The symbol of the Ayyavazhi is a lotus carrying a flame-shaped white 'Namam'. The lotus represents the 1,008-petalled Sahasrara and the Namam represents the Aanma Jyothi or atman, sometimes translated as "soul" or "self".

 

 

Origin:

Ayyavazhi (, Ayyāvaḻi, "Path of the father") is an Henotheistic belief that originated in South India. It is cited as an independent monistic religion by several newspapers, government reports and academic researchers. In Indian censuses, however, the majority of its followers declare themselves as Hindus. Therefore, Ayyavazhi is also considered a Hindu denomination.The exact origin of the name Ayyavazhi is not known. The various theories on its derivation include:

 

Ayya's path from the direct synonymous derivation, which takes Ayya as a noun (naming word) of Ayya Vakiundar  Path of Father from the local spoken-Tamil language Ayya (father) and vazhi (path). This meaning, derived from Tamil, is most commonly used as ‘ayya', and means ‘Dear father’.The ultimate truth of Master from  tamil Ayya (Master) and vazhi (the ultimate truth) is derived from the literary usage of the words.Religious system of Guru from Tamil Ayya as (Guru) and vazhi (religious system - vazhibadu in Tamil).Way of attaining the sacred feet of God Ayya as (God) and vazhi (way to unify)

 

History:

A South Indian religious faith and officially a sect of Hinduism known as Ayyavazhi. Several fundamental theological beliefs distinguish the Ayyavazhi tradition from Hinduism.A system originated in mid-nineteenth century in Southern India. Ayyavazhi was followed by  the large number of people gathering to worship Ayya Vaikundar in the middle of the 19th century. The majority of the followers of Ayyavazhi were from poor sections of society.

 

Beliefs:

 Ayyavazhi believes in one God (Bhagavan Vishnu), but recognizes that the one God Vishnu can appear in many forms (av. Lord Narayana has the most important role in Ayyavazhi theology compared to any other God-heads from Hindu tradition.

 

1.Belief in 'fate' has a great influence on the day-to-day living of the followers of Ayyavazhi. An oft-repeated refrain in Akilattirattu is that "such and such a thing happened according to the 'Oolivithi' (fate accruing from the past)".

 

2.Belief in 'sabam’ (curses), an associate of fate, is also part of the ethos of Ayyavazhi. A fitting example of a curse, the oppression that the Chanars have undergone in history, is given in Akilattirattu which attributes it to a curse invoked by one of the kings of Thiruvithankur at his deathbed.

 

3.Belief in final judgement

 

4.Belief in attaining Vaikundam(Their belief is that the deceased person had only embarked upon a penance and that he or she would eventually reach vaikundam.)

 

5.Belief in the dawn of Dharma Yukam  A belief in the dawn of Dharma Yukam (a futuristic aeon characterized by the ideal of Dharma)

Misconceptions:

 

A person who believes a single God being exists in three persons. In Hinduism this is called Trimurti, in Dharma it is called Ayyavazhi and in Christianity it is called Trinity. This differs from standard monotheists where Muslims, Jews and other beliefs clearly state that there is only one God with no additional persons.