Ayyavazhi is a popular religion on the Indian subcontinent and dominates the region of southern Travancore and also the southern part of Tirunelveli. Followers of the religion believe in a god worshiped in Swamithoppe. In the 1940s, religion marked a huge spread, especially after the first written rules and regulations, better known as Akilam, were published. They gathered to worship Ayyu Vaikundar and had two religious books, “Akilattirattu Ammanai” and “Arul Nool,” which have prayer chants, prophecies about the song, and a guide to all their practices.
The final victory
After Ayya Vaikundar, the founder of Ayyavazhi, completed his mission on earth and united Santror, he should now come to Vaikundama. He sang and asked Thirumal to come for him to see what had happened. He received a crown and other utensils and placed it on the throne and has since been revered by all the people of the earth.
Foundation and first extension
Ayya was the father of Ayyavazhi and developed his code of ethics. He gave the rules to the first followers, known as the Five Cities, and instructed them to use the initials. She noticed the fact that the converts came from a marginalized and low caste in the community, especially from the gifted caste. They gathered in places of worship called Nizhal Thangals. The Thuvayal Thavasu Church, commonly referred to as the Thuvayal Pandarams, was the first to convert and evangelize the Vaikundar gospel throughout the country. Payyan, a little boy from Thirumalammal, was the only one allowed to make Panivedei Ayya. He began offering Pathi to Swamithoppe, a ritual accepted by his descendants.
Growth after Indian independence
The Ayyavazhi religion marked a major expansion after India gained self-government, especially in the northern regions of Tamil Nadu. Many places of worship have been built, and today it boasts 8,000 Nizhal Thangals. At that time, Ayyavazhi devotees developed a recognizable symbol for lotus and namam. In 1975, the Masi procession, mentioned as the largest procession in the Tamil Nadu region, began.
Religious signs and symbols
Followers of the Ayyavazhi religion have several signs and symbols used in worship, including a top-to-bottom sign on the front of the head created by white powdered earth. Hindus have a U-shaped symbol made of powdery ash.
While performing their religious activities, the Ayyavazhi men put on a head covering symbolizing the kingdom and the crown that each king wears while ruling the world.
Worship with the help of a mirror in a mirror
Ayyavazhi pray in front of a mirror and thus show respect for their God. There are also two oil lamps in the room. It can also be found in their homes near their consecrated places of worship. The interpretation is that God is within us and that we should not look for Him anywhere else.
Ayyavazhi considers Tamil words sacred, while Hindu Sanskrit calls it a sacred language.
Different beliefs, customs and practices
Ayyavashi to this day believe that Vaikundar came from Narayana to Kali Yukam, unlike Hindus who believe that Kali is the reincarnation of Narayana and that he will come to eliminate evil
Ayyavazhi also believe that the spirit of Kali Yuga became redundant shortly after the creation of the Avatar Vaikundar, but Hindus say that the spirit of Kali Yuga is still there.
When it comes to yukams, Ayyavazhi relies on the position of eight yukams, while Hindus follow a system of four yukams. Ayyavazhi embodies the evil of Kroni and considers him the devil. This is unlike Hindus who do not personify the devil.
Trimurthi refers to the triple views of Brahma. Ayya Vazhi recognizes that Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma refer to the same supernatural being and have the same mandates. However, Hindus rank three aspects of God in order of age.
In matters relating to who is responsible for the world, Ayyavashi respects Vaikundar, while Hinduism does not recognize Vaikundar but professes Sati Yuga.
The Ayyavazhi have minimal rituals, but the new faces face south on the Thuvaraiyam Pathi and all present are guided by a clergy chanting mantras and advising the couple. In Hinduism, it is only the priest who sing the mantras individually and praise the newlyweds.
Funeral funeral rituals
Ayyavazhi bury the dead with a geographic north without a coffin, while Hindus cremate the dead except small children or a religious leader.