The ascent of 45th Acharya heralded a golden age for Shri Matam. The Shri Sannidhi needed to be fortified on several fronts.

The sishyas who were thinly spread far and wide needed to be consolidated; the fragile financial resources needed to be augmented; several of matam assets needed protection from vested interests; several high end repair works needed to be performed in Thiruvalloor and Ahobilam divya desams; matam buildings across India were in a dilapidated situation; Malola nitya aradhanam needed additional financial support given the escalating costs and inflation; Vaideekas needed to be supported by matam which involved significant financial commitments; Vidwat sadas needed to be conducted on a regular basis; the list of tasks that needed to be prioritised seemed endless.

The Acharya made significant progress on several priorities all at once. The Shri Matam was certainly heading towards a golden age. In the first few years, the Acharya created Veda Parayana Goshtis for auspicious days; he undertook several sancharams across India and instilled among Sishyas a sense of ownership in Shri Sannidhi; financial support started pouring in; initial sceptics turned ardent devotees; he submitted several swarna offerings to Malolan, Prahlada Varadan in Upper Ahobilam and Perundhevi Thayar at Kanchipuram. He renovated pracheena Sri Matams at Srirangam. Madurantakam, Srivilliputhur, Thirukkurungudi, Azhwar Thirunagari, Pullam Boothankudi, Mannarkudi and Thiruvallikkeni. The Brindavanam of Shri Adi Vann Satokpa Jeeyar was renovated and a new Brindavanam for 44th Azhagiyasingar was constructed near Dasavathara Sannidhi in Srirangam. He renovated the 'Ul' Desikar sannidhi in front of Sri Ranganayaki Thayar sannidhi in Srirangam Temple. He increased the remuneration of Kainkaryaparaals to mitigate the burden of increasing cost of living.

The years 1996 to 2005 saw further expansion of various Matam activities. The Acharya delegated suitable loukika astikas to oversee the affairs of various trusts across the country so the message of Malolan could be spread far and wide. Significant infrastructure improvements were made at Ahobila Divya Desam. Thirumangai Azhwar has himself sung about the divya desam as one that is difficult to reach. But the improvements made by the Acharya have enabled even elderly devotees to reach the divya desam, stay and worship Nava Narasimhas in a relatively easier manner. He published Yajur Veda Samhitai and Shakai for the benefit of Veda Adhyaayis. He published rare sampradayic works like Bhavaprakashika. He made arrangements for the conduct of Malola Vidwat Sadas every year and supported several scholars across India.

The Selaiyur Matam in Chennai was consecrated in a grand manner. The matam contains a Veda, Prabanda, Shaastra Patashala within its campus where nearly 100 students stay and study. The Acharya was known for his extraordinary anushtanams and would stick to the routine irrespective of his demanding travel schedule. He made strenuous efforts to visit Divya Desams regularly and accept 'Shri Matam Maryaadais' without fail. Samprokshanams for several temples were conducted on a regular basis. He created nearly 20 Shri Baashya Vidwans through Pudukkottai Seshadri swamy. He is known to have spent several 20+ hours a day at a stretch in Shri matam routines, kalakshepams, sishya interactions and Shri Matam administrative affairs. It was as though 24 hours a day was not enough for this Acharya.

He bestowed best sambhavanais to scholars from across India without sampradaya bedams. He performed Samashrayanam and Baranyasam to several thousands of sishyas from across India and overseas. The Nrisimhapriya magazine underwent significant improvements in content and form under his direction. He emphasised the need to write simple and easy to understand articles to attract and retain attention of sishyas of all scholastic abilities.

Just as sishyas wondered if everything that needed to be accomplished by an Acharya was accomplished, the 45th Azhagiyasingar in his peerless style engaged in further Kainkaryams. The period 2006 to 2011 saw further advancement of Matams acitivities in social spheres. The most notable of them included creation of 'Sri Malola Arts and Science College' in Madurantakam. In keeping with changing times and modern day demands, the Acharya in his foresight commanded the construction of an Arts and Science college to cater to poor and needy students from all walks of life. He made provision for quality education at affordable fees thus turning the dreams of many hundreds of poor students from socially disabled backgrounds into reality. The College today attracts students from under privileged sections of society many of who are first time entrants into a college from within their family.

Social awareness about the Shri Matam's activities has increased manifold as a result. The Shri Matam is seen as one that contributes to the social welfare at large. The period also saw two significant samarpanams by devoted sishyas: Swarna Mantapam and Swarna Simhasanam. Inspite of all these precious samarpanams from loukika Sishyas, the Acharya continued to live a simple and austere life. The Acharya remained aloof from the excitements created by such expensive samarpanams and only accepted them as it was his duty to accept any samarpanam to Shri Malolan.

Appointment of Successor

The Acharya experienced some health issues in 2008. Sensing the need to continue the illustrious tradition of Shri Matam, he appointed Shri Ranganatha Yateendra Mahadesikan as his successor on May 8th 2009. The appointment of a successor of the calibre of 46th Azhagiyasingar was a jewel in the crown of achievements by the Acharya. The realisation that Shri Matam was in safe hands under the direction of Chinna Azhagiya Singar gave a sense of rejuvenation and renewed vigour to the 45th Acharya. From then on until May 2013, the two Azhagiyasingars continued on joint sancharams and Dolais.


It was the will of Malolan to command the services of the Acharya in HIS abode. The acharya attained Paramapadam after brief illness, in the mid night of May 19th 2013. He was 87. His Brindavanam is located next to the 44th Azhagiya Singar's Brindavanam in Dasavathara Sannidhi in Srirangam. Shrimathe Shri Lakshmi Nrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Shri Vann Shatakopa Shri Narayana Yateendra Maha Deshikaya Namaha.


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H.H. Azhagiyasingars, 45th Jeer of ahobilamutt- Founder and heriditary trustee.

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