Chennai: For the 15th year in a row, five Odhuvars (people who traditionally recite Thevaram in temples) were presented a purse of Rs 15,000 by the St Sekkizhar School of Saiva Siddhanta and honoured at a function got up at the Dharmapura Adheenam in T Nagar Sunday.
The adheenam (mutt), which is actively involved in the spread of Hinduism, particularly Saivism, had organised the event in remembrance of Dharmapuram P Swaminathan, a legendary singer of Thevaram, on his eighth death anniversary.
The St Sekkizhar School of Saiva Siddhanta honoured S Sambandha Odhuvar from Villupuram, S Nataraja Odhuvar of Thirukadavur, K Ayyaru Desikar of Thirukarugavur, T Adalarasu Odhuvar of Thirumagaral, and A Balasubramania Odhuvar from Ambasamudram, as also accompanists S Balaveeraraghavan (violinist), Chennai, and S Periyasamy (mridangam), Coimbatore.
BJP MP and founder of the Potramarai literary organisation, L Ganesan, who was the chief guest, called upon people to respect and donate liberally to Odhuvars. He gave an open invitation to the Odhuvars to meet him after the event and state their grievances. He promised to take them to the notice of even the Chief Minister and get them rectified.
Noted Saiva philosophy exponent and writer T N Ramachandran, whose son Dr T R Suresh had made the donations for the Odhuvars, spoke extensively about the charm of Saiva siddhanta.
Potralam Durai Arumugam, Panasai Murthy, publisher Sivalayam J Mohan and Prof M V Pasupathy, who is a retired Tamil professor of Thirupanandal College, spoke.
The trust had thoughtfully included a travel allowance of Rs 1,000 apart from the purse. It also supports about 30 Odhuvars with a monthly stipend of Rs 750 to further the cause of Thevarams.