The followers of the Meivazhi religion believe, the person who founded the Meivazhi religion to be the Kalki, the final incarnation of Lord Vishnu as mentioned in Hinduism and also the Second Coming of God’s incarnation on this Earth as mentioned in various other religions.
The followers of this religion address the founder as “Meivazhi Salai Aandavargal . The main source of the early life and history of Salai Aandavargal are mostly extracted from the Meivazhi scriptures written by the early followers of the religion and also from contents written by Salai Aandavargal himself.
“Aadhi Maanmiyam”, one of the volumes of Meivazhi scriptures, narrates the real name, early life and experiences of Salai Andavargal.
According to the scripture, Aandavargal was born in 1857 at Markampatti, a village in Oddanchatram Taluka,Dindugal District,Tamil Nadu.
He was named Khader Badsha Rowther by his parents – his father being Jamal Hussain Rowther and mother Periya Thayi.
He had his primary education in the village elementary school and followed the profession of his father as an agriculturist.
As a youth, he had a keen interest in spirituality. He met many false gurus and initially believed that hatha yoga was the only way to achieve the highest spiritual realization.
But he realized later that people were pretending to be saints for the sake of earning money and their own selfish purposes.
He migrated to Kasukkaranpalayam, a village in Perundurai Taluka,Erode in Tamil Nadu after his marriage to Suleka Bivi and worked as a wholesale paddy merchant. He had a daughter named Aisuamma and he almost gave up on spirituality. But It was during this period, that he met his satguru Shri Thanigai Mani Piran (real name is Mohamed Saligh also known as Pattaiyar), who was stated to be more than 600 years old and who revealed to Salai Aandavargal about his true form.
Shri Thanigai Mani Piran was also the GURU of Ramalimga Swamigal. He baptized Salai Aandavargal through Brahmopadhesam , the spiritual rebirth, at Kasukkaranpalayam, Erode.
Thereafter, Salai Aandavargal followed his satguru all over South India, renouncing his profession, wife, children and everything to attain the highest spiritual enlightenment. When Aandavargal finished his travels with his guru, he was ordered to tend to a flock of sheep at Reddiyapatti village in Dindugal District for a year.
This is celebrated annually as the festival. The first meeting of Salai Andavargal and his guru is celebrated by the followers as a festival during Pornami day of the Panguni month (April), as the festival.
Religious attributes of Salai Aandavargal
It is claimed that the Heavenly Tokens which distinguish Meivazhi Salai Andavargal from the mushrooms of impostors, masquerading as master all over the world, and identify him as the only true Master of the Age, are:
- That he has conquered slumber and sleep.
- That his Breath never passes out of His nostrils.
- That he has practically overcome the need for food.
மெய்மதத்தை சார்ந்தவர்களின் ஒழுக்க நடைமுறைகள்:
1.தலையில் தலைப்பாகை அணிந்திருப்பார்கள்.
2.அரசியலில் ஈடுபடமாட்டார்கள் அரசியலில் உள்ளவர்களை விமர்சிக்க மாட்டார்கள் .
3. சினிமா நாடகம் இவைகளில் ஆர்வம் காட்ட மாட்டார்கள்.
4.பஞ்சமாபாதகம் கொலை ,களவு, கள், காமம், பொய், புகை, போன்றவைகளில் ஈடுபட மாட்டார்கள்.
5. மருத்துவமனையில் அடக்க மாணவர்களை பிரேத பரிசோதனை செய்யக்கூடாது
6. மெய்வழியில் அடக்கமான அதாவது ஜீவசமாதி அடைந்த உடலை எரிக்கக் கூடாது