Swamithoppe Pathi

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Also known as Manaval Pathi or Thamarai Pathi is the primary pathi of the Ayyavazhi, the head of all Worship centers of Ayyavazhi, and the sacred venue of the Tavam.

Faithfully, it is considered primary among the Pancha Pathi and the primary center of the incarnation of Vaikundar.

According to Ayyavazhi legends, Ayya Vaikundar, an incarnation of Lord Narayana carried out his Tavam at Poovantanthoppe, attracting many followers from across India. On his departure, Ayya Vaikundar was believed to be interred there and the square shaped Pathi was constructed enveloping him. The holy book Akilathirattuammanai of Ayyavazhi refers temple as Thoppuppathi.

At Swamithoppe Pathi, everyday is considered as a festival day. So the rituals of festival days are conducted here throughout the year.

The most significant festival is Ayya Vaikunda Avataram, the day at which Ayya Vaikundar incarnated from the sea at Tiruchendur. Though many worship centers including other Pathis carry out celebrations during this festival, it is considered sacred to visit Swamithoppe on this day.  

This is the largest festival conducted in Swamithoppe Pathi. Several processions will be held on those days which start off from different places including Tiruchendur and Thiruvanathapuram and ends at Swamithoppe.

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