Next to the icon of the standing Ganesha on the wall is the figure of a person seated beneath a banyan tree with one leg crossed and the right hand of the lower arm showing a sign called the ‘chin mudra’. This icon is called Thedchanaamoorthy. Moorthy means God and Thedchanaa means South, referring to the God facing the South, a particular form of Lord Siva as a Guru, in fact as The Guru of all Gurus! The silent message imparted by his ‘chin mudra’ is that if one discards the three basic impurities ( malams) – Ego, excessive Desires and Illusion out of ignorance, in him/her, one’s individual soul ( represented by the fore finger) will unite with Absolute Divinity ( represented by the thumb), thus forming a ring.
Primary Objectives of the Saiva Manram
- Provide a forum, place, premises and/or facilities for worship, prayer, teaching and other related religious and philosophical activities, based on the Saivaism and Tamil language
- Undertake the provision and continued operation and maintenance of a place of worship with Lord Murugan, the traditional God of Tamil – as the presiding Deity
- Preserve and enhance the role of Tamil in the religious, philosophical, meditative and yogic activities
- Undertake other related activities, consistent with the above objectives