While a plea by the State government for the removal of Arunagirinathar, the 292nd pontiff of the Madurai Adheenam, was pending in a magistrate court, the senior pontiff of the Mutt on Sunday appointed a Thiruchitrambalam Thambiran for the Mutt.
The 36-year-old man previously served as a Thambiran at the Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam. On Sunday, he visited Madurai Adheenam and expressed his willingness to serve in the Adheenam.
Later, clarifying doubts, Arunagirinathar categorically told reporters that the post of Thiruchitrambalam Thambiran was completely different from that of a junior pontiff. “A section of the media has wrongly reported that he was the new junior pontiff of the mutt, but it is wrong,” he said.The new Thambiran hailed from Tirunelveli and had two brothers.