Press Esc to close
Wednesday 03 September 2014
News updated at 1:59 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27°C
Min : 20°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

MTech from IIT is mutt head

Adichunchanagiri (Mandya), Jan 14, 2013, DHNS
Nirmalanandanatha

Seer Nirmalanandanatha, an MTech from IIT-Madras, heading the Chikkaballapur branch of Adichunchanagiri mutt, was anointed the 72nd head of the mutt and successor of seer Balagangadharanatha, on Monday.

Balagangadharanatha Swami,  who had a large following mainly from the Vokkaliga community, died in Bangalore on Sunday. As the new seer had to perform the last rites of his predecessor, he was sworn into office in the presence of seers of other mutts from across the state, and followers.

Nirmalanandanatha, named Nagaraju before he assumed the ascetic order, is the second son of Narasegowda and Nanjamma of Cheernahalli, C S Pura hobli, in the Gubbi taluk of Tumkur district. Born on July 20, 1969, he has three brothers and two sisters.


After completing his diploma at Tumkur Government Polytechnic, the seer did his BE (civil engineering) at National Institute of Engineering, Mysore. He completed M Tech from IIT-Madras in 1996 after joining the mutt.

A seventh rank holder in diploma, the seer had secured a scholarship from Jindal Foundation. He was staying in the BCM hostel in Mysore while studying at NIE. Even though selected as a scientist at Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune, he was inclined towards spirituality and joined the Sanskrit Vedagama College at Adichunchanagiri.

He did Vidvathuthama course in Advaitha Vedantha and MA in Shaivagama. The seer was rechristened Nirmalanandanatha after being anointed as the head of Chikkaballapur branch of Adichunchanagiri mutt.

The junior seer was staying at the main mutt for the past three years as the senior pontiff was ill. Well-travelled and tech-savvy, he was taking care of his senior besides supervising the mutt affairs and temple.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
England's Steven Finn survives a run out attempt

England's Steven Finn survives a run out attempt

President Pranab Mukherjee at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on Tuesday. J & K Governor NN Vohra is...

President Pranab Mukherjee at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on Tuesday. J & K Governor NN Vohra is...

India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after bowling England's Eoin Morgan

India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after bowling England's Eoin Morgan

Shuttler PV Sindhu, bronze medalist at World Badminton Championship, speaking to the media with ...

Shuttler PV Sindhu, bronze medalist at World Badminton Championship, speaking to the media with ...

England's Chris Woakes, right, is run out for 10 runs...

England's Chris Woakes, right, is run out for 10 runs...

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, right, watches Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt bowl during a...

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, right, watches Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt bowl during a...

Dhoni And Jos Buttler at the fourth one-day international cricket match...

Dhoni And Jos Buttler at the fourth one-day international cricket match...

A devotee carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to be immersed into...

A devotee carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to be immersed into...

Ajinkya Rahane celebrates after scoring a century against England during the fourth One Day...

Ajinkya Rahane celebrates after scoring a century against England during the fourth One Day...

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh presents a bat signed by him to Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter Usain...

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh presents a bat signed by him to Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter Usain...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523