, a small town 10km from Neyveli is a spiritual place. In the great
Tamil land, which gave rise to so many Saints and scholars, Vallalar is a
unique person. Through out his life he advocated compassion towards fellow
living beings. He preached people to lead a Vegetarian life and killing of
Living beings such as Goats and Hens as the Greatest sin.
was seized with fear
when cows and calves, which I came across, lowed;
I grew faint in my mind
when I saw proud cattle and other animals
great saint Vallalar established his sathya nana sabai
("True-Knowledge-League"), here at Vadalur, to spread his
messages. Vadalur is the vision of Vallalar. Ever year it attracts thousands
of devotees, especially in January, when there is a grand festival called
1867, Vallalar thought of giving his spiritual mission a lasting form. He
was inspired to choose a field quite near Karunkuzzi, the place of his
permanent stay called Vadalur. He named Vadalur as “Uttara-Jnana-Chidambaram”
meaning “North Chidambaram of Wisdom”. Here he started his
spiritual work. He started a “Samarasa Sanmargha” for the
propagation of his ideal Universal compassion. A charity house (Dharma
Sala) was started to feed the pious and the poor without any caste
difference. It is said that ten thousand people were fed within three days
of its starting. A school (Samarasa-Dharma Padasala) was started to
teach students the Arul-Pa. The “True-knowledgeable-league” (satya-Jnana
Sabha), an auditorium, was established to preach the spiritual ideals
equally to all. The crown of his entire charitable, humanitarian,
educational, devotional and spiritual service was the establishment of a
magnificent temple where supreme Grace-Light, the beatific splendor was
adored. It was open to all devoid of caste and religious distinction. Forty
acres of land were chosen for this work in Vadalur. His disciples finished
the work of this “Temple of Knowledge” within about six months. It is a
beautiful lotus-shaped octagonal building, well planned for common worship.
The sevenfold "Chitshaktis" (force of divine consciousness)
have been represented by seven births lights with a curtain behind each. The
last golden light tokens the supreme spiritual light. "Satya Jyothi"
(Truth-Light) is worshipped there.
Supreme Light divine! Hail Supreme Grace divine!” (The Tamil version
of the Mantra is “Arulperun jyoti! Taniperum karuanai”). This is
the mantra that they utter in a sweet chorus as each screen lifts up and
displays the light. The hall is lively with the signing of the Arul-pa
during the hour of Light display. No other ritual elaborations are allowed
except the worship of Light as a symbol of divine knowledge.