History

Original Name : Ramalingam Pillai

Special Name : Thiru Arutpragasa Vallalar / Sithambaram Ramalingam

Date Of Birth : 05-10-1823, Subanu – Purattasi -21 Sunday, 5.54 pm

Place Of Birth : Maruthoor, 7 Miles From Vadaloor

Father’s Name : Ramaiah Pillai

Mother’s Name : Sinnammaiyar – 6th Wife Of Ramaiah

Brother’s & Sisters : Sabapathi Pillai, Parasuram Pillai, Suntharambal Ammaiyar , Unnamulai Ammaiyar

Marriage : Thanakodi (Sister Unnamulai Ammaiyar’s Daughter)

Final Disappearance

30th Jan 1874 Srimuga – Thai 19, Friday (mid-night)

Places Lived

Chennai (1825 – 1858)

Karungkuli (1858 – 1867)

Vadaloor (1867 – 1870 )

Mettu Kuppam (1870 – 1874)

Centres Set-Up

Sanmarka Sangam (1865)

Sathiya Tharuma Salai  (1867)

Sitthi Valagam (1870)

Sathiya Nyana Sabai  (1872)

Songs Written

Thiruvarutpaa (Volume 1 To 6)

Achievement

Physical Immortality

Shri Ramalinga Swami – DISAPPEARANCE

Shri Ramalinga Swami locked himself up in a room ( refer photo below) on January 30, 1874 and instructed his followers that they were not to open under any circumstance and that even if they did they would find nothing.

The disappearance of Shri Ramalingam created a stir and gave birth to a lot of rumours forcing the Government to act. In May 1874, at the behest of the authorities the room was forced open, only to be found empty. There was nothing suspicious to be found. The Madras District Gazetteer published by the South Arcot District in 1906 records his disappearance.

COPY OF GAZETTE ISSUED BY THE COLLECTOR OF SOUTH ARCOT WITH REGARDS TO Vallalar’S DISAPPEARANCE; EXTRACT FROM PAGE 316-317 OF MADRAS DISTRICT GAZETTEERS-SOUTH ARCOT DISTRICT BY W.FRANCIS I.C.S.


Ramalinga paradesi seems to have persuaded his disciples that they would rise again from the dead, and he consequently urged that burial was preferable to cremation . Even Brahmins are said to have been buried in this belief , and people who died in other villages were in several cases brought to vadalur and interred there. In 1874 he locked himself in a room (still in existence) in mettukuppam (hamlet of karunguzhi) which he used for samaadhi or mystic meditaion , and instructed his disciples not to open it for some time. He has never been seen since. And the room is still locked. It is held by those who still believe in him that he was miraculously made one with god and that in fulness of time he will reappear to the faithful. Whatever may be the thought of his claims to be a religious leader , it is generally admitted by those who are judges of such matters that his poems , and his story is worth noting as an indication of the directions which religious fervour may still take.

  • Commissioners of Hindu religious endowment in the capacity of judges have given their judgement order no. 387 dated 12.2.1935. In this order, the judges have given clearly their statement that Vallalar has disappeared.
  • “We have already referred to the pattamatral razinama of 1867 exhibit iii series. Though they are all executed in favour of Appaswami Chettiar Vagairas referring to the Sanmarga Sangam, all of them designate the founder of the person in whose name the patta might stand. The patta appears to have continued in his name till 1880, when evidently lapse of seven years from his disappearance, a notification was issued in the district gazette proposing transfer of register in the names of four persons described as agents of the Swamigal. This notification dated 11.10.1880.

Vallalar’s Handwritten Agaval

Postage Stamp of Vallalar

A postage stamp was released by Postal Department of India , in honour of Swami Ramalingam’s (Vallalar) contribution to spirituality, literature, humanity and society.

Series : Religions & Beliefs ( Famous Religious people)

Issued : 17th August 2007

Size : 32 x 39mm

Face value : 5 Indian Rupees