The Gnanavallal Paranjothi Mahan
History of the Gnanavallal Paranjothi Mahan
His Holiness Gnanavallal Paranjothi Mahan was born on 2 May 1900 in a village called Kansapuram, Srivilliputhur Taluk, in the district of Ramnad in South India.

Although His Holiness did not acquire a formal education in his younger days, he still had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. His foremost thought was to seek the Truth of life. He therefore attended many places of worship and devoted his time to religious practices in the hope of finding the “Truth”. Mahan attained his wisdom on 11 Nov 1911 at 11:11 am.

When he turned 16, he travelled to Rangoon where he worked with his uncle. In 1933, he started his own business. However, his quest for knowledge never left him and he continued to visit many Yogis, Buddhist monks and spiritual leaders hoping to learn from them.

On the 7th January 1938, he met his Guru, Haribullah Kamil Syed Ibrahim who initiated him into the Tantrik system of Yoga. This was the turning point in his life and he felt a great change come over him. He devoted more time to research and meditation and soon attained enlightment. He started preaching his self-realisation and knowledge to others. Because of his principles, his admirers and disciples called him “Paranjothi Mahan” which means “The One Illuminated” or “A Great Man of Divine Wisdom”.

Gnanavallal Paranjothi Mahan left his business and returned to India where he started his first Universal Peace Sanctuary in a hut in Madurai. His teachings soon spread far and wide and reached Singapore.

Gnanavallal Paranjothi Mahan's last visit to Singapore was in 1980 and he stayed for three months before returning to India in December. He attained Samathi on 7 January 1981 in Pondichery, South India. However, during his many visits, he had initiated and trained a few members to take over his duties here.