Evolution of the foundation

Preservation of heritage and supporting the down trodden people was the primary aim when Thiruvathirayan Thiruvarut Sabhai was formed in 1974. It has been serving the Shiva temples in rural areas over three decades by involving in the renovation work at various places. It also believed in helping the poor priests of rural temples and started honouring them in batches. The need for creating a charitable trust was initiated at the end of 2012 to serve better by expanding the network in a professional way. The Trust was named – “Ardhra Foundation” and was registered in Feb 2013.

We welcome your queries and offer information to the best of our knowledge. It is our earnest belief that each citizen of the great nation has the imbedded urge to pay back to the land where we are born by not forgetting the responsibility of passing on the tradition to the generations to come and make the life purposeful similar to what our forefathers have contributed over several centuries.

About the Board of Trustees:

Sivapathasekaran who is the Managing Trustee of Ardhra Foundation hails from a pious family of Mayiladuthurai. A graduate in science & law, he worked in oil and petrochemical industries for 35 years. Based in Chennai, he spends his retired life by visiting the rural temples to mobilise support for renovation and daily pujas. He uses the internet effectively to create awareness on our heritage and shares information gathered through field visits. He also coordinates between the philanthropists and the temples for which support is urgently required.

Mrs Murugappan, hails from the family of Naattukottai Nagarathars who are second only to Chola Emperors in renovating Shiva Temples. The desire to serve Shiva Temples continues over many generations.

Venkatesan, another trustee graduated from IIT-Madras and worked with leading oil companies in India and abroad. Presently working in Chennai he holds a senior management position.

Karthikeyan, the fifth member of the board of Trustees is also known for his involvement in visiting ancient temples and helping for the cause of poor priests. Presently he workd for an oil refinery of south India.