Thavathiru Dhayananda Chandrasekaran is the head of Thilagavathiar Thiruvarul Adheenam. He was born in 11.01.1966. He is the grandson of Thirumathi Muthulakshmi Muthusamy who is the elder sister of Annai Sivabrinda Devi. Annai Siva Brindadevi adopted him in 1970 before her Sanyasam (priesthood). Earlier he was known as Chandrasekaran.
After adoption, he was taken to Ilayathankudi (Tamilnadu) where Sri Mahaswami Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal visited the Gurusamathi, Head of Kanchi mutt for his blessings. After giving the blessings, swamigal, also prefixed "Dhayananda" to his name.
In June 7, 1970, his "ear piercing" ceremony (kathani vizha) was celebrated in the presence of Kunrakudi Adigalar, Thiru. Ukkadai Appavu Devar M.L.A and Pudukkottai Municipal Chairman Dharamaraj Pillai at Kumaranmalai, Near Pudukkottai.
He received his primary education at Thirukokaranam Government School, & High school studies at Govt Model School and Sri Brahathambal Higher Secondary School, Pudukkottai.
In 1988, he got his under graduate (BBA) degree from APSA College at Thiruppattur, Sivagangai District, Tamil nadu. After acquiring his degree, he worked for Sakthi finance Ltd, Coimbatore for few months. Then, he did his PG Diploma Course in Computer Science at Trichy. (Urumu Dhanalakshmi College, Kattur, Trichy). After completion of his PG Diploma, he was appointed as computer operator in the university computer center, Bharathidhasan University. Trichy (1992 - 1994) for 2 years.
In 1998, when he was planning to go abroad for employment, unfortunately, on 27, Nov 1998 Annai Sayi Matha suddenly attained God's feet. After Annai's demise, he inherited the holy seat of the Adheenam and took charge at the age of 32.
All well-wishers and devotees of the Adhenam were very happy about his succession. Many social organizations also felt that he was the appropriate person to be the successor of the Adheenam.
After assuming the charge, he arranged for the opening ceremony of Annai's potrait on December 13th , 1998 in a very grand manner. The main dignitaries of the functions were - TMC president and well-known Congress Leader, Thiru.GK. Moopanar, M.P. Minister Pulavar Chenguttuvan, Former Minister RM Veerappan, Dist. Collector Harmandhar Singh, and Rani Charu Bala Thondaiman.
After opening Annai's portrait, he also inaugurated and opened a library in Annai's name on July 12th , 1999 at Adheenam premises. The Karaikudi Adheenam Thava Thiru Ponnambala Adhigalar, Dr.M.S.Udhayamoorthy, former Vice Chancellor and Dr. S. Muthukumaran attended the function.
He has arranged for various awards to be given away every year under the following categories:
In memory of Annai's services to society cash award and silver medalsare given to those who work towards the development of Tamil culture & literature. Every year on the occasion of Gurupooja, 'Annathanam' is given for all the people at annai's samathi.
Dr.Muthulaksmi Reddi award (first woman doctor in India and a social reformer) to social organizations that are doing services for the upliftment of the poor people and women's development. On the occasion of her birthday anniversary, sewing machines are donated to poor women and aged social workers are felicitated for his/her services to the society. In memory of her he founded a primary school in 2003. Thirumuraigal Recitation competitions are held for school students once in every quarter. Silver medals and certificates are awarded to winner and all the participants.
'Thilagavathiar Thiruvarul Adheena Cheithi Madal' – which is the periodical of the Adheenam has been published and Edited by him since Jan 2006.
He also organizes a function every year on the eve of pongal at Adheenam premises to acknowledge & felicitate the farmers who are the backbone of the society. During that occasion, group of farmers are selected from the field and are felicitated in the presence of local dignitaries.