Tukaram Ganapathy
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Sri Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj born to the illustrious parents, Sri Vaidhyanatha Iyer and Meenakshi Ammal of Kadayanallur (Nellai dist) in 1956 as the eighth child. Deeply devout family of Sampradaya Bhajan padathi, made him sing abhangs.

His family Guru Sri Sri Krishnapremi Maharaj encouraged his talent in Marathi abhangs for which he had a special flavor. After undergoing vigorous training in Varakari Sampradaya (the way it is done in Maharashtra) i.e. singing abhangs, his guru blessed him with the title "Tukaram" (name of a Marathi Saint composer).

From then on Ganapathi moorthi came to be more popularly known as Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj. Being in Tamilnadu, Sri Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj toiled a lot to learn the nuances of Varakari Sampradaya and presented it in its pristine pure nature.

Sri Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj is the pioneer in introducing Harikirthan (lacing the abhangs with tamil explanations in Harikatha form) in Tamilnadu. Harikirthan (Sangeetha Upanyasam) is the name with which it is popularly known in Maharashtra.

Sri Sri Baba Maharaj Saatharkar, guru of Sri Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj for Abhang, Harikirthan, has given dheeksha for Sri Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj. With Baba Maharaj's blessings and guidance, Viswa Varakari Samasthan, established in Kadayanallur, is committed to spread Nama Sankirtan to every nook and corner.

Shri Tukaram Ganapathi Maharaj has traveled extensively not only in India but also to the UK, UAE, Oman, USA and Singapore for Harikirthan with roaring appreciation.He has also trained many disciples to carry on this task of spreading Nama Sankirtan.

His house, "VITTAL VIHAR" in Kadayanallur, has the main deity VITTAL & RAKHUMAYI (presiding deities of Pandarpur, Maharashtra), also a Goshala, with old milch cows being taken care of by Go Samrakshana Trust, a non-profitable organisation started by Sri. Maharaj.