Senior disciple of Srimad Andavan attains acharyan thiruvadi

Sri U.Ve. R. Srinivasan Swami, fondly known as R S Mama, departed to attain acharyan-thiruvadi early morning on 12 February 2020.

Srinivasan Swami was very closely associated with the Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashramam for many decades. He had single-handedly set up the Ashramam website, Yahoo groups and Youtube channels, which he had been running and maintaining for almost twenty years.

He played an active role in setting up the Villivakam Andavan Ashramam. His house in Anna Nagar had a whole floor dedicated to Srimad Andavan, where many saintly personalities including Srimad Srimushnam Peria Andavan Sri Ranga Ramanuja Mahadesikan have visited and delivered several anugraha-bhashanams (divine sermons).

Recordings of the lectures from his house are very popular even today, and many shishyas and abhimanis (disciples and well-wishers) still download and listen to them fondly.

The website he maintained is planned to archived in his memory after the launch of the new redesigned version of the official website of the Ashramam at

  1. Ve. Srinivasan Swami held a senior corporate role, and was formerly a Senior Vice President at Brakes India Limited Chennai.

Several disciples of Srimad Andavan felt that his departure was a great loss to the community. His simplicity and easy approachability were admired by many. Senior shishyas had commented that even though he had performed several demanding kainkaryams and services to the Andavan Ashramam, he always lived and behaved like an ordinary disciple, and was respectful to everyone.