Ayyavazhi/Thalaimaippathi

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Swamithoppe Pathi (Tamil: சுவாமிதோப்பு பதி; also called Swamithoppu-pathi, Manavaippathi, or Thalaimaippathi) is the primary pathi of the Ayyavazhi path of Hinduism, the head of all worship centers of Ayyavazhi, and the place where Ayya Vaikundar is said to have performed the Tavam.

According to Ayyavazhi , Ayya Vaikundar , an incarnation of Lord Narayana, carried out his tavam (efforts) at Poovantanthoppe, attracting many people from across India. The ponnmenikkoodu (Sacred Golden Body) of Ayya Vaikuntar were interred there, and the square-shaped Swamithoppu-pathi was constructed enveloping them. The holy book Akilathirattu ammanai of Ayyavazhi refers to the temple as "Thoppuppathi".

Swamithoppe Pathi contains two oil lamps (kuthuvilakku), an elunetru, and a large mirror. On a raised pedestal, covered with kavi cloth, the temple also preserves some articles believed to have been used by Ayya Vaikuntar, including a rattan cane (perampu) and a pair of wooden sandals.

Swamithoppe Pathi is the headquarters of the five pathis (Panchappathis) of Ayyavazhi , and its geographical focal point. Swamithoppe Pathi, is located in the village of Swamithope, which lies southeast of the City of Nagercoil, the head quarters (capital) of the District of Kanyakumari in the State of Tamil Nadu at the extreme southern tip of India. Swamithope lies about half-way between the Cities of Nagercoil and Kanniyakumari on the Nagercoil-Kanniyakumari road.