Astro customers can enjoy Piravi Sittam, a new local Tamil documentary featuring mystical and intriguing aspects of Hinduism, specifically of local Siddhars or Hindu saints, premiering on 12 December, 9pm.

The first of its kind, this 8-episode local documentary reveals some fascinating and lesser known mysteries of Hinduism and is directed by Chilian S Perumal and hosted by local talents, Arulselvan Selvasamy and K Meena Kumari.

Arulsevan is a lyricist for popular songs, such as ‘Yaaro Ival Yaaro’, and ‘Uruguthu Oru Manam’ from the film ‘Azhaggiye Thee’, and ‘Kanave’ from film ‘Athaiyum Thaandi #Punithamaanathu' while Meena is a radio announcer and script writer for various TV shows.

Piravi Sittam will feature Siddhars in Malaysia, their history and contributions to the local communities.

In addition, this documentary will discuss the benefits of traditional medicine, the practice of Yoga, breathing exercises, practice of vegetarianism along with visits to eight sites where the practice of ‘Jeeva Samadhi’ or ‘Mukthi Nilai’, a ritual carried out upon reaching a transcendental spiritual state, is held.

These include the Sri Jeganathar Sivalaya Ashrama and Kasivasi Kandaiya Swamy Samadi in Perak; Sittar Palanisamy Meditation Centre, Brammah Sri Swami Sarahana Bhavanantha Samathi, Sri Ranganatha Swamy Madalayam and Kandaswamy Temple in Penang; and, Sri Sivapithu Gurumatha (Amma) and Swamy Santhanantha Sitthar in Kedah.

Catch new episodes of Piravi Sittam every Saturday at 9pm on Astro Vaanavil HD (CH 201) or stream anytime on Astro GO and On Demand.