In 2013 His Divine Holiness Nithyananda Paramashivam was declared as the Acharya Mahamandaleshwar and successor by the current head of the Atal Akhada Mahant Sri Sukhdevanandji Maharaj. Speaking on the occasion of HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam’s Avatara Dina Brahmotsava (Celebrations) he said:
The Atal Akhada is the source of all the 13 Akhadas of which the Mahanirvani Akhada is also one. Acharya Mahamandaleshwar is the person who sets direction for the Akhada. His Divine Holiness Nithyananda Paramashivam being declared as the successor to the Atal Akhada makes him perhaps the only person to head not just one but two of the 13 major Akhadas.