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The Holy-shrine Arul­migu Ad­hiparasak­thi Sid­dhar Peedam is sit­u­ated at Mel­maru­vathur, Tamil Nadu, which is 92 kms south of Chen­nai on the NH-45. This place is be­ing con­sid­ered as holy for the past 2000 years. It is in this place where 21 Sid­dhars, men and women, have their Jeeva Samadhi. These Sid­dhars be­long to var­i­ous re­li­gions. This is the Holy Land where a lady Sid­dhar re­sides and blesses.

His­tor­i­cal Sig­nif­i­cance:

In these Holy Lands at Mel­maru­vathur, where the cur­rent Sid­dhar Peedam is con­se­crated, stood a Neem Tree and a huge Snake mound un­der­neath it. One day, in 1960s, milk be­gan to ooze out from the afore­said Neem Tree. Won­der­struck by the mir­a­cle, peo­ple in the sur­round­ing vil­lages, think­ing it to be a Di­vine Hap­pen­ing, drank the ooz­ing milk. The milk was de­li­cious though the sap of the Neem tree will al­ways taste bit­ter. It served as a mir­a­clemedicine for cur­ing the var­i­ous dis­eases of the vil­lage peo­ple. The peo­ple slowly started re­al­iz­ing the Di­vine Power and Grace of the tree. On 28th No­vem­ber 1966, there was a vi­o­lent storm in Tamil Nadu. The Snake mound un­der the Neem tree was eroded in the heavy rain. The Neem tree (from which the milk oozed out) also got up­rooted due to the vi­o­lent gusty winds.The Swayambu emerged be­neath the up­rooted Neem tree. Peo­ple then un­der­stood the rev­e­la­tion that it was be­cause of the power of The Swayambu, the milk had high medic­i­nal val­ues, and the place be­came so sa­cred. The Sanc­tum Sanc­to­rum of to­day’s Sid­dharPeedam is estab­lished in this very same place. The Swayambu is sit­u­ated right in front of the Ad­hiparasak­thi statue. In 1971, the first Or­a­cle came through His Ho­li­ness, The Adi­galar and The Power proph­e­sied that, “it’s de­scend­ing to earth as The Mother and She should be wor­shipped as the God­dess Ad­hiparasak­thi, and the world would go through a Spir­i­tual Revo­lu­tion and a New Re­nais­sance would emerge’. Ini­tially, The Swayambu alone was wor­shipped for many years. There­after, on 25th No­vem­ber 1977, the idol of Mother Ad­hiparasak­thi was in­stalled in the Sanc­tum Sanc­to­rum. Mother Ad­hiparasak­thi in­structed the unique form of this idol through Her Or­a­cles. The idol is one me­tre tall, seated on a thou­sand-pe­tal lo­tus seat, with Her right leg folded and the left leg rest­ing on the lo­tus pe­tal. The thou­sand-pe­tal lo­tus sig­ni­fies and de­notes med­i­ta­tion. She holds the bud of a lo­tus in Her right hand and the fin­gers of Her left are folded in a way de­pict­ing the Chin Mu­dra. Her hair is plaited and knot­ted up­wards like a crown

About Amma:

His Ho­li­ness, Arulthiru Amma - “When righteousness in the world gives place to un­righ­teous­ness, I will de­scend to Earth and be

born there to re­store righteousness once again.” -Amma’s Or­a­cle.

Arul Thiru Ban­garu Adi­galar was born on March 3rd, 1941 at Mel­maru­vathur vil­lage to the noble souls of Sri Gopala Naicker and Tmt. Meenakshi Am­mal. He was the sec­ond child, and has a younger brother and a sis­ter. His Ho­li­ness, The Arulthiru Amma, is be­lieved to be a POORNA AVATAR (hold­ing all 16 qual­i­ties of an Avatar) and the in­car­na­tion of the Supreme power – AD­HIPARASAK­THI.

The term AVATAR de­notes one who has de­scended to Earth in hu­man form from the spir­i­tual realm of God to re-es­tab­lish Righteousness in the world and to pre­serve the hu­man race from ex­tinc­tion. Mother Ad­hiparasak­thi, with Her bound­less grace, mak­ing Her­self a stand­ing ex­am­ple, has there­fore come down to this phys­i­cal planet to re-es­tab­lish the virtues, and to in­still spir­i­tu­al­ity among the masses, tak­ing the hu­man form in Sri. Adi­galar. From a very early age, there were signs to show that His Ho­li­ness was not an or­di­nary child. In the In­dian tra­di­tion, the snake is con­sid­ered as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Di­vine. Sri.Gopala Naicker’s fam­ily saw enough ev­i­dence of the pres­ence of the Di­vine in His Ho­li­ness be­fore His Ho­li­ness at­tained the age of pu­berty. But soon, many other ev­i­dences ex­plic­itly re­vealed the di­vine in­car­na­tion of Mother Ad­hiparasak­thi in Sri Adi­galar.


Pos­sessed By The Di­vine - When His Ho­li­ness was a young boy, He was sleep­ing alone, while the fam­ily mem­bers were do­ing their daily chores. When His mother peeped through the win­dow to see if all was fine, she was ut­terly shocked to see a king co­bra coiled around The Child. She screamed with ter­ror and Sri Gopala Naicker, who was out­side talk­ing to some­one, rushed in and was stunned at the hor­ri­fy­ing sight. The snake and The Boy seemed to be play­ing! Sri Naicker prayed even as oth­ers looked for sticks to kill the snake. “Oh Di­vine Mother, don’t harm The Child. He is Yours. Save Him,” Sri Gopal Naicker prayed calmly. The snake seemed sat­is­fied with the game and prayer, left the place leav­ing The Boy un­harmed.

There is a God­dess Mari­amman tem­ple right across Sri Gopal Naicker’s house. Ev­ery year, the fam­ily would con­duct spe­cial aus­pi­cious fes­ti­vals for the Am­man. In that par­tic­u­lar year when – His Ho­li­ness was still a young, school-go­ing boy, they were cel­e­brat­ing the an­nual fes­ti­val at the Mari­amman tem­ple, when sud­denly, The Di­vine pos­sessed the young boy.“Son!”, He ad­dressed his fa­ther, per­plex­ing the el­der man. Sri Gopal Naicker was too naive to re­alise the power of the vis­i­ta­tion. But, slowly re­al­is­ing that the Di­vine was ad­dress­ing him, he most re­spect­fully heard Her out as she said, “Through your son, I shall wipe out the sor­rows of the peo­ple; I shall bless the peo­ple with Di­vine words us­ing your son as my ve­hi­cle.”

Sri Gopal Naicker, still stunned, asked, “But, what about His ed­u­ca­tion?” “Don’t worry about His ed­u­ca­tion. I shall take care of it,” She as­sured him. Sud­denly, The Boy grabbed the heavy brass plate used for per­form­ing Deepa Aarad­hana and twisted it with ease– re­ally an im­pos­si­ble task for a boy of that ten­der age.

Sri Gopal Naicker, hum­bled by this dis­play of power, im­me­di­ately said, “If you live on our lands, then we will be able to con­struct a tem­ple and con­duct fes­ti­vals eas­ily.” “So be it!!” She replied in­stantly.

The True In­ner Urge Ex­posed - Once, His par­ents took Him to a tem­ple fes­ti­val. A toy seller asked Him what toy He wanted to buy. His Ho­li­ness im­me­di­ately pointed to one par­tic­u­lar toy and it was the idol of Devi Bhu­vanesh­wari. The idol be­came the first ob­ject of devo­tion and the in­ner urge of the Di­vine Child was clearly ex­posed.

His Ho­li­ness’ Ca­reer And The In­ter­ven­ing Emo­tions - Many years later, when He was train­ing to be­come a teacher, He ex­pe­ri­enced many dif­fer­ent kinds of emo­tions, thanks to the guid­ance of The Mother. But, His friends thought that He was jok­ing when He tried talk­ing to them about it. On sev­eral oc­ca­sions, He had fallen down be­cause of the trance–like state He would get into. Af­ter com­plet­ing the teacher’s train­ing course, He got a job as a teacher in Arapedu vil­lage near Achiru­pakkam.

Fam­ily Life - Shri.Adi­galar, be­ing a Saint who in­volved Him­self in fam­ily life, adds credit to this most Noble and Spir­i­tual Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“It is best for you to par­tic­i­pate in this spir­i­tual move­ment as hus­band and wife” ~ Amma’s Or­a­cle. Shri.Adi­galar mar­ried Selvi.Lak­shmi (the ninth daugh­terof Sri.Venkat­achala Naicker and Sri­mathi Visha­lak­shi of Uthi­ramerur) on 4thSeptem­ber, 1968. They have two sons and two daugh­ters who are also deeply in­volved in the Spir­i­tual Move­ment. The great­ness of this Avatar lies in prac­tic­ing spir­i­tu­al­ity even as a fam­ily man.

The Pro­found Sim­plic­ity - His Ho­li­ness’ Or­a­cles and Mir­a­cles at­tract mil­lions of devo­tees from all over the world who come to seek His bless­ings. Clad in a sim­ple white shirt and a red dhoti, sans all or­na­ments, like a Sanyasi, Sadhu or God­man, Amma is a per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of Sim­plic­ity. His Ho­li­ness’ pro­found qual­i­ties of love, com­pas­sion and sac­ri­fices have led to His devo­tees call­ing Him‘AMMA’. The great­est thing about Amma is His Hum­ble­ness. Even though devo­tees see Amma as Ad­hiparasak­thi’s Avatar, Amma is al­ways hum­ble which can very well be re­alised through one of His say­ings, “I AM JUST A SER­VANT TO ALL”. That is Amma! Amma is truly the lov­ing mother of the Uni­verse. Her love reaches out to ev­ery hu­man be­ing, not only in In­dia, but the world over.

Sid­dhar Peedam’s Schema:

Ad­hiparasak­thi has de­clared in Her Or­a­cle that she is not re­stricted by the Agama Rules (com­mon rules gov­ern­ing the con­struc­tion and con­se­cra­tion of the dif­fer­ent struc­tures in a Hindu tem­ple). It is said that the struc­tures in the Sid­dhar Peedam have been estab­lished ac­cord­ing to the Di­vine or­ders of Ad­hiparasak­thi. The struc­tures like Kodi­maram (Flag Post), Balipeedam (place of sac­ri­fice) and Va­hanan­gal (the palan­quins and such other sim­i­lar struc­tures to carry the pre­sid­ing deities in a Hindu tem­ple) are not present here.

The Om Sak­thi Podium - The Om Sak­thi Podium, with the Tri­dent in its cen­tre, stands vi­brantly at the en­trance and in front of the Sid­dhar Peedam. Since The Ad­hiparasak­thi is the Mother of all Gods and God­desses, there are no sep­a­rate struc­tures for the Nav­a­gra­has (the 9 plan­ets gen­er­ally termed as Plan­e­tary Lords, which can be usu­ally seen in the Hindu Tem­ples) in the Sid­dhar Peedam. The Mother has strongly as­cer­tained, “Those who sur­ren­der to Me need not pray to the Plan­e­tary Lords. They are just My of­fi­cers who carry out the work of im­ple­ment­ing My Law of Karma. If you go round the Om Sak­thi Podium, all the evil ef­fects will be re­duced in in­ten­sity or fully nul­li­fied.”

The Sanc­turm Sanc­to­rum - In the Sanc­tum Sanc­to­rum, The Di­vine mother, Ad­hiparasak­thi show­ers Her Choic­est Bless­ings from the Lo­tus Peedam. She show­ers Her Bless­ings in the ‘sit­ting’ pos­ture fold­ing Her right leg and let­ting Her left leg down. Keep­ing the left leg down sig­ni­fies that The Di­vine Mother Ad­hiparasak­thi has the high­est place in ev­ery­thing. She holds the Lo­tus Bud in Her right hand sig­ni­fy­ing Gnana (wis­dom) and de­picts the Chin Mu­dra (in­dex fin­ger touch­ing the thumb and the other fin­gers stretched out) in the left hand. The Swayambu is sit­u­ated right in front of the Ad­hiparasak­thi statue. Anoint­ments (Abishekam) and Ar­chanas (pooja) are per­formed to the Ad­hiparasak­thi statue and Swayambu, ev­ery­day.

The Put­tru Man­da­pam - The Put­tru Man­da­pam struc­ture (Snake Mound) is to the right of the Sanc­tum Sanc­to­rum. Here Ad­hiparasak­thi re­sides in the form of Co­bra. It is in this Di­vine Place that Ad­hiparasak­thi de­liv­ers Her Or­a­cle.

Saptha Kan­ni­yar Kovil (The Tem­ple Of Ma­trikas) To the right of Put­tru Man­da­pam is the Saptha Kan­ni­yar Tem­ple (Saptha means seven; Kanni means vir­gin; Kan­ni­yar, the plu­ral form means vir­gins). They are the ac­com­pa­ny­ing An­gels of Ad­hiparasak­thi. The de­tails about them are as fol­lows: (1) Lord Brahma’s Power-Brahmi (2) Lord Vishnu’s Power-Vaish­navi (3) LordMa­h­eswaran’s Power-Ma­h­eswari (4) Lord Ku­maran’s Pow­erKow­mari (5) Lord In­dra’s Power- Indhrani (6) Lord Varaha’s Power-Vaaragi and (7) Lord Ru­dra’s Pow­erChamundi. The tem­ple of the vir­gins will nor­mally be open atop, with­out any roof. So also are The Vir­gins of this tem­ple, with walls on four sides, but roof­less.

The Naga Peedam (Pre­sid­ing de­ity seated on a 5headed Co­bra) - Naga Peedam is sit­u­ated be­hind

the Putru­man­da­pam. Upon wor­ship­ping the de­ity in the Naga Peedam by light­ing lemon lamp, the devo­tees can gain the ben­e­fits of wor­ship­ping three Godesses Kanchi Ka­mak­shi, Kasi Visalak­shi and Madu­rai Meenakshi thereby nul­li­fy­ing fam­ily re­lated prob­lems and fos­ter­ing unity within the fam­ily mem­bers.

Arutkoodam (His Holy Abode) - The di­vine Arutkoodam is sit­u­ated in the North-Western cor­ner of the Sid­dhar Peedam. At Arutkoodam, the devo­tees per­form Paadha Pooja to His Ho­li­ness for get­ting His Di­vine Bless­ings and Guid­ance to get rid of their per­sonal prob­lems.

Ad­har­vana Badhrakali Tem­ple - This is a small tem­ple is sit­u­ated op­po­site to the Om­sak­thi Podium of the Sid­dhar Peedam. Peo­ple who have been af­fected and crip­pled by the neg­a­tive forces of Witch­craft and Black Magic will be cured if they wor­ship the pow­er­ful God­dess of this tem­ple.

Unique­ness Of The Place:

Di­vine In­car­na­tion (Avatar) - Mel­maru­vathur is a place of mar­vel be­cause God­dess Ad­hiparasak­thi has in­car­nated Her­self in the hu­man form (Avatar) as Arulthiru Ban­garu Adi­galar (fondly called as ‘AMMA’ mean­ing mother in Tamil - sym­bol­is­ing His moth­erly af­fec­tion to one and all), and pro­vides so­lu­tions to the in­nu­mer­able com­plex prob­lems of hu­man be­ings.

Be­yond Re­li­gions And Bound­aries – One Mother, One Race - The name "Sid­dhar Peedam” is used in­stead of the con­ven­tional word “tem­ple” since 21 Sid­dhars (Highly evolved souls or God re­al­ized be­ings sim­i­lar to Je­sus, Bud­dha, Moses, Mo­hammed or Great Spir­i­tual Masters/Gu­rus) be­long­ing to var­i­ous re­li­gions are in Jeeva Sa­maadhi (leav­ing the mor­tal body but liv­ing in as­tral plane) here. Thus this Sid­dhar Peedam is not con­sid­ered to be a Hindu Tem­ple, and wel­comes peo­ple of all re­li­gions un­der the procla­ma­tion “ONE MOTHER ONE RACE”

Uni­form Colour And Its Sig­nif­i­cance - Devo­tees throng Mel­maru­vathur and the Sid­dhar Peedam in RED robes or clothes. The red colour has been cho­sen to sym­bol­ise the pig­ment of blood, which is com­mon to all hu­man be­ings on this Mother Earth, ir­re­spec­tive of caste, creed, gen­der, re­li­gion or any other dis­crim­i­na­tion.

No To Priests - One of the unique fea­tures of this Sid­dhar Peedam is that it does not have ap­pointed priests to per­form or con­duct daily prayers un­like in other tem­ples. The devo­tees (in­clud­ing women) are al­lowed to per­form Ar­chanas and Abishekams them­selves, in ac­cor­dance with the pro­ce­dures laid by the Mother Ad­hiparasak­thi through Her Or­a­cles. Ev­ery day, each one of the odd Wor­ship­ping Cen­tres (Man­drams in Tamil) is given the noble task of serv­ing at the Sanc­tum Sanc­to­rum.

Promi­nence To Women At The Sid­dhar Peedam Amma has said that one of the fore­most rea­sons for Her in­car­na­tion is to give a di­vine place to the women folk by in­volv­ing them in spir­i­tu­al­ity. Women are given ut­most im­por­tance in all the ac­tiv­i­ties and fes­ti­vals at the Sid­dhar Peedam. Women are even al­lowed dur­ing their men­strual pe­ri­ods to per­form reg­u­lar prayers at the Sanc­tum Sanc­to­rum (which is pro­hib­ited in Hindu tem­ples all over the world). Amma em­pha­sises that it is only a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non which should not pro­hibit women from wor­ship­ping God and that would cer­tainly pave way for their up­lift­ment. Many women have sig­nif­i­cantly at­tained and con­quered un­scaled heights in spir­i­tu­al­ism – per­form­ing Yag­nas, Kumb­habishekams and Ar­chanas in the Sanc­tum Sanc­to­rum at this Sid­dharPeedam.

Four Ideals:

The four pil­lars or ideals of the Om Sak­thi move­ment are:

1. Devo­tion, 2. Char­ity,

3. Ser­vice & 4. Med­i­ta­tion.

The Mother helps all those who sin­cerely pray to Her. Chant­ing, char­ity, med­i­tat­ing deeply and calmly, do­ing yeomen ser­vice, wher­ever and when­ever pos­si­ble are given pri­or­i­ties by His Ho­li­ness, The Amma.


As­ton­ish­ing Mir­a­cles of Amma - Amma, who has been rightly re­alised by lakhs and lakhs of devo­tees, as the true Avatar of Ad­hiparasak­thi, has per­formed in­nu­mer­able mir­a­cles, as­cer­tained by the devo­tees them­selves. His Ho­li­ness, the Amma had ap­peared in their dreams and had cured many in­cur­able dis­eases by His mere grace­ful look or by sug­gest­ing reme­dies be­yond a com­mon man’s com­pre­hen­sion. His Ho­li­ness, the Amma had also solved com­plex and in­tri­cate prob­lems in the lives of devo­tees. Each devo­tee, of this Holy soil, in­vari­ably has ex­pe­ri­enced one or more mir­a­cles show­ered on him/her by Amma, and they very ea­gerly and be­nignly share them with oth­ers. This can be more clearly un­der­stood only on per­son­ally ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Amma’s grace.

Ad­hiparasak­thi Trust:

The Ad­hiparasak­thi Char­i­ta­ble, Med­i­cal, Ed­u­ca­tional and Cul­tural Trust was cre­ated in 1978 to spread spir­i­tu­al­ity and ren­der so­cial and com­mu­nity ser­vices to all. The preach­ings of His Ho­li­ness Arulthiru Adi­galar re­peat­edly stress one idea - Ser­vice to Hu­man­ity is Ser­vice to God. It is of­ten re­peat­edly said by el­ders, phi­lan­thropists and noble per­sons that "Char­i­ta­ble and wel­fare ac­tiv­i­ties should be per­formed for the ben­e­fit of the down-trod­den and up­lift­ment of the poor and have-nots." This is one of the of­ten re­peated mes­sages of His Ho­li­ness Arulthiru Adi­galar. For such noble ac­tiv­i­ties, His Ho­li­ness or­dained and founded the Ad­hiparasak­thi Char­i­ta­ble, Med­i­cal, Ed­u­ca­tional and Cul­tural Trust. The ac­tiv­i­ties of this Char­i­ta­ble Trust are guided and di­rected through the Or­a­cles of His Ho­li­ness Arulthiru Adi­galar. The Char­i­ta­ble Trust's daily ser­vice is free med­i­cal treat­ment for over 400 pa­tients and free meals for the poor. Those who par­tic­i­pate in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of this spir­i­tual or­gan­i­sa­tion are our devo­tees, nom­i­nated only through the Or­a­cles of His Ho­li­ness Arulthiru Adi­galar. The devo­tees of His Ho­li­ness Arulthiru Adi­galar are spread in over 70 coun­tries.

Char­i­ta­ble Ac­tiv­i­ties

- Build­ing homes for the poor; re­lief to vic­tims of nat­u­ral calami­ties; ren­o­vat­ing di­lap­i­dated tem­ples; dis­tribut­ing food, cloth­ing and books to the poor; giv­ing crutches and other aids to the hand­i­capped; pro­vid­ing wa­ter for lep­ers hous­ing colonies; as­sist­ing poor farm­ers and ar­ti­sans with im­ple­ments; homes for the aged and or­phan­age for the chil­dren; help­ing the wid­ows and des­ti­tutes; con­duct­ing free mar­riages for the poor; per­form­ing last rites in cer­e­mo­nial man­ner for the poor, etc.

Med­i­cal Ac­tiv­i­ties - Pro­vid­ing free and qual­ity med­i­cal aid to the ru­ral poor; or­gan­is­ing med­i­cal camps on geri­atric, eye, ENT, skin and blood dona­tion, etc., along with vet­eri­nary camps pe­ri­od­i­cally; con­duct­ing free im­mu­niza­tion pro­grams; ren­der­ing free ma­ter­nity as­sis­tance to the ru­ral wom­en­folk; giv­ing free medi­care to the poor peo­ple through well-equipped dis­pen­sary, etc.

Mass Feed­ing - Free food is served to all devo­tees vis­it­ing the Sid­dhar Peedam between 10:30 and 12:00 noon. The Sid­dhar Peedam has a large din­ing hall to ac­com­mo­date 2000 peo­ple at a time.

Free Hos­pi­tal - "Amma" is the em­bod­i­ment of Mercy and Com­pas­sion. Since 1986, by Her grace The Ad­hiparasak­thi Char­i­ta­ble Hos­pi­tal has been serv­ing the needs of tens of thou­sands of peo­ple from hun­dreds of neigh­bour­ing vil­lages. Both med­i­cal care and the sup­ply of medicines are given com­pletely free to ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the poor and needy. Free eye, den­tal, skin, ear, nose, throat and gen­eral treat­ment are given at the Med­i­cal camps that are fre­quently held.

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