Sri Sakthi Amma Sripuram / Sri Narayani Peedam
In Hinduism, it is believed that Divinity manifests in human form when the balance between good and evil in the world is disturbed. Such a form is known as an avatara, a Sanskrit word describing a deliberate descent or incarnation of the Divine to earth. The avatara descends in order for humankind to ascend on the spiritual path. The avatara lives amongst the people, guiding humankind, reducing suffering and restoring dharma (righteous living) in the world.
sakthiamma2-2Throughout the yugas (ages or extended periods), many avataras have come to earth when adharma (non- righteous ways of living) reaches its peak and the Divine power no longer tolerates the level of evil actions. In previous yugas, humanity has witnessed other avataras such as – Narasimha Avatara (Satya Yuga); Rama Avatara (Thretha Yuga); and Krishna (Dwapara Yuga).
Sri Sakthi Amma is an avatara and is believed to be the first known incarnation of the Goddess Narayani – the highest form of feminine energy. In other cultures, Narayani is recognised as Quan Yin, Mother Goddess, Mother Earth, Mother
Nature and Divine Mother, to name a few. Sri Sakthi Amma is lovingly known as ‘Amma’ – the word for ‘mother’in various Dravidian languages across South India.
In 1992, at the age of 16, Sri Sakthi Amma left the family home, in Vellore, to settle in the nearby rural village of Thirumalaikodi in Tamil Nadu, South India. There, at the foot of the Kailash Giri Hills, Sri Sakthi Amma established Sri Narayani Peedam and its mission.
Sri Sakthi Amma stays at the Sri Narayani Peedam, an institution that sits at the edge of a mountain named Kailasha Giri. It is located in Thirumalaikodi (or Malaikodi), a small village near Vellore in South India. It is surrounded by mountains and lush, scenic beauty. Thirumalaikodi is located 150 km from Chennai and is equidistant from the two other very well known pilgrimage towns of Thirupathi and Thiruvanamalai. When linked by straight lines the three towns form a triangle.In Thirumalaikodi several centuries ago, saints and sages performed intense penance for many years to the Universal Mother. They prayed for the Universal Mother to descend on the Earth to protect creation from the afflictions of the Dark Age (Kaliyuga). The selfless prayers of the sages were received by the Mother who consented to incarnate in human form on Earth.
Sripuram – The Golden Temple was built in a short span of 7 years. It was inaugurated on August 24, 2007. The consecration ceremony was witnessed by thousands of devotees. Since then, the temple has attracted hundreds of thousands of devotees; often breaching the 1 lakh mark on special occasions. The temple has also changed the face of Thiruamalaikodi village and the nearby town - Vellore. In the coming years, the temple envisages to create a positive influence on the society and ultimately bring about a change.