Sri Narayani Peedam
Sri Sakthi Amma’s mission is to lead humanity on the spiritual path and to uplift the lives of those in need.
Sri Narayani Peedam is an important spiritual center dedicated to humanity. Established in 1992 by Sri Sakthi Amma in the village of Thirumalaikodi, outside the city of Vellore, Tamil Nadu, it is the headquarters for the realization of Sri Sakthi Amma’s vision.
"Every life, every birth is blessed. Life can be easy when you are on the spiritual path. And that, is heaven."
-Sri Sakthi Amma
Sri Sakthi Amma
Sri Sakthi Amma was born on the third of January, 1976, to Shri. Nanda Gopal and Smt. Jyothiamma. It was evident from birth that this baby was Divine and very special. A distinct, Divine ray of light (Namam) on the baby’s forehead was vividly visible, along with symbols of Chakra (wheel) and Shanka (conch) on either side of the chest.
Through this, the Divine connection was established, and people recognized the child as very special. From a very early age, the child began showing great interest in spiritual life, participated blissfully in pujas (religious ceremonies), and insisted on visiting places of worship on a daily basis. On May 8th, 1992, Sri Sakthi Amma proclaimed the avatar of Goddess Sri Narayani with the purpose of helping humanity on the spiritual path and uplifting the lives of those in need. Extraordinary Siddhis (miraculous powers) were demonstrated to make the message clear.
Establishing Sri Narayani Peedam
In 1992, Sri Sakthi Amma left the family home and moved to Thirumalaikodi to establish Sri Narayani Peedam. Amma lived in a small house and had a daily spiritual practice of steadfast pooja and meditation, along with an extremely focused vision. The intention was to lead humanity on the spiritual path – whatever the person’s religion may be – and to uplift the vulnerable through a wide range of social welfare programs.
Thirumalaikodi: the Tamil word malai means ‘hill’, while kodi means ‘end’, as it literally lies at the end of the hill range. Many holy hills converge to make up this region, including the hills of Ratnagiri, Vallimalai, Parvatha Malai and Kailasha Giri, to name a few.
This area is considered sacred because of the many centuries of penance and prayer to Goddess Narayani, by the sages who inhabited the area. In those early days of establishing Sri Narayani Peedam, Thirumalaikodi had no running water, no street lighting or communication systems, and the common mode of transport was bullock cart or bicycle. There was a small dirt road which led to the town of Vellore, eight kilometres away. No one could have imagined what was soon to take place in this humble, rural village.
"Temples are focal points for attaining peace of mind and for receiving Divine grace. These are essential qualities in one’s life."
-Sri Sakthi Amma
Temples of Narayani Peedam
Sri Narayani Peedam is the headquarters of all of Sri Sakthi Amma’s projects, be it spiritual activities or seva (selfless service). At Peedam, poojas (rituals) are performed every single day, in accordance with Vedic scriptures. The premises of Sri Narayani Peedam include the Sri Narayani Temple, Swayambu Temple (Peedam’s first temple), Putthu (Sacred Anthill), Shanti Mandapam (Hall of Peace), Yaga Sala (Full Moon Hall), Gho Sala (Home for Cows), as well as its administrative offices.
The word ‘Peedam’ in Tamil (or Peetha in Sanskrit) means ‘seat’, ‘throne’ or ‘place of worship’. Sri Narayani Peedam refers to ‘the seat’ of Goddess Narayani. It is from this seat in this blessed land, with its history of great sages,that the entire universe is taken care of.
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