Hello Spiritual Seekers,
Let me introduce you to Sri Sakthi Narayani Amma.
Amma (Mother) as she is affectionately known is an Avatara and esteemed spiritual leader located in Tamil Nadu, India. An Avatara lives amongst the people restoring peace, guiding humankind, reducing suffering and restoring dharma (righteous living) in the world.
Amma is believed to be the first incarnation of the Goddess Narayani- the highest form of feminine energy. In other cultures this may be known as Mother Earth, Quan Yin, Mother Goddess or Divine Mother, to name but a few.
With the aim of spreading love and wisdom throughout the world, Amma teaches that service to others is the path to peace and harmony.
Sri Puram is the home of Sri Narayani Amma.
Here, you will find the Sri Narayani Hospital, many schools, the Green Sakthi Project, Womens welfare initiatives, Animal Welfare initiatives and thousands of people are fed for free, at the centre daily.
The main temples at Sri Puram are an homage to Goddess Lakshmi and her cohort Vishnu. The Peedam Temple is home to Goddess Narayani and Goddess Durga. there is also a special temple just for Ganesha. Each temple is a feast for the eyes and senses. This place, created for all by Amma, is indeed a spiritual paradise.
Even though Amma is very clearly a man, 'her' divinity and the energy 'she' holds of the Divine Feminine is what is sacred. It is also a clever twist from the source, because in India there are many ceremonies which can only be performed by a male.
I also find it an extremely progressive construct, since we are moving toward a more non-binary attitude within society.
I consider myself to be an Amma devotee and her temple to be, a Spiritual Disneyland.