Historic occasion as woman swami is initiated

2008-01-11 00:00

History was made on Sunday, when Savite Guru L. Naidoo of the Saiva Sithantha Sungum (PMB) was initiated into the divine order of swamis, making her the first female swami in Pietermaritzburg, according to former Saiva Sithantha Sungum (PMB) chairman, Guru Wally Chetty.

“Swamini Anbukarisi is the only female swami since the Saiva Sithantha Sungum’s inception,” Chetty said.

At a special function held at the Saiva Sithantha Sungum headquarters in Derby Street, Durban, Guru Naidoo was initiated into the order by the Sungum’s spiritual head, Swami Sivayoganantha.

As a result of her ordination, Guru Naidoo now has the honour of being addressed as Swamini (female swami) Anbukarisi.

According to Guru Chetty, the title of Swamini Anbukarisi means “Great love, devotion and kindness to God”.

This honour was bestowed upon her for her outstanding religious and community service in Pietermaritzburg, as well as her dedicated commitment to the religious upliftment of those in need, he said.

Swamini Anbukarisi is a senior member of the Saiva Sithantha Sungum (PMB), which was established in 1968.

Swamini Anbukarisi, whose parents were also Lord Shiva devotees, was born in 1938 in Albert Falls, Pietermaritzburg.

It is through the dedication of her parents and the inspiration of Swami Sivanantha’s teachings that Swamini Anbukarisi began her spiritual path by becoming a dedicated member of the Divine Life Society.

Due to the sudden passing of Guru M.E. Naidoo, Swamini Anbukarisi was appointed the title of guru and took over his duties as resident guru of the Saiva Sithantha Sungum in mid- 2003.

Her first project, which she still continues, was to embark on an outreach programme together with branch members, to serve the poor and needy.

Outpatients at Northdale Hospital, Gandhi Road Assessment Centre and approximately 400 underprivileged adults and children are fed on a monthly basis by Swamini Anbukarisi and other branch members.

Swamini Anbukarisi teaches Tamil Language classes to children, as well as a Yoga class.

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