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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.