'Divyajanani', 'Matrusri' Alivelumangamma lovingly called as 'Ammagaru' is born in Mannava village of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. Her parents
Sri Mannava Balakrishna Sarma & Smt. Ranganayakamma hail from a traditionally
devoted family. They named her after a goddess as 'Alivelu Manga Tayaru'.
Ammagaru is the 6th child in the family of 6 girls and 2 brothers.
She is brought up in Guntur untill her SSLC examinations (age of 15). The
family had a close relation with Matrusri Jillellamudi Amma's family belonging
to the neibourhood in Mannava. Jillellamudi Amma is well known lady
saint who was married to Sri Nageswara Rao garu of Jillellamudi village of
Bapatla District. A big Ashram got developed around her at Jillellamudi and is
famous for its Daily Meals donation for thousands of people every day.
Ammagaru went to Jillellamudi in 1963 to render service in the Ashram. Their
batch of girls belonging to Ammagaru team used to do lot of hardwork like
bringing water from a distant rivulet to the ashram, harvesting the crops in
season, helping in providing facilities to the alloted visiting devotees etc.
They used to work 20 to 22 hours a day (!!) and were seen sleeping in standing
postures during the early morning service hours just before Suprabhatam at 3
a.m. or so. They used to enjoy by giving nicknames and deny answers to those
devotees who doesn't work and just enjoy the facilities. Jillellamudi Amma
used to take special care & express love to Ammagaru's active group of girls.
In later days Ammagaru's father has expired in 1964. And it seems like
Ammagaru was drawn to the spiritual umbrella and was much involved into
spiritual evagation just before that big jolt to the family.
During Ammagaru's days at Jillellamudi, His holiness Master garu came to
Jillellamudi and stayed there for an year. As an active person in rendering
services and maintaining key activities of the Organisation he came to know
about the qualities of Ammagaru. Though he wanted to remain as a celibate for
his life, Master garu was later pushed into Gruhasta-Ashrama (married life).
By the consistent advice and assurance of his spiritual progress by Avadhuta
Sri Chirala Swamy and later by His greatness Sri Paakalapati Guruvugaru,
Mastergaru has married Ammagaru on March 6th of 1975. It is worth mentioning
the process of their initial talks, Master garu wrote a letter to Ammagaru
telling about his proposal and adding that he will leave the house whenever
'call' comes from Baba. It may be for a while or for ever. He asked her to
think about it and be clear and known about his future spiritual endeavours.
Some day during that period Ammagru got a dream. In the dream she is doing
pradakshina (circumambulating) the Brahmamgari Matham (Potuluri
Veerabrahmendra Swamy temple) in Banaganapalli. SaiBaba was sitting below the
Neem tree in the temple premises. He called 'Tayee, Come here'. He was calling
Ammagaru as 'Tayee' which is her childhood nickname often used by her mother.
Then he made her to sit in a chair, asked her to do Gauri Pooja (praying goddess Gauri is a mandatory custom for ladies just before marriage) and blessed
her. Following this dream, and a sharp & good thought Ammagaru conveyed her
acceptance to the marriage proposal by Mastergaru.
Vedavathi, their daughter & first child is born in 1976 November 7th at
Banaganapalli. Later Dwarakanath Jnaneswar is born in 1981 July 23rd in
Ongole. By the time the family has migrated to Ongole. During those days
Ammagaru's condition of Rheumatoid Arthritis got aggriviated to the levels of
paralysing one hand and restricting the movement of legs. Later after few
years she was restricted to the sitting position only. Surprisingly, as ever with
Baba & his acts, the very wife of his best if not the most beloved devotee had
to suffer with worldly ties. One way it is not a surprising thing as she has
to go through the karmic duties in this single life to be liberated by rule,
being the wife of a poorna jnani (i.e.) Master garu. Master garu has persued
medication to get it cured, he also offered Ammagaru that if she really want
to get it off at any time, she can ask Baba for it and it will be done. But Ammagaru's
thought was very matured spiritually and she chose to bear with it and
continue the worldly medication for soothing the symptoms.
*The photo shows Mastergaru, Ammagaru,Vedavathi and Dwarakanath
Ammagaru has ever supported Mastergaru in his life style and was a perfect
match to him. Many students (and later devotees) of Mastergaru thought that it
was the end of a chapter and Mastergaru may not be available as ever after the
marriage. But surprisingly Mastergaru continued to be the same after the
marriage. It was seen in terms of allowing student to freely move & take part
in spiritual meetings etc. with him. Mastergaru used to take food anytime
in the late night, unexpected number of persons used to join him.He spent all
his money for Sai Tatwa pracharam (Spreading Sai Culture) and in times the
family was in mud house, left to Baba though. Those were the days when Mastergaru
resigned his job & moved to Ongole. He never took free money offerings and
encashed only his hard efforts for Baba. We know Mastergaru worked on SaiBaba
very rigorously for 14 long years. A smooth & strong support in idealogy &
routine from Ammagaru made it possible. Finally the hard days passed away and
SaiBaba Mission formation and funds flow from Books like Saileelamrutham
were just enough to run the family and maintain the press. The bottomline is
that Ammagaru was now seen as the best match and the couple is a true made for
each other. Mastergaru often said, "If she doesn't support me, I could not do
these things, and I might not be available to you like this". It is true by
Gruhasta-Ashram as we all known the importance of a wife and her acceptance, by
Manu-Dharma. Mastergaru is a person who claimed "If I miss in Dharma, it is
like God Sun act of rising in the West". In lieu of it, we should see the
importance and support Ammagaru rendered as great as any thing in holy
Golden Days went on when thousands of people were admired and turned
towards Sai by Master garu. Many more thousands realised Mastergaru's
greatness. More found him as none other than god and incarnation of Lord
Dattatreya. Then were the true sweet days in A.P.'s history when strong
foundations of Saibaba were layed in the region and now we all see the effect
of it even in Shirdi, outclassing numbers of so many devotees are visiting
Shirdi from this part of the world. Days have come in the history, Ammagaru
has to face bigger shock by realising that Mastergaru has taken Samadhi, quite unexpected as it was, in terms of timing as he is
just 51 & left with young kids. Ammagaru said that, she thought Mastergaru may
leave to Himalayas or so, but she didn't expected this. Ammagaru has absorbed
the shock and took to the taking care of the children. Her prime objecting is
to see her children grown up and got settled. Vedavathi was married in 1999 to
Mr. Adidam Srikanth a country manager of a MNC, coming from a traditional
family from Vijayawada. They are living happily at Hyderabad. Ammagaru's
second child Chi. Dwarakanath is graduated in computer sciences but now totally dedicated to taking care of
Ammagaru whom he considers gurupatni and above everything. Spiritually both the children are very much elite. Great
Avadhutas like Sri Nampalli Baba, Sri Gulab Baba, Sri Polayya Swamy has
specially shown there love to the family and blessed them. After all
Mastergaru is known as 'Mahatmula Muddu Biddadu' (the loving son of Mahatmas).
With the initiative of Brahmachari Ramachandra (a beloved devotee of
Mastergaru), a Monstery at Gaangaapuram and Sri Alivelumanga Sahita Bharadwaja
Ashram at Shirid are under development.
A book, the biography of Ammagaru is under final touches and is going to be
published. We shall see the golden pages in our hands soon.
Now Ammagaru is staying at Hyderabad giving a chance to various devotees to
get the blessing of Mastergaru in the form of Ammagaru. She is the Gurupatni
and Thus the Guru and Thus the God Almighty as defined by the holy scriptures.
Devotees are experiencing the grace of Baba & Master garu ever before at Ammagaru
and many miracles are unfolding. Devotees are getting their good desires met
by her blessings.
This is the special occassion for all of us to feel the presence and
knowledge of the great, her holiness 'Divyajanani' Alivelumangamma on her 60th
Birthday on October 1st, 2005.
May all of us get special blessings on the day.
A quote from a revered devotee of Sri Gajana Maharaj says,
"We salute the very dust particles on the Feet of saints. Liberation does not
hold any charm to us. Only saints are great. Nothing is greater than them. He
is a Bhrahmajnyani, who thinks of saints always. Such a person treats saints
as God. He doesn't need to think of any thing else."
__ Jai Sai Master __