In 1974, the Saptha (Seven) Kanni (Virgin Angels) Sannidhi (Temple) was consecrated in Melmaruvathur AadhiParaaShakti Siddhar Peetam, Tamil Nadu, India. As with everything else in Melmaruvathur, Saptha Kanniyar (Virgin Mothers) and Their Temple is also very unique, transcends the traditional and emphasizes the fundamental Universal Nature of these Mothers.  

Readers can find lots of information on the net and other sources related to Saptha Kanniyar (Tamil word for Virgin) under the topics of “Seven Angels”, “Saptha Matre”, “Saptha Matrikas”, “Saptha Kannikas”, etc. Also, some of these sources attempt to differentiate between Matrikas, Matre and Virgin Angels, although in reality, They are One and the Same. At Melmaruvathur Siddhar Peetam, the reference relates to the very Origin of the Seven Parivaara Devathaas of Mother AadhiParaaShakti. They are Eternal Virgins and hence the name “Saptha Kannikas”.

Interesting enough is the most mysterious (at least to early and present day Christians) “Revelation of St. John” in The Holy Bible, which significantly centers around the “Seven Angels” demonstrating how Preaching of Lord Jesus Christ portrayed the Oneness or Single Concept of Supreme Universal Energy that Creates, Sustains and Assimilates all forms and formless.

“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”
- The Revelation 1:20, Holy Bible

In this paragraph the seven angels refers to Seven Virgin Mothers and the seven churches to the Seven Chakras in our body, meaning the guardian angels of the seven energy centers of human body. Remember that AadhiParaaShakti is All Pervading Origin Energy, which is the ONLY Creative Force that is SOLELY responsible for all creations and their functioning. The Seven Chakras (which are discussed in further details in “Body is Temple” page of this site) are Centers in our body where seven different manifestations of One Energy is concentrated each ruled and guarded by unique feminine (Motherly – Representing Creative Energy) aspect of AadhiParaaShakti. They are Virgins as they are not accompanied by masculine aspect.

In all Hindu scripts and Devi Mahaatmiyam, one will note that Saptha Kannikas are mentioned as Parivaara Devataas of AadhiParaaShakti. Among the millions of Parivaara Devataas, these Seven Virgin Mothers carry special place in AadhiParaaShakti as depicted in Sri Yantra (Sri Chakra). The seven nodes in the middle line of the First Enclosure (Prathama Aavaranaa) are occupied by the Saptha Kannikas, namely Brahmi, Mahe’shwari, Kowmaari, Vaishnavi, Vaaraahi, Indraani, and Chaamundi . The eighth node is occupied by MahaaLakshmi. Traditionally, all the Hindu Temples in villages and rural areas of India, these Seven Virgin Mothers are consecrated as seven stones and worshipped as formless. These shrines are often called “Kanni Kovil” meaning “Virgin Temples”.

Melmaruvathur AadhiParaaShakti Siddhar Peetam has a separate Temple for Saptha Kanniyar in which, they are worshipped with consecrated Idols of Seven Virgin Mothers. In 1974, Mother AadhiParaaShakti Incarnated as Her Beloved Son – The Eternal Guru Shri Bangaru Adigalar called a bhakta belonging to Harijan caste (Lowest class in Indian Caste System) and Ordained him to construct and install the Sapthi Kanni Kovil in Siddhar Peetam. “You belonging to a caste that this society prohibited from entering the Temples, go ahead and construct the Saptha Kanni Temple here (Melmaruvathur AadhiParaaShakti Siddhar Peetm). The very same society that outcast you, will come and offer prayers in the Temple built by you.”

On a particular day (exact date not known) in 1974 as chosen by Mother AadhiParaaShakti, the Idols of Seven Virgin Mothers were set up on their corresponding Peetams and Mother instilled Shakti (Power) into each one of them with Her Divine Blessing Glance. At 3:00 Am on the night of installing the Idols, a Yagna (Velvi / Yaagam) was performed with Yagna Gundam and Kalasas. During the Yagna, Mother AadhiParaaShakti (Beloved Son Shri Bangaru Adigalar in Transcendental State, in which AadhiParaaShakti occupies the physical body of Adigalar that He becomes She and She becomes He) blessed by dropping Neem (Margosa) Leaves in the Yagna Gunda. There were no Sahasranaamaas or other mantras recited except joint worship poems. No Vedic Pundits were involved. In the presence of Mother AadhiParaaShakti Herself, where and why is the need for any religious scholars and priests?

Saptha Kanni Matrukas

This is a salient feature exemplifying that Melmaruvathur AadhiParaaShakti Siddhar Peetam (Temple) transcends religion, caste and Hindu Aagama tradition. The historic and revolutionary break through into the traditional Indian caste system, challenging the discriminatory and outcast practices could never be attempted to be so successful by anyone else other than Shri Bangaru Adigalar who is Mother AadhiParaaShakti Herself – The Supreme Universal Energy.
Each of these Seven Virgin Mothers have a Bija (Seed) Mantra to invoke them during Shakti Saadhana, unique physical appearance, display specific Mudras, carry relevant weapons, with an animate vehicle (vaahana) and flag. These are summarized below.


    Brahmi : (Bija Mantra is "Aam") She is the creative force of Lord Brahma (In Trinity Definition of Hindu System, Brahma is the Lord of Creation), with Shining golden body. She symbolizes creativeness in all forms of knowledge. She has four hands, holding Kundam, Akshaya Paathiram (Alms Vessel), Japa Maala (Rosary), and ladle (used for pouring oil into Yagna Gunda). Her vaahanaa (Vehicle) is Anna bird and Her flag carries that bird symbol. She displays Varadha and Abhaya Mudras.

Shri Brahmi is Kaama Naashinya, meaning She is the destroyer of kaama or desires and She bestows Her worshippers with innate ability to transcend worldly desires.


    Maheshwari: (Bija Mantra is "Iim") She is the activating force of Lord Shiva (In Trinity Definitions of Hindu System, Lord Shiva also called as Mahe’swhara is the Lord of Destruction or Dissolution), with shining white color body. She has three eyes and four hands, holding Trishul (Trident) and Udukkai (Drum creating Brahma Thaala). Her vaahanaa is Bull and it is also symbolized in Her flag.

Shri Mahe'shwari is Krodha Naashinya, meaning She is the destroyer of krodha or anger and She bestows Her worshippers with ability to transcend anger.


    Kowmaari: (Bija Mantra is "Hoom") She is the activating force of Lord Muruga (Subramania or Kaarthikeya). She has 4 hands displaying Varadha Mudra and Abhaya Mudra, and holds Spear (Vel) as weapon. Her vaahana is peacock, which is also symbolized in Her flag.

Shri Kowmaari is Lobha Naashinya, meaning She is the destroyer of Lobha or greed and She bestows Her worshippers with ability to transcend greed.


    Vaishnavi: (Bija Mantra is "Room") She is the activating force of Lord Vishnu (In Trinity Definitions of Hindu System, Lord Vishnu is the Lord of Maintenance) with four hands displaying Varadha and Abhaya Mudras and holding Shanku Chakra (Conch Wheel). Her vaahana is Garuda – White necked Eagle, which is also symbolized in Her flag.

Shri Vaishnavi is Moha Naashinya, meaning She is the destroyer of Moha or Ignorance.


    Vaaraahi: (Bija Mantra is "Loom") She is the activating force of Lord Yamaa (The Lord of death), who has four hands displaying Varadha and Abhaya Mudras and holding Dhanda, Sword, Gada, Shanku (Conch), Plough, Chakra (Wheel), Bhoomi (Earth), and Lotus flower. Her vaahana is Buffalo.

Shri Vaaraahi is Mada Naashinya, meaning She is the destroyer of Mada or Self-Pride.


    Indraani: (Bija Mantra is "Aim") She is the activating force of Lord Indra. She displays Varadha and Abhaya Mudras and holds Vachchirapadai. Her vaahanaa is Elephant.

Shri Indraani is Maatsarya Naashinya, meaning She is the destroyer of Maatsarya or Jealousy.


    Chaamundi: (Bija Mantra is "Houm") She has one of Her foot pressed on the demon (representing the demonic nature / characteristics of human) and displays Varadha and Abhaya Mudras. Clothed in the hide of a tiger, She has eight shoulders and carries Soolam (Trishul – Trident), Kadkam, Ambu (Arrow) and Chakra (Wheel) on one side and Paasam (Noose), Palakai (plate), Sarngam, and Shanku (Conch) on the other side.

Shri Chaamundi is Paapa Naashinya, meaning She is the destroyer of Paapa or Sins.

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