It is difficult to find in India a village without at least a Rama Mandir, if not a temple , but Amma chose one such village(Jillellamudi) for the major portion of her sojourn on this planet.
Amma laid the foundation stone for the present Anansuyeswaralayam in the mid fifties, though its completion took place nearly 30 years later. This is probably the only temple in the known history that the presiding deity had at every stage of construction of the temple sanctified every stone that went into the construction of the temple by Her sacred touch. On certain special occasions like the marriage day (observed on May 5th every year), Amma used to receive puja in the sanctum sanctorum. Till the top portion (sikharam) was constructed during 1985, it was not known to many that Amma would make this temple her abode after leaving her mortal coil in June that year.
As instructed by Amma to a few ardent devotee children, her body has been placed in the sanctum sanctorum in the temple and during 1997, an image of Amma in black granite was installed. Several pilgrims who visit the temple feel strongly the presence of Amma and her benediction. (see Pulsating)
Gordon Westerlund of Santa Barbara, USA, who never visited Jillellamudi during the life time of Amma but felt her presence in the distant America, visited Jillellamudi a few years ago and in the presence of Amma's image in the Anasuyeswaralayam, he was moved to tears and said "Amma is very much here. She is very active. "
Amma's husband Nageswara Rao fondly called as'Nanna garu' was forced to let go of his attachments to strict Hindu standards of "proper" behavior for his unconventional wife. Eventually he completely dropped his attachment to her as "my wife" and instead saw her as a divine being. Amma always revered him actually performing' pada-puja' (worship of the "lotus feet") to him, which her devotees construed as a case of "the Divine worshipping man."
When 'Nannagaru' left the body,during 1981, Amma kept her hand on his chest and remained in the posture for nearly a whole day,obviously divinising the body and annihilating the 'vasanas'.The body of Nannagaru was thus consecrated and interred in the temple and Amma christened the temple as 'Anasuyeswaralayam'.
Hyma, Amma's sole daughter like Shankara, Vivekananda or Saint Therese of Lisieux, was to break her earthly bond in her very youth. Hyma always regarded Amma not as a mother in the ordinary sense, but always as an object of devotion, in incarnation of the Highest.On several occasions, in one form or the other, Amma hinted that Hyma would be 'Reality Itself.'
Born in 1944, she had been a very sickly child, suffering from chronic head aches. Amma predicted that Hyma would be merged in the Absolute. ( One sees here the inexplicable ways of destiny: Amma would save other womens' children from disease and death, but not her own child.) Hyma indeed passed away, on April 5, 1968. Amma, in the spirit of the Zen master who " sleeps when tired, eats when hungry, laughs when happy and cries when sad," did not supress the tears of sorrow that came upon her daughter's passing. But soon Amma returned to her usual equanimous state and performed an act of spiritually energizing Hyma's lifeless body as a sacred form - a sacred process known as ' prana prthishtha.'
After this ceremony, the consecrated body was buried, and a shrine 'Hymalayam' was erected and a life- size statue installed.
Less than four years after Amma chose to function on a different plane, news arrived of the installation of her image at Cherumavilangar in Pondichery state, along with those of Ganesha and Kumar Swami under the direction of Sri T.S.Raman. The popular support for this project can be gauged by the fact that all the workers of the mini steel plant, in the compound of which the temple was constructed, contributed a day’s salary.
At Mannava, where Amma was born in 1923, a temple was constructed during 1993. The driving force behind the construction of the Amma temple at Mannava is Smt. M. Kameswaramma (73), Amma's step mother, whose understanding of Amma's divinity was fortified by her long association with Amma and by the innumerable experiences she was bestowed.
Our Madras, Hyderabad and Vizag brothers have planned for construction of temples and the work has started. Mr. Richard Schiffman began planning to construct a temple to Amma, all by himself at New Mexico, U.S.A.