do not want to be worshipped only in one place," She said. "On the
contrary, it is my wish to be worshipped in the home of every devotee,
not merely according to scriptural rites. . . . If anyone pays homage
and gives offerings to me in the simple and sincere language of
the heart, such as 'O My Mother! Take this food, wear this garment,'
and then uses those things himself, it will be regarded as good
an act as worship. The prayer of a simple and sincere heart constitutes
Finally, She enumerated sixteen reasons for the immersion, and Annada,
his reasoning mind appeased, could resist no longer.
According to Her command, the image was photographed the following
morning and copies circulated to any devotees who wanted them. Then,
with a few companions, Annada hired a boat, rowed out into the middle
of the Ganges, and plunged Her into the water. There, as far as
anyone knows, She remains today.
The Divine Mother continued to appear to Annada in dreams. "I am
Adyashakti ('Primordial Force'), and I am to be worshipped as Adya
Ma," She said. She dictated to him a Sanskrit hymn in Her honor,
the Adyastotram, promising
that anyone who sang it with devotion would find favor with her.