Sri Sunama Jakini Maatha was born into Suryavamshi Are-Katika community of Pinnepalli village in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. A temple was built for this goddess in Gooty town of Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh is also one of the first temple for Are-katika community.
Sri Sunama Jakini maatha was born in Malkari family from Are-Katika community at Pinnepalli village of Yadiki mandal, Tadipatri taluk, Anantapur district (officially: Anantapuramu), Andhra Pradesh state of India. She married to Hanumanthakari Thanji Rao at a very young age. She was very devotional and use to observe fasting very often. One day during fasting she fell unconscious. Her husband thought that she is dead and ordered to bury her. Localites requested her husband to pass on the message to her mother, father and brothers who live in Pinnepalli village. Her husband did not allow this. As localites were getting ready to bury her, they found that Sunama maatha is still alive and informed the same to her husband. Under alcohol effect her husband ordered them to bury her anyway. In that sense Sunama Jakini maatha has taken jeeva samadhi Buddhism: Nirvana). It is estimated that this incident took place around 1803 AD.