Many Hindus believe that women must be reincarnated as men before they can reach spiritual enlightenment,
but nevertheless there are a number of Goddesses, such as Kali, that Sadhus are devoted to. And
there are also a number of female Sadhus, Sadhvis. These holy women are as respected as men, and
often referred to as Mataji, Revered Mother.
Like their male-counterparts, Sadhvis are committed to celibacy and other ascetic practices, and so
as not to complicate matters many have their own sub-sects and living quarters. However, some
Sadhvis become disciples of the male gurus and perform Sadhanas (hardships that bring one closer
to God) such as standing on one leg for an entire year.