Mata Amritanandamayi is a great spiritual leader, who is affectionately known as 'Amma' by her followers. People have a lot of reverence for her. She was born as Sudhamani on 27th September1953 in a small village of Parayakadavu. Also called the "hugging saint" by the people, she is a wonderful woman with a beautiful soul. Well, in this article, we will present you with the biography of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.
She comes from a family, mainly engaged in fishing. Therefore, they did
not have adequate means of livelihood. When she was just nine, she left
her studies and assumed the household responsibilities and took care of
her younger siblings.
The worshippers of Mata Amritanandamayi are of the say that, she was a
mystic right from her childhood. Since the year 1981, she has been delivering
lectures on spirituality all over the world. She is the founder of the
Mata Amritanandamayi Mission Trust, which carries out various kinds of
In the year 1993, Amritanandamayi Devi was one amongst the few people
who represented Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in
Chicago. In October 2002, she served as the keynote speaker at The Global
Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders that was held
in Geneva. In the year 2002, The World Movement for Nonviolence at the
UN General Assembly Hall presented Amritanandamayi with the Gandhi-King
Award for her contribution towards motivating people to adhere to the
principle of non violence.
Amritanandamayi embraces all the people who come to meet her. She gives
them a warm hug and it is said that, in a day, she hugs more than 50,000
people. In the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, "Darshan - The Embrace",
a film based on the life of Mata Amritanandamayi was chosen for
showcase. It was wonderfully directed by the award winning filmmaker Jan
Mata Anandamayi Devi has taken up a number of humanistic and charitable
projects like constructing homes and hospitals for the poor and needy.
Other activities consist of establishing women's shelters, orphanages,
eye clinics, community aid centers etc. There are myriad centers of Amma
in the United States that run 'Mother's Kitchen', or 'vegetarian soup-kitchens'.
The volunteers cook meals for the poor and underprivileged people.
Mata Amritanandamayi Math runs nearly 12 temples, 33 schools etc. It
builds houses for the homeless people. There are about 35 welfare
centers of Amma world over. In the recent times, Mata Amritanandamayi
Math has made the announcement of making the donation of 23 million
dollars for the welfare of the victims of the 2004 tsunami. In the year
2005, the math contributed a large amount of $1,000,000 to the
Bush-Clinton Hurricane Katrina fund. In March 2007, the trust declared
that it will offer help of Rs 200 crore for the wellbeing of the
distressed farmers of Maharashtra, Kerala etc.