Away from the viciousness and malice of the mankind is situated the
Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram, founded by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (also
known as Amma). Sited at Amritapuri, in the backwaters of Kerala, the
ashram serves as a refuge from the spitefulness that has become so
widespread in today's world. The sound of devotional songs and Amma's
spiritual discourses greets the visitors of the Anandashram of Kerala.
Amma's simple talks, abounding in examples from her own life, bring
composes the mind as well as the soul.
Why to Visit Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram
Once a tiny ashram, Amritapuri has now progressed into a sanctuary of
sorts for thousands of followers. They come here to break away from the
vices of life and devote themselves selflessly in the service of others.
Amma takes them under her supreme guidance and directs them towards the
path of sadhana and service. She helps people in relieving distress and
pain, with her compassion, warmth and affection.
Recognitions to Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
The efforts of Amma have been largely acknowledged by the world. In
1993, she was elected as one of the presidents of the assembly of global
religions, in Chicago. In the same year, she also received 'Hindu
Renaissance Award' by Hinduism Today, an international journal on Indian
culture. She was even invited to speak at the Interfaith Celebrations in
New York to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.
Expansion of the Mata Amritanandamayi Philosophy
With time, the Anandashram, situated in Kerala, has expanded itself. It
has spread its branches and service centers all over India. The ashram
is visited not only by Indians, but foreigners also. They come here to
relieve themselves of their tensions and worries and experience calm and
serenity inside. There are also a number of educational institutions
associated with the Ananda Ashram of Kerala. Hundreds of students enroll
themselves every year at these institutions.
A Day at the Anandashram Ashram
A typical day at the Amritapuri Ashram of Kerala begins around 5:00 a.m.
The echo of Vedic chants and Amma's Ashtotataram (108 names of Amma)
greets everyone in the morning. This is followed by Lalitha Sahasranamam
(the 1000 names of the Divine Mother). The Ganapathi Homam, attended by
many devotees, is also performed every morning. The time of 8.00 am to
9:30 am and 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm is reserved for meditation. Singing of
devotional songs, led by Amma, starts at 6.30 pm and carries on for one
and half an hour daily. On Thursdays and Sundays, bhajans begin at 5.00
pm and last till wee hours in the morning.
Facilities at Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram
For accommodation purposes, rooms as well as dormitories are available
in the Anandashram of Kerala, India. For foreigners, there is a café
and a separate canteen. Other facilities include a bookstall, an
Ayurvedic products counter, a general store and a cloakroom service for
the visiting devotees.
How to Reach the Amritapuri Ashram of Kerala
The airports close to the ashram are at Kochi (120 km away) and
Thiruvananthapuram (120 km away).
The railway stations at Kayamkulam and Kollam are the nearest to
Bus services are available till Vallickavu. From there, you can take a
ferry service to the ashram. One can also take Taxis and auto-rickshaws
are also available from Kayamkulam.