Mata Am­ri­tanan­damayi Devi

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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. Early Life 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. Earned fame 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 phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties. Recog­ni­tion 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. Dar­shan 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 Kounen. No­table Works 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.

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