New Delhi, 22 August (Asiantribune.com): Sudhamani, 51, known as Mata Amritanandamayi (mother of immortal bliss)’ for millions at home and abroad, came under an attack at her South Indian Ashram. She was unhurt.
The attack took place on Sunday evening at Kollam in Kerala, where this spiritual guru has her ashram and gives her blessings through her hugs.
The assailant was overpowered by the inmates of the Ashram even as the person was just ten feet away from where the “mother’ sat at that time conducting bhajans. He had a knife.
But Pavithran denied he had intended to harm Anandamayi. He told investigators that he had only wanted to move near the Mother and have her ‘darshan’ and her ‘blessings’ through a ‘hug’
Other reports however quoted eyewitnesses saying that Pavithran drew a knife and began threatening those who tried to stop him from reaching the Mata. Three persons suffered minor injuries.
Amritanandamayi spends close to 18 hours a day giving darshan. She hugs the devotee and often kisses the forehead or pats the back.
Not highly educated in the conventional sense, since she refused to go to school, she spends her time chanting prayers of Lord Krishna in the center of the hall, smiling, draped in a white saree. She is regarded as a god by some devotees, as a guru by some others and many more consider her as mystic.
Amritanandamayi is the moving spirit behind several charity institutions, educational institutions and hospitals and has centres across the world ashrams in Canada, England, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Finland, Argentina, Brazil, Reunion Island, Japan and Singapore.