Category: Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Mata Amritanandamayi’s 50th birthday today

More than half a million people from 191 countries will participate in Mata Amritanandamayi‘s 50th birthday celebrations, which begin in Kochi on Wednesday. Already hundreds of thousands of Amma’s followers have landed up at Kochi, which is all set to host Amritavarsham 50. The who’s who of Indian politics, business and religions organisations will attend the four-day event, being organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, where flags of 191 nations have been put up. Those coming include President A P J Abdul Kalam, Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani, chief ministers, members of Parliament and

Hugging Indian Guru Has Legions of Backers

COCHIN, India (AP) – California businessman Stephen Parr has traveled a long way for a hug. Parr is one of thousands of people flocking to a sports stadium in southern India this week seeking spiritual fulfillment in the arms of religious leader Mata Amritanandamayi, a Hindu woman who hugs her devotees. Her followers claim she has given 30 million hugs in 30 years. Amritanandamayi, known by her followers as “Amma,” which means “mother” in many Indian languages, is marking her 50th birthday with a weeklong celebration starting Wednesday. Organizers of the event expect half a million people, including India’s President