Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram


Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, born in September 27, 1953 is a Hindu spiritual leader and teacher, who is revered as a saint by her followers, who also know her as "Amma", "Ammachi" or "Mother". She is widely respected for her humanitarian activities. She is sometimes referred to as "The Hugging Saint". According to Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, the Vice-Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, "For Amma, removing the sorrows of others is as natural as drying the tears from her own eyes. The happiness of others, this is Amma’s happiness. The security of others, this is Amma’s security. The rest of others, this is Amma’s rest. This is Amma’s vision. And it is this vision that Amma’s life is dedicated to awakening in mankind." The Mata Amritanandamayi Math is a public charitable trust headquartered at Parayakadavu (also known as Amritapuri), Kollam, Kerala that was founded to promote the message of Mata Amritanandamayi. The Mata Amritanandamayi Mission Trust is the parent organization for numerous spiritual, educational, social and cultural activities.


Mission :

The trust runs many charitable institutions under the guidance of Mata Amritanandamayi, known also as "Ammachi" or "Amma". These humanitarian activities serve the most disadvantaged sections of society by providing development assistance, economic aid, medical aid, and educational facilities. Ammachi's generous spirit of service is seen by her disciples as the inspiration for these activities which reach the poor of India. Aiming to teach by the example of her own life, Ammachi advocates blending spiritual awareness with practical social service. "I desire peace for the people; this is what makes me happy. In this world where so many people live in luxury and comfort, there are many who are suffering poverty and even starvation. With cooperation and love, we must selflessly serve the whole world without expecting anything in return." Built up on the very property where Amma was born, Amritapuri is now the headquarters of Amma’s worldwide mission and the spiritual home for Amma’s monastic disciples and hundreds of householder devotees. All the residents have dedicated their lives for realising God and serving the world. Everyday, Amma’s children from across India and abroad flock here to have Amma’s darshan. She sees each and every one, listens to their worries, consoles, encourages, provides new direction to their lives. Amritapuri is the living example of the ancient Indian ideal "the whole world is one family" (vasudhaiva kutumbakam). Here you will find people from all parts of the world — speaking different languages and having different customs and religions — all living under one roof. In their quest for the meaning of life, each has forgotten their differences and become a child of Amma.


AMRITHAPURI - VALLIKAVU, KERALA, INDIA

How To Reach - Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram By Road : 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.

How To Reach - Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram By Train : The railway stations at Kayamkulam and Kollam are the nearest to Amritapuri Ashram.

How To Reach - Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram By Air : The airports close to the ashram are at Kochi (120 km away) and Thiruvananthapuram (120 km away).

Posted By : Vinod Jindal on Dec 16, 2010


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