Mata Amritanandamayi is a spiritual leader from Kerela, India. She is also known as Amma or Ammachi and is respected worldwide for her humanitarian activities. Mata Amritanandamayi is known for hugging people and bestowing her blessings to people irrespective of their social stature. It is said people who receive a hug from amma gets relieved of their tension, pain and anxiety. Mata Amritanandamayi is also known for opening various educational, medical and religious institutes under Mata Amritanandamayi Math trust.
Mata Amritanandamayi was born on 27th September 1953 in a small fishing village of Parayakadavu in the state of Kerela, India. She was named Sudhamani and was born with deemed extraordinary from birth. She was born with dark blue complexion and did not cry during her birth. She took less interest in playing as a kid rather she used to sing devotional songs. Her behaviour shocker her parents, they stopped sending her to school when she was 9 years old and tried to keep her busy with domestic chores.She wilfully completed her household chores and continued her spiritual devotion. Right from her birth she was generous and did not believe in social discrimination.
As Mata Amritanandamayi grew older, she got deeply involved in spiritual practice. Her spiritual devotion attracted many followers and it is believed that she is an incarnation of Mother God. Her followers saw her as reflection of Lord Krishna and considered as a God form. Towards the end of the year 1979, her followers formed a small ashram to follow Mata Amritanandamayi and to continue spiritual practice under her guidance. The ashram is located in Kollam in the state of Kerela.
he ashram is now known as Amritapuri and is located 110 kilometres from Thiruvananthpuram and 120 kilometres from Cochin. The ashram gradually developed over the years, is now known as Mata Amritanandamayi Math which is the parent trust under which various educational, medical and religious institutes are established and managed. Since 198, Mata Amritanandamayi has been teaching the ancient traditions of Vedas and Yoga to her followers spread across the globe. Mata Amritanandamayi also runs various programmes through her trust like home for senior citizens, free meal scheme, orphanages, Pension schemes, rehabilitation centres etc.
In 1993, Mata Amritanandamayi was awarded Hindu Renaissance Award by Hinduism Today. In the same year she became one of the presidents of the assembly of global religion, Chicago. In the year 2000, she gave a keynote at Millennium peace summit, in UN General Assembly. In 2002, she was awarded Gandhi-King award for non-violence and in the same year she became keynote speaker at the Global peace initiative of Women at the UN. In 2006 she was awarded the 4th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith Award.