Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Amṛtānanda Mayī Mā (Ammachi)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_539-1
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Mata Amritanandamayi is one of the renowned, female, spiritual figures from Kerala, South India. Her spiritual journey acquired global appeal. At the same time, she has devotees from poor/rich/rural/urban sections/geographical areas. She is popularly known as “Amma.” Her name before becoming the spiritual preacher was Sudhamani. She was born into fisherman caste in the year 1953. Her native place is Parakadavu, a village abounds with fishermen community. She identified herself with Lord Krishna from very youngest age. She embraces the disciples and devotees, and such warm gesture symbolizes her unique approach toward the majority of people from the different strata of the society. Amma is single and is considered by her disciples as the epitome of asceticism. She is considered as a renouncer who sacrificed her life for the people. She believes in Bhakti or devotion, karma (selfless service), and jnana(knowledge). Mata Amritanandamayi (Math and Trust) was formed in the year 1981. Her...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Legal StudiesSRM UniversitySonepatIndia