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The streets may be their home, but Amma is their Mother

Bharata Yatra 2004 Especially during Amma’s programs held in metropolitan areas, many curiosity seekers come to see what all the commotion is about. Among them are dozens of street children—kids from 12 to 2, in rags, with runny noses—many of who often wind up joining the darshan queue. When they come to Amma’s lap, they […]

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Amrita Nidhi voices of Mumbai

Wednesday, 3 March 2004 -Mumbai, Maharashtra Amrita Nidhi, Amma’s pension programme for widows and destitute women, grew dramatically during Amma’s 2004 India Tour, expanding from three to 11 states. In each city Amma gave darshan, She and various dignitaries personally distributed pension checks to several representative beneficiaries. During Amma’s  programme in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, many were […]

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Amritakuteeram voices from Ajanta Nagar

Monday, 1 March 2004 — Pune, Maharashtra Mata Amritanandamayi Math, in connection with the local and central government, is in the process of rehabilitating slum dwellers of Ajanta Nagar. The project involves the construction of 27 blocks of four- and five-story apartment buildings where on top of what used to be a nine-acre slum. Walking […]

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Around Amma 2004 India 2004

“Every time Ammacomes to Delhi, Delhi Is blessed.”

Bharata Yatra 2004 16 March 2004 — Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi Amma’s first program in Delhi was in the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium,   just across the street from Raj Ghat, the samadhi site of Mahatma Gandhi. A number of dignitaries from the nation’s capital graced the dais for Amma’s satsang and bhajans, including […]

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You showed me the path

Bharata Yatra 2004 Monday, 15 March 2004 — Raj Bhavan, Jaipur, Rajasthan There are things that should not happen in this world, but they do: a child set on fire, a girl thrown down a well. Are there words to comfort someone who has survived such a thing?   What do you say to a seven-year-old […]

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Around Amma 2004 India 2004

Amma in the Pink City

14 March 2004 — Jaipur, Rajasthan –Bharata Yatra 2004 Jaipur, the Pink City of Rajasthan, has been blessed with Amma’s presence several times. But 14 March 2004 was only the second time Amma had given a program there. As usual, a number of local politicians were on hand to greet Her, including Shri. Ghanshyam Tiwari, […]

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A housing free project for blind and disabled

Vellanure Village, Chennai M.A.M Chenai started an Amritakuteeram project to build houses for the poor and disabled in Vellanure. Sambandan, an ex-train driver, and volunteer at the Madras Ashram, assists Br.Vinayamrita and gives all his time to co-ordinating the project. He said, “We sifted through 2,000 original applications and after lots of consideration we visited […]

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Ghaziabad Housing Colony

The housing colony at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, made up of 161 homes in an enclosed area, is one of Amma’s offerings to the homeless and destitute. Here you can see the entrance to the prayer hall. Other amenities inside the colony include a dispensary and an education centre. A spacious courtyard greets the visitor […]

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Around Amma 2004 India 2004

“We love Amma not because of who she is, but because of who we become in her presence.”

Bharata Yatra 2004 12 March 2004 — Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh No one really knew how many people would come to see, hear and be touched by Amma in Bhopal. She had only visited the Madhya Pradesh capital once before in 1989, and then only a few hundred came to have Her darshan.   As it would […]

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Amma, a pearl in India’s guru tradition – Narenda Modi

10 March 2004, Ahmedabad, Gujarat The Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri. Narendra Modi, opened his speech at Amma’s Ahmedabad program by saying that the state is still indebted to Amma for the way in which She came to its aid in 2001. The Honourable Minister was referring to the three villages the ashram completely […]