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Dances of devotion

Bharata Yatra 2004 Saturday, 28 February 2004 — just off NH 9, on the way to Pune, Maharashtra The sun was gone. Amma and Her children were seated in the middle of a vast and arid plain. If it wasn’t for the occasional hum of a truck passing on the highway or the small group […]

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Amma blesses Hyderabad

Bharata Yatra 2004 25 February 2004 — Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Amma’s Hyderabad devotees welcomed Her Wednesday night on a grand scale. The massive backdrop of their stage—a beige façade of a palace—reached some 20 feet into the night sky. In each of the palace’s windows candles were lit, and in the centre was a majestic […]

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Bhajans in the Dark

Bharata Yatra 2004 Tuesday, 24 February 2004 — On the road to Hyderabad There was a second stop for Amma and Her tour group on the long road from Davanagere to Hyderabad, and as many anticipated, this one was for tea and practicing bhajans. The sun had just set when Amma’s six buses pulled over […]

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Darshan in Davanagere

Bharata Yatra 2004 23 February 2004 — Davanagere, Karnataka Davanagere was the site of the fifth stop on Amma’s North India Tour. The program was held cradled in the E-shaped Amrita Vidyalayam. Hours before the program began, devotees began queuing up outside the school grounds in order to get their darshan tokens. Amma has been […]

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Last Day in Bangalore

Bharata Yatra 2004 21 February 2004 — Bangalore, Karnataka In the wake of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s Global CEO Summit, which was held during Amma’s 50th birthday celebrations in Cochin, there has been a lot of activity between the Math and India’s advancers of business, science and information technology. Recent months have seen collaborations between […]

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This is Amma’s age

Bharata Yatra 200419 February 2004 — Bangalore, Karnataka The first of three days and nights that Amma is giving bhajan, satsang and darshan at Her Bangalore Ashram were brought to a start on Thursday in the presence of the Honourable former Chief Justice of India, Padma Vibhushan Shri. M.N. Venkatachalaiah; the Honourable Standing Justice Shri. […]

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A night of laughter

Bharata Yatra 2004 Friday, 13 February 2004 — Talassery, Kerala Talassery is a small fishing community where you can always see kids playing football and fishermen mending nets on the shore. Amma’s relatively small ashram there is just across the road from the beach. It was built six years ago. Amma installed a Brahmasthanam temple […]

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Amma in Coimbatore

25 January 2004 — Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu The last stop on Amma’s South India Tour began today in Coimbatore, at the Brahmasthanam temple. These next three days will enjoy a Brahmasthanam Festival complete with the regular planetary pujas and archanas, and Amma’s bhajans, satsang and darshan. This evening’s programme began with the garlanding of Amma […]

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Amma in Karur

23 January, 2004 — Karur From the big city of Chennai, to the smaller, former French enclave of Pondicherry, to the even smaller town of Karur, traveling with Amma provides a truly cosmopolitan view of India. There is the continual shifting of surroundings, the never-ending flux of the multitudes from every conceivable walk of life, […]

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Pondicherry pours out to cherish Amma

An unexpectedly large crowd of Amma’s children came to see Her in Pondicherry. More than 37,000 darshan tickets were issued on Amma’s first visit to this former French colony, and darshan lasted until 9:30 am. Even after darshan was over and She was standing from Her peetham to leave, Amma remained to serve Her children […]