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Amma in Madurai

24 Jan, Madurai, Bharata Yatra 2009. Photos from the public programme at the Medical college grounds, Madurai

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This government needs your blessings

“This Government Needs Your Blessings,” Says DMK Health Minister 2 February 2007 — Madurai, Tamil Nadu -Bharata Yatra 2007 Currently, the Tamil Nadu Government is headed by the DMK, a party known for being anti-religion in general and anti-Hinduism in specific. The party’s current leader, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, once even said that party members […]

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A chai stop

13 January 2002, Madurai Last night on our bus ride from Trivandrum to Madurai, Mother had the buses pull over. Earlier, She seemed to have orchestrated the perfect travelogue. She is quite a tour guide! We got to see elephants being lead down the road, water buffalos being bathed and scrubbed in rivers by their […]

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An ordinary lunch stop?

13 January 2002, Madurai Sometimes travel stops with Mother hold delightful surprises, precious and unique events — like the time last year when She sang under a full moon, and then practically danced, arms outstretched, to Her car. But much of the time these stops are what would pass for ordinary family outings were it […]

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Meenakshi and her temple

19 January 2001, Madurai Madurai is famous for an exquisitely designed, sculpture-covered, dramatically high-rising (in the traditional Tamil Nadu style) Meenakshi Temple. The Devi there is clad in green, and whenever Mother is in Madurai, this Devi is honoured on the night of Her final programs. First, when the four-sided murthi (holy image) in the […]

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Plates and names

19 January 2001, Madurai to Chennai Amma departed from Madurai immediately after Devi Bhava darshan at about 8:00 a.m. A long day of travelling was to follow for the long caravan of ashram buses and vehicles. Yet the magic of travelling with Amma is not so much the moving, as it is the stopping. All […]

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I don’t need anything!

15 – 18 January 2001, Madurai Imagine this: The gentleman is highly respected in his community, wealthy, the owner and operator of a major local industry. He is also a devotee of Amma. Ten days before her scheduled programmes in his city, he closes his factory and sends all his employees to the ashram to […]