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Remembering the path we have travelled – 30 years of love and gratitude at Amma’s orphanage

27 December 2019, Parippaly, Kollam Today Amma celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math taking over the orphanage {news} in Paripally, Kerala. At the time, the ashram was saving up funds to build its first prayer hall, but when Amma learned that 500 orphans who were about to be turned out onto the […]

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Children of Parippally: Who says they are orphans?

10 December 2017, Amritapuri Late last year, just one day after Amma had returned from her annual European tour, a group of very special visitors came to Amritapuri to see Amma. They were all alumni of the *Amrita Niketan orphanage and Higher Secondary Sanskrit School at Paripally. Though they may have lived in the orphanage […]

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Amma’s visit to Amrita Watoto Boma

April 19, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya It was a very special day for the children of Amrita Watoto Boma, Amma’s day school in Athi River, Nairobi. It was a day they had been waiting for for a long time. 160 children, many of whom have been there since the school opened its doors, last saw Amma […]

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Amma in Parippally

23 Feb, Parippally – Bharata Yatra 2014 The travel journey between Palakkad and Trivandrum on Amma’s Bharata Yatra had a peculiar aspect: The route to follow meant that the caravan of buses would pass right by Amritapuri on the way to the capital of Kerala. The lunch stop was at Paripally orphanage. It was a […]

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Onam: Unity of hearts is the beauty of the society

15 September 2005 — Amritapuri “All of you look like a beautiful pookkalam,” Amma said, looking down at the 10,000 or so people who had gathered at Amritapuri to celebrate Onam. Later, in her satsang, Amma explained that pookkalams, the multicoloured flower-petal mandalas of Onam, symbolize the confluence of hearts in society. “Pookkalam represent the […]

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Onam celebration in the pool

Amma painted in response was of a world wet with life–one where boys and girls lepta into the backwaters and splashed about, making as much noise as they wanted, singing together, dancing together, running, laughing, knocking down fruit from the mango trees.

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She had become one with them

Amritapuri — Tuesday, 24 August 2004 When you visit Amma’s orphanage at Parippally and speak about Amma with the children who live there, they never fail to mention one thing: Amma’s dancing. On holidays, such as Onam and Amma’s birthday, all 500 or so Parippally children come to Amritapuri — to listen to Amma’s bhajans, […]

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Lakshmi’s wedding

15 December 2002, Amritapuri A long time resident of Amma’s orphanage gets married “I had always been troubled by the fear that being born the child of a beggar woman, I would have to spend my life begging in the streets, or in still worse conditions… “As we slowly moved closer to Amma, my mind […]