Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Karunagappally, Kerala
Religion: Hinduism
Age: 69 Years

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Birth nameSudhamani Idamannel [1]Amritapuri
Nickname(s)• Amma
• Mata
Profession• Spiritual leader
• Humanitarian
Name earnedThe Hugging Saint
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 162 cm
in meters- 1.62 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 4”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Awards, Honours, Achievements Awards
1993: Hindu Renaissance Award for ‘Hindu of the Year’
1998: Care & Share International Humanitarian of the Year Award in Chicago, USA
2002: Karma Yogi of the Year
2002: Gandhi-King Award for Non-Violence by The World Movement for Nonviolence in UN, Geneva
2005: Mahavir Mahatma Award in London, UK
2005: Centenary Legendary Award of the International Rotarians in Cochin, Kerala
2006: The Philosopher Saint Sri Jnaneswara World Peace Prize 2007: Le Prix Cinéma Vérité Award by Cinéma Vérité in Paris, France
2013: First Vishwaretna Purskar by Hindu Parliament in Tiruvananthapuram, India
2018: Felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the largest contribution to the Government of India’s Clean India Campaign Swachh Bharat Mission

2010: An honorary Doctorate in humane letters from the State University of New York
2019: An honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Mysore, Karnataka
Amma receiving the honorary Doctorate of Letters (D.Litt. Honoris Causa) by the University of Mysore in 2019
2021: An honorary degree in D.Litt.(Honoris causa) from the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar
Amma receiving the honorary degree at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar
2012: Watkins' list of the top 100 living spiritual influencers in the world.
2014: The Huffington Post's list of the 50 most influential women religious leaders
Personal Life
Date of Birth 27 September 1953 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2022)69 Years
BirthplaceAlappad Panchayat in Karunagappally, Kollam District, State of Travancore-Cochin (now in Kerala), India
Zodiac signLibra
HometownKarunagappally, Kerala
ReligionShe follows Hinduism. Since the age of 4, she has been preaching to Lord Krishna.
Food HabitVegetarian
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math AddressAmritapuri in Karunagappally, Kollam, Kerala (India)
Controversies• In 1985, Sreeni Pattathanam, the Indian Rationalist Association's head, published a controversial review titled Matha Amritanandamayi: Sacred Stories and Realities. The book claimed that Amritanandamayi's miracles were all faked by Mata Amma and her students. He also wrote about the mysterious deaths that had occurred near her ashram and demanded a police investigation. A similar article was published in the Malayalam publication Deshabhimani on August 9, 2002, calling for an investigation into the same deaths that Pattathanam had deemed suspicious.

• Former Mata Amma follower Gail Tredwell spent ten years living at the ashram (from 1989 to 1999). In 2013, she wrote a book in which she indicted Mata Amma with beating her physically. Gail claimed that she suffered sexual abuse in the ashram, where older prisoners were engaged in physical contact; however, the accusations were denied by Mata Amma and the ashram representatives. [2]India Today
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
ParentsFather- Sri Sugunanandan Idamannel (Fishmonger)
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi's father
Mother- Damayanti Amma
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi with her mother
SiblingsElder Brother: Subhakan
Younger Brother(s): Sathish Kumar, Sudhir Kumar, and Suresh Kumar
Elder Sister: Kasturi Aamma
Younger Sister(s): Sajini and Sugunamma
(Standing left to right); Sajini Sugunamma, Sathish Kumar, and Sudhir Kumar (Sitting left to right); Suresh Kumar, Damayanthi Amma, Sugunananda, and Kasthuri amma
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 1000 crores (as of 2011) [3]India Today

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

  • Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is an Indian spiritual leader and humanitarian who is known among her devotees as “the hugging saint.” She is the founder of The Mata Amritanandamayi Math, a global nonprofit based in Amritapuri, Kerala (India). In 1993, she served as President of the Centenary Parliament of World Religions in Chicago, USA.
  • When Sudhamani was five years old, she volunteered to aid the less fortunate on her way to school, which is why she was constantly late for school. When her mother became ill in 1962, the 9-year-old was pulled out of school to help with domestic duties and take care of her siblings. At the age of 15, Sudhamani began
    helping out with the household chores at her mother’s older sister’s home before being
    sent to live with her uncle in Karunagapally. A painting of young Sudhamani meditating
  • Young Sudhamani used to go door-to-door collecting leftover food from neighbours for her family’s cattle during this time. At the age of 9, she decided to devote her time to charitable work. She used to search her
    home for food and clothing to give to those in need. She frequently received reprimands and punishment for doing so from her family, who were not wealthy either.
  • Amritanandamayi has been hugging people to soothe them since she was 22 years old, earning her the title “hugging saint” among her followers. She spends about 10 to 14 hours a day greeting and cuddling visitors. She has welcomed more than 34 million individuals worldwide for more than 30 years, according to her official website.

    Amma hugging and blessing her devotees

    Amma hugging and blessing her devotees

  • Amma refused to get married; however, she considers all her devotees as her own children and hence gave herself the title of Amma, which means mother in many Indian languages including Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi.
  • The spiritual and material betterment of humanity is the primary goal of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), which was established on 6 May 1981. Together with its sister organisation, the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission Trust, MAM manages charitable projects like providing healthcare for the needy, helping with natural disasters, promoting environmental initiatives, battling hunger, and providing educational scholarships for children from low-income families.

    Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Amritapuri

    Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Amritapuri

  • The MAM also manages the 90 Amrita Vidyalayam chains of English medium CBSE schools, seven-campus Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, and yoga, meditation, and Sanskrit classes.
  • A 47-year-old man named Pavithran, a native of Kerala’s Northern Palakkad area, attacked Amma in August 2005. He was participating in the prayer and bhajan gathering at the Mata’s Vallikkav Ashram in Kerala’s Kollam district by sitting among the devotees and singing and praying in front of Amma. He then charged her with a knife but was stopped by some of Amma’s followers. Pavithran was described as having an “unstable mind” by Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, one of Amma’s followers. Later, it was revealed that the attacker was an RSS supporter. [4]YouTube – asianetnews
  • A 23-year-old student named Satnam Singh Maan from Lucknow’s National Law University attacked Mata Amritanandamayi on 1 August 2012. When he shouted “Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem,” he was in a line waiting for Amma’s hugs. Unarmed Satnam attempted to attack Amma’s bodyguards but was defeated by the followers. After the attack, he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he was later pronounced
    dead. [5]The Times of India