Mata Amritanandamayi, called Amma by devotees all over the world, helps people in relieving distress and pain, with her compassion, warmth and affection. She was earlier known as Sudhamani Idamannel, was born on September 27, 1953. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is widely respected for her humanitarian and charity activities. She founded a worldwide organization called Matha Amritanandamayi Math, headquartered at Vallikavu, Kollam. Mata Amritanandamayi amma acts as the chair person of this charitable organization which is engaged in many spiritual and charitable activities.
Amrita Institutions play a major role in our educational and healthcare sectors. Mata Amritanandamayi Math established Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham or Amrita University and Amma is the The Chancellor of this university. The university campuses are spread across South India offers highly value added bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs. Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences – AIMS, a 1300-bed super-specialty hospital in Kochi that provides highest standard of medical care.
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math publishes a monthly spiritual magazine Matruvani as well as Immortal Bliss, a quarterly magazine. Amma also makes annual tours and conduct programmes in India and throughout the world.
Thousands of devotees came at Amritapuri to seek her for spiritual guidance and consolation. Recognized as a Hindu spiritual leader, in 1993, she was elected as one of the presidents of the assembly of global religions in Chicago. She also received ‘Hindu Renaissance Award’ for Hinduism Today, an international journal on Indian culture in the same year. The United Nations invited her for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in order to speak at the Interfaith Celebrations in New York.