Many people yearn to meet Amma to receive Her motherly embrace of comfort and healing. Some may be drawn to Her charitable humanitarian activities, while others may seek to imbibe Her spiritual teachings. Whatever may be the initial pull towards Amma, most people feel moved, inspired and transformed in Her Presence.
Amma is all-embracing and does not expect anyone to change their faith in order to receive Her love. Everyone is welcome to meet Amma at Her Amritapuri Ashram in Kerala (India) or at any of Her public Programmes in India and other parts of the world.
At Amma’s Ashram in Amritapuri, India
Amma’s Amritapuri Ashram in Kerala (India), is located in a small fishing village that is 1 hour north of Kollam, 2.5 hours north of Trivandrum and 3 hours south of Kochi.
Also known as the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, the Amritapuri Ashram is home to more than 3,500 monastic disciples and householders.
Amma typically spends about 4 months in a year at Amritapuri. Amma’s travel schedule is helpful to any person planning a visit to Amritapuri. International devotees who would like to stay at the ashram are required to register online. Taxi bookings for transport to the Ashram from Trivandrum and Kochi airports can be made during the online registration process.
At Amritapuri, Amma gives Darshan to devotees and visitors on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tuesday is meditation day on which Amma joins the meditating group late in the morning to conduct Satsang which is followed by a Question & Answer session that is guided by Amma. Amma then serves lunch as prasad to the residents. On Mondays and Fridays Amma usually joins the meditation on the beach at 5:30pm and guides a Question & Answer session before leading the Bhajans in the main auditorium.
LEARN MORE about meeting Amma at Her Amritapuri Ashram
Please feel free to contact us for enquiries on visiting Amritapuri, particularly if you are travelling from Singapore or the Southeast Asian region.
On Amma’s Tours
Truly a global citizen, Amma has been conducting free public programmes all over India and in numerous countries around the world for over three decades.
Amma’s Indian Tours
It is also always possible for international guests to be part of the Indian tours. The basic rules are to send us an email if you are not in the ashram before the tour registration begins. You should plan to be at the ashram a few days before the tour starts, and be able to commit for the whole tour. Transportation, accommodation and food are provided. To find out about upcoming Indian tours please check the tour schedule.
Amma’s International Tours
Amma first left India in May 1987 and travelled to Singapore in response to Her strong feeling of ‘Her Children’ wanting comfort and solace. Her two days of embracing many a man, woman – (young and old) and child at the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Sri Narayana Mission and Sri Krishnan Temple over two days was an unprecedented, eye–opening and heart warming experience for each one.
From Singapore Amma went on to the United States of America and the rest of the World serving the world-community to date, imparting wisdom, strength and inspiration.
As a citizen of the World, through her extraordinary acts of love, inner strength and self-sacrifice, Amma has endeared herself to millions and inspired thousands to follow in Her path of selfless service.
Amma’s international tours are usually scheduled in April, June, July, October and November.
What to expect at Amma’s Programmes
Amma’s free public programmes may be held in the mornings, evenings or all through the day. Amma’s programmes generally go on late into the night, as She receives the thousands who come to meet Her, one person at a time.
Every individual would require a token to meet Amma and these are issued on a first-come-first-served basis, an hour and a half prior to the commencement of the programme. As tokens are limited, guests are requested to arrive early.
Large bags would generally have. to be deposited at the Baggage Counter situated at the entrance of the hall. While waiting for their token number to be displayed on the large screen at the front of the hall, guests have the opportunity to be seated on chairs and witness Amma receiving and embracing people whose turn it is to go up to Her. Guests are also welcome to visit the information and activities desks, shop or have their meals or refreshments that are available for purchase. There will also be sessions of devotional singing during the Programme.
One is welcome to join the darshan queue when one’s token number is displayed on the screen. Volunteers are positioned at various points along the line to assist guests. Indeed, Amma’s Programmes are organised with a spirit of dedicated volunteerism and thus volunteers are placed on duty at various parts of the hall to offer assistance to everyone.
On the final evening of Her international Programmes, Amma may conduct the special Devi Bhava Darshan that opens with the Atma Pooja ceremony to invoke World Peace. During this special programme that attracts an even larger crowd, Amma may also give devotees mantra (sacred name to be chanted) initiation upon request. Mantra initiation from Amma also takes place in Amritapuri and elsewhere.
The final event of Amma’s International Programmes will usually continue through the night and end early in the morning.