Hugging Saint at Amritapuri Ashram & the Charitable Trust “Embracing the World”

Amritapuri Ashram is at Vallikavu village.  It is near to Karunagappally town in Kollam district, Kerala. It is also the headquarters of of Mata Amritanandamayi Math.

Mata Amritanandamayi of Amritapuri Ashram

Matha Amritanandamayi was born as the third child of Mr. Sugunanandan and Mrs. Damayanti, in a fishermen family. She founded Mata Amṛtanandamayi Math in 1981. Her disciples call her  “Amma”. Amma means mother in many of the Indian languages.

Mata Amritanandamayi always hugs her disciples or visitors, before talking to them. Therefore, she is known as hugging saint to her disciples. She has visited a large number of foreign countries and is regular in visiting Amma’s NYC disciples and disciples across USA, every year.

Amritapuri Ashram at Amritapuri is spread over more than 100 acres of land. Moreover, it is also the headquarters of Amrita University. Amrita university offers different courses; mainly in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamilnadu states. Amritapuri Campus and Kochi Campus are the main campuses in Kerala. Tamilnadu campus is at Coimbatore. Bengaluru and Mysuru Campuses are the ones in Karnataka. In addition to colleges, Amritapuri Ashram runs many schools also.

Amrita Institute of Medical Science (Amrita Hospital) is leading hosptial in India, founded by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

To know more about the Ashram, the activities, Amma’s teachings,etc, Please visit mata homepage.

Embracing the World

Amma Ashram has a charitable trust, “Embracing the World“, a leading charity foundation among global charities, which does a lot of humanitarian and social welfare works. They did a commendable work as a Charitable Organization, when the worst Tsunami hit Indian shores in 2004. They helped in providing food and shelter. Embracing the World took up the restoration works and has built around 6000 houses for the worst affected Tsunami victims.

Sanitation projects were also done under the Ashram during the famous annual Sabarimala Temple pilgrimage season. Amma has donated a sum of $15 million US $ $15 million in 2015, to construct toilets for the poor, who lives along the Ganges River.

How Do I Go to Amritapuri Ashram?

Amritapuri Ashram is at around 9 kilometers from Karunagappally railway station. Karunagappally is situated in between Kayamkulam Junction and Kollam Junction railway stations on the PalakkadThiruvanathapuram railway line. Kayankulam railway station is at around 15 kilometers distance from the Amma Ashram.

Karunagappally Bus stand is the nearest main bus stand from where buses to Amritapuri Ashram are available. Cabs and auto rickshaws are also available from Karunagappally.


In short, Amritapuri Ashram is a leading Ashram in India. They does commendable charity work also.

When are you going to Amritapuri Ashram? Please leave your comments.