Monday, October 1, 2007

Amritapuri Visit

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi -
Many people wonder how a little girl from a simple South Indian village came to be known throughout the world as "Amma, the Mother of All." Motherhood, in its ultimate sense, has nothing to do with bearing a child, but with love, compassion and selflessness. It lies in totally giving one's self to others.

"We should tell children while they are very young that there is a power known as God who controls everything. If we teach a child to remember this divinity in all circumstances of life, that child will be able to keep his or her inner poise in every situation, whether it be victory or defeat." —Amma

Amma gives darshan to a huge crowd in Karwar on 15-02-2006 At Maladevi Ground, Karwar.

Simply Huge: Darshan in Karwar
Bharata Yatra 2006
15 February 2006 — Karwar, Karnataka

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When Amma gives a programme in a new city, none of the ashramites know exactly what to expect—that is to say, no one knows how many people will actually come, no one knows how late the next day Amma's darshan will actually go. Karwar is kind of sleepy seaside town that lies 15 kilometres south of the boarder separating Karnataka and Goa. Driving along its coastal highway, one is overtaken by the beauty of its craggy hills, massive inlet bays, towering coconut trees and barren white beaches. In fact, more than 75 percent of the district is forest. It's the kind of place where farmers lead small teams of water buffalo along the roadside—or, more often than not, the buffalo are left to wander the same routes unsupervised. That said, no one dreamed that 250 to 300 thousand people would come to see Amma. But they did.

By 4:00 p.m. the grounds at Mala Devi Temple were full, and by the time Amma arrived at 6:30, there were three queues to get inside, each of which stretched for 3.5 kilometres! It was by far the biggest crowd to ever come see Amma for a single programme.

Amma was welcomed with padapuja, purnakumbam, fireworks and the chanting of the Vedas, as well as by a breathtaking version of the dhyana sloka by Vani Hardikar Hegde, a professional classical singer.

In the end, Amma finished giving darshan only by 1:30 the next day. She had been onstage for 19 hours continuously. It's hard to say exactly how many people Amma gave darshan to, but surely it was up there with the largest amount in history. The tokens distributed totaled 172,500, and all those patient enough to remain till the end received Amma's darshan.

It was only in August 2005 {photo-news} that a busload of devotees from Karwar descended upon Amritapuri, all begging Amma to come and bless their city. Who knew the busload represented just so many hundreds of thousands of others who also desired to spend a few moments in Amma's arms.


1 comment:

workhard said...

I am amazed at the crowds that she can draw!!!!

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