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Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma

Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.

SUNDAY – Free All Day Program  Starting at 11 am

9:00am: The token line opens. To ensure everyone has an equal chance of getting an early token, please refrain from forming a line until then.
9:30am: Tokens are distributed and guests are escorted to seats.
11:00am: Amma enters the hall and conducts a short meditation.
11:30am: Amma begins to embrace those who have a token.


Please plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before the program to receive a free token if you would like to have Amma’s embrace. Tokens may be limited by time constraints.


To this day, Amma concludes her programs by embracing each person who has attended the event. Far from a brief book-signing or walk along the rope line, these personal one-on-one meetings take up the vast majority of Amma’s time. Amma has given this motherly embrace, known as her Darshan, to more than 34 million people throughout the world. Amma has been known to give Darshan for more than 22 hours without interruption.

The most personally accessible, compassionate Spiritual leader alive today, Amma, may well be on a first-name basis with more people than anyone else in the world. When people pour out their hearts, Amma offers them emotional solace, spiritual guidance, and concrete solutions to their problems.

Frequently asked Questions

How do I get in line for Amma’s blessing, her darshan?
To meet Amma, you will need a token which are issued on a first-come-first-served basis, 1.5 hours before the start of the program. Tokens are limited, so please arrive early. Learn more ›

Are the public programs similar to the retreats?
No. Amma’s public programs are free of charge and open to the public. Retreats require a fee. Learn more about public programs. Or, learn more about retreats ›

What if I have special needs, or am physically challenged and can’t wait in line?
Please inform the host or hostess who is stationed at the entrance to the hall. They will help provide a comfortable solution and assistance for receiving your embrace. Learn more ›

How is the Devi Bhava program different from the other evening programs?
Devi Bhava begins with an Atma Puja, a ceremony to promote peace and well being for the world. It is a ceremony in honor of the divine self that dwells in all. Learn more ›

Are there any programs available for young children?
Usually programs are available for children ages four through ten, pre-teens and teens during certain hours. Learn more ›

Are there any other customs or regulations during the programs?

  • Out of respect for the Indian culture, we recommend modest dress. For example: tank tops, shorts, tight leggings and short skirts are not recommended.
  • Children must be under the supervision of an adult at all times.
  • Sleeping in the hall during program is not permitted. Sleeping anywhere on the program grounds in your car or camper is not permitted.
  • No use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs is allowed on the program premises. Also, no audio or video recording or photography is permitted.