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The Main Ashram of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Amritapuri (Malayalam: അമൃതപുരി), originally Parayakadavu, is the main Ashram of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the world-renowned spiritual master, also called hugging saint. She is also known by Amma, which means 'Mother' in many South Indian languages. This place is also the International Headquarters of Mata Amritanandamayi Math. It is located in the state of Kerala, 29 km away from Kollam, about 110 km north of Thiruvananthapuram, and 120 km south of Kochi. Amritapuri is also the name by which the location of the ashram is now known.

Even though the place is named Parayakadavu meaning "The pier of the Pariah", the majority of the community of Parayakadavu belong to the Arayan caste which is not known to be related genealogically to the Pariahs.

Amritapuri[1] is spread over 100 acres of land and is also the headquarters, and one of the five campuses of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham alias Amrita University[2].

"Embracing the World“ is a global charity foundation operating under Mata Amritanandamayi math[3]..


Nearest bus station - Karunagappally

Nearest railway stations - 1. Karunagappally (kpy) (9 km) , 2. kayankulam (15 km)

Coordinates: 9°05′23″N 76°29′09″E / 9.089736°N 76.485908°E / 9.089736; 76.485908


  1. ^ "Official website of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Dev of Amritapuri".
  2. ^ "Official website of Amrita University".
  3. ^ "Embracing the World, a charitable trust".