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Sri Amma Karunamayi
Sri Amma Karunamayi, Atlanta 2014
Religion Hinduism
Philosophy Advaita Vedanta
Nationality Indian
Born (1958-10-21)21 October 1958
Andhra Pradesh, India
Guru God
Literary works "Sri Vidya - Divine Radiance Within"
"Love only is Self-Realization."

Amma Sri Karunamayi (born 1958)[1] is a Hindu spiritual leader. Sri Karunamayi travels internationally promoting global peace and meditation.[2]

Early life[edit]

Amma Karunamayi was born in South India in 1958. Karunamayi's mother was a devotee of Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi. On one rare occasion Ramana whispered to Karunamayi's mother that she would give birth to "Thai" or the divine mother who would help heal the planet. Encouraged by her parents, Karunamayi spent her childhood in spiritual paths immersed in prayer and worship. [3]


Sri Amma Karunamayi is an avatar - a manifestation of Shakti who is born enlightened or fully self-realized. She is called Amma by her devotees, which means "mother" in Amma's native Telugu language and other South Indian languages.



Amma Karunamayi created several charitable programs to help the rural poor and disenfranchised in the extremely poor Andhra Pradesh area where her ashram is located. These provide free educational facilities, housing projects, clean water programs, a free hospital, mobile medical clinics, emergency relief programs, food and clothing donations, and free housing for people who had been dispossessed of their land.[1]


US Congressman Danny Davis of the Seventh Congressional District of Illinois presented the Golden Eagle Award 2012 to Her Holiness Amma Sri Karunamayi : Bhagavathi Sri Sri Sri Vijayeswari Devi, Founder President of S.M.V.A. Trust, Sri Manidweepa Mahasamsthanam, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh,India, in recognition of her selfless service and dynamic leadership in providing numerous welfare programs for the underprivileged.[4][5]

Television program[edit]

Karunamayi has a weekly television program, transmitted in India on Gemini TV and also on Bhakti TV.


  1. ^ a b Jestice, Phyllis G. (2004). Holy people of the world: a cross-cultural encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 466–7. ISBN 978-1-57607-355-1. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Jarman, Josh (8 June 2007). "Hindu leader preaches power of meditation". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010.  "Sri Karunamayi Amma, a Hindu spiritual leader";
  3. ^ http://archive.vcstar.com/news/hindu-spiritual-leader-pays-visit-to-ventura-ep-368946522-349575841.html
  4. ^ Davis, Danny (25 May 2012). "Photos of Amma Sri Karunamayi Awards".  "Sri Karunamayi Amma, a Hindu spiritual leader";
  5. ^ "Photos of Awards Sri Amma has received".  "Sri Karunamayi Amma, a Hindu "spiritual" leader";

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