Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, known for her services towards mankind within India and across the globe, was accorded a tumultuous welcome by a crowd of devotees numbering more than 10,000 who had gathered since early morning today at the Math premises in Bogadi 2nd Stage.

Amma, as she is loving called by her devotees and known as the Hugging Saint across the globe, is in city as part of the annual Brahmasthanam Mahotsava, to be held today and tomorrow, during which spiritual discourses, bhajans and individual darshans will be held.

As soon as she arrived near the specially erected mantap, all the devotees, most of them women and children, stood up in reverence and offered nama-skars, to which the Amma responded with a smiling countenance, greeting the crowd. A human barricade on either side of the walkway was formed by the devotees, most of them foreigners, who prevented the frenzied devotees from obstructing the path of Amma. Upon her arrival on-stage, she bowed in reverence to the devotees and the crowd applauded in reverent admiration at the Amma’s humility.

District In-Charge Minister S.A. Ramdas, who was among the first to offer a garland to Amma, was blessed by her with a shower of flower petals, an embrace and three kisses — ain to a mother’s love to her son.

Mayor Rajeshwari Puttaswamy, MLC C.H. Vijayshankar, Deputy Mayor Mahadevappa, noted advocate O. Sham Bhat, Taluk Panchayat President Vijayalakshmi, IAS officer V.V. Bhat and others were present on the dais.

Chief Priests of Sri Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Hill, Nagendra Dikshit and Shashishekhar Dikshit offered prasadam to the Amma.

Educational Scholarships were disbursed among the students of Mata Amritanandamayi School and deserving students selected from other schools. Later in the afternoon, a Telemedicine unit, newly set-up at the Mata Amritanandamayi Hospital in Roopanagar, about 4 kms from the Math, will be dedicated for public utility by Amma.

Booklets and literature about Amma and her services in the Tsunami-affected areas of southern coats of India, in Kenya, quake-hit Japan and in other countries were on display near the Mantap, apart from medicinal plants and other religious items. Elaborate security was provided by the City Police and efficiently streamlined the parking facility even as numerous dignitaries made a beeline to the Math to have a darshan of Amma who has been serving mankind for the past four decades.