India’s "Hugging Saint" to Build 300 Houses in Sri Lanka for Tsunami Victims

February 17, 2005

Source: Kerala Next/India News

On February 17, 2005 the India News reported, "Indian Spiritual leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), who is in Colombo on a three-day visit to console thousands of tsunami victims, has pledged to build 300 houses for the tsunami survivors. Amma, well-known for showering divine love on everyone equally through her embrace, yesterday arrived in Sri Lanka on the invitation of the government and would be visiting the worst tsunami-hit areas of Amparai in the Eastern province and Matara in the Southern province to meet tsunami survivors in relief camps. Addressing a press conference upon her arrival at the Ministry of Hindu Affairs, the spiritual leader said that she was tremendously sad to see the present situation in Sri Lanka and has initially pledged (Sri Lanka) Rs 65 million to build those 300 houses for the affected people of all ethnic divides."