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Mātā Amritanandamayī Devi, also known by her followers as "Amma", "Ammachi" or "Mother" (September 27, 1953 - ), is an Indian spiritual leader and is considered by many to be a holy person or saint. She is a widely respected humanitarian and called by some "the hugging saint".[1]

Amrita means "eternal" and Ananda means "happiness" in Sanskrit; therefore her name literally means "the mother who is eternally happy".