ANANDAMAYI MA Biography - Religious Figures & Icons


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Anandmayi was born in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1896. Since her childhood, she took a lot of interest in performing religious rituals. She became emotional whenever she heard the sound of religious chanting. At temples, she would also see religious figures emerging from religious statues and reentering them.


Anandmayi was not initiated by any Guru to any sect but her ecstatic states had enabled her to become a holy woman. Despite it, she did hear voices that told her which religious and meditative practices to perform. She emphasised the importance of detachment from the world and religious devotion.


Anandmayi gave equal importance to the services, served to others. She toured various destinations for several years. Her parents were worshippers of Vishnu but she neither followed any religious sect nor founded or advocated any new sect. She died in 1981.