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Beloved “Hugging Saint” Amma Returns to the Boston Area

The pope with Amma

World-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, better known as Amma, returns to the Boston area on July 9 and 10, offering free programs at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on both days along with a prayer ceremony for world peace. Everyone is invited to attend and receive a personal blessing and hug from Amma at the event, which takes place at the Best Western Royal Trade Center in Marlborough.

“Amma has hugged more than 33 million people worldwide, and many who’ve received her embrace express feeling unconditional love and total acceptance for the first time,” says Vino Gupta, publicity coordinator for the event. “Amma has also provided humanitarian aid and disaster relief for every major global disaster over the last 10 years, including the recent Nepal earthquake.”

 More information on Amma’s charities can be found at Last year, Amma joined Pope Francis at the Vatican for a ceremonial signing of a declaration against human trafficking and slavery. “The human mind has created many divisions in the name of religion, caste, language and national boundaries,” Amma stated at the ceremony. “Let us try to create a bridge of all-encompassing pure love to break down these self-created walls.”

The free programs in Marlborough include inspirational music, meditation and spiritual discourse. Numbered tokens for individual blessings are distributed 90 minutes before each program.

Cost: Free. Location: Best Western Royal Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd. W., Marlborough. For more information, call 716-226-6223 or visit