Mata Brahmanandamayi

Bagirathi and Parasuram, the parents, named their third daughter Annapurni and fondly called her Padma. Brought up in a devout atmosphere right from childhood, Padma followed the family traditions and was devoted like her family. She started learning Carnatic music at the age of 5. She blossomed under the tutelage of veteran Guru Chellamani Bhagavathar and went on to become an accomplished singer with an ethereally divine voice. She had an epiphany and got a spiritual awakening at the tender age of 17, inspired by her grandmother Smt Alamelu Ammal.
At the age of 22, she was married to Sri Ganapathy who encouraged her to get even more deeply involved in music. With kutcheris galore, Smt Padma Ganapathy, became an artist to be reckoned with in the Carnatic music arena. She has performed extensively all over the world captivating eclectic audiences with her magnetic voice.
As her Guru Dakshina to her mentor and Guru, this grateful disciple established The Chellamani Memorial Sri Thyagarajar Music Academy at Thane, Maharashtra, India to impart training in classical music and dance and preserve our rich tradition. Her initiation to full-fledged spirituality commenced from the thirteenth day of her husband’s death in 1992. The spiritual spark glowing quietly all along began to brighten up, and the pure flame started growing steadily.
The Devi Lakshmi’s face gifted to her was the turning point in her life. What started as an adorning of the Devi with a small piece of cloth has culminated in the opening of the Shree Lakshmi Narayan Prayer Hall in Brindavan, Thane, Maharashtra, India. Hundreds of devotees offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narayan each day. The aura of sandal powder and kumkum transports devotees into a blissful trance. As if in recognition of her supreme devotion, the Almighty appeared in a close devotee’s dream and conferred the title of Mata Brahmanandamayi on Smt Padma Ganapathy, now revered and lovingly called as Amma, on Thai Poosam day on 26th January 2003. There have been further titles conferred on Amma, and today she is Icchapoorthi Sakalavalli Padmashree Annapoorneswari Sadhguru Mata Brahmanandamayi Saraswati Devi, to all her devotees.
The Devi through Amma has presented the devotees with several songs and bhajans. These manifest as Amma’s compositions, on all deities in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and Marathi. Popularly known as ‘Amma’s bhajans’, Amma renders these bhajans at devotees’ residences too on their request – it is an experience that transports all and sundry to realms of immeasurable bliss.
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