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Preparations in full swing for Amma visit

PREPARATIONS ARE in full swing for the maiden visit of Mata Amritanandamayi, fondly called by her followers as ?Amma? to the City tomorrow. Around one-lakh devotees are expected to gather at the venue near Sayaji Hotels for Amma?s blessings.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 15:20 IST

PREPARATIONS ARE in full swing for the maiden visit of Mata Amritanandamayi, fondly called by her followers as ‘Amma’ to the City tomorrow. Around one-lakh devotees are expected to gather at the venue near Sayaji Hotels for Amma’s blessings.

Programme committee member Ramesh Mendola said that Amma would reach Indore in the wee hours tomorrow and take rest at the residence of one Subhash Khandelwal at Bicholi Mardana.

After taking rest in the day, Amma would reach the programme venue at 6 pm and participate in the bhajan and pravachan programme, which would continue till 9 pm. Pravachan will be delivered in Malayalam language which will be translated into Hindi for the convenience of the devotees from the North. After bhajan, Amma will give darshan to her devotees one by one till the last devotee.

Mendola said that another seer Ma Kanakeshwari Devi would also be present in the programme. Amma, who has been accorded the status of state guest during her visit to the City tomorrow, will be accompanied by around 400 of her devotees, most of them foreigners, from her Ashram ‘Amritapuri’ at Kollam in Kerala.

A programme committee was earlier formed for the visit headed by PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya. City Congress treasurer Kulbhushan Mittal ‘Kukki’ is the convenor of the committee, while City BJP president Ramesh Mendola, Chandu Shinde and Manohar Limbodia are the members of the committee.

Mendoal said that special arrangements had been made for VIPs and physically challenged persons. There will be enough parking facility at the venue. The seating arrangements have been made in such a way that devotees sitting in the last row would also have a proper ‘darshan’ of Amma, he said.

The VIPs, who are expected to be in the City for Amma’s darshan included Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former chief minister Digvijay Singh, Union ministers Suresh Pachauri and Kantilal Bhuria and MPCC president Subhash Yadav.