Mata Amritanandamayi

Mata Amritanandamayi (L), known by her followers as "Amma" (mother), hugs a Hindu devotee during her visit to Hyderabad on February 28, 2011. (Photo credit: NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Amma, Known As The Hugging Saint, Embraces New York City

Mata Amritanandamayi, or Amma as she is lovingly called by her devotees, brought her message of compassion, service and unconditional love to New Yorkers this holiday weekend.