'Hugging Saint' Begins Australian Tour In Melbourne

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Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Dev, known as 'Amma' hugs a visitor on the... News PhotoAustralia,Day,Embracing,Horizontal,Human Interest,Mata Amritanandamayi,Melbourne - Australia,Spirituality,Visit,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: (EDITOR'S NOTE: This digital image has been converted to black and white) Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Dev, known as 'Amma' (mother) hugs a visitor on the first day of her Melbourne retreat on April 12, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. The Hindu spiritual leader is known as the 'hugging saint' by her followers and is globally respected as a humanitraian. She will be conducting retreats and a series of free public programs during her Australian tour. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)