Source: BBC News
On August 22, 2005 BBC News reported, "An unidentified man has been arrested after he apparently tried to stab a famous Indian spiritual leader known as the 'hugging saint' on Sunday. Mata Amritanandamayi, who blesses her devotees with a hug, escaped unhurt in the attack which took place in Kerala. Reports say her followers wrestled the attacker on to the ground before he could reach the stage where she was leading prayers for 18,000 people. She has a huge following in India and supporters around the world."