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Followers wait in a seated line holding numbered tokens to be redeemed for personal blessings from spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center on Friday. The woman known as the "hugging saint" smiles as a steady stream of visitors approach her. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Followers wait in a seated line holding numbered tokens to be redeemed for personal blessings from spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center on Friday. The woman known as the "hugging saint" smiles as a steady stream of visitors approach her. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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