(23 Feb '11)
February 20 and 21, Mysore, Karnataka — Bharata Yatra 2011,
Amma visited Mysore for a Brahmastanam Temple Festival. On the first program day Amma shared the stage with S.A. Ramdas, Minister for Medical Education, Karnataka and MP, H. Vishwanath.
In his welcoming speech S.A. Ramdas said:
‘Amma is not just someone who fulfills our desires, she is also Mother India. She is the cultural ambassador of India. She takes this 5000 year old of culture all around the world, even to the remotest parts of society. In Indian society you have many differences of cast, religion etc. Amma breaks all these barriers, helping all to come together. That is why she is called ‘mother of the universe’.’
To mark Amma’s visit, the minister declared his intention to make Mysore a ‘healthy city’, free of plastic and trash, by the time Amma returns. To achieve this the minister wants to enforce a law against littering.
Concluding his speech, the minister asked the audience to get together and support Amma’s vision of an environmentally friendly and aware society. His request was greeted with a heartfelt applause. In addition to this the minister said that the city ‘will provide school children with saplings, helping to make Amma’s dreams come true.’
During the public function Amma distributed 25 more Vidyamritam scholarships to deserving children.
As part of the Amala Bharatam Campaign (ABC) she also handed out handkerchieves to students of Amrita Mysore Campus. Additionally Amma handed out handkerchieves to all youth that came for darshan.
All over the program grounds ABC stalls were set up by many of Amma’s international devotees. Here they collected, sorted and recycled the trash from the program and informed everyone about the importance of public health and hygiene.
To the delight of the devotees, Amma sang many new bhajans in Kannada and also led the Manasa Puja in the local language.
To end the two days of festival in Mysore, Amma delighted everyone by singing both Mayaji Menu Tu Chahidi and Mata Rana at the end of the last darshan.
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