Preparations have begun for Amma’s Birthday Celebrations which will on Sept. 27th. This year, they will be held on the grounds of Amrita University’s Engineering College across the backwaters in Valikkavu. On September 8th, Swami Amritaswarupananda led the ceremonial ‘kalnattu karmam’ where a traditional pillar is installed at the site.
Ashramites, volunteers, and visitors are helping to clear the huge field just north of the main engineering college building. The field is currently used as as a storage area for construction materials used in the ever-expanding engineering campus. To the north, lie the metal and wood workshops where the doors, windows and frames were constructed for the thousands of tsunami homes built by the ashram throughout India.