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Solutions for sustainable development in adopted villages

27 Sep 2015 Amritapuri – Amritavarsham 62 , Amma’s Birthday Celebrations

Amma has adopted 101 villages throughout India in order to help them become self-reliant models of sustainability, two years ago on her 60th Birthday. The Amrita SeRVe program focuses on uplifting all aspects of life: housing, education, hygiene, food and water, employment, infrastructure and general connectivity.

Sri. P.J. Kurien, the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, and Sri. Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, announced MAM’s provision of potable water systems for the village of Harirampur in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, as well as a smart-irrigation system for Periyar Pathoor (Ettimadai, Tamil Nadu), and the provision of electricity via hydro-solar means in Komalikudi, Idukki, Kerala.

Smt. Najma Heptulla, the Honourable Union Minister for Minority Affairs, announced MAM’s provision of potable water in Guptapada Village, Jala Kurda, Odhisha.

His Excellency Francois Richier, the Ambassador of France to India, announced MAM’s provision of potable water in Komalikudi, in Idukki, Kerala.



Amma to install a new Brahmasthanam temple in Manjeri

Amma to install a new Brahmasthanam temple in Manjeri, North Kerala on 23rd April .This will be the 22nd Brahmasthanam temple consecrated by Amma.

Amma will also visit two more cities in Kerala as part of the 3rd leg of her Bharata Yatra.

Manjeri Brahmasthanam Pratishta – 23 April
23-24 April 2015

April 23, 10.25 am Tazhikuda Pratishta
April 23, 11.05 am Prana Pratishta

Amrita Vidyalayam, Narukara P.O,
Kozhikode-Nilmbur-Gudallur Road, Manjeri, Kerala 676122 {map}


Trissur Brahmasthanam annual festival 
26-27 April 2015

M.A.M. Trissur
Amrita Nagar, Ayyanthole, Panchikkal, Trissur, Kerala
Phone: 0487-2362700 {map}


Ernakulam Brahmasthanam annual festival
29-30 April 2015

M.A.M. Ernakulam
Kunnumpuram (NH 17) Edappally North P.O, Ernakulam, Kochi 682024 Kerala
Phone: 0484 2800682 {map}


FCRA notice to Mata Amritanandamayi Mission and actual facts

In the FCRA Home Ministry  website the name and addresses of some NGOs  are published as defaulters for  not filing the annual returns . Unfortunately there was a name Mata Amritanandamayi Mission along with the other defaulted NGOs

The actual fact is Mata Amritanandamayi Mission (MA Mission) was an organisation formed before the existence of  Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MA Math).  After forming MA Math,  the MA Mission was dissolved and merged with  MA Math and the fact has been  communicated to the Home Ministry many times. Please see a copy of the letter dated 16th June 1999 (download the pdf) sent to the Home Ministry.

Now Math has approached the Ministry and the Ministry has agreed to remove the name within a week.

Accounts Department

Swami Ramakrishnananda’s 2014 South American Tour

peru2Lima, Peru

Friday September 5- 5:30pm, IAM Class
Salon Cristal- Club Arabe
Jr. Nicolas Rodrigo s/n
Monterrico, Sucro

Saturday September 6, 5pm
Av. Santo Toribio 173-Via Central 150
Centro Empresarial Real
San Isidro, Lima 27


Viña del Mar, Chile

Monday September 8, 7:30pm
Hotel O’higgins,
Plaza Vergara s/n,

Santiago, Chile
Tuesday September 9, 7:30pm
Club Providencia,
Pocuro 2878


São Paulo, Brazil

Thursday September 11, 8:30pm
Jurupis street 470

Friday September 12, 8:30pm
Jureia Street, 349


Araruama, Brazil

Saturday September 13, 6pm
Amrita Temple
Rua Simonides Nunes Almeida Filho, 296 – Fonte Limpa


Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Sunday September 14, 5:30pm
Casarão Ameno Resedá
Rua Bento Lisboa, nº 4 -Catete
Monday September 15, 2pm
Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro
Centro de Tecnologia- Room G-122

The Sivaraman Effect

Sri Umayalpuram Sivaraman is someone who is living proof that great musicians never get older — they get better. A rare treat for the devotees here at Amritapuri, the Mrudangam maestro proved once again why he is the best! The taala, the breaks and every single sound that was made resonated through the hearts and minds of devotees who were eagerly waiting for Amma’s bhajans. A visionary who pursued the essence of the Mrudanga as both an art and a science, his skill knew no bounds. Right from the start, he was clear- his solos would be of a different style, each representing a unique aspect of Mrudangam playing.

Padma Vibhushan Dr Umayalpuram Kasiviswanatha Sivaraman was born on 17-12-1935 in Tanjore – the cradle and nursery of Karnatic music and its masters. Shri Sivaraman learned this divine art under four great and illustrious masters: Sri Arupathi Natesa Iyer, Sri Tanjavoor Vaidyanatha Iyer, Sri Palghat Mani Iyer, Sri Kumbakonam Rangu Iyengar for over 15 years in a Gurukula system.

He is a man who truly enjoys being one with music, as his expressions and smiles showed it throughout. So prolific was his playing that the camera zoomed into his magic fingers — playing away , not taking their eyes off of him for a moment. It was truly hard to conceive the magic of beats generated through his every touch on the mridangam. Midway through the performance, he enthralled us all, beating with both hands on the same side, switching sides simultaneously! It was a wave of percussion –moving from a fast rhythm, slowing things down, pausing and breaking – a true master of the instrument.

Thaniyavarthanam, his famous technique, was given a new twist. “Today, it is all about fast life, fast food.. why don’t I play fast, then?”, he said with a smile. And fast it was. With over 140 pulses per minute, he performed something only a true connoisseur of Mrudangam can do! His playing creates the impression or illusion of a stringed instrument, so tuneful were his strokes. His clarity of utterance: every stroke, fast or even breezy, came out crystal clear. That is, in essence, the Sivaraman Effect — and it left everyone here at Amritapuri spellbound I Amritavarsham60.

– Varsha Suresh Kumar

Clarification on false news of FCRA annual returns

26 July 2013, Amritapuri
There has been some false news regarding the accounts of Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) in some TV channels and news websites. The MAM accounts department wanted to clarify this info to the public.

MAM has never defaulted in submitting Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) annual returns. Every year MAM submits the returns before the due date.

Please see the dates of submissions and the acknowledgements obtained from Home Ministry.
2011-12 submitted on 10/10/2012
2010-11 submitted on 26/07/2011
2009-10 submitted on 15/11/ 2010
2008-09 submitted on 29/07/2009

When the ashram contacted the Ministry officials, they said that they have not updated their website and it will take time to update. The medias have taken information from the Home Ministry website.

Download Home Ministry acknowledgements for the year 2009 – 2012

Shubamrita visits three African countries

Br. Shubamrita Chaitanya visited Botswana, Zambia and South Africa from April 2 to April 19.

Two public programmes were held in Gaborone. It was Br. Shubamrita’s third visit to the country, and the programmes evoked a very good response.

It was the first time that a representative from Amma’s organization visited Zambia. Br. Shubarmtia held talks, devotional singing, meditation sessions and house visits in Lusaka and Livingstone. The two public programmes were held in Lusaka, in the Radha Krishna Mandir and in the Vedanta Centre. In total, more than 500 people attended both events. He also addressed a gathering of LILA, an organization supporting many deserving causes in Zambia, on “Amma’s Mission and Vision.”

South Africa
Last on his tour, Br. Shubamrita visited three cities in South Africa: Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Apart from two evening programmes in Johannesburg, Br. Shubamrita also addressed 600 students of Lenasia South Secondary School on April 12th. The talk was titled “Embrace Your Dreams” and encouraged the students to pursue their individual talents and capacities.

Then Br. Shubamrita visited a school and handed out free lunch packets to children from challenged backgrounds and interact with them. He also had a meeting with Ms. Nozipho January-Bardill, Committee member on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Board, and Founding Chair of SA Gender Education and Training Network, who expressed great admiration of Amma’s humanitarian work and conveyed her invitation to Amma to visit South Africa and extend her arms of compassion to the less fortunate of this country.

April 14th, which is celebrated as Vishu, Bihu, and Baisakhi in India, was celebrated by Br. Shubamrita in Sarva Dharma Ashram in Durban, where he was invited for a talk. Durban being the home to the largest Indian population outside of India, many South African Indians were happy to have an opportunity to take part in the satsang and bhajans. After the talk, he distributed meal packs to several hundred children from the surrounding settlements and paid a visit to nearby old-age home and orphanage.

As the last stop of the tour, Br. Shubamrita held an evening programme in the Sufi Temple in Cape Town on April 15th. Members of all sections of society attended the event and the enlightening talk: “Happiness is a Decision.” They also participated in the soulful bhajans and guided meditation. The last programme in Cape Town was held at the Brave Foundation headquarters on the 17th.

This journey showed that this part of the world has already been bated in Amma’s river of love–a river that is ever ready to grow in size and depth through the sincere devotion and longing of Amma’s African children.

– Nath

Swami Amritaswarupananda to visit UAE

Swami Amritaswarupanada Puri to visit Bahrain, Kuwait and Dubai from 9th to 20th April.

Priyadarsini Auditorium, South Park Restaurant
9th April 2013 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
10th April 2013 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

11th April 2013 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Indian Community Senior School, Salmiya

12th April 2013 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Salah Sheikh Bader Ahmed, Malik Al Sabah Hall, Abu Halifa

14th April 2013 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

15th April 2013 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

16th April 2013, 5 p.m. onwards
Foodlands Banquet Hall, Abu Dhabi

17th April 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

18th April 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

19th April 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
JSS International School, Al Barsha, Dubai

20th April 2013, 8 a.m. onwards

Bottle garden, an innovation for recycling and gardening

On Amma’s 59th birthday celebrations in September 2012, the InDeed Campaign for Nature was launched. This is an online campaign to inspire people to pledge to take any one of six steps to help restore nature’s harmony. Many students made pledges to conserve water, grow organic vegetables, reduce their carbon footprint and more.

In order to keep their commitments, a group of Amrita University students created a unique “hanging bottle garden” – a hanging flower garden using recycled bottles as receptacles for the flowers. The bottle garden is a 36-meter stretch of Jasmine, Lantana, Browallia, Lily,  Tabernaemontana, Duranta, many types of Portulaca grandiflora (table rose), Ixora Miniature, and Springaria – all flourishing in recycled bottles hanging neatly in 4 rows and 48 columns long the walls near the mess hall in Amrita University’s Amritapuri campus. “We are very happy that we could do something which Amma likes and want us to do along with our studies.” says Trayesh, a first year student of enginering.

This beautiful garden is the result of the tireless efforts of students who served an hour every week for a moth in December 2012.

“We are proud of ourselves for doing something to love and preserve nature. I am really satisfied and happy seeing the bottle garden in the campus now” says Keerthi, another first year student.

Serve an Hour

The Amritapuri campus offers a 6-month ‘Serve an Hour’ course focusing on developing an attitude of selfless service among Amrita students.  The course emphasizes student learning through hands-on service projects.  The course also offers opportunities for students to collaborate in creative learning opportunities with students at government schools in rural areas through school visits and educational outreach activities.

Last semester, after a brainstorming session, one team of students decided to design and install a hanging flower garden on campus.

First, they collected the empty bottles from the recycling center. They now had to cut the bottles, drill holes, paint them, hang them in rows, and fill them with potting mixture in order to make them ready for planting. They worked with their faculty advisor and decided to pool in the efforts of all the students taking the Serve-an-Hour course. Making a list of supplies, developing a budget, deciding on the design for the flower garden, contacting the nursery for saplings and getting the saplings to campus – all this was part of the process but the team finally had everything together.

“We never thought that it would be one of the most wonderful experiences we would have at Amrita.   It was nice to involve in some work which help to prevent pollution and preserve nature.”  said Aswathy Nair one of the student volunteers of this InDeed campaign.

– Das