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

Swami Amritaswarupananda to visit Dubai

Swami Amritaswarupananda to visit Dubai from  Dec 21 to 26.
During his week long visit, he will hold Bhajans, Satsangs and retreats at different venues.

21, 23 Dec 2011
7.30 pm to 10.00 JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

22 Dec  2011
5 pm onwards Foodlands banquet hall, Abudabi

24 Dec 2011

25, 26 Dec 2011
7.30 pm to 10.00 JSS Private School, Al Safa, Dubai

28Dec 2011
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Indian Community Senior Girls School, Salmiyah, Kuwait



Contact numbers:
050 6574916 [Gopi Menon] email: ammagopi{at}
050 6462266 [Jeyram] email: jaimaa{at}

Swami Ramakrishnananda to visit Hong Kong & South America

Hong Kong

September 10, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
IAM Course (Registration required)
Venue: Estoril Court Residence Club, Block 2, 55, Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
September 1, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
Venue: Happy Valley Temple, Hong Kong.
Contact: Priya +852- 54100442

Lima, Peru

September 19, IAM course
September 20, 7:00 p.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
Venue: Auditorio de la Derrama Magisterial, Av. Gregorio Escobar 591, Jesus Maria
September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
Venue: Auditorio Colegio Santa Ursula, Calle Salamanca 125 – San Isidro
Contact:, Tel- 981709746, 999949477

São Paulo, Brazil

September 23, 8:30 p.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
September 24, 6:30 p.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
Venue: Espaço Singular R. Estados Unidos, 1097 – Jd. Paulista
Contact: Tel: Gopikrisna / Geraldo: (11) 5543-4088

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

September 25, 6:00 p.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
Venue: Forte do Leme, Praça Almirante Júlio de Noronha, s/nº – Leme

Araruama, Brazil

September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
Venue: Amrita Temple, Rua Simonides Nunes Almeida Filho, 296 – Fonte Limpa
Contact: Tel: Aradhana: (21) 8858-2709, Amarjith: (21) 8856-2709

Viña del Mar, Chile

September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
Venue: Universidad del Mar (Campus Reñaca)

Santiago, Chile

October 1, 10:00 a.m.
Satsang, Bhajans, Meditation
Venue: Teatro Matucana 100
Contact: Matías Sjögren,,, Tel: 56-9-77780917

Swami Ramakrishna to visit China

Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri will be visiting Shanghai, China for two days, 12 & 13 March. He will give a talk, bhajans and will conduct an IAM meditation class. Talks will be in English and translated into Chinese.

Venue: Raja Yoga, Xujiahui, 3rd floor, No 88, Xingeng Road, Xu Hui District.
Bus 864/42/Metro Line1

Swami Amritaswarupanda to visit UAE

swamijiSwami Amritaswarupanda to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 17th Jan 2011.
During his one week program, he will hold, satsang, bhajan, meditation and retreat at different places.
The programs are listed below.

17th Jan 2011, 7:30pm – 10:00 pm
Satsang and Bhajans @ Astoria Hotel, Dubai

18th Jan 2011, 7:30pm – 10:00 pm
Satsang and Bhajans @ Astoria Hotel, Dubai

19th Jan 2011, 5 pm onwards
NMC Hall, Abu Dhabi

20th Jan 2011, 7:30pm – 10:00 pm
Satsang and Bhajans @ JSS Int’l School, Dubai

21st Jan.’2011, 7:30pm – 10:00 pm
Sarvaiswarya Pooja and Bhajans @ Astoria Hotel, Dubai

22nd Jan 2011, 11:00 a.m. onwards

contact numbers are 050-6574916 [Gopi] or 050-6462266 [Jeyram]

Pazhassi Raja award to MAM

pazhassi-1119 Feburary, New Delhi

The President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil presented the ‘Dharama Ghadga’ award to Swami Amritaswarupananda today at Rashtrapati Bhavan.  Swamiji accepted the award on behalf of MAM for the charitable activities undertaken by the MATH.
The Pazhassi Raja National Royal Awards are distributed by the Pazhassi Raja Charitable Trust for exceptional contributors to society from all walks of life.

pazhassi raja award receipients

Pazhassi Raja award receipients

Above: Swamiji is seated next to the other award recipients in their respective fields, including: Amitabh Bachchan, (acting) Dr. Bala Murali Krishna (music), ISRO Chairman Dr. K Radha Krishnan (science), Shashi Tharoor (statesman), Hariharan (music direction)

Swami Ramakrishnananda to visit S.America

Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri’s South American Tour- March 2010

Caracas, Venezuela
Saturday, March 6- 2pm
Satsang, bhajans and meditation.

El Muro de la Paz,
Calle Cabriales con Luis Roche
Quinta LakLuk,
Colinas de Bello Monte

Sunday, March 7- 9am
IAM Course
Location- TBD
Tel. 00 58416 116-5544 email:

Lima, Peru

Monday and Tuesday, March 8 and 9- 7pm
Satsang, bhajans and meditation.
Location: Club Social Miraflores
Malecón de la Reserva 535, Miraflores

São Paulo, Brazil
Friday, March 12- 8pm
Saturday, March 13- 7pm
Satsang, bhajans and meditation.
Senac Lapa Faustolo
Rua Faustolo, 1347 – Lapa
São Paulo – SP
or call: (11) 5543-4088

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sunday, March 14- Sunday 6.00 pm
Satsang, bhajans Q&A and meditation.

Hotel Excelsior
Av. Atlantica, 1800 Copacabana
Monday, March 15- 7pm
Satsang, Puja, bhajans and meditation.

Amrita Temple
Rua Simonides N. A. Filho, 296 – Bairro Fonte Limpa

Rio & Araruama
or call: (21) 3521-8371.

Sw. Amritaswarupanda to visit Kuwait and Dubai

Swami Amritaswarupanda to visit Kuwait and Dubai for ten days. He will hold satsangs and bhajans and meditation classes during his visit to these countries.
Kuwait – Jan 12 – 16
12 Jan 6 -9 pm Balakendram Children Program @ Salmiya
14 Jan 6 – 9 pm Public program @ Salmiya
15 Jan 6 – 9 pm Public program @ Abu Halifa
16 Jan 6 – 9 pm Public program @ Abassiya

contact – P. Madhavan Kutty, Phone: (00965) 4806475, Fax : (00965) 4806475, Mobile: 00965 9540511 & 00965 6529617

Dubai – Jan 17 – 23

17  Jan 7.30 – 10 @ Astoria Hotel, Bur Dubai
18  Jan 7.30 – 10 @ Astoria Hotel, Bur Dubai
19 Jan 5.00 pm @ NMC Hall Abu Dhabi
20  Jan 7.30 – 10 @ Astoria Hotel, Bur Dubai
21  Jan 7.30 – 11 @Amrita Dhow, Yatra, Dubai
22  Jan 3.30 – 6.30 @ Sindhi Ceremonial Hall, Bur Dubai
23 Jan            Retreat

Contact: Jeyaram S., Phone: Office: +971 4333 8880, Home +971 42 868 388