Sri Krishna jayanti celebration

11 Sep 2009, Amritapuri

Krishna Jayanti was celebrated in Amritapuri will a full day of festivities. Beginning early in the morning, special pujas were performed, including the go puja, in which all the ashram cows were worshipped as embodiments of the divine. A few hours later—led by dozens of Krishnas, Radhas and gopis of all ages—there was a grand procession through the ashram on to the Kuzhitura Sri Krishna Temple, two kilometers away. As the devotees walked, they sang lively, joyous bhajans.

In the afternoon, everyone gathered to watch and play uriyadi. The game emulates the mischief of young Krishna trying to break open the pots of butter, which the gopis had hung out of his reach. Amma joyously watched the games, laughing as children leaped and jumped in efforts to break open the pots. As dusk grew near and the games were winding to a close, Amma raised the spirits of the already lively crowd by spontaneously leading everyone in singing “Bolo Bolo Gokula Bala.”

Normally, in Amritapuri, the conclusion of bhajans marks the end of the day, but on this night the main event had yet to come. Just after 11:00 p.m. the doors to the main stage slowly opened to reveal a beautifully decorated scene with several images of Sri Krishna. The bhajan hall was packed and everyone sat enchanted for the next 45 minutes, listening to a reading of the Srimad Bhagavatam, while bala-gopala puja was simultaneously performed. As the midnight (the birth time of Krishna) approached, Amma arrived on the stage. Amma took her seat on the stage, seemingly engrossed by the beautiful recitation of the childhood lilas of Krishna. When the clock struck midnight, a small statue of baby Krishna was brought before Amma, so she could offer honey to the Lord, marking the moment of Krishna’s birth.

Amma then proceeded to singing several Krishna bhajans, including “Agatanayi,” “Nanda Gopan Tapamirunnu,” “Katti Tair Taram” and “Vande Nanda-Kumaram.” Finally, Amma asked everyone to stand, raise their arms skyward, forget all their troubles and blissfully dance. She then sang “Gopala Nacho Nacho.” Everyone danced as one—the song’s tempo went faster and faster. It was like rasa-lila. Thousands were dancing with Amma—together, yet alone.

Before chanting the peace prayer, Amma told everyone “God should take birth in our heart.” To end the celebration, Amma distributed payasam as prasad to one and all.

Europe Yatra dates for 2009

Amma’s 23rd annual  Europe Yatra will begin on 5 October 2009 in Helsinki, Finland and conclude on 13 November in Barcelona, Spain.

The programme dates:

5 – 6 October: Helsinki, Finland

8 – 10 October: Winterthur, Switzerland

13 – 15 October: ’s Hertogenbosch, Holland

17 – 19 October: Mannheim, Germany

21 – 23 October: London, England

25 – 27 October: Paris, France

29 – 31 October: Munich, Germany

2 – 4 November: Toulon, France

6 – 8 November: Milan, Italy

11 – 13 November: Barcelona, Spain
For more info visit

* Dates are subject to change.

MAM in UN Commission

MAM representatives at UN
Eleven representatives from the MAM attended the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17) at the United Nations in New York. The annual conference took place from May 4 to 15, 2009, with more than 1,000 people attending, including ministers of state, distinguished members from public and private sectors, academia, and civil society.
Many noted a strong synergy between the strategic initiatives of the Ashram’s Farmer Relief Project and the rural development policies and measures adopted by CSD-17.  In view of the increased activities of empowerment and self reliance of AmritaSree, its name of the partnership will be updated to The Farmers’ Empowerment Project.
The newly designated partnership has been cordially invited to participate in CSD-18 on year 2010.
in the photo: John H. Wells, Director, Cooperative Development Division, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, during discussions at the Partnership Desk with two members of the MAM.

Amma’s Japan, USA, Canada Yatra 2009

spainJapan Yatra 2009

KOBE, Japan
22nd, 23rd May 2009
Venue: Kobe Sanbo Hall
5-1-32 Hamabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0083. (10-min. walk from Sannomiya Station, in front of Boeki Center Station (Portliner Line)
Morning program: at 10:00, Evening program: at 18:30
TOKYO, Japan
25th, 26th May 2009
Venue: Hotel, Aqua Stadium, Stellar Ball
4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8611
Morning program: at 10:00, Evening program: at 18:30
for more info visit

USA Yatra 2009

Thu May 28 – Sun May 31
May 28 (10 am & 7.30 pm)
Public program venue: Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA – 98109
Retreat: May 29 – May 31 (for pre registrants)
Retreat venue: Puyallup Fairgrounds, The Pavilion, Near Gold Gate entrance, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
May 31, 7.00 pm – Devi Bhava (at retreat venue)

San Ramon
Public Program: Wed June 3 – Wed June 10
Retreat: Thu June 11 – Sat June 13 (for pre registrants)
Devi Bhava: Sat June 6  & Sat June 13 – Evening
Venue: M.A. Center, 10200 Crow Canyon Rd, Castro Valley, CA –  94552

Los Angeles
Mon June 15 – Fri June 19
Venue: Radisson Hotel, Los Angeles Airport,  6225 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jun 19

Sun June 21 – Thurs June 25
Venue: Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Retreat: Jun 23 – Jun 25 (for pre registrants)
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jun 25

Sat June 27 – Sun June 28
Venue: Hyatt Regency DFW, 2334 N. International Parkway, DFW Airport, TX 75261
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jun 28

Tue June 30 – Wed July 1
Venue: Coralville Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 300 East 9th St., Coralville IA 52241
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 1

Fri July 3 – Sat July 4
Venue: The Westin Lombard, Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL 60148
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 4

New York
Tue July 7 – Thur July 9
Venue: Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th Street, New York, NY – 10001
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 9

Washington DC
Sun July 12 -Mon July 13
Venue: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Dr, McLean, Virginia, 22102
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 13

Wed July 15 – Sat July 18
Venue: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough, MA – 01752
Retreat Jul 16 – 18 (for pre registrants)
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, Jul 18

Canada Yatra 2009

Mon July 20 – Thur July 23
Venue: Sheraton Parkway Hotel, 600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 1B2, Toronto N, Canada
Retreat Jul 21 – 23 (for pre registrants)
Devi Bhava (public program) 7.00 pm, July 23

For more details visit

Amma’s Programmes in April

Amm’s Programmes in April

After the programmes in Nairobi, Kenya Amma will hold programmes in 3 Brahmasthanam temples in Kerala

17 -18 April 2009, Kochi
M.A.M. Kochi,  Kunnumpuram (NH 17) Edappally North P.O, Ernakulam, Kochi 682024 Kerala Phone: 0484-2800682

20 -21 April 2009, Palakkad
M.A.M. Palakkad, Amrita Nagar, Puthur Palakkad 678001 Kerala Phone: 0491-2535 011

23-24 April 2009, Trissur
M.A.M. Trissur, Amrita Nagar, Ayyanthole, Panchikkal Trissur, Kerala, India Phone: 0487-2362700

Amma visits Singapore, Mauritius, Kenya


March 28 -30
Venue: Suntec City Convention Center, level 6, 0601 One raffles Blvd 59039539
Time: 10 a.m, & 7 p.m.
Contact: Amriteswari Society, M.A. Center, No.3, Hindoo Road Singapore.Tel : 6341 7701

Reunion Island

April 2-5
Contact: Amritananda Mayi Mata Ashram, Maison de l’Inde, Le Camp du Gol St. Louis, F-97450, Reunion Phone: (int+262) 26 74 97


Apr 7 eve, 8-9
Contact: M.A. Center, St. Jean Rd., Quatre Bornes Mauritius, Phone: (int+230) 466 2718

Nairobi, Kenya

April 12 – 13
AMRITA CENTER KENYA, Post Box: 39712,00623, Nairobi, Kenya. Phone: 254 20 4447938, 254 20 2091098

Amma’s programme dates for March

Amma’s program dates  for the month of March (3rd leg of Bharata Yatra 2009)

7th  March –  Sat
Tiruvalla, Kerala

Municipal stadium, Tiruvalla.

18 – 19 March ( Wed – Thu)
Mananthavady, Kerala

MAM,  Amritagiri, Mananthavady Wayanad, Kerala – 670645 Phone: 04935241550

21 – 22 March (Sat- Sun)
Mysore, Karnataka

MAM, 114 7th Cross, Bogadi II Stage, Mysore 560006, Karnataka, Phone: (0821) 2542 682

24- 25 March (Tue – Wed)
Bangalore, Karnataka

MAM, 136, Ullal Cross Road, Jnana Bharathi, 2nd stage, (behind Bangalore University), Opp. Nagdevanahalli (B.D.A. Lay Out), Bangalore 560 056,  Phone: 080- 28486767, Fax: 080 28439565,

MAM at the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting

The M.A.M has again been instrumental in drawing the attention of government representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the issue of the escalating rate of suicide among farmers. This took place at the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the seventeenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17) held at United Nations headquarters in New York February 23rd – 27th.

At the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM)The M.A M participated in the NGO and Women major groups discussing the broader issue of suicide among farmers, while specifically highlighting Ashram’s Farmer Relief Project. Subsequently, the issue of farmer suicide became part of the agenda for CSD-17 through the Women’s Major Group statement:

Build social capital and resilience in rural communities:
* Empower women from small farming communities by advocating and insuring the exercise of their rights to secure land tenure and inheritance, which is of crucial importance especially in the case of farmers’ suicide.
* Build resilience of rural communities, especially women and children, to cope with and recover from natural disasters, conflicts and epidemic calamities such as the plight of farmers’ suicide.

Feb program schedule of Amma

Amma’s 2nd leg of Bharata Yatra 2009

14 – 15  Feb –  Kozhikode Brahmasthanam

(MAM,  Amritamayi Nagar, Vellimadukunnu, Kozhikode, Kerala – 673 012)

18 -19 Feb – Mangalore Brahmasthanam

(MAM, Sultan Bathery Road, Boloor, Mangalore-575003, Karnataka)

21 Feb – Tanur

(Amrita Vidyalayam, Karad Road, Tanur, Malappuram. Kerala – 676 30)

7 Mar – Tiruvalla, Kerala
Venue to be announced