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Muthukulam Sreedharan presented with 2015 Amrita Keerti Puraskar

27 September 2015, Amritapuri, Amritavarsham Amma’s 62 Birthday celebrations

Sri. Muthukulam Sreedharan was presented with this year’s Amrita Keerti Puraskarby the Honourable Governor of Kerala, former Chief Justice of India, Sri. P. Sathasivam on as part of Amma’s 62nd Birthday Celebrations.


Sri. Mutukulam Sreedharan has been immersed in Sanskrit his entire life. His first major work in Sanskrit, Nava Bharatam, was published with support from the Central Government in 1976. Since then, he has published many works in the language, such as Vidyadiraja Vijayam, Nayakabharanam, Asrupuja and Dharmasthaliyam.

He has also written many books and translated many works into Malayalam, including Sri Narayana Charitamritam, Sri Vidyadiraja Charitamritam and Pancha Mahakavyangal. He has written two books based on the teachings of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi: Amritayanam and Amrita Gira.

Sri. Mutukulam Sreedharn he has been conferred with many awards including the Adi Kavi Puraskaram, the Tulasivana Puraskaram and the Kaviraja Puraskaram.

2015 Amritakeerthi Puraskar, award for cultural excellence, was presented to Mahakavi Sri. Muthukulam Sreedharan

Amrita Keerti Puraskar to S Rameshan Nair

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham Amma’s Birthday Celebrations

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy presenting Amritakeerti Puraskar to devotional poet S Rameshan Nair in the presence of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi on the occasion of Amritavarsham 61.
S. Ramesan Nair is a devotional poet, playwright, lyricist and as a translator and commentator upon classical Indian literature such as the Tamil works Chalappathikaram and Thirukkural.

The Amritakeerti Puraskar comes with a cash prize of Rs. 1,23,456, a statuette of Saraswati Devi and a citation.

Ramesan Nair to receive Amritakeerthi Puraskar for 2014

ramesan-nairAmritapuri: This year’s Amrita Keerthi Puraskar will be bestowed upon renowned litterateur S. Ramesan Nair. The award will be presented on September 27th, 2014, in Amritapuri, during Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations.

The Amritakeerthi Puraskar is awarded annually since 2001 to eminent personalities for making outstanding contributions in the fields of spirituality, philosophy, culture and literature. The award comes with a cash prize of Rs. 1,23,456, a statuette of Saraswati Devi sculpted by the renowned sculptor, Artist Namboodiri and a citation.

Ramesan Nair has made lifelong contribution to Indian culture through his poems, plays, lyrics, translations and commentaries. The Amritakeerthi Puraskar Committee cited his translations of and commentaries upon the Tamil classics Chilappathikaram and Tirukkaral, his compilation of poetry and commentary on Neetisaarangal.

Sri. S. Ramesan Nair has received several literary awards in the past including the Poonthanam Award, Janmashtami Puraskaram, Revathy Pattathanam Puraskaram, Kerala Sahitya Academy Award, Sanjayan Puraskaram of Tapasya, Puthezhan Puraskaram, Edassery Puraskaram, Venmani Puraskaram and Ottur Puraskaram. He has also been recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu for his many translations from Tamil to Malayalam.

Amritakeerti Puraskar 2013 to Manoj Das and Turavoor Viswambharan

In conjunction with the 60th birthday celebrations of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the 2013 Amritakeerti Puraskar National Award will be bestowed upon renowned English and Oriya writer Prof. Manoj Das.

The Kerala State Level award will be bestowed upon eminent writer, scholar and orator Prof. Thuravoor Viswambharan.


Manoj Das

The announcement was made on 17th September 2013 by Amritakeerti Puraskar Committee Member Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, Vice-Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM).

The awards—which have been awarded annually since 2001—to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of spirituality, philosophy, science or literature—come with a cash prize of Rs. 1,23,456, a statuette of Saraswati Devi created by renowned sculptor Namboodiri and a citation from MAM. Both men will be presented with their awards on September 27th, 2013, in Amritapuri, during Amritavarsham60: The 60th Birthday Celebrations of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

In the opinion of the Amritakeerti Puraskar Committee, Prof. Manoj Das is one of India’s greatest living English and Oriya writers, with more than 14 volumes of his work in the form being published over the years. A resident of the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry since 1963, a spiritual and mystical element flows as a strong undercurrent to Manoj Das’ writings.


Turavoor Viswambharan

He is also an acclaimed novelist and poet, and has published travelogues, children’s books, written regular columns for various Indian newspapers and monthlies, and served as editor for esteemed journals. He also travelled to London and Edinburgh to do original research into Sri Aurobindo’s early work in the Indian freedom struggle, publishing them in the 1972 work Sri Aurobindo in the First Decade of the Century.

Prof. Manoj Das has previously been honoured with the President’s Padmasri Award in 2001. He has also been honoured with the Sri Aurobindo Puraskas (Kolkata), the Sahitya Akademi Award (1972), the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award (twice), the Sarala Award, the Sahitya Bharati Award, the 1998 BAPASI (Book-sellers And Publishers Association of South India) Award as the best writer in English in South India, Rotary’s “For the Sake of Honours,” and India’s premier award for literature, the Saraswati Samman, as well as Utkal Ratna from Odisha’s oldest literary institution the Utkal Sahitya Samaj, among others.

In the opinion of the Amritakeerti Puraskar committee, Prof. Viswambharan’s critical evaluation of the Mahabharata in the light of world philosophy have helped spread Indian culture and solidify the epic’s place in the cannon of world literature.


His book Bharata Darsanam Punarvayana presents the story and philosophy of the Mahabharata while at the same time providing a critical study and evaluation in the light of world philosophy.

Prof. Viswambharan has also presented lucid and compelling arguments as to why views presented by a slew of famous Indianologists—both from the West and from India itself—are flawed.

His discussion on the Mahabharata on the Amrita Television programme Bharata Darsanam now comprises more than 2,500 episodes.

May this award spread goodness and peace

27 Sep 2012, Amritapuri – 59th B’day Celebrations

As part of Amma’s 59th birthday celebrations, the 2012 Amrita Keerti Puraskar for excellence in Indian cultural literature was bestowed upon C. Radhakrishnan by P.J. Kurian, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, in Amma’s presence.

In his address  Kurien said, “Amma is the essence of Indian culture.  Amma gives unlimited love and compassion to the downtrodden and needy. Amma’s compassion transcends all national boundaries. That compassion flows like the Ganga. There are no boundaries of caste, religion or nation. She loves all of humankind as one. Amma’s inner power is divine. The love that she showers upon us is also divine. I pray that this compassion is able to flow constantly without any obstruction.”


Accepting Amritakeerti award, C. Radhakrishnan said, “Seeing Amma’s compassion and love, people are naturally drawn to Amma. May her wellspring of compassion and love continue for ages. I have received many awards, but this is the first time I am receiving an award in the esteemed company of such great Sannyasis. This award is not mine; it is for translating the great text of the Bhagavad-Gita and novel about the father of Malayalam. These works spread goodness and peace. Perhaps that is what this award should be giving here.”

2012 Amritakeerti Puraskar to C.Radhakrishnan

In conjunction with the 59th birthday celebrations of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the 2012 Amritakeerti Puraskar will be awarded to renowned writer and film director C. Radhakrishnan.

The award comes with a cash prize of Rs. 1,23,456, a statuette created by sculptor Namboodiri and a citation. C. Radhakrishnan will be presented the award on September 27th, 2011, in Amritapuri, during Amma’s birthday celebration.

Along with his lifetime contribution to Malayalam literature, MAM is specifically bestowing the award upon C. Radhakrishnan for his 2011 commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita—Geeta Darshanam [“The Vision of the Geeta”]. MAM would also like to specifically acknowledge his 2005 novel Theekkadal Kadanhu Thirumadhuram [“Churning the Ocean of Fire”], which tells the story of Thunjath Ezhuthacchan, the father of Malayalam.

New service initiatives on 58th birthday of Amma

Each year on Amma’s birthday, Mata Amritanandamayi Math inaugurates new charities, expands existing ones and releases a number of new publications. There was a formal public function for this as part of the birthday celebrations.

Many dignitaries were there for the function. They include: His Excellency Sri. K. Sankaranarayanan, the Governor of Maharashtra; Sri. Vilasrao Deshmukh, Honourable Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences; Sri. K.C. Venugopal, Honourable Union Minister of State for Power; Sri. Vishnupada Rai, MP, Andaman Islands; Sri. N. Peethambara Kurup, MP, Kollam; Philipose Mar Chrysostam, the senior Metropolitan Bishop of the Mar Thoma Church; Swami Prakashananda, Head of Sivagiri Ashram; Swami Pranavananda Teerthapada, Head of Panmana Ashram; Sheikh Aly N’Daw, the President of the International Sufi School in Senegal; Sri. M.P. Veerendrakumar, Managing Director of Mathrubhumi; and Sri. O. Rajagopal, former minister, amongst others.

Swami Amritaswarupananda formally welcomed all of them.

“For most people, birthdays are a holiday—a day we stop everything and allow the world to worship us. We become ‘king for a day.’ Our spouse and children do special things for us. We get presents. A feast is prepared. Perhaps we don’t even go to work. We stay home and relax. Very often, if someone asks us to help them on this day, we say, ‘Please, not today. It’s my birthday.’ But for Amma, this is yet another day to selflessly serve the world, just as she does seven every other day.” said in his welcome speech.

Two new projects

Two new projects were lauched on this occasion. Free Tuition Program by Sri. Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Honorable Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Amrita Santvanam by His Excellency K.Sankaranarayanan, the Governor of Maharashtra.

Ongoing projects

Amrita Nidhi pension program – providing widows and other disadvantaged individuals with monthly pension checks was extended to another 5,000 beneficiaries throughout India. The checks were officially presented to 25 beneficiaries by Sri. N. Peethambara Kurup, MP.

As part of AmritaSREE Suraksha – a joint venture between the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and the Life Insurance Corporation of India – 3,000 scholarships to children of members of AmritaSREE (Self Reliance Economic Empowerment) self-help groups were distributed by Sri. K.C. Venugopal, Honorable Union Minister of State for Power.

The Vidyamritam Scholarship Program, was also extended. Sri. Vilasrao Deshmukh distributed the scholarships to 25 students, representing the 5,000 new beneficiaries.

Book releases:

MAM Mission Trusts following books was released by Sheyl Al N’Daw, the President of the International School of Sufis, Senegal.

Amrita Darshanam, a collection of Amma’s sayings
Nectar of Wisdom, a compilation of teachings by Amma
Varaprasadam, a collection of poetry by Swami Turiyamritananda Puri
Blesssed Life by Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri (Malayalam translation)
Torrential Love by Swamini Krishnamrita Prana (Malayalam translation)
Random Reflections, a collection of poetry by Evoor G. Madhavan Nair

Amrita Books was launched on Amma’s 57th birthday in order to ensure books of about Amma and her teachings are available in books stores in India. Its four books were released on this occasion.

Amma: The Life of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – in Hindi, Kannada and Telugu.
From Amma’s Heart – in Kannada

Matruvani Birthday Souvenir by Swami Prakashananda, the head of Sivagiri Ashram.

Amma’s Advice: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, a coffee-table book by Konarak publications  by His Grace Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostam Mar Thoma Metropolitan.

Amrita Keerti

This year’s Amrita Keerti Puraskar went to Sri. Veerendrakumar, the managing director of Mathrubhumi, in recognition of his philosophical travel memoir, Haimavatabhuvil.

Veerendrakumar was presented with the customary cash award of Rs. 1,23,456, a statuette created by sculptor Namboodiri, as well as a citation were presented by His Excellency Sri. K. Sankaranarayanan, the Governor of Maharashtra.

After receiving the award, Veerendrakumar addressed the gathering, saying that Amma has symbolized the true message of unconditional compassion. He also said that he considers the award as a blessing, not just an award, and considers himself a very fortunate person for receiving it upon Amma’s birthday. “India exists not on its military strength. It has survived through the centuries by drawing strength and inspiration from its spiritually-oriented culture. Through Amma’s spiritual guidance and acts of charity transcending national borders she helped humanity experience love, mercy and grace in a world of hard realities.”

In his address, Venugopal said, “Amritapuri has been transformed into a center not for just spiritual pursuits, but has become a nerve-centre for human welfare across the world—be it natural calamities across the world or a wide range of programs aimed at the poor, cutting across barriers of color, caste and creed.”

Amma also conducted a mass marriage for the underprivileged couples.


Dr. N.P. Unni to receive Amrita Keerti

23 Sep 2010, Amriapuri

MAM first began presenting the Amrita Keerti Puraskar in 2001.

Dr. N.P. Unni, former Vice-Chancellor of the Sri Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala (1996 – 2000), has made vast and important contributions to the cultural, spiritual and philosophical literature of India. He has further contributed to the preservation of India’s culture through his role as professor and lecturer in various governmental and non-governmental educational institutions, including Sri Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in Kalady and the University of Kerala, among others.

Dr. Unni is currently the author of 38 books in English, including critical analyses and commentaries of Sanskrit drama, scriptures and kshetra tantra vidya, as well as translations of classical Sanskrit literature and commentary. He has also translated numerous upanishads and puranas into Malayalam. He has contributed more than 150 papers to Indological journals, etc., and as served as a PhD advisor and mentor to dozens of Indian and foreign scholars.

Prof. K.V. Dev received Amrita Keerti puraskar

27 September 2009 — Amritapuri

During Amma’s 56th birthday celebrations, Professor K.V. Dev awarded the Amrita Keerti Puraskar {news} for his meritorious contributions and perpetuation to Vedic knowledge.

Shri. R. Vasudevan Poti handed over the Amritakeerti purskar to Prof. KV Dev. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs. 123,456, an idol of Saraswati Devi crafted by the artist Nambootiri and a Certificate of Commendation from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM).

KV Dev was born in Kollam in 1932. He has published 18 books, including Bharata Darshanam, Lalita Sahasranama Punahsamskaranam, Amritabhasha Samskrta Svayam Sikshanam, Gurusannidhiyil, Anukampa Darshanam and Itihasamadhuri. He has written to renowned works of literature: Agnisuddhi Sankuntalattil and Asta-Bandham, the latter of which has been included in the syllabus of Kerala university.

R Vasudevan Potti received Amrita Keerti Puraskar

24 September 2008 — Amritapuri

During Amma’s 55th birthday celebrations, Professor R. Vasudevan Potti was awarded the Amrita Keerti Puraskar {news} for his meritorious contributions and perpetuation to Vedic knowledge.

M.P. Veerendra Kummar presented Amritakeerti Puraskar to Prof. R. Vasudevan Potti in Amma’s presence.

Prof. R. Vasudevan Potti was born in 1929 in Karnataka. For 21 years he served as a professor of Vedanta at the Thiruvananthapura Sanskrit College. From 1983-87 he was the editor of the Malayalam Encyclopaedia. From 1993-1996 he served as dean and syndicate member of Sanskrit University in Kaladi. He has served as an advisory member of the Kerala Literary Society and was a research guide at Chinmaya International.

Prof. R. Vasudevan Potti’s contributions to Indian culture have been recognized by the President of India and he has received a 50,000 annual stipend ever since. He has been recognized with rare distinction as an eminent scholar at the Kadavallur Annyonnyam. Madras University has honoured him with the Darshana Kala Nidhi award. And he is considered to have been the driving force behind the re installation of Sanskrit education in public schools.

The esteemed professor is the author of many vakyanams, including Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi, Siddhanta Kaumudi and Atma-Anatma Vivekam. He has penned independent Malayalam translations of Anumanu Vadam, Kavyadarsham and Tattvadi Trayam (a text by Madhvacharya). He is also the author of Sastra Vadavali—an explanation of 60 different arguments of Indian thought.

Prof. R. Vasudevan Potti is currently serving as a teacher at the Sivagiri Brahma Vidyapeetham and working on working on a translation of Bharatiya Darsanangngal.