Sreedharan Tantri received Amrita Keerti

Sri. Paravur Sreedharan Tantri was awarded the Amrita Keerti Puraskar {news} on 27th September, the birthday of Amma, for his meritorious contributions and perpetuation of India’s Kshetra Tantric and astrological traditions.

Sri. M.V. Rajasekharan, the Honourable Union Minister of State for Planning, handed over the award to Paravur Sreedharan Tantri.

Sreedharan Tantri is the founder and chairman of Sri Narayana Tantrika Research Vidyalayam, a charitable institute in North Paravur, Ernakulam District that trains children, irrespective of caste and creed, in Kshetra Tanta Vidya. The institution also trains adults and conducts periodic reference courses for those already in the field, as well as conducts research and analysis into special ingredients and materials used as offerings in homas and kalasas. Furthermore, he is being honoured for his role as social reformer, standing as one of the main forces behind the opening of Hindu priesthood to all sections of society.

He is the author of an important book on Kshetra Tantra called Deva Yajana Paddhati. He is also the author of Pitru Dharma Vidhi, a book on rites performed for deceased ancestors, as well as many articles on Tantra and astrology.

Sreedharan Tantri studied under the ancient gurukula system of education, guided by Sri. Pazhampilly Kandachan Asan and Sri. Sankaran Bhattathirippadu (Pazhur Padippura) and Nambiat Karnakara Pillai.

Prathiba Ray received Amrita Keerthi

September 27, Amritapuri

As part of Amma’s upcoming 53rd birthday celebrations, Smt. Pratibha Ray was awarded the Ashram’s Amrita Keerti Puraskar for her meritorious contributions to the field of Indian literature. Ray is an award-winning writer from Orissa who has captured reader’s hearts through insightful narratives that often shed light on historical and mythological characters of India’s collective consciousness.

This year’s Amrita Keerthi Puraskar {news}, the Ashram’s award to outstanding contributors to Vedic culture, went to Pratibha Ray, the novelist from Orissa. The award was presented by the living legend of Malayalam film, director Padma Bhushan Adoor Gopalakrishnan. The award carries with it a cash prize of Rs. 123,456, a commendation by the Ashram and a handcrafted statuette of Saraswati Devi crafted by the artist Nambootiri.

In a speech, Gopalakrishnan said, “Amma is the glory and light. Amma is compassion, light, consciousness and fullness. I offer my pranams to Amma.” Then speaking about Pratibha Ray, the filmmaker said, “She has given a new face to the characters of the stories of the Puranas.”

Upon receiving the award, Pratibha Ray said, “Amriteswaryai has become the world’s Hrdayeshwari. [The Goddess of Amrita has become the Goddess of the heart for the world.] Spirituality is the power of India. Love is the only thing that can free us from the problems and obstacles of life. I am so happy to receive this award from the embodiment of selfless love.”


Ray’s most acclaimed work is Yajnaseni (1985), a novel that reconstructs the life of Draupadi, the enigmatic heroine of the Mahabharata. Written in Roy’s mother tongue of Oriya, Yajnaseni has since been translated into seven different languages. The book also won for Ray the Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust’s Moorti Devi Award (1991), making her the first woman to receive the honour. It also won the Sarala Award of Orissa in 1990.

Other important works by Ray include Mahamoh (1997), a classic novel on Vedic culture that illumines misunderstood and misinterpreted characters from Indian literature, especially Ahalya, the wife of Gautama Rishi in Valmiki’s Ramayana. Shilapadma (1983) is an inspired novel that explores the legends associated with the world-famous Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa. And Uttarmarg (1988) is a novel based on the suffering of neglected heroes of the freedom struggle in rural Orissa. Roy’s most recent novel, Magnamaari (2003), is centred on the cyclone that ravaged Orissa in 1999.

Roy’s work is unsparing in its indictments of social evils and injustice, and the writer has often raised her voice against social injustice and corruption in society.


Narayana Kurup received Amrita Keerti award

On 27th September, the birthday of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Sri. P. Narayana Kurup was awarded the Amrita Keerti Puraskar for his meritorious contributions to spiritual and philosophical literature. Kurup is an award-winning poet and literary critic and is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Ollur Award.

His Excellency the Governor of Kerala, Sri. R.L. Bhatia, handed over the award, which consists of a cash prize of Rs. 123,456, a handcrafted idol Saraswati Devi and a Certificate of Commendation from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math.

The Math first began presenting the Amrita Keerti Award in 2001 “to seek out and honour those deserving personalities who have helped to promote a healthy society through the preservation of the ancient and enduring human values of Sanatana Dharma.”

The cash prize rendered through this award is intended to support the recipients, helping them to be financially in the position to continue to dedicate their life to their noble pursuits, and thereby foster the cultural heritage of India.

Mahakavi Akkitham receives Amritakeerti Puraskar

“Now Why Should I Write?”

Monday, 27 September 2004 — Amritapuri


When Mahakavi Akkitham Achyuthan Nambootiri received the Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s Amritakeerti Puraskar for his contributions to poetry, philosophy and Vedic culture, his eyes were filled with tears.

“I am standing in the greatest, most auspicious moment of my life,” he said, standing at Amma’s side. “There is no greater recognition than this for me to attain.”

He then quoted a verse from one of his famous poems:

ഒരു കണ്ണീര്‍കണം മറ്റുള്ളവര്‍ക്കായ് ഞാന്‍ പൊഴിക്കവെ
ഉദിക്കയാണെന്നാത്മാവില്‍ ആയിരം സൂര്യമണ്ഡലം
ഒരു പുന്ചിരി ഞാന്‍ മറ്റുള്ളവര്‍ക്കായ് ചിലവാക്കവെ
ഹൃദയത്തിലുലാവുന്നു നിത്യ നിര്‍മ്മല പൗ‍ര്‍ണ്ണമി.

oru kannirkkanam mattullavarkkay nan pozhikkave
udikkayaanennatmavil aayiram saura mandalam
oru punchiri nan mattullavarkkay chilavakkave
hrdayattilulaavunnu nitya nirmmala paurnnami

[When I shed one tear drop for others,
a thousand galaxies burst forth in my heart.
When I offer a smile for others,
the eternal pure light of the full moon strolls in my heart.]

“My lines—Amma has accepted. This is the contentment receiving this award gives to me. The goal of human life is moksha. Through accepting my poem and giving me this award, Amma has given me moksha. Now, why should I write?”


It was Kerala’s Honourable Chief Minister, Shri. Oommen Chandy, who handed the award to the renowned Malayalam poet and scholar.

Mahakavi Akkitham, 73, is one of today’s most revered Malayalam writers. He has received numerous awards since his works began to be regularly published in the early 1950s, including a 1973 Kendra Sahitya Academy Award for his poem “Balidarsanam” [“Vision of Bali”] and the Sanjayan Award for his 1952 poem “Irupatham Nottandinte Ithihasam” [“Epic of the 20th Century”]. In literary circles, many consider this work as the starting point of modernism in Malayalam poetry. In all, some 45 collections of his poems, plays and short stories have been published.

For his part, Akkitham considers his translation of the Srimad Bhagavatam as his life’s most valued work. It comprises 14,613 verses, running 2,400 printed pages. Srimad Bhagavatam is the composition of sage Veda Vyasa on the avatars of Lord Vishnu including the life of Sri Krishna.

As a member of the Yogakshema Sabha (Trissur), Akkitham has worked for social reforms among the Namboothiri Brahmins of Kerala. He also has worked for the promotion of Vedic studies in association with the famous Vedic Study Centres at Thirunavaya, Kadavalloor and Trissur, including the proliferation of Vedic studies among non-Brahmins.

He has strongly spoken out against untouchability, participating in the Paliyam Sathyagraha fight against untouchability in 1947.

Akkitham was born and lives in Kumaranallur, Palakkad District, Kerala.

The Math first began presenting the Amritakeerthi Award in 2001 {news}.

Amrita Keerti Puraskar awarded to Parameswaran

27 Sep 2002, Amritapuri

This year’s Amritakeerti Puraskar went to P. Parameswaran. Union Law Minister Jana Krishnamoorthy presented the award. Sri Parameshwaran is an acclaimed and eminent scholar, thinker, and philosopher. He was born in Alapuzha, Kerala, in the year 1927. Shri Parameshwarji had his higher studies at University College, Trivandrum which he passed out with flying colours. Even as a student he displayed phenomenal oratorial and writing skills and delved deep into the studies of scriptures. The works of Shri Parameshwarji know no boundaries. All his works, including the treatise, “Marx and Vivekananda” have been acclaimed world over.

The award carries an idol of Saraswati Devi, a cash prize of Rs. 1,25,453 and a citation.

Accepting the award, Parameswaran said, “For me, this is not an award; it is prasad from Amma.” Parameswaran went on to say that in Amma he sees Janani (biological mother), Janmabhoomi (motherland) and Jaganmata (universal mother).


As he presented the award, Krishnamoorthy said that spiritual personalities like Amma would lead society to the right path. India’s glorious ancient cultural civilization makes society vibrant and Amma can be described as an embodiment of that culture.

Amma’s Birthday Celebrations 2001

6 October, 2001

Radiating divine bliss and peace to all humanity, the birthday celebrations of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi were held in the Amritapuri Ashram on 6 October, 2001, in a festive atmosphere of fervent devotion, exuberant joy and deep gratitude. The beautifully decorated Ashram was filled to overflowing with devotees from around the world, who had come, full of enthusiasm, to join in the celebrations honouring their most beloved Guru and Mother, Amma.


The day began with congregational Sahasranama chanting followed by a talk given by Swami Amritaswarupananda. He said, “A Divine Incarnation is born to set an example to humanity, to be one among them, to partake of their joys and sufferings, and to teach them great lessons through the example of their own life. And that is what Amma is doing in Her everyday life. She is ever ready to share our griefs along with our joys. Surely, generations after generations will be inspired, purified and motivated by Her Divine Love.”

At around 9:00 am, Amma was escorted to the dais as devotees along the way offered flowers at Her holy feet. The atmosphere reverberated with the vibrant sound of “OM Amriteshwaryai Namaha!” being chanted by the devotees, who filled the spacious auditorium to overflowing. Amma’s radiant smile lit up all hearts, while every soul seemed to blossom in the sun of Her presence.

The most auspicious event of the celebrations, the pada puja, was then performed by Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, assisted by Swamini Krishnamrita Prana, as Vedic mantras and intense devotion filled the air. The 108 Names of Amma followed, all devotees joining in the chanting. The people of Parayakadavu village then presented a ceremonial offering, as a token of their love and gratitude to the Divine Mother who has incarnated in their midst.

Amma then showered Her divine wisdom and guidance upon the world through Her benedictory address. She lamented, in Her divine message, the present state of the world, marked by violence and destruction, and gave a rousing call to shun the path of hatred and create a new world of love and harmony. Amma made a fervent plea for the regeneration of spiritual culture and the uplift of women. She delineated the path to a life of bliss and contentment, and revealed Her deep commitment to the suffering humanity. She said, “The only birthday gift Amma wishes for is a tear drop of compassion for the suffering, a consoling word and a helping hand offered to the poor and distressed.”

Amma’s talk, replete with vivid stories and illustrations, delivered in Her usual charming style, appeared to move the devotees deeply; towards the end of the talk it seemed as if a vast wave of silence had washed over the crowd. Finally, Amma led the devotees in meditation and prayers for the peace and the welfare of all beings everywhere.

After Amma’s Benedictory Address, the birthday function officially began with a prayer by T.N. Krishnachandran. Sri A. P. S. Krishnan then welcomed the guests of honour, Sri A.K. Antony, Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri Jual Oraam, Honourable Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Sri O. Rajagopal, Honourable Union Minister of State for Railways, and Smt. Urmila Singh, Honourable Minister for Tribal Welfare of the State of Madhya Pradesh, who were each gifted with a bouquet. They in turn paid their respects to Amma by garlanding Her.

Sri A.K. Antony inaugurated the fifth phase of the Amrita Kuteeram project, a magnificent scheme of Amma’s ashram to construct 25,000 houses for the homeless poor in the country and handed over the keys to the representatives of the beneficiaries.

A.K. Antony also presented the newly created Amritakeerti Puraskar award, for extraordinary contributions to Indian philosophy and culture, to Acharya Narendra Bushan.

Sri O. Rajagopal then offered the Ponnada and dakshina to the renowned artist Nambootiri, who had designed the beautiful sculpture presented with the Amritakeerti Puraskar award.

Sri Jual Oraam then inaugurated the Amritaranya Jivanam Project, a new scheme created by the M.A. Math for the all-round welfare of the Tribal people throughout India. He then presented prizes to two meritorious Adivasi students from Amma’s school in Parippally, Sri Kumar and Sri Nanchan K.V..

Swami Turiyamritananda Puri then offered mementos to Shri A.K. Antony and Shri Jual Oram.

New books and cassettes released:

Bhajan cassettes sung by Amma and Her disciples were released by Smt. Urmila Singh, Minister for Tribal Welfare, Madhya Pradesh.

Amrita Resmi, a compilation of poems dedicated to the Divine Mother, by Swami Turiyamritananda, was released by Kavalam Narayan Panicker.

Jyotirgamaya, Volume 2, a rich collection of Amma’s inspiring talks, was released by Justice Hariharan Nair.