Microbial Fuel Cell generating electricity from wastewater

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations

The Amrita Center of Biotechnology introduced a Microbial Fuel Cell, which utilizes energy from bacterial growth in wastewater to generate electricity while simultaneously bringing about purification of the wastewater–an important step in addressing the sanitation and energy problems that are very relevant in our country.


VS Sivakumar, Kerala Minister of Health unveiled the cell during Amma’s 61st Birthday celebrations.

Big Data Framework and Inter Operable Platform devices launched

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations

Amrita Big Data Framework (ABDF) is an all-integrated framework for effortless Big Data analytics that can help one analyze large sets of data and eek out intelligence for improved decision-making allowing optimization and enhanced efficiency. ABDF has applications to diverse fields from medicine, engineering, social media and much more making it an extremely powerful tool.


Amrita Internet of Things Platform (AIoTm) provides a scalable inter operable platform for devices to connect and communicate amongst themselves without human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

CN Balakrishnan, Kerala Minister of Co-Operation unveiled both the above devices during Amritavarsham 61 celebrations.

GetVu’s augmented reality glasses

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations

Imagine a fully interactive augmented reality–an extra layer on top of our world that we can see, grab and control. With GetVu’s platform, instead of using voice controls to indirectly interact with a virtual object, you could reach out and move it around with your hands. You could change the colors of a proposed building project on your city’s skyline or play foosball on your kitchen table or even explore architectural ruins. With augmented reality taken beyond the limits of the smartphone or tablet, you could look around, see the world for what it could be, and change it with a wave of your hand.


Sri. Shekhar Kapur, award-winning filmmaker unveiled the glasses during the Amritavarsham celebrations

Amrita Nidhi pension for widows and handicapped extended by 30,000 more

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations


The Mata Amritanandamayi Math would like to extend the reach of its Amrita Nidhi pension program, from 69,000 to 99,000–30,000 more pensions.  On this occassion of Amma’s 61st Birthday, certificates of enrollment and first pension checks to 100 of the new beneficiaries were distributed.


Vidyamritam scholarship program extended from 46,000 to 51,000 beneficiaries

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations

Mata Amritanandamayi Math extended the reach of its Vidyamritam Scholarships for the underprivileged by another 5,000.


Vidyamritam started in 2007 and, through it, 46,000 children are currently receiving scholarships in the form of a monthly stipend until they finish their education. Vidyamritam’s reach was extended by another 5,000 students from 46,000 to 51,000 during Amritavarsham.

Approximately 100 new recipients received their scholarship checks on this occassion.


Ever be a beginner, Life is a book from which we can constantly learn

3 Oct 2014, Amritapuri

Thousands gathered at Amritapuri today to celebrate Vijaya Dasami in Amma’s presence. Amma led the assembled crowd in a prayer for world peace, and then led everyone in the traditional writing and reciting aloud of each letter of the mantra, “Om Hari Sri Ganapataye Namah.” Afterward, she personally held the index finger of hundred of babies and initiated them into the alphabet, helping them to write the sacred mantra in a plate of rice as per the tradition.

“This mantra [ Om Hari Sri Ganapataye Namah] symbolizes all 51 devanagari letters that are the embodiment of the nada-rupini devi—the Goddess of Sound. In the mantra, Hari represents the Paramatma. Shri represents Parasakti. And Ganapati represents Om—the pranava mantra that arises from Parasakti. In essence, the mantra is a complete form of worship. Traditionally some people write Hari Shri on the tongues of infants with gold tipped with honey. The principle being “May what this child speaks become as valuable as gold.” Although knowledge in itself is invaluable, the tradition persists” Amma said.

Amma continued: “We should always remain a beginner, with alertness, patience and enthusiasm. It is the principle of having respect for everything, bowing down in humility to all, ever being a beginner. Life is a book from which we can constantly learn. It is like sitting in an examination hall. At any moment the bell may ring and you will have to turn in your test. So, it is what you are doing in this moment—now—that determines your success or failure. So, we should have the alertness in each and every action that we would have if we were standing before a blazing fire. If we can maintain that level of alertness, then we can learn a lesson from each and every thing.

“In the olden days, the disciple would sit facing the guru and the knowledge would be assimilated directly from the guru into the disciple’s heart. The disciple would verily install the guru’s teaching in his heart. The disciple’s attention and humility brought about the knowledge’s full bloom. The disciple never tired of learning. Nor did it ever feel like a burden to him.

“The disciple’s heart is the bud that blossoms in the sunlight of the guru’s love. It is filled with the nectar of the guru’s grace” Amma reminded all.

“For Vidyarambham, we mix raw rice with a pinch of turmeric on a tray and keep sandal paste and flowers. Then the teacher, holding the child’s hand, guides him in writing his first letters. The teacher represents the supreme principle of God. It is only when knowledge flows through the teacher that it bears fruit. Inherent in this practice is the principle of saranagati—surrender. When we point out the faults of others, we use the index finger. But we forget that in doing so three other fingers are pointing back at us. So, when we point out the faults of others, it is as if we are three times worse. Thus, the index finger represents the ego. It is this index finger that we give to the teacher and, holding which, he helps the child write his first letters, initiating him into knowledge. It’s the resolve, “I am nothing. You are everything.” If you become a zero, you can become a hero—that principle is there.

“When we see the underlying oneness in everything, compassion will arise in our hearts. When this feeling of oneness expresses itself, then we will have the conviction that no one should experience sorrow, no one should starve. That awareness of oneness is the Divine Mother” said Amma in her Vijaya Dasami message.


Unveiling of Amrita’s A-One Fuel-Maker and Solar Dryer

27 Sep 2014, Amritpauri — Amritavarsham61, Amma’s Birthday celebrations

The Amrita A-One Fuel-maker is an electricity-free machine for producing fuel briquettes from bio mass, like husk, sawdust, pine needles, dry leaves, etc. This patent-pending technology produces briquettes with bicycle power and is a great way to generate income as well as reduce fuel cost for rural Indian villagers.


The Amrita All-Purpose Solar Dryer is for drying vegetables, fruits and herbal leaves using indirect passive heating technology, thereby preserving mineral and vitamin compositions.

Both were unveiled by KC Venugopal, MP on the occasion occasion of Amritavarsham61.

Amritadyuti Solar Home-Lighting System

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham 61, Amma’s Birthday celebrations

Amrita Centre for Nanosciences introduced Amritadyuti, the Solar Home-Lighting System during Amma’s 61st birthday celebrations. This low-costs system consists of three LED lights, a radio and a mobile-charger powered from a solar-power system. It has been designed as a package for Amrita Kuteeram homes and village hamlets (of 101 villages of Amrita SeRVe) so as to ensure them power even if they are cut off from the main power grid.

C.N. Balakrishnan, Minister of Co-Operation unveiled Amritadyuti.

The Minister also unveiled Amrita Karshakan, a solution for farmers facing serious financial problems with regard to receiving fair compensation for their produce. It enables farmers to trade using SMS, Web and mobile platform as well as kiosks. The system also helps beneficiaries getting locally grown produce at a fair price in an efficient way. This will be a major contribution in Amrita SeRVE’s 101 Villages project.

MAM built 500 more houses in Uttarakhand and Kerala

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday celebrations

As part of Amma’s dream that everyone in the world should have a solid roof over their head, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has constructed more than 45,000 homes for the homeless in more than 75 locations across India since 1998. Often, in response to floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters, entire villages are reconstructed at a time.

This year, the Math has constructed 500 houses in various locations in Kerala. And, in Uttarakhand, where the Math launched an Rs. 50-crore relief-and-rehabilitation package for flooding victims in 2013, the Math is constructing 250 houses. Sri. Rajnath Singh, the Hon. Union Minister for Home Affairs bestows keys and certificates to beneficiaries of this project, some of whom have come all the way from Uttarakhand.

Amrita Sphuranam, village electrification project launched

The Amrita Sphuranam project of Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Applications, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math will be providing solar-powered electrification for the entire rural village of Motakkara in Wayanad. Amrita Sphuranam was created as part of Amrita University’s Live-in-Labs Program and the Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s Amrita SeRVE initiative to make 101 villages in India totally self-reliant.


Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy launched the solar electrification project “Amrita Sphuranam” on the occasion of Amritavarsham 61 at Amritapuri on Saturday.

Addressing the gathering, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said “Amma is a strength to the society and her birthday celebrations serve to spread the message of goodness and peace to the world”.