Amma in Trissur

26-27 April, Trissur, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

After the Manjeri Brahmasthanam Pratishta, Amma arrived in Trissur to conduct a two-day Brahmasthanam festival.

Upon her arrival, she sang few bhajans and served dinner prasad to the volunteer devotees.

At the start of the Brahmasthanam celebrations, Amma distributed Amrita Nidhi pensions, Vidyamaritam scholarships, as well as seeds to promote organic farming.

District Judge Anitha MR; Deputy Mayor Sarojini PV; and Smt. Shoba Surendran helped Amma to distribute the items. Many of the beneficiaries were in tears as they received their pension benefits from Amma.

Many other dignitaries came to welcome Amma. Among them were Trissur District Collector Smitha J, IAS; dancer Padmashree Kalamndalam Kshemavati; Swami Muktananda of Vivekananda Kendra; Poet/Writer Chovvalloor Krishnan Kutty; Therambil Ramakrishnan MLA; Film Script Writer Madambu Kunjukuttan; and Tekke Madhom Mooppil Vasudevananda Swamiyar.

Amma led everyone in a prayer for those affected by the recent Nepal earthquake. Amma added that just praying is not enough. In line with Amma’s message of compassion, Amma sent a team of Embracing the World volunteers to Nepal to initiate relief efforts in the region.

The first evening saw heavy rains, but that did not disrupt Amma’s darshan.


AYUDH had a special stall during the program. A mobile vegetable garden was set up to inspire and teach people how to start their own organic gardens in their homes and apartments – whether it be on the rooftop, balcony, veranda, or window railing.

Since the program venue was surrounded by fields, many bugs and crickets came to the pandal at night – adding high frequency music to the bhajans while Amma was giving darshan.

Amrita Vidyalayam children from Trissur presented wonderful cultural programs, showcasing the real treasure of the land of temples and the cultural capital of Kerala.

– Kannadi


Brahmasthanam Temple Consecration at Manjeri

23-24 April, Manjeri, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2015

Amma consecrated the 22nd Brahmasthanam Temple in Manjeri, Kerala on 23 April 2015. The first temple was consecrated in Kodungallur, Kerala in 1987. ( see the list of temples)

Amma reached Manjeri on early on the 22nd after her Singapore, Malaysia, Australia yatra.

Thousands had come to join this auspicious occasion of the installation of the temple–from all over India and around the world. A group of American devotees came all the way to India to witness the temple consecration. Amidst the chanting of ‘Om Shiva Shaktiaikya Roopinyai Namah’ and the traditional percussive sounds of panchavadyam, Amma started pujas at ten in the morning for the kalasas, or pots mounted on the temple.

As Amma invoked the blessings of all beings and nature, she was in an ecstatic mood, her eyes revealing something of that which is beyond.

Tazhikakuda consists of three brass bowls set vertically on a central spike, each smaller than the one below it. Amma filled each pot of Tazhikakuda with navdhanya (nine types of food grains) before placing it. Then Amma did abhisheka to eac pot, which contains water energized by days of mantra japa. Then she did arati to it, prayed, invoking the divine, showered flowers all around, and sat in meditation for some time.

Finally she entered the temple. The 250-kilogram murti, having undergone a seven-day process of purification, was brought into the temple and the doors were closed and Amma installed the deity. Devotees continued chanting and the whole atmospere was charged with energy. After 20 minutes, the temple doors were opened. Amma performed arati to the newly installed murti, pouring another 108 kalashas of mantra-infused water. It was such a charming sight to watch Amma doing abhisheka, lost to this world, in a divine mood.

Later Amma started her satsang, noting that the real installation of god has to be done within one’ss heart. Even though each one has different dharmas (duties) to be performed at different stages of life, Amma said that our supreme dharma is to realize God. That is the purpose of life, Amma reminded the assembled crowd–you get into the pond to clean yourself and get back out, not to drown there.

The next day, Amma gave away Vidyamritam student scholarships and Amrita Nidhi monthly pensions to the needy. Special guests included renowned poet Akkitham, Guruvayoor tantri (priest) Chennas Dineshan Nampootirippad, famous writer KB Sridevi and former MP O. Rajagopal. The guests also helped to distribute the scholarships and pensions. Amma herself distributed seeds to promote organic vegetable cultivation in each household.

In the evening there was heavy rain and thunderstorms. It is unusual to have such heavy rain in the summer. All the stalls were drenched in water. You could see an umbrella on Amma too since the stage was also leaking but Amma continued giving darshan. Devotees came with drenching cloths and wading in water on the floor. The scene called to mind Amma’s first visit to Manjeri, in 1996, for an evening program. Back then, it started with drizzle and by midnight it had become a downpour. Yet neither Amma nor the people would stop or leave. {see pics}

For such a large program to be successful, many volunteers are necessary. One could see AYUDH volunteers and Amrita Vidyalayam students serving everywhere with joy and enthusiasm. Everyone was happy to be part of this addition to the constellation of Amma’s Brahmasthanam Temples, each one burning brightly in the minds and hearts of the devotees, like a star illuminating the night sky.

The two-day celebrations came to an end at 1:15 am with Amma singing the song “Mariyamma, Mariyamma Shankari Taye…” and with the devotees taking Amma into their heart and installing her love there as the real temple which will always remain with them, wherever they may go.

– Kannadi



Amma in Malaysia

10 April 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Amma visited Malaysia for a one-day program at the Mines International Exposition Convention Center just outside of Kuala Lumpur.


Amma was garlanded and welcomed to Malaysia by an array of dinitaries – The Most Venerable K. Sri Dhammaratana, Chief High Priest of Malaysia; Madam Dayani Lee, Group CEO of Country Heights; Puan Fatima, CEO of PDD; and Mr. Raman Lal, from the Indian High Commission. This was Amma’s 7th visit to Malaysia.

As part of Amriteshwari Foundation’s Embracing the World activities, Amma handed out stipends to 40 children to help with school supplies and uniforms.

Amma gave satsang, sang bhajans, and led the Manasa Puja in Tamil before giving darshan to all. The program ended just before noon the next morning. The Malaysia programs have been the largest outside of India with many attendees coming from all over Southeast Asia.

– Dass

2015 American Yatra

Amma’s Japan, USA, Canada Yatra 2015

Amma’s America Yatra 2015
Amma to visit Tokyo, Japan; 11 cities of America and Canada from May 26th.



Tokyo, Japan:
26 May – from morning 11.00 onwards
27- 28 May – morning 10.00 & evening 18.30
28 May 18.30 Puja for world peace and Devi Bhava
TRC Tokyo Ryutsu Center
Second Exhibition Hall F
6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
2nd floor of the building in front of “Tokyo Ryutsu Center” station

Seattle, WA: May 30, 31 & June 1
San Ramon, CA: June 3-12
Los Angeles, CA: June 14-18
Santa Fe, NM: June 20-23
Dallas, TX: June 25-26
Atlanta, GA: June 28-29
Chicago, IL: July 1-3
Washington, DC: July 5-6
Boston, MA: July 9-10
New York, NY: July 12-14

Toronto, ON: July 17-20


Amma personifies all that she and her society stand for

6-8 April 2015, Singapore

Amma has been in Singapore for three days of programs at the Marina Sands Hotel. These programs mark the 28th year that Amma has been coming to Singapore. Her first visit was in 1987.

Traditional North Indian drummers and a traditional Balinese dance known as Pendet greeted and welcomed Amma each day at the entrance to the hall.


On stage, Amma was garlanded by two representatives from the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), Singapore – Venerable Phrapanyadhamvides Chackhun Rian (Buddhist faith), and Venerable Alladad Khan (Muslim faith). With Amma’s blessings, these guests led everyone in a silent prayer for world peace and harmony.

Mr. Khattar is a well-known philanthropist who was honored by the Indian government with the Padma Shri civilian award in 2011, felicitating Amma said that “My wife and I are really delighted that we are offered this privilege. Amma personifies all that she and her society stand for. This is unique and it is so wonderful to see this happening on the videos being shown here as well as in real life.”


Continuing Embracing the World charitable activities, the Amriteshwari Society announced that they are giving out educational stipends to 100 students. Guests aided Amma in handing out bursaries to the first 30 recipients.

During the programs, the Amriteshwari Society of Singapore sponsored 60 free mammograms to women over 40 years of age. Screenings were held in a medical trailer next to the hall.

During the program, everyone enjoyed a beautiful Balinese dance depicting scenes from the Ramayana, followed by a dance by the Balakendra students about the life of Krishna.

The Singapore Balakendra students presented a number of performances, including dances and chanting, followed by a skit portraying the story of how Shankaracharya was able to obtain his mother’s permission to become a monk.

After Devi Bhava Amma travelled to Malaysia for her program in Kuala Lumpur.

– Sundar


Amma to install a new Brahmasthanam temple in Manjeri

Amma to install a new Brahmasthanam temple in Manjeri, North Kerala on 23rd April .This will be the 22nd Brahmasthanam temple consecrated by Amma.

Amma will also visit two more cities in Kerala as part of the 3rd leg of her Bharata Yatra.

Manjeri Brahmasthanam Pratishta – 23 April
23-24 April 2015

April 23, 10.25 am Tazhikuda Pratishta
April 23, 11.05 am Prana Pratishta

Amrita Vidyalayam, Narukara P.O,
Kozhikode-Nilmbur-Gudallur Road, Manjeri, Kerala 676122 {map}


Trissur Brahmasthanam annual festival 
26-27 April 2015

M.A.M. Trissur
Amrita Nagar, Ayyanthole, Panchikkal, Trissur, Kerala
Phone: 0487-2362700 {map}


Ernakulam Brahmasthanam annual festival
29-30 April 2015

M.A.M. Ernakulam
Kunnumpuram (NH 17) Edappally North P.O, Ernakulam, Kochi 682024 Kerala
Phone: 0484 2800682 {map}



Dignitaries seek blessings in Delhi

2 April, New Delhi – Bharata Yatra 2015
During the programs in Delhi, so many National Leaders and officials met Amma, seeking her blessings and guidance. Here are some of them.

“It [meeting Amma] has proved to be a source of inspiration and encouragement to work for humanity and serve society at larg ” JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health wrote in the visitors diary.



Amma in Delhi

29-30 March, Brahmasthanam, New Delhi , Bharata Yatra 2015

Amma reached New Delhi, the last stop of the 2nd leg of Bharata Yatra 2015, at 4.19am on March 28. It had been a two day trip from Ahmedabad, with an overnight stay in the holy city of Pushkar.

Later that day, Amma was invited to the Prime Ministers office. In a private meeting with Narendra Modi, the PM requested Amma to contribute to the Namami Gange Cleanup project, to which Amma gladly agreed {news}.

Upon her return to the ashram, Amma served dinner to the Delhi devotees and tour group, sang bhajans and joined everyone in a guided meditation and prayer for world peace.

Throughout this tour Amma has personally served a total of over 30,000 meals to the tour group, volunteers and devotees.

During the public function on March 29, Kishenpal Gujjer, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment handed over Vidyamritam scholarships to deserving children from the Northern region.

Both days of programmes saw a humongous crowd, including people from the states of Rajasthan, Uttarpradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Kashmir. Many devotees from these states came from the villages that MAM has adopted as part of its self-reliance and empowerment scheme.

Being the capital city, Delhi saw many dignitaries come for darshan and seeking Ammas blessings, amongst them were Hon Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajith Doval. {see more}

Children from Uttarakhand as well as students of Amrita Vidyalayam offered a variety of cultural programmes.

The Delhi AYUDH group ran a canteen which served delicious North Indian snacks, helping in the fundraising efforts to support MAMs charitable projects.

After the extremely hot climate in most preceding programme locations, Delhi provided a pleasant change in weather, with light rainfalls and fresh air. It was as if tender showers of grace came down as a sign of blessing for the end of the tour. It had been an incredible journey, a pilgrimage that surely is unique in todays world. A total of 23 vehicles, including eleven buses, two trucks and an ambulance, traveled over 3000 km to ten programme locations in six Indian states. The tour group included a kitchen crew, equipped to cater for tens of thousands of people, sound system, videography, bookstall and recycling teams.

Once again, Amma had blessed hundreds of thousands of people with her embrace, instilling hope, faith and love in the hearts of those who came to seek her presence.

From here Amma will fly to Singapore, Malaysia and Australia to meet her children waiting there.

– Sundar


Amma, please visit us every year: Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel

26 Mar, Amdavad, Gujarat – Bharata Yatra 2015

Upon arrival in Amdavad on March 25, Amma spent a joyful evening with her children on the school grounds of Amrita Vidyalayam – singing and dancing to Gujarati bhajans.

The following day, Smt. Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, visited Amma in the school premises to seek her blessings and guidance.

Smt. Anandiben Patel also welcomed Amma at the public function later that day. In her speech, she said: “Today is a very historic day for Gujarat, for the world renowned Amma has come to us. She has given darshan to millions of people around the world. She consoles the suffering and offers them guidance.

“Amma was born in a simple family around 60 years ago. Back then it was very hard for girls to receive good education. As a girl of only 7-8 years Amma did godly work with her words, deeds and her presence – helping people in sorrow, feeding the poor and hungry – before she herself would eat. All these qualities came naturally to her, from birth itself.

“Today, I feel very blessed to listen to her and receive her direct guidance. Our biological mother will not love us as dearly. Amma is giving much more – to the poor, the sorrowful. It is not an easy task that she has taken up. But she has chosen to do this work.

“Amma, I humbly ask you to visit Amdavad every year to provide us with your guidance and shower your grace to fulfil all that we lack.”

Among other dignitaries who present at the programme was Swami Adhyathmananda of Shivananda Ashram, and Padmashree Dr. Tejas Patel.


During the public function, Amma handed over Amrita Nidhi pensions and Vidyamritan scholarships. To support local women, Amma also distributed free saris and sewing machines, with which the women can now earn their own livelihood. In a special ceremony Amma handed over eight certificates to young women from the Dagara village, acknowledging their completion of the 10th standard exams conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

Every time Amma visits Ahmedabad, her children from the Kutch district travel over 400 km to pay their respects and receive Ammas blessings. They are forever grateful to Amma for rebuilding three villages in their region in response to the 2001 Gujarat earthquake.

An abundance of cultural programmes was offered by students of Amrita Vidyalayam.

As darshan concluded on March 27 at 8:31, Amma sang a new Gujarati bhajan which made people both off and on the stage dance and rejoice in the rays of the morning sun.

– Sundar


We want to bring glory to our village: Dagara girls

25 Mar, Amdavad, Gujarat – Bharata Yatra 2015

During the public programme in Amdavad, in Amma’s presence, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel, handed over certificates of encouragement to eight young women, acknowledging their completion of the 10th standard exams conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

The recognition is notable since it marks the successful continuation of Amma’s humanitarian work in Gujarat. The Dagara village in Bhuj, where the girls are from, is one of three villages rebuilt by Ashram after the devastating earthquake in 2001 {news}. Ever since, the community has been receiving Amma’s continuous support for its overall development.

Recently, Dagara became one of 40 villages in 20 states to participate in an educational scheme of Amrita University which uses tablet-based education to tutor both children and adults . Previously, the village school only went up to 8th grade, but with the new computer-based education, students can now remain in the village and complete their studies up to 10th grade, allowing them to pursue a profession that will further support their families and aid in the development of the community. Up until recently, because of safety concerns, parents would not allow their daughters to leave the village for higher studies beyond 8th grade.

Meera, one of the graduates and mother to a two-year old child, enrolled in the programme after a gap of eight years from school. She had been eager to take up her studies again to attain a BEd (Bachelor of Education) Teachers Certificate. Meera said, “I want to be a teacher so that I can reach out to those who are deprived and help them move ahead in life.”

Shanti, another graduate, had resumed studies after a gap of two years. She now wants to become a nurse and serve in her community. The successful completion of the 10th standard will help her reach that goal.

The girls said, “We have classes every day from 2pm to 7 pm, with no holidays. We love to study and don’t feel bored at all . All our families are farmers. It is our dream to bring glory to our village by introducing new professions. Thank you Amma, for helping us achieve that goal.”

Present at the function was also Veji Ben, the Maths, English, and Science teacher for the students. She herself became the first girl in Dagara to complete a +2 (pre-university) degree, staying at her uncle’s house in the next village to attend the university there. Now she is proud to congratulate the first batch of female students from her own village who would otherwise not have had the same opportunity she had. “Most of the students want to take up arts. For science they will need a lab and other facilities,” says Veji Ben.

The girls presented a Kutch dance dressed in traditional costumes for Amma.

After they had spent the whole night at the venue with Amma, the girls remarked, “We had known about Amma since she rebuilt our village. But now that we see her we don’t want to leave her presence, we want to live with her.”

This is just one of many stories of how Amma’s sustained humanitarian outreach transforms entire communities and empowers a new generation to uplift not only their own families, but society as a whole.

– Sundar