Celebration continues: Amma in Amdavad

29 March, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – Bharata Yatra 2016

Amma held an evening program at the Ahmedabad Education Society Ground.
Several local dignitaries were on hand to welcome Amma to Gujarat including: Minister for Transport, Water Resources, Labour Employment Vijay Ramaiklal Rupani; Dharmendra Bhavani, Central Secretary VHP; Raman B Padiyar Head of VHP S.Gujarat; Manas Shankar Ray, Principal Commissioner, Income Tax; RS Sodhi, MD of AMUL; and Rajnikant Mohanlal Patel, MLA.

When Amma stopped for an evening bhajans and dinner enroute to Amdavad

The villagers of Nani Borvai, one of the villages adopted under AmritaSeRVe project, were given saplings promoting the planting of more trees in the villages. They also brought organic vegetables they grew in their village to give to Amma. Many of them were in tears as they were meeting Amma personally for the first time.

Amma gave satsang, sang bhajans and led everyone in guided meditation. She also instructed everyone in the Manasa Puja in the local language of Gujarati as well as singing many bhajans as well in the local tongue.

Throughout the night, local Amrita Vidyalayam children presented different cultural programs throughout the night.

Amongst the thousands who came for Amma’s darshan, there were a few new people who were shedding tears, overcome with emotion upon meeting Amma for the fist time. They told Amma they just need devotion and dispassion. A few of them even asked Amma to be their guru and received a mantra from her.

The darshan came to an end at 7.37 am the next day morning.

Nani Borvai villagers with organic products

Before the departure to the next city for the program, Amma and the group spent a day in the garden at the Amrita Vidyalayam campus. Once the scorching sun set, Amma came and sat on the grass with everyone, where she distributed dinner prasad, sang bhajans and held a Q & A session. At the end, Amma sang a joyous Gujarati song, which brought almost everyone to their feet and all began to dance in joy.

Amma continues to shower joy and make a celebration wherever she goes… and the journey continues now to the next city – Jaipur.

– Kannadi





Joyous celebrations: Amma in Mumbai

26-27 March, Mumbai, Maharashtra – BharataYatra 2016

Amma came to Mumbai a few hours after celebrating Holi in Pune. Since its only a short drive from Pune to Mumbai and technically it was still Holi upon her arrival, Amma fulfilled the wishes of all the Mumbai devotees by playing Holi with them as well. After serving dinner to everyone, Amma sang a rocking new Holi song, ‘Holi Ye Ayi Rangoon’ that had the whole hall jumping. When the song reached its crescendo, everyone was chanting ‘Radhe Radhe Radhe!’ and all were swaying and dancing, lost in the spirit of love. Amma took everyone to a different realm. Then when the song ended she began to spray colored water and throw colored powder all around. Devotees were cheering and laughing as they got to play Holi with their krishna, surely making it the most memorable Holi for everyone present. For those traveling with Amma, they were amazed at their good fortune to get to play Holi twice with Amma in the same day!

Over the following two days, Amma conducted her normal Brahmastham programs of satsang, bhajans and darshan. During these days, so many dignitaries came to meet Amma while she was in the city, including: The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Phadnavis; Minister of heavy industries Anant Geete; Political leader Raj Thackeray several Judges of the Mumbai High Court; Bollywood actress Shriya Saran; Sudha Chandran; Navya Nayar film director Anjali Menon; and Singer Udit Narayan.

Sudhakar S Sonawane, the Mayor Navi Mumbai welcomed Amma officially to the stage and appreciated her effort in serving humanity. He mentioned that in every field: construction of free houses, education for poor, medical assistance to the needy, disaster relief, etc. Amma’s contributions are of a very high standard and that no government organization is able to provide such high standard facilities.

Mandatai Mhatre, MLA Belapur,  requested everyone present at the program to contribute their might and work for few hours each week with Amma in her endeavor of serving needy to make India a great country.

Vidya Thakur, Minister for Women & Child Welfare requested Amma to help to tackle problems in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha & Latur regions which were recently affected by severe draught. She also requested Amma to empower women in these regions.

Sanjay Kulkarni, Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University which is a 158 year old institution, told the audience that he was very much impressed with the achievements of Amrita University and its influence in the international arena, even though it is only 13 years old. He expressed his interest to work with Amrita University in specific areas which will help the humanity.

Amma gave 200 tree saplings to the villagers of Ransai which is one of the 101 villages adopted by MAM under AmritaSerVe project. Amma gave three keys of the houses built for the villagers and also distributed sarees to hundreds of villagers from Ransai. Upon receiving these gifts from Amma, they said, “We the villagers of Ransai are so grateful. Earlier there was no one for us. Now we know that we can go to Amma if we face problems. There have been so many changes in our lives after Amma adopted our village. Amma, you want us to become self-reliant. We promise you Amma that we will do our best.”

Finally when the last program ended early in the morning, the day after Amma came to the stage for darshan, Amma sang a new Punjabi bhajan. She brought an end to the Mumbai programs, the same way it all began when Amma arrived, with a joyous celebration.

– Kannadi




Paint your body and mind with colours of Love

21-22 March, Pune – BharataYatra 2016

After a very long ride from Hyderabad, Amma was welcomed by devotees when she reached Pune at 5:30am in the early morning.

Over the next two days, Amma held two days program at the Pune ashram where she was welcomed by Padmashree Vijay Bhatkar, who said, “To see how God walks, how he talks, how he looks, how he blesses, God’s attributes, all of it we are able to experience on a physical level when we come to Amma. And so we call Amma “Jagadamba.” We are very fortunate to have Amma’s darshan and embrace. I consider myself to very fortunate to get an embrace from God Herself.”

Amma’s satsang was translated into Marathi and Amma lead the Manasa Puja and meditation in Hindi. Amma also sang bhajans each day and sat all day until late night giving darshan to everyone.

During darshan, Amrita Vidyalayam students presented different cultural programs. Several well known local performers came to share their talents including, Nanda Kishore who did a Kathak dance, Rajkumar Barsjikar sang bhajans, and Sambaji Shinde presented a Gondel (traditional Maharashrta folk bhajans usually sung only in Devi temples)

At the end of darshan on the second day, Amma was dressed up as Saint Jnaneswar by a family of devotees. Another family, dressed as Gopis, proceeded to dress up Amma as Sri Krishna and brought curd in mud pot and invited Amma to break the pot and distribute the curd. The festive mood on in the hall reached a climax when the last family came for darshan brought color powders for Holi. Someone smeared some colors on Amma’s face, and then she was given water balloons. Amma delighted everyone when she started throwing the balloons at all the devotees crowded around her and everyone burst into laughter as the balloons broke and doused them with colored water. Next Amma started spraying water with a water pistol on all around her.

Then finally a tray of powdered colors: pink, yellow, green, red, blue etc was passed to Amma and no sooner did the colors begin to fly all over. All were cheering, laughing and shouting with Amma… all were covered in colors. Amma decided to add more colors to everyone’s mind as she ended the night by leading a new rocking Holi bhajan. As the tempo reached its high point, the chant ‘Radhe Radhe Radhe’ reverberated through the hall… until finally at the crescendo, Amma raised her hand and yelled out, ‘Hari Boooool’… the celebration of Holi started and the programs in Pune came to an end.

The next morning Amma and the group proceeded to Mumbai where another set of devotees was waiting to play Holi with her… to be continued…

– Kannadi




Amma to visit Kenya, Mauritius and Singapore

Amma to visit Kenya Reunion Island, Mauritius and Singapore and hold programs – Satsang, Bhajan and Darshan.

April 17-18 (11 am)
Venue: Oshwal Centre, Ring Road, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya {map}
Web: http://ammakenya.org/


Reunion Island
April 20 – 7.30 pm
April 21-23 (10 am and 7.30 pm)


April 25-26 (11 am)



April 29  Friday 11:00 AM Meditation & Darshan

April 30 Saturday 10:00 AM Meditation & Darshan / 7:30 PM Satsang, Bhajan, Meditation & Darshan

May 1 Sunday 10:00 AM Meditation & Darshan / 7:00 PM Atma Puja & Devi Bhava

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 Level 1, Hall B {map}

Further Details  & Contacts:
English  : (+65) 6341 7701 Tamil :  (+65) 8149 9004  Mandarin : (+65) 8149 9071 Whatsapp : (+65) 8132 7527






Let our lives become an offering: Amma in Hyderabad

18-19 March, Hyderabad – BharataYatra 2016

After her programs in Bengaluru, Amma traveled east and held a two day Brahmasthanam festival in the scorching heat (topping 40-46 degrees daily) of Hyderabad, where she gave satsang, sang bhajans, led manasa puja and meditation instructing everyone in the local Telugu language.


Addressing the gathering, Amma said, “Let our lives become an offering that alleviates the pain of the suffering people. To be compassionate towards the poor, one does not need a lot of wealth or a very high position in society. A kind word, a compassionate glance, a small favor all these can bring light into their lives and into ours as well. It is not what we received, but what we were able to give, that determines the value of our life. If we have been able to bring happiness to a soul even for a minute, it is a great achievement in itself.”



During the function, Amma distributed more than 200 saplings to the devotees encouraging them to plant more trees, restoring the harmony of nature. She kissed each sapling before she handed it over to each devotee causing them to beam with joy as they received it.

A senior women police officer who came to meet Amma asked a question, “All day I am meeting people who are creating troubles in the society. So after some time its difficult to be centered. Since the field is mostly dominated by masculine energy I find it difficult to maintain my feminine qualities.” Amma responded, “Daughter, you have been entrusted with the duty of maintaining the garden. It’s true a gardner will not be enjoying the beauty of garden but more focused on worms and insects that may destroy the beauty of garden. She has to remove them then, and only then will the plants be healthy, bloom and bear fruits. Amma understands in most of the cases the officials are put in a frame, and not able to work freely, and sometimes are not able to act according to dharma because of the pressure from the top… Daughter, understand your roles – when you are in the office, be an officer, in the home be a mother, a wife etc. Learn to shift your roles according to the situation.”


During darshan the crowd was delighted by several impressive cultural performances including one from the Yadava community who presented an Oggu Dolu dance, which they usually present only in temples. Additionally the local children of the Amrita Vidyalayam presented several different programs.

On the second and final day, Amma finished darshan at 3.20 am and sang two joyous bhajans before finally leaving the stage. A few hours later, Amma and the group were on the road again…this time to Pune for the next stop on tour and to celebrate Holi.

– Kannadi




This world is a priceless garden: Amma in Bengaluru

14-15 March, Bengaluru – BharataYatra 2016

After a long drive from Amritapuri, Amma arrived in the early morning to the Bengaluru ashram. Even though it was nearly 3am there was still a large group of enthusiastic devotees, cheering and welcoming Amma upon her arrival with chants of ‘Mata Rani Ki.’

Over the next two days Amma conducted a Brahmasthanam festival, giving satsang, singing bhajans and leading all in guided meditation and manasa puja in Kannada, the local language. Amma also gave darshan all day till early the next morning on both days of programs.

There were several noted dignitaries who shared the dias with Amma on the occasion, including: SK Mukherjee, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court; HK Patil, Minsiter for Rural Development; and Santosh Hegde, Retd Supreme Court Judge and ex- Lokayuktha. Santosh Hegde expressed his appreciation of Amma’s commendable work in the education and the health sector. Addressing the gathering he said that Amma is not only a spiritual Guru but also a role model in serving the poor and needy. He told the audience that he felt blessed by meeting her. CN Balakrishna, MLA from Shravanbelagola who spoke was telling how Amma is like a light that has come to illuminate people’s lives.

During her own talk to the gathering, Amma said “This world is a priceless garden with which God has blessed humankind and other beings. He has provided all the required resources and wealth for all of us to live healthy, happy and peaceful lives. We, whom God blessed with discernment and knowledge, have to admit that we have betrayed God’s trust. Other species, despite lacking the discriminative power of humans, have remained rooted in dharma and have not ignored God’s instructions. Nevertheless, they are finding themselves the victims of human cruelty. “What possible change can my efforts make in this situation?” If we can light the lamp of faith and love in our hearts and walk forward together, then we definitely can bring about a change in society”

During darshan one girl asked Amma, “Sometimes people around me try to poison my mind. At such times, I doubt my devotion towards you, Amma. How to stay connected to you?”

Amma replied “Amma is not a person, but the principle. She is within you. Invoke that principle. Kaikeyi loved Rama so much, but a few minutes with Manthara spoiled her mind. Try to avoid bad company and be in good company always,” reminding her of the story from the Ramayana.

Amma added that, “If you draw a line and someone criticizes that it is small, then they should draw something bigger next to it to demonstrate their point. Loving Amma is showing compassion to all,” as the girl listened with awe and tear-filled eyes, feeling blessed.

Amritavidyalayam and Amrita University students presented different cultural programs on both days of the programs. Each day Amritavidyalayam students welcomed Amma to the stage with the chants of Vedic hymns and during the day one could see the students actively involved in the seva activities of the program.

At the end of darshan on the second night Amma sang a joyous bhajan ending the festival at 3.15 am.

– Kannadi




bhavani river

Amma at the Bhavani river 2016

12 March, Bhavani, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Yatra 2016

On the way to Bangaluru, Amma and the group stopped at the Bhavani river. Meditation, Satsang, Bhajans and the dinner were also served by Amma. Answering a question Amma reminded the need to preserve nature and environments and the necessary efforts to bring awareness among people.




Develop Gratitude: Amma in Tiruvananthapuram

28-29 Feb, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – Bharata Yatra 2016

For the final stop on the 2nd leg of Bharata Yatra, Amma held a two day Brahmasthanam festival in Thiruvananthapuram. Upon her arrival from Kanyakumari, Amma led everyone in meditation, sang bhajans and served dinner prasad.

On both days Amma gave satsang, sang bhajan and gave darshan to everyone that descended on the ashram. Addressing the gathering Amma said, “Gratitude is the ability to reminisce about all the support and help we have received, with an attitude of humility. It is a state of mind. When we lovingly recognize the goodness in another person, this helps to awaken the goodness in ourselves. When we look back at our life with this attitude, we will realize that we owe so much to thousands of people. It would take lifetimes to pay back these debts, especially towards nature and above all, to God. In fact, gratitude benefits us more than anyone else. The positivity and goodness that awakens within as a result of being grateful in turn benefits society and the entire world.”

During darshan, Amma gave away 1500 sarees to AmritaSree self help group members in and around the local area. Local Amrita Vidyalayam students presented different cultural programs.

Amma concluded the two days of programs by singing “Aya He Sara Jaha Yaham” at the end of darshan. Everyone then travelled back to Amritapuri to conclude this portion of the 2016 Bharata Yatra.





Focus on the goal: Amma in Kanyakumari

26 Feb, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Yatra 2016

Immediately after her program ended in Madurai, Amma and the tour group travelled to the very southern tip of India and held an evening program at the Amrita Vidyalayam school grounds, in Kanyakumari.

Amma was officially welcomed by Swami Chaitanyananda Maharaj of Vellimalai ashram Balakrishnan and Sister Nivedita, vice presidents of Vivekanda Kendra, and Swami Jagadeeswarananda, of Sivananda Ashram in Pathamadai.



Swami Jagadeeswarananda gave a rousing speech, saying “Amma’s glance falls on all of us. This is possible only for all compassionate Mother. Amma watches every movement that we make…and we need to have this awareness! Nothing in this world is equivalent to Mother’s love. The status of Mother is so unique. The entire society may be inclined to bow down before a monk. For a monk, there is no need to bow down in front of his dad, but, even the monk needs to bow down before his mother. Such is the glory of Motherhood! Amma doesn’t enquire about religion, caste or language. She treats everybody alike. All of us are her children. We have done gained some punya from previous births and that is why we have the fortune of seeing Mother.“

During the program, Amma distributed keys of 10 newly built houses in this area as part of the Amritakuteeram project. The AmritaNidhi free pension scheme was extended to an additional 10 more local people. Shipping and Transport Minister Pon Radhakrishnan helped to distribute these pensions to the recipients. Speaking on the occasion he said, “Amma says that there should be perfection in every action. Amma said that before launching every charitable activity, she ensures that the help reaches the deserving people. If we become receptive for Amma’s grace, we too can become perfect beings.”



Amma told the devotees gathered ”If we have focus on the goal, patience will come naturally. For example, it is said that labour is one of the most intense forms of pain. Regardless, mothers are able to bear this pain for the sake of their child. Some even feel it to be a blissful experience. Many of us are similarly ready to patiently persevere for the sake of material rewards. It can be the same with our spiritual practices—focus on the goal gives rise to enthusiasm.”

All through the night, Amrita Vidyalayam school children presented different cultural programs as Amma gave Darshan. The huge crowd silently and patiently waited through the beautiful windy night for Amma’s Darshan which ended right at 10am the following morning. Amma and the tour group next travelled to Trivandrum for the final stop on the second leg of Bharata Yatra.





It’s natural to make mistakes: Amma in Madurai

25 Feb, Madurai, Tamil Nadu – Bharata Ystra 2016

After the Devakottai public program, Amma held a one day program, celebrating her 21st Brahmasthanam festival in Madurai.

Soon upon her arrival to the city, Amma served a prasad dinner and sang several bhajans with the devotees and the tour group. The next morning Amma came back to the stage and gave satsang sang bhajans and guided everyone in mediation and Manasa puja.


Addressing the devotees, Amma said “It is only natural to make mistakes, but the actions we perform out of anger and impatience can haunt us for the rest of our lives. So, when we get angry, before we impulsively say or do anything, we should take a moment to ask our conscience, “Is what I’m about to say or do right or wrong?” If it is wrong, we should immediately drop the idea.

There may be many things we can fix in the world, but we can never rectify the things we do and say in anger. Those wounds will remain with the people we’ve hurt, as well as in our own hearts.”

Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharam, welcomed Amma to Madurai saying, “Amma doesn’t stop just by giving lectures. Along with teachings, she does seva as well. Amma builds free houses to the poor, gives free medical care to the needy. Also she contributes for free education. All these forms of help, come from Amma…Amma embraces all of us as her children. Each of us have got a duty. We need to spread her message to those around us. Also we need to imbibe the seva attitude from Amma. Along with helping our family, we need to offer some service to those around us as well. Today, so many divisive forces are trying to divide the nation into pieces. It is easier to fight an external enemy. But, we have enemies amongst us. It is not easier to tackle such enemies. In this nation, we have beings like Amma who have built this nation by doing lot of sacrifices.” She concluded her address by pleading to the the devotees to try to inculcate moral values to their children, build up love for nation and share Amma’s teachings with them.


As in the previous years, devotees brought ‘Mulapari’ (pots of 9 different sprouted grains) to offer to Amma during darshan. The devotees who prepare these pots, do daily prayers and observe certain practices like sleeping on the floor, and only eating after chanting certain mantras for seven days. When they came to Amma, both the devotee and the pot were given a loving darshan, with each plant getting loving kisses. Two of the pots were filled with ‘Ma Vilakku’ a sweet mixture of rice powder and jaggery with with a lit ghee lamp inside of it which is sign of thanks giving for fulfilling one’s wishes.

Amma finished the darshan around 1:15 in the morning the following day, 14 hours after coming to the stage. Immediately after she finished, Amma and the tour group left for the next program in Kanyakumari.