Amma receives student award winners

22 September  2016, Amritapuri On almost every darshan day in Amritapuri many students come to meet Amma. Today was no different but all of those that came today, came to share their joy with Amma for having won various awards. The students won several competitions on a national level in a variety of disciplines. The […]


Onam celebrations at Amritapuri

4-14 Sep 2016, Onam celebrations, Amritapuri For each of the 10 days of the annual Onam festival, ashram residents as well as students took turns making beautiful big pookkalams (floral designs) at the foot of the steps to Amma’s room. Each day when Amma came out for darshan, she would stand there for some time, […]


Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations at Amritapuri Ashram

5-15 Sep 2016, Amritapuri The Ganesh Chaturthi 10-day festival was celebrated in Amritapuri from 5th to 15th September. For 10 days, a beautiful idol of Lord Ganesh, the remover of all obstacles, was displayed at the Kalari and daily early morning Ganapathy pujas were performed. Each evening too, a special bhajans session took place in […]


Swami Ramakrishnananda in South America

Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri spent the past few weeks touring South America, conducting programs in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. In each city that Swami visited, large crowds filled every hall. It was incredibly inspiring to see the devotion and enthusiasm of those that attended. Even though it has been more than 9 years since Amma […]


Tender Coconut, Tender Heart: A Lifetime With Amma

Sati, an elderly woman who lives just north of the Ashram, comes regularly for darshan. She never comes empty-handed. Each time, Sati brings a tender coconut to offer to Amma, often along with a piece of cake or some homemade food. Sati has a beautiful relationship with Amma. At more than 70 years old, she […]


God is there in everyone. But in Amma, it is there more – Mar Chrysostom

14 August 2016, Amritapuri Revered His Grace Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Metropolitan—affectionately known as ‘Thirumeni’—is turning 100 years old next April. This year, Thirumeni is traveling the length and breadth of India, meeting and interviewing 100 celebrities. Renowned Malayalam film director Blessy is documenting his efforts – the film will be released during Thirumeni’s […]


Tornado recovery efforts at Eureka

August 13, 2016, Kansas, USA On the evening of July 7th 2016, multiple tornadoes struck Greenwood County Kansas in both a sparsely populated rural area as well as the town of Eureka, KS. Over 50 homes were damaged in the town and nearly half of these were completely destroyed. In the rural countryside, two farmsteads […]