Amma’s 59th Birthday events – The Timeline

Here is the timeline of the events that took place for Amma’s 59th Birthday Celebrations held in Amritapuri on 27th September 2012 (start from down):

  • 2:36 pm Amma’s Darshan starts… (ending at 10am the next morning), during which Amma gave the Matruvani prizes.
  • 2:07 pm Amma initiates the free marriages of 25 impoverished couples
  • 1:58 pm Inauguration of Mobile App titled ‘Amma’ by P.C. George, Chief Whip
  • 1:52 pm Release of 3 books: Translation of Bhagavad Gita, Malayalam translation of Guru Gita and Matruvani Supplement
  • 1:50 pm Release of 2 books: ‘My Mother, My Master’ by Swami Pranavamritananda Puri and ‘In the Shelter of Her Arms’ by Gretchen Kusuma McGregor
  • 1:25 pm Inauguration of various research initiatives of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham by V.S. Shivakumar, Health Minister, who thanks Amma for undertaking the cleaning activities in Sabarimala
  • 1:11 pm Distribution of ID cards to beneficiaries under Amrita Vocational Training Centre by V.R. Krishna Iyer
  • 1:09 pm K.R. Gauri felicitating the adoption of three children under Amrita-suraksha scheme
  • 1:07 pm Central State Minister K.C. Venugopal giving Vidyamritam scholarships
  • 1:02 pm Vidyamritam scholarships for the poor to another 3,000 people by Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC President and MLA
  • 12:54 pm AmritaSREE Suraksha Insurance Scheme – distribution by State Minister Tiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan
  • 12:48 pm Amrita-santvanam: Shekhar Dutt is inaugurating a New Charitable Programme – 200 free heart surgeries and 50 free kidney transplants at Amrita Hospital.
  • 12:40 pm Distribution of compensations for the families of victims at the Sivakasi fireworks-factory explosion, by Aryadan Mohammad, Electricity Minister, Kerala – The Amrita Sahaya Nidhi program
  • 12:37 pm Inauguration of a new phase for AmritaKuteeram, homes-for-the-homeless program by K.V. Thomas, Central Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • 12:33 pm Distribution of financial aid to families affected by the Kannur LPG tanker explosion by Aryadan Mohammad, Electricity Minister, Kerala
  • 12:23 pm K.M. Mani, Minister for Finance, Law & Housing, inaugurated this new phase of Amrita Nidhi pension scheme.
  • 11:47 am Awarding of Amritakeerti Puraskar 2012 to Sri. C. Radhakrishnan, renowned writer and author, presented by Shri. P.J. Kurien, Honourable Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
  • 11:39 am Messages of birthday wishes from President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, Defense Minister, A.K. Anthony, L.K. Advani – Opposition Leader and few other ministers.
  • 11:32 am Shri. Shekhar Dutt, the Governor of Chhattisgarh arrives at the venue.
  • 11:16 am Swami Amritaswarupananda welcomes dignitaries on the dias
  • 10:41 am Village heads honor and garland Amma
  • 10:28 am Amma leads the Manasa Puja – “Let us fill our hearts with the light of love for God and all of God’s creation. Like this, may we transform this world into heaven.”
  • 9:22 am Amma delivers Her birthday message – “A kind word, a compassionate glance, a loving smile, a good deed – all these give new life to those around us… No one is free from problems. As long as there is life, there will also be problems; there is no escape from this for anyone… When we begin to fight hard only to claim our rights, we end up losing an invaluable treasure – this will only lead us irrevocable harm.”
  • 9:16 am All the Swamis garland Amma
  • 9:08 am 108 names of Amma are chanted
  • 9:04 am Guru Gita is chanted
  • 9:03 am Amma’s pada puja is performed by Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri
  • 9:00 am Amma arrived on the stage
  • 8:00 am Swami Amritaswarupananda’s satsang
  • 5:00 am (27th September) Archana and Ganapathy Homa


On the eve of the Birthday: