The body of Sugunanandan, father of Mata Amritanandamayi, who died on Monday (22 Mar 2010), was cremated on the premises of his Edamannel house near the Amritapuri ashram on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Suresh Kumar, the eldest son of Sugunanandan, lit the pyre. Thousands of people including devotees, sannyasins of various ashrams, and political and community leaders paid their last respects to the departed father of Amma.
Amma, who returned from Kolkata on Tuesday morning, was sitting by the side of the body along with her mother Damayanthi, sisters and brothers and sannyasins. Ashramites have been chanting the 8th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita repeatedly around the clock.
Ministers C Divakaran, N K Premachandran, Kadannappally Ramachandran, Opposition leader Oommen Chandy, Congress leaders V M Sudheeran and G Karthikeyan, Kerala Congress leader K M Mani and SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappalli Natesan were among those who paid their last respects to Sugunanandan. Union ministers A K Antony and Vayalar Ravi, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, Ministers G Sudhakaran and S Sarma and CPM State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan were among those who sent condolence messages.