20-21 March, Kolkata, West Bengal — Bharata Yatra 2010
Amma’s Brahmasthanam festival was held in Kolkata on the 20th and 21st of March 2010. During these two days, Amma gave darshan, sang bhajans and gave satsang twice daily, translated into the local language, Bengali. A highlight was Amma singing many Bengali bhajans and conducting some steps of the Manasa puja herself in Bengali too.
Functions were also held during the two days during which 50 free pensions were given to poor and impoverished people as part of the Amrita Nidhi pension program, and keys were handed over to the new owners of the 275 completed houses from the Amrita Kuteeram Project, Amma’s free housing project, who were victims of natural disasters.
After handing over the keys for the Amrita Kuteeram project, Partha Chatterjee, leader of the opposition in West Bengal gave an address in which he said: “In Amma, I find the highest level of humanity, services for the downtrodden, healthcare, education, food, shelter and disaster relief. This is what attracts me to Amma.”
Rajendra Kumar, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal, said: “Amma gives us wonderful advice in simple language. She says we need to develop universal love. Loving our own family and relatives is not enough. We should extend it to our neighbours, to our country and to the whole world.”