Category: Celebration

  • Pongal at the Ashram

    Pongal at the Ashram

    15 Jan 2008, Amritapuri Pongal was celebrated in the Ashram. Amma distributed payasam to all the residents in the afternoon. The day on which the sun begins to move northwards is called ‘Makar Shankranti’.  In Tamil Nadu this festival is called the Pongal. Pongal ushers in the New Year in Tamil Nadu. Newly-harvested grains are…

  • Amma won’t let you sleep

    Amma won’t let you sleep

    God is watching over you 365 days a year. Shivaratri is the one night wherein we are asked to sacrifice and watch over God, taking a vow of fasting and maintain vigil at night

  • Everyday a celebration

    Amritapuri, 1 September 2006 During the past few days, the Ashram has been buzzing with celebrations surrounding Ganesh Chaturthi and Onam.  While each morning has seen a new Pookkalam (flower design) created for Onam by students of  Amrita University,  the  evenings have been resounding with bhajans being sung at the Kalari in honor of Ganesh.…

  • The colour of bliss, the Pink City on Holi

    14 March, Jaipur, Rajasthan –Bharata Yatra 2006 Amma’s visit to Jaipur fell on Holi {read more} , the festival associated with Sri Krishna, wherein powdered paints are thrown around, painting everyone with bright pinks, oranges, greens, reds and yellows. In fact, looking out at the people who came for Amma’s programme it was clear that…

  • The dance of Nataraja: Shivaratri in Pune

    The dance of Nataraja: Shivaratri in Pune

    Dance, trying to see yourself as your ishta-devata.

  • Celebration of Lights

    1 November 2005, Amritapuri Lights filled the evening skies as Ashramites in Amritapuri celebrated Deepavali. Adults and small children waved sparklers and lit small oil lamps which decorated the Kalari.  Over at the boat jetty, students set of fireworks. Some students from Amrita University in Amritapuri decided to celebrate Deepavali in a different way:  they…

  • Happy vishu to all

    Happy vishu to all

    14 April 2005 —Amritapuri Vishukkani arranged at the Kalari, Amritapuri Ashram. 4.a.m, 14 April, 2005. Read more on Vishu …

  • A dance of joy on a silent night

    24 December 2004 — Amritapuri To celebrate Christmas, Amma’s Western children sang carols, performed classical music, put on a play about Jesus’ life and did two dances—one involving fire and one inspiring Amma Herself to raise to Her feet. The evening didn’t end until past 1:00 a.m. Christmas morning, with Amma distributing chocolate-cake prasad to…

  • Dance in the bliss of the remembrance of the lord

    Dance in the bliss of the remembrance of the lord

    28 August 2004, Amritapuri Several thousand devotees came to Amritapuri for the traditional Onam festival. Amma sang and danced, gave darshan and served prasad lunch to more than 7000 people. For ten days preceding the festival, students of Amrita Institutions who reside at the ashram made large flower mandalas at the base of the steps…

  • Onam celebration at Parippally

    Onam celebration at Parippally

    20 August 2004 — Parippally, Kerala For Malayalees all over the world, the coming of the fall month of Chingam brings with it sweet childhood memories—of time spent with family, of eating nice meals and, for many, of collecting flower petals with which to make colourful mandalas. All these are part of the month’s 10-day…