Tag: Bharata Yatra 2004

  • When It Rains, It Pours

    When It Rains, It Pours

    7-9 May 2004 — Palakkad, Kerala The last Brahmasthanam Festival Amma held in Palakkad [April 2003] was brutally hot, with temperatures regularly hitting 43 degrees Celsius. The heat was so bad, it even prompted Amma to comment in Her satsang, “My children must be suffering — both from the heat outside and the heat inside.”…

  • Amma gives wheelchairs to Kerala’s poorest

    Amma gives wheelchairs to Kerala’s poorest

    4 May 2004 — Trissur, Kerala During Amma’s programme in Trissur, Amma gave wheelchairs—or rather, hand-propelled adult-sized tricycles—to 10 poor handicapped people. Wheelchairs are rarely seen in India’s streets—even though so many are handicapped due to polio or birth defects. Wheelchairs like these cost around 5,000 rupees [roughly $115 U.S.D.]. That might not seem like…

  • 300 Hours, 8,500 kilometres & 700,000 hugs

    300 Hours, 8,500 kilometres & 700,000 hugs

    Since 7 January, Amma and Her children have travelled throughout India

  • Amma in Kolkata

    Amma in Kolkata

    Bharata Yatra 2004 27 March 2004 — Kolkata, West Bengal Amma’s first program in Kolkata was held in the middle of Richie Park, Maddox Square under a magnificently constructed temporary structure. The backdrop to the dais was done up in ochre and white and covered with purple orchids. The two chief guests of the program…

  • “Only My Mind is Different”

    “Only My Mind is Different”

    Friday, 26 March — Durgapur, West Bengal — Bharata Yatra 2004 The program in Durgapur ended not long after sunrise. Soon the buses were all loaded and everyone was ready to go on to Kolkata. Ever since darshan had ended, a group of about 100 devotees were waiting around Amma’s car, hoping to see Her…

  • House visit in Durgapur

    House visit in Durgapur

    Friday, 26 March 2004 —Durgapur, West Bengal – Bharata Yatra Driving out of Durgapur, Amma made two “house calls”—a slow drive-by of the new Durgapur Amritakuteeram housing colony currently under construction, and a long walk through the first one, which has been home to 108 families for one year now. As Amma moved around the…

  • I felt Kashi to be like Brahman itself

    I felt Kashi to be like Brahman itself

    Wednesday, 24 March, Bharata Yatra 2004 — En route to Durgapur. In 2004, Amma gave Her first programme in Varanasi, a place considered by many to be the holiest city in all of India. Built on the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi or Kashi, as it is also known–is famous for its proximity to the…

  • Deep inside there is a bond

    Deep inside there is a bond

    Wednesday, 24 March 2004 — En route to Durgapur, West Bengal It was dark, but Amma’s face shone clearly in the glow of the portable lamps. She had been singing bhajans in Bengali, but now She wanted a story with a moral, a frequent request of Hers when sitting with Her children. One of Amma’s…

  • Embodiment of love blesses Varanasi

    Embodiment of love blesses Varanasi

    Bharata Yatra 2004 23 March 2004 — Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh “Hara Hara Mahadeva! Hara Hara Mahadeva!” As Amma sang bhajans in Shiva’s city, this is how the thousands of assembled devotees responded. Varanasi, or Kashi, is considered by many to be India’s holiest city. It is said if you breathe your last here, Lord Shiva…

  • Lucky Lucknow

    Lucky Lucknow

    Bharata Yatra 2004 21 March 2004 — Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Amma arrived in Lucknow just before dawn this morning, marking the beginning of the final phase of Bharata Yatra 2004: three one-night programs in the cities of Lucknow, Varanasi and Durgapur and then two in Calcutta. This part of India is so rich with history.…