Amma’s 55th Birthday Celebrations

published on September 26, 2008

300,000 devotees to take part in Amritanandamayi’s birthday

KOLLAM: Close to 300,000 devotees of Mata Amritanandamayi, better known as Amma, will take part in her 55th birthday celebrations here Saturday, an official said.

Swami Amritaswaroopananda, second-in-command of the ashram, Friday said all arrangements are in place and the function would begin with the ‘gurupadapuja’ (a prayer) followed by Amma’s message.

There will be distribution of free clothing to the poor. Besides, Amma will also conduct free marriages of poor couples.

Singers like Vani Jayaram and Jayachandran would participate at a function in the evening.

Over the years, Amma has done a lot of charity work for the downtrodden across the country and even abroad when she built houses in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, an official said.

Amma’s 55th Birthday CelebrationsProgramme Schedule

27 September 2008

Program Schedule

4:30 a.m. |Maha-Ganapati Homa by Brahmasri Surya Kaladi Jaya Suryan Bhatathiripad

5:00 a.m. | Sri Lalita Sahasranama Archana for World Peace & Happiness

7:30 a.m. | Satsang by Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

9:00 a.m. | Amma Arrives on the Dais

9:10 a.m. | Sri Guru Padapuja

9:30 a.m. | Garlanding of Amma by Disciples and Devotees

9:45 a.m. | Amma’s Birthday Address

Public Function

11:00 a.m. | Welcoming Address by Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

Honouring of Special Guests with Shawl & Bouquet

Awarding of Amrita Keerti Puraskar to Prof. R. Vasudevan Potti

Extension of Vidyamritam

Vidyamritam, a program to provide scholarships to children living below the poverty line, is extended from 30,000 to 100,000 students. 270 new beneficiaries will receive the first instalment of the scholarships from Amma and the honoured guests.

Speeches By Dignitaries

Release of Postal Cancellation & First-Day Cover

Release of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita: Gitamritam

Compilations of Gita satsangs by Swami Kaivalayananda at Amritapuri to brahmacharis

Release of 25 books commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Matruvani,

Marking the advent of one-year of celebrations.

Release of Matruvani Birthday Supplement

Bihar Flood Relief Fund
Students from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Amrita Vidyalayam present to Amma money raised     for Ashram’s Bihar Relief-and-Rehabilitation Project.

Conduction of Mass Marriages of Impoverished Couples by Amma

All marriage dress, ornaments, etc. sponsored by MAM.

12:45 p.m. | Amma’s Darshan starts

Cultural Programs by Students of Amrita Vidyalayam & Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
||Om Lokah Samasthah Sukhino Bhavantu ||

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