Amrita University Unveils Groundbreaking Research Projects During Amma's Birthday Celebration

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) —spiritual leader, humanitarian and visionary—was born on 3rd October, 1953 in a remote coastal village in Kerala

Today - 3rd October, 2023, India and people from all around the globe are celebrating Amma’s 70th birthday. Amidst 5 lakh people in the audience with representatives from 193 countries, Amma shared her beautiful thoughts and overall vision on this very special day. She spoke of the brief interval between life and death. Spoke of good actions meaning performing duties towards nature and fellow human beings. She believes nature is a synonym of patience. She beautifully spoke of how friendship blossoms when people embrace disagreements and criticism with an open heart. Effective coexistence comes out of friendship. She also emphasized about giving up ego else we live against the law of nature.

Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi Ji sent a message which said, “I offer a heartfelt Namaskaram to Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, a symbol of service and spirituality. On her 70th birthday, I extend my warm wishes for Amma's health and well-being. I pray that Amma’s boundless compassion and unwavering dedication, which have positively impacted lives worldwide through her tireless service and humanitarian endeavours, may continue to flourish. I extend my congratulations to all those fortunate enough to have been in Amma's presence, including her disciples. My best wishes go out to each and every one of you. For more than three decades, I have cherished a close bond with Amma, particularly during significant moments such as the earthquake in Kachchh [Gujarat]. I am deeply grateful for the moments I have shared with Amma, notably during her 60th birthday celebration in Amritapuri.”

He went on to say that, “I fervently wish I could have been present to relish and partake in today's celebrations with all of you. Amma's compassionate smile and affection, then and now, continue to bring me immense joy. Moreover, over the past decade, Amma's initiatives and influence have expanded globally, enriching the lives of countless individuals and empowering them. In August of the previous year, I had the privilege of inaugurating Amrita Hospital in Faridabad, Haryana. Words alone cannot adequately convey the profound impact of Amma's presence and benevolence; it must be experienced first-hand. Allow me to reiterate what I expressed about Amma at that time: she is the embodiment of love, compassion, sacrifice, and service. She carries the spiritual heritage of our nation. A distinctive hallmark of Amma's service lies in her unwavering commitment to serve not only her native land but also the world at large by establishing institutions. Consistently, she has set higher standards and reached new heights in various domains, including healthcare, education, care for the underprivileged, and social welfare. Today, Amma stands as a pioneering figure among those who took the lead in successfully implementing cleanliness initiatives across the nation. She contributed one billion rupees towards constructing toilets in villages situated along the banks of the River Ganga, thereby revitalizing the drive for cleanliness. Just a few days ago, the Indian Parliament passed the ‘The Narisakti Vandan Adhiniyam - Women Reservation Bill.’ As India advances with a focus on women-led development, inspirational figures like Amma take the lead in promoting a development paradigm led by women. I hold the utmost confidence that Amma's followers will persist in their efforts to promote peace, progress, and encouragement worldwide. I extend my heartfelt wishes to Amma on her 70th birthday. Her continued dedication to humanity will undoubtedly inspire us all. May she continue her service to humanity in this remarkable manner, bestowing upon us, love and blessings. With this aspiration, I conclude my message, extending my warmest regards to Amma on her special day!”

This gathering also provided a spiritually enriching experience, featuring a range of activities that embody Amma's guiding principles and global contributions. The event encompassed inspirational discourses, a serene meditation session led by Amma, heartfelt World Peace Prayers, and the launch of new publications by Mata Amritanandhamayi Math, offering profound insights into Amma's teachings. Furthermore, the celebration marked the inauguration of the revamped website, a user-friendly platform aimed at enhancing access to Amma's teachings and worldwide charitable endeavors. The event concluded with a soul-stirring Bhajan session led by Amma, filling the atmosphere with melodious devotional hymns.

This event is an indelible commemoration of Amma's vision, wisdom, and invaluable contributions to the world. The grand celebration kicked off with the Mahaganapati Homa at 5 AM, followed by a Satsang led by Swami Amritaswarupananda at 7 AM, and a musical performance by Rahul Raj and his ensemble at 7:45 AM. The day's highlights encompassed the Guru Padapuja at 9 AM, a heartfelt birthday message from Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi), and will include meditation sessions and prayers for global peace. At 11 AM, the official event united representatives from 193 countries, graced by dignitaries such as Governor Arif Mohammed Khan of Kerala, Governor R.N. Ravi of Tamil Nadu, and Union Cabinet Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey. During this ceremony, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi received the prestigious 'World Leader for Peace and Security Award' from the Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation. The event will also see the distribution of the Amritakeerti Puraskar for the years 2020 to 2023, the expansion of AmritaSREE women empowerment initiative to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and the graduation of the first batch of 5,000 women from Ashram’s skill training centers across India. Other activities include mass marriages, free distribution of clothes for 4 lakh people, and medical assistance for Kidney-Liver-Heart-Bone marrow transplant and cancer care. An event titled ‘Grains of Peace’ will mix soil from 193 UN member countries with Indian soil to create seed balls, which will be sent back to their respective countries.

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math's Charitable Services in Healthcare exemplify the profound impact of charity in the realm of healing, transcending mere numbers and dates to touch the core of human compassion. These initiatives have been a beacon of hope for decades, extending their benevolent reach to millions. Amrita Hospitals, established in 1998 with Amrita Hospital Kochi leading the way, signifies an enduring commitment. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the hospital has served 196 million patients and aims to help 50 million more, investing 25 crores and allocating 40 crores annually for free treatment. In 2022, Amrita Hospital expanded by launching Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, a sprawling 130-acre facility with 2,600 beds, 81 specialties, 64 modular operation theaters, smart ICUs, and advanced medical imaging. It houses India's largest paediatric super-specialty centre, automated smart labs, and top-notch infectious disease facilities.

Amritapuri, Amrita University, renowned for its commitment to knowledge and innovation, presents a series of ground breaking research initiatives as part of the grand birthday festivities dedicated to Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the revered spiritual leader. As an integral part of these extraordinary celebrations, Amrita University announces the commencement of several captivating research projects:

SREE Platform, AMRITATARANG - Advanced RF and Microwave Research Lab, Amrita 5 in 1 Device, Empowerment Community Mobile Application, Mera Gaon Hamara Jal, Amrita Research Seed Grant, Amrita CCRRC (Cybersecurity and Cryptology Research Center), Amrita Dynamic Regional Landslide Early Warning Platform, Vidyamritam Initiatives, Amrita - TU Delft Joint Center, Livelihood Initiatives, UNESCO Chair Certificate Programs, Industrial IoT (Internet of Things), Solar Powered Real-time Flood Monitoring System, MeDeX (Medical Equipment Data eXtraction), SafeNet, NETRAVAAD, Bhuja, Indian Sign Language Accessibility for eGovernance, AyurSIM, Computer Science OLabs, Center for Advanced Therapeutics & Molecular Innovations, Center for Precision Medicine And Healthcare Technologies, Institute For Contemporary Integrative Medicine, Center For Community Outreach And Public Health Solutions, Center of Excellence In Autoimmune Neurology, Centre of Excellence For Snake Bite (ICMR), DST Center for Policy Research at Amrita, Center for Flexible Electronics and Advanced Materials, Joint Center with Bangalore Chamber of Commerce.


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