Devotees wash Amma's Feet
At 6.30am our Beloved Amma was welcomed into the Shanthi Mandapam
with the Poornakumbham and priests chanting the Upanishad. Amma
with that radiant smile and elegant grace performed the Ganapathi
puja and then sat down for the Pada Puja. The Pada Puja was performed
by a family from Singapore. Throughout the Pada Puja the priests
were chanting the Suktams, Rudram and Chamakam.
Washing of Amma's Feet - Pada Puja
After the Pada Puja, Malar Abhishekam (flower abhishekam) took
place. The Priests and the devotees offered flowers to Amma. This
was followed by Amma performing Malar Abhishekam to the Putthu (anthill).
Thirteen baskets of flowers were offered.
Amma then went to the Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School where Vaishnavi
(elephant) and Suryan and Chandran (the horses) were all set for
the procession. Local and foreign devotees lined up carrying milk
pots on their heads. Amma led the procession all the way from Sri
Narayani Vidyalaya School to the Swayambhu Temple and each devotee
offered milk to the Swayambhu.
Devotees decorate Amma's Feet
10,008 pots were offered during the course of the day. Devotees
lined up and waited patiently for their turn. Water and food were
in abundance and were being offered at regular intervals to the
devotees. At 7:00pm the celebrations ended with a great climax with
Amma offering the milk to Swayambhu on behalf of the entire universe.
Decorated Feet of Narayani Amma
Placing the milk pot on the head signifies that we are surrendering
everything especially our egos. Offering milk, the highest form
of purity, is like cleansing ourselves. Furthermore, entering the
Swayambhu Temple, offering the milk and coming out, is like going
into the Divine Chamber and coming out with our bad karmas reduced.
Devotees do Aarthi to Amma
Priest perform Malar Abhishekam
Jothiamma performs Malar Abhishekam
Malar Abhishekam continues
Amma decorated with Flowers
Amma in Meditation
Amma covered with flowers
Amma oversees Yagam
Amma is Garlanded before the Procession
Vaishnavi is dressed up carrying Goddess Narayani
Amma at the start of the Procession
Amma leads the Procession
Amma with devotees in Procession
Pots of milk
Jothiamma in Procession
Foreign devotees follow the procession
Devotees enter the Swayambhu Temple
Amma performs Putthu Puja
Amma's May 8th Discourse
To be born as a human being is a blessing. If it is
a blessing, “then why the suffering?” is a frequently
asked question. Sufferings are a part of each and everyone’s
life, depending on their previous birth karma. There is only one
solution to reduce the bad karma, and that is to do Good Deeds always
in this birth.
There are four types of Mothers
- Divine Mother – The Supreme One
- Natural Mother – Mother who has given birth to you
- Mother Earth- Supporter of all life forms
- Gho Matha. – The selfless giver for all beings and the
embodiment of all Gods and Goddesses
The womb of a natural mother is like a sacred chamber. It is a safe
haven for the infant to develop and brought forth into this earth.
While in the womb and at birth there is no karma for the infant,
but just after birth the karma clock starts ticking. If the natural
mother’s womb itself is so sacred then imagine the Swayambhu
which is the spontaneous creation from Mother Earth by the Divine.
It is the Garbha Graha (Garbha -means “womb” and Graham
On this proclamation Day, Amma is giving this golden opportunity
of entering the sacred Swayambhu Temple and pouring milk on the
Goddess. Milk is offered since it is the highest form of purity.
Taking part in the procession carrying milk pots and entering the
Swayambhu Temple and pouring the milk is a journey that will reduce
the bad karma.
“Amma blesses all to continue to do good deeds”.