The celebration started
at 6.15 a.m., Amma was welcomed into the Shanthi Mandapam with the
Poornakumbam and chanting by the priests. Amma performed Ganapathi
puja and sat down for the Pada Puja. The Pada Puja was performed
by a family from Toronto, Canada. After the Pada Puja, Amma was
garlanded and crowned by the foreign devotees.
At around 7.30 a.m. Amma performed Thulasi Puja and Puthu Koil.
This was followed by Kalasa Yagam by Amma before Amma started out
to meet the thousands of devotees including Vaishnavi, the temple
elephant and the horses Suryan and Chandran who were waiting at
the Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School to greet Amma.
On arrival at the Venue, Amma placed the Kalasam on Jothiamma’s
head and led the procession back to the Temple. Each devotee followed
carrying a Paneer Kudam (Pot of milk) on their heads, signifying
that they are surrendering everything especially their egos.
On arrival at the Swayambhu Temple, Amma performed a Puja with
the Paneer Kalasam and sprinkled the holy water on all the devotees.
The devotees offered their Paneer Kalasams at the Swayambhu Temple
and received the blessings of Sri Narayani Amma.
The offering of milk, the highest form of purity, is like cleansing
the mind and body. Entering the Swayambhu Temple, offering the milk
and coming out, is like going into the Divine Chamber and coming
out with bad karmas reduced. 10,008 pots were offered during the
course of the day. Devotees lined up and waited patiently for their
After this, Amma went to the Anna Dhanam seva hall, where Amma
tasted the food and requested that the food be served to all the
devotees present. A little later, Amma performed the Gho Puja followed
by all the daily Narayani Pujas. Amma visited the Sri Narayani Hospital
and Research Centre and all members of staff were invited to receive
Theertham and blessings from Amma.
Foreign Devotees do Pada Puja
Amma puts Kalasam on Jothiamma's head
Priests chant before procession
Amma with Vaishnavi
Amma starts the procession
Amma with thousands of devotees
Amma does Puja in Swayambhu Temple
Jothiamma does Puja in Swayambhu Temple
Devotees in procession waits their turn