Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today launched a solar electrification project for a remote tribal village in Wayanad to mark the 61st birth day celebrations of spiritual leader Matha Amritanandamayi.
‘Amma is a strength to the society and her birthday celebrations serve to spread the message of goodness and peace to the world,’ the Chief Minister said, addressing a large gathering of devotees on the occasion of ‘Amritavarsham 61′ in Kollam.
The Chief Minister also presented the Mata Amritanandamyi Mautt’s (MAM) Amrita Keerthi Puraskar, consisting of a cash award of Rs 1,23,456 and a sculpture of Goddess Saraswati, to devotional poet S Rameshan Nair.
The ‘Amrita Sphuranam’ solar electrification project helped electrify the remote tribal village of Mothakkara in Wayanad district of Kerala. The goal is to improve the lives of the village’s socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged population consisting of around 260 people in 40 families. The solar energy system provides each household 130 watts of power for 6 hours every day.
In the second phase, the MAM will start a cottage industry for the tribal population drawing on this renewable source of energy. Excise Minister K Babu, M A Wahid, MLA and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Earlier in the day, the birthday celebrations of Amma began with a Mahaganapathy Homam and Lalita Sahasranama Archana followed by a Satsang on Amma’s Life and Teachings by Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, the Vice-Chairman of MAM. A Gurupadapuja was conducted by Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri. A bharatanatyam performance by actress and dancer Lakshmi Gopalaswamy marked the occasion.