Asia’s Biggest Private Hospital Inaugurated At Faridabad By PM Modi: 2600 Beds, 81 Specialities, 534 Critical Care Beds
Inauguration Of Amrita hospital in Faridabad
With 2,600 beds, this state-of-the-art facility will be managed by Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
The spiritual leader and humanitarian, Mata Amritanandamayi is based in the southern Indian state of Kerala in Kochi.
There is another Amrita hospital, which is also one of the largest medical centers in India.
After Kochi, she planned to establish a second health center; she hoped the state government would take care of the Amrita hospital in Faridabad.
In response, the chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has promised to actively support the hospital management.
Also, the state government has said that it would extend bus services to the hospital.
Reportedly, the hospital will have minimal carbon footprint, zero wastewater discharge, and will be solar-powered and was being constructed at an estimated cost of around Rs 6000 crores.
Besides this, it is also touted to be Asia’s biggest private super-speciality hospital.
The Kochi Amrita Hospital has hit the headlines for performing South Asia’s first-ever bilateral hand transplants in 2015 was inaugurated on 17th May, 1998, by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The hospital is known for its charitable healthcare to people and families of low income.
Charitable Work By Mata Amritanandamayi
During 1951, Mata Amritanandamayi or Sudhamani Idamannel was born in a remote coastal village of Kerala.
In her childhood, she would be found meditating on the sea shore and composing devotional songs beyond her age.
Her life took a turn when her mother fell ill at the age of nine and she had to be withdrawn from school to care for the household and tend to her seven siblings.
In this period, she was exposed to a world of abject poverty when she went around her neighborhood gathering food scraps for the family cows.
Interestingly, she helped the poor with food and clothing despite her family’s poor financial health.
This seemed to sow the seed in her to dedicate her life to the humanitarian cause.
To comfort people, she began spontaneously hugging them in turn became her ‘darshan’ and is the reason for her other title – the ‘hugging saint’.
Since the 1970s, she has received people nearly every day and has embraced crowds with the ‘darshan’ where she personally embraces each member at one time dragging on for over 20 hours.
Amritanandamayi is the founder and chairperson of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and the founder of Embracing the World.
These are a network of global charitable organizations that grew out of Amritanandamyi’s India-based projects.
Similarly, Embracing the World seeks to provide five basic needs of people – food, shelter, healthcare, livelihood and education.
In 1987, it started the ‘Mother’s Kitchen’ and other feed the hungry program which have reached out to millions across the world.
They also have the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi and, now, the Faridabad branch, Mata Amritanandamayi Math has health centers, dispensaries and hospices in India.
Their Amrita Nidhi programme provides pension to widows and those who are specially-abled.
Similarly, the AmritaSREE (Self-Reliance, Empowerment & Employment) programme supports women-led self help groups.
Notably, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math is recognized for its disaster relief work, supporting communities by engaging its volunteers and sending financial and humanitarian aid.
The organization has also donated for Covid-19 relief and the devastating floods in Kerala in 2018.