PATHANAMTHITTA, INDIA, March 17, 2013 (The Hindu): A two-day intensive cleaning drive launched by the Amala Bharatam volunteers of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math at Sabarimala came to a close on Sunday afternoon.
Math sources said 1,529 Amala Bharatam volunteers were deployed for the cleaning program at the Sannidhanam, while 1,219 volunteers, a majority of them women, took part in the sanitation drive at Pampa.
The volunteers cleaned the Valiya Nadappanthal, Bhasmakkulam, Gosala and surroundings, donor houses, pilgrim shelters, toilets, bathrooms, Devaswom mess and surroundings, Aravana plant, Paandithavalom, Marakkoottom and Saramkuthi on the trekking path.
A total of 10,000 bags of waste, besides seven truckloads of other solid waste such as rags collected from the riverbed and the riverbanks, were removed from Pampa on Sunday.
The Amala Bharatam volunteer force comprises devotees of spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi and students from various educational institutions attached to the Math.