The Kottarakara branch of Santhigiri Ashram was opened by Sishyapoojita Amrita Jnana Tapaswini, the spiritual head of Santhigiri Ashram, on Sunday morning. The Sishyapoojita was accorded a ritualistic reception when she arrived at Kottarakara. In her address to the gathering after inaugurating the branch, she said humanity should turn its attention to the inner truths of life through prayers. On the occasion, the ashram organised several charitable activities, including a free medical camp and distribution of free rice to the poor. A public meeting in the evening was inaugurated by the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien. In his address, Mr. Kurien said that true spiritualism is helping the poor and the destitute. — Special Correspondent