The Vishalakshi Awards is a special award instituted in the memory of the mother of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It is a tribute to the exemplary contribution of women across different spheres. The Vishalakshi Awards has been presented from the first International Women's Conference in 2005 and 84 Awards have been given so far.
The Award is an honor given not only to a person but also the principles that the awardee embodies. The principle of human values - love, compassion, selfless service, a sense of duty and belongingness - that extends beyond the layers of caste, creed and religion.