Updated at 2359 on Oct 07, 2011
At 0830hrs on September 28th, staff and students of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions and a small contingent of youth from the United Kingdom started this year's Nine Day Grama Seva. Taking the blessings of Bhagawan, they circumambulated the mandir wearing T-shirts lovingly offered by Bhagawan year after year and boarded their alloted canters and with the shout of Jaikars proceeded towards the 23 villages including Kodapaganipalli and Narepalli of Kothacheruvu Mandal which was scheduled for the first day. Click here for a better understanding of The Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva Project.
After covering another 23 villages on the second day, the students served the temple town of Puttaparthi on the 30th. The students continued their Prema Yajna on the fourth day covering 20 villages in Bukkapatnam Mandal.
15 villages of the Bukkapatnam Mandal were covered by students on second October, the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The villagers welcomed the students with thoranams and banners of Bhagawan. Chairs with Bhagawan's photographs graced many streets and presided over the distribution. Children of the villages had a great time as this was a day of festivity for them. Shouts of "Sai Ram" from the sweet voices of the kids, inspired the students with vigor.
The Grama Seva started with Nagarasankirtan in which the tiny tots joined the students with all enthusiasm. With great humility and grace the villagers accepted Prasadam and clothes with the complete understanding that it has come from their Own Mother. The students learned many important lessons about the hospitality of the Indian Villages. Young and old alike waved at the vans bidding adieu to the couriers of their Lord to welcome them again next year.
The students successfully served another 42 villages of Puttaparthi and Bukkapatnam over the next three days completing the Grama Seva activity of the year.
The students of Anantapur Campus who do the back end work of preparing the prasadam everyday got their opportunity to serve the ashram residents of Prasanthi Nilayam on the Vijay Dasami Day.