Last updated @ 18:45:00 Hrs. IST on Mar 31, 2010
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010: There was no Divine Darshan this morning and Arathi was offered at 9:40. With the final exams being conducted today, educational Institutions under Sri Sathya Sai University, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary and Primary School will close for summer vacation today. Puttaparthi experienced first summer showers for the season as it rained in the wee hours this morning, giving slight respite from the scorching summer.
In the evening, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 4:55 to the chants of Vedas. Coming for a full round of Darshan, Bhagawan came onstage in 10 minutes through the doctors' block at the left of Ganesha. Bhajans started at the scheduled hour at 5 and Bhagawan sat through till 5:14 before moving off the stage through the right of Ganesha to the interview room. After spending next 45 minutes inside, most of the time interacting with some senior administrators, Bhagawan emerged at 6:02 to move into the bhajan hall for a quick interaction with a group of music boys and research scholars, seated inside, before asking them to join the bhajans. Coming out in three minutes, Bhagawan came onstage through the doctors' block to sit for the next 10 minutes before calling for Arathi at 6:15. Upon Arathi, Bhagawan moved towards Yajur Mandiram at 6:20.
All educational institutions under Sri Sathya Sai University and Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary and Primary school are closed for two-month summer vacation today.
Passing out batch of graduates from Brindavan Campus is expected later tonight as the group is scheduled to have a Gratitude Offering tomorrow, 1st April 2010.
Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010: Arathi was offered at 9:40, as there was no Divine Darshan this morning.
This evening, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 4:30 to the chants of Vedas. Taking a detour from ladies' end, Bhagawan came onstage, to a "red-carpetted" raised platform with additional height of 1 feet, to rounds of applause from students and devotees.
As Vedam continued, Bhagawan sat onstage conversing with some senior devotees, in between. Bhajans started five minutes ahead of the schedule, at 4:55. At 5:13, Bhagawan moved off the stage through the right of Ganesha, interacting and blessing some faculties from School of Business Management, Accounting and Finance (SBMAF), Sri Sathya Sai University, while moving into the interview room.
As Bhajans continued, Bhagawan emerged at 5:25 to move onstage through the right of Ganesha, blessing many on His way. Bhajans continued till 5:46 when Arathi was offered. Upon Arathi Bhagawan moved towards Yajur Mandiram at 5:52. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.
The elevated platform would fecilitate good Darshan of Bhagawan for devotees in general, especially those who seated far behind.
Monday, Mar 29, 2010: Arathi was offered at 9:40, as there was no Divine Darshan this morning.
In the evening, Bhagawan arrived at 5:20 for a full round of Darshan. Upon ascending the verandah in ten minutes, Bhagawan interacted with Dr. Ranga Rao, Trust Convener from Andhra Pradesh, who 'presented' the "37th Anniversary Card" for Sivam, Divine Abode in Hyderabad. Moving through the lower verandah, Bhagawan came onstage at 5:24 to sit through the bhajan session till Arathi was offered at 5:46. Upon Arathi, Bhagawan came round of Ganesha through the University Block, listening and blessing many, moving towards Yajur Mandiram.
Sunday, Mar 28, 2010: Arathi was offered at 9:40, as there was no Divine Darshan this morning.
This evening, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 4:25 for a full round of Darshan. Coming on to the verandah, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall at 4:40, through the rear entrance, to bless the second batch of "Sai Sameepyam", the Sathya Sai Samithi in Super Speciality Hospital, Prasanthigram. After spending five minutes in, blessing the congingent, Bhagawan emerged through the rear entrance to move onstage at 4:45.
A "Burra Katha" presentation entitled "Yugaavathar" on the Life and Mission of Bhagawan that had been in the offing during the Bhagavatha Saptaaham was scheduled for the evening. The programme, held onstage, lasted for 45 minutes upon which bhajans started to continue till Arathi at 6.
After Arathi, Bhagawan moved off to the Interview Room granting an interview that lasted at 6:30. Emerging from the interview room, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall to spend the next five minutes in, granting Sai Sameepyam before emerging through the rear entrance to move through the lower verandah into the interview room, yet again, this time for one minute, before coming out and moving towards Yajur Mandiram at 6:41.
Being Sunday and having 'missed' Darshan in the morning, tiny tots from the Primary School also were present for Darshan. Prasadam was distributed to the sunday assemblage.
Saturday, Mar 27, 2010: Arathi was offered at 9:40, as there was no Divine Darshan this morning.
This evening, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 4:55 to the chants of Vedam. After a complete round of Darshan Bhagawan came onstage at 5:12 through the University Block at the right of Ganesha. Bhajans continued till 5:40 when Arathi was offered. Upon Arathi, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall at 5:50, to bless the "Room Leaders" from Senior Hostel, an annual affair before the closure of academic year. Blessing the group, Bhagawan moved amidst them and most magnanimously blessed the group to burst into a group song of love and gratitude for Bhagawan. After interacting with the group Bhagawan emerged at 6 to retire to Yajur Mandiram.
Friday, Mar 26, 2010: This morning, Arathi was offered at 9:40 as there was no Divine Darshan.
Later at noon, Bhagawan went for a drive outside towards the hospital side. Taking a detour from the pertrol bunk, Bhagawan returned to Ashram at around 12:45, via culvert gate at the rear west end of Prasanthi.
In the evening, upon emerging at 5:40, Bhagawan went for a full round of Darshan before moving into the interview room at 5:55 granting an interview to veteran film actor, Ms. Anjali Devi and her family. Upon the interview, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall at 6:30. Emerging through the rear entrance, Bhagawan moved onstage through the right of Ganesha to preside over the bhajan session. Bhajans continued till 6:40 when Arathi was offered.
After the regular chants of the Universal Prayer, "Samastha Lokaaha...", the Prayer was chanted for one more round, at His instance, before Bhagawan moved towards Yajur Mandiram at 6:45.
Thursday, Mar 25, 2010: This morning, Arathi was offered at 9:40 as there was no Divine Darshan.
This evening, Bhagawan emerged at 4:15, to come for a full round of Darshan. Upon ascending the verandah in 15 minutes, Bhagawan blessed a 'senior couple' on their 60th wedding anniversary. Coming onstage, Bhagawan sat for five minutes before retiring to the interview room. After two rounds of interviews, Bhagawan emerged yet again at 5:25 to come onstage to preside over the bhajan session. Arathi was offered at 5:46 and Bhagawan moved towards Yajur Mandiram at 5:52. Being Thursday, and having 'missed' Darshan in the morning, tiny tots from the Primary School also joined the senior students for evening Darshan. Final Semester Exams of Sri Sathya Sai University began today.
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010: On the auspicious Sri Rama Navami morning Bhagawan emerged at 10:41, to come for a full round of Darshan. Upon ascending the verandah in ten minutes, Bhagawan moved on to the the dais, where He blessed Sri Rituraj Maharaj and his team of priests with interactions and a group photo session.
Bhagawan sat through the bhajan session till 11:17 when He moved off to the interview room. As bhajans continued, Bhagawan came out at 11:40 to receive Arathi. At 11:47, upon Arathi, Bhagawan moved towards Yajur Mandiram.
Bhajans that started at 9:00, after the regular one-hour Vedam chanting, continued for the next 160 minutes, until Arathi was offered. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage. Being Sri Rama Navami, students including tiny tots from the Primary School were also present for Darshan.
In the evening, Bhagawan came out at 4:28. Taking a detour from ladies' end, upon ascending the verandah, Bhagawan moved straight into the interview room. Sri Rituraj ji and his accompanists were called in for an interview that lasted for forty-five minutes. Emerging after the interview, Bhagawan moved to the bhajan hall to come out through the rear entrance to move onstage at 5:35. At 5:40, Sri Rituraj ji's accompanists presented a music programme, singing Sathya Sai's glory, that lasted till 5:55. Students continued with some Rama songs, at His instance, upon which Arathi was offered at 6:05. Blessing the artistes, blessing boys from Super Speciality Hospital Bangalore, Bhagawan moved towards Yajur Mandiram at 6:15. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage. Being Sri Rama Navami, student fraternity, including Primary School children, was present for evening Darshan.
Tuesday, Mar23, 2010: Taking a detour after emerging at 10:30, Bhagawan went straight into the interview room, to come out 11:00. Arathi was offered at 11:05. Bhagawan chose to sit for some more time on the dais, blessing the accompanists of the Maharaj, before retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 11:15, but not before blessing the audience with a "double abhayahasta". Following this morning's penultimate session, the seven-day-long Saptaaha would conclude this evening in the immediate Divine presence.
Seven-day-long Bhagavagtha Saptaaham that has been on from the 17th March concluded at 5:45, this evening, in the immediate Divine Presence of Bhagawan.
Final session's exposition had the tale of Bhagawan Sri Krishna's emotional meeting with his childhood friend, Sudhama. The Maharaj gave a scintillating narration of the meeting of the two friends that, The Lord, the narrator and the entire assemblage were literally transported into the days of Dwapara, 'visualising' the nostalgic magic moments in the life of Bhagawan's dearmost friend, Sudhama. Raja Parikshit's final moments, wherein he liberates his soul to attain "Moksha" (liberation), was the final episode that brought the curtain down for the Saptaaham. Listening to the epical exposition for seven continuous days, finally the king leaves his mortal coil, voluntarily releasing the 'life force' through the "Sahasrara Chakra", the 7th energy channel.
Dedicating the entire Saptaaha Yajna at His Divine Lotus Feet, the Maharaj sought for Divine forgiveness for any errors he would have committed, most inadvertantly, during his narration over the days. He exhorted the assemblage to come to Prasanthi Nilayam to have the Holy Darshan of Bhagawan, calling Prasanthi Nilayam, our "Own Home". He ended the session chanting Sai Gayathri five times that was attended by devotees enmass.
Earlier, Bhagawan emerged at 5:05, to take a detour to come directly on stage.
Upon the end of the Saptaaham, light music session, by Sai Sannidhi Music Troupe, followed for the next fifteen minutes till Arathi at 6:06. Bhagawan blessed the Maharaj profusely, who fell at His feet to take a Saashtaanga Namaskaaram. Stroking his throat lovingly, blessing the Maharaj with His Divine Palm on his head, Bhagawan commented on the melodious rendering he has been giving all these days.
Bhagawan left for Yajur Mandiram at 6:15, bringing the curtain down for the week-long Bhagavatha Saptaaha Yajnam that had literally converted Prasanthi NIlayam into Brindavan.
Monday, Mar22, 2010: Emerging at 10:25, Bhagawan came for a full round to come onstage at 10:35. While ascending the verandah Bhagawan had a detailed look at the portraits featuring Bhagavata stories installed at the extreme right of Prasanthi Mandir. Maharaj's exposition on the Bhagavatha, Bhagawan Sri Krishna's leelas, narrating Holi celebrations in Brindavan and Bhagawan's arrival at Mathura etc., was on and continued till 11:20 when Arathi was offered. In between Bhagawan had moved off to the Interview room for 15 minutes to come out at 11:15.
Upon Arathi, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall to speak to the boys from Sai Sannidhi. After spending 15 minutes interacting with some boys, Bhagawan moved towards Yajur Manidram at 11:40.
In the evening, Bhagawan emerged relatively early, at 4:30. Coming for a full round of Darshan, Bhavawan came on stage at 5:45 through the right of Ganesha. While ascending the verandah, again He had a detailed look at the portraits of Bhagawata tales depicted at the right-end of Prasanthi Mandir.
Bhagavata Saptaaha session had been on and the evening's narrative was centred around the Krishna Saga involving Rukmini Swayamvaram. Maharaj ended his exposition at 5:30 upon which the Sai Sannidhi Music Troupe presented a light music session that lasted for half-an-hour, till 6:00 when Arathi was offered.
Bhagawan spent some more time on the dais, blessing the Music Boys as well as the accompanists of the Maharaj granting them Padanamsakars. Bhagawan left for Yajur Mandiram at 6:20.
Ritual pertaining the the Saptaaha has been going on at a separate location from the day-1 of the Saptaaha Yajna. Six Purohits (priests) who accompanied the Maharaj have been conducting these daily rituals, every day morning from 6:30 to 8:30. Bhagavata rendition in original, has also been happening simulataneously at this location from day-1.
A unique thing about the Saptaaha Yajnam is the Maharaj's inimitable style of referring to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai as first person, quite often during his narrative,, replacing Bhagawan Sri Krishna with this form of the Avatar, walks the earth in present times.
Sunday, Mar21, 2010: This morning, Bhagawan emerged at 10:25, to come for a complete round granting Darshan to the sunday audience. Upon coming on stage, Bhagawan sat through the session till 11:30 when the morning commentary was over and Arathi was offered.
Earlier, the morning's proceedings began at 8:30, after half-an-hour Veda chanting, with the Maharaj expounding in detail, on the childhood pranks of Little Krishna, narrating the 10th canto of the epic. Upon Arathi at 10:35, Bhagawan moved into the Interview Room, to spent inside for the next half-an-hour granting two mini-interviews and interacting with the singers outside, before moving towards the Yajur Mandiram at 12:05. Being sunday, student fraternity was also present listening to the nectarious stories of Little Krishna while stealing glances of their Beloved Sai Krishna.
In the evening, Bhagawan, upon emerging at 5:25, took a detour to come on stage at 5:30, after having a brief interaction with the Sai Sannidhi singers about the evening's scheduled programme.
As Bhagawan sat through the session, the Maharaj continued his exposition on the nectarious tales of the Lord of Dwapara, Bhagawan Sri Krishna. By blending "His Stories" with the Bhagavatha tales, the Maharaj often burst into some familiar tunes, like the one he sung in the evening, "Sai Hamara...Hum Sai Ke, Aisa Prem Hamara....", the familiar student bhajan. Earlier in the morning, narrating the childhood pranks of the Lord, the Maharaj bursted into the, "Chittha Chora Yasoda Ke Baal...Navneeta Chora Gopal...", singing for a long spell, transporting one and all into the world of the Little Krishna. The commentary for the evening concluded at 6:30.
Lifting the twilight to devotional ecstasy, the Sai Sannidhi Music Troupe presented a light "devotional" music programme, singing through for the next forty minutes, sitting face to face with the Divine. Arathi was offered at 7:05, upon which Bhagawan moved into the interview room to spend the next twentyfive minutes inside, before retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 7:30.
Saturday, Mar20, 2010: Nectarious story of Lord Sri Rama was expounded as part of the ten incarnations apart from other tales, namely, that pertaining to Vamana Avatar featuring Emperor Mahabali followed by Gajendra Moksha etc. on the morning session of 4th day of the on going Bhagavatha Saptaaha Yajnam. After the scheduled hour at 10:30 bhajans continued for next fifteen minutes when Arathi was offered at 10:45, as there was no "Divine Darshan".
In the evening, Bhagawan emerged at 5:26, to take a detour after completing the ladies's side, to come onstage at 5:35. Upon ascending the verandah through the ladies' side, He had a detailed look at the portraits depicting some scenes from Bhagavatham, installed at the right end of the Prasanthi Mandir.
Coming on to the verandah, Bhagawan interacted with the singers of the Sai Sannidhi Music Troupe before coming onstage. Maharaj continued with his exposition of the Bhagavatha, that began at 4:20 after the summary presentations for the last two sessions. Maharaj's exposition continued till 6:10. Tales from the times of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna dominated the days' proceedings.
Essence of Krishna devotion, in the form of Mother's call for Little Prankster Little Krishna, Gopikas' all-conquering love for Beloved Krishna that came out of complete surrender and Radha's quest for her inseparable Beloved Bhagawan Sri Krishna formed part of a thematic music presentation by the Students from the Sai Sannidhi group that lasted for fifty minutes. The Programem entitled "Radha Bhakthi" comprised of poems and songs composed and even tuned by Bhagawan during the early 60's. The presentation was compeered and interlaced by the original pieces in Bhagawan's own golden voice.
The presentation was concluded with a final song, a prayer to make 'their' lives an "Aradhana", as exemplified by the epitome of love and devotion, Radha towards her beloved Bhagawan Sri Krishna. At the conclusion of the programme Arathi was offered at 7:05. Bhagawan moved into the interview room for ten minutes upon which He came out to move towards Yajur Mandiram. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.
Friday, Mar19, 2010: With the Bhagavatha Saptaaha Yajna continues in Prasanthi, every morning begins with a fresh note, with the Maharaj, the commentator, infusing and kindling greater awareness on the beauty, glory and grandeur of being in the Abode, listening to His stories, enjoying the Divine Sports of the Lord, in His immediate Divine Presence. The narrator quite often bursts into melodious tunes singing on the glories of the Lord and one that heard quite often is "Sriman Narayan...Narayan...Narayan..."
This morning's proceedings began at the scheduled hour at 8:30, after half-an-hour Vedam, with usual invocation. Exponation on the epic continued till 10:30 upon which bhajans by students continued for half-an-hour before Arathi was offered at 11, as Bhagawan did not come out.
In the evening, Bhagawan emerged just after 5 while the Bhagavatha Saptaaha Pravachan was on. Taking a detour from ladies' side, Bhagawan came directly onstage through the doctors' block. Bhagavatha Pravachan continued till 5:40 and evening's theme was centred around Ajamila's Story, as to how he earned liberation, despite having attachment with his child, just by calling out his son at his dying moment, who was a namesake of the Supreme Lord Narayana...
Upon the conclusion, Music Troupe from Sai Sannidhi, a forum of grateful alumni working with various institutions run by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, and the organisers of the Saptaaha Yajna, presented a musical offering bringing out the similarities between the two Avatars, Sri Krishna and Sai Krishna, culling out songs and poems from Bhagawan's Divine Discourses and from the drama "Radha Bhakthi" written by Bhagawan in 1960's. The forty minute programme had been interlaced with apt commentary on the significance of the composition and rendition and was laced with some of the original pieces in Bhagawan's own voice. At Bhagawan's instance three more songs followed, namely, "Deva...Namo Deva......", "Madhura Mohana Ghana Shyama Sundara Sai...Ananda Pradayi" followed by "Namo Sathya Sai Baba...". Arathi was offered at 6:40. Bhagawan chose to converse with the singers for the next ten minutes before retiring for Yajur Mandiram at 6:50. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.
Thursday, Mar18, 2010: This morning, on the second day of the Bhagavatha Saptaaha Yajna, proceedings began at the scheduled hour, at 8:30, after half-an-hour Vedam chanting. After invocatory offering, commenting on the glory of the Avatar of the Age, the Maharaj went on expounding on the greater efficacy of Namasmarana, bursting out with a melodious rendering "Sriman Narayana Narayana Narayana...", a keertan he quite often repeats in between the commentary.
Starting from where he had stopped last evening, he further went on elucidating the story of Raja Parikshit, as to how invited the evil deeds of Kali, which finally led him to earn a curse to die in seven days owing to serpant bite, and the king's greater urge to attain liberation in seven days.
As the narration continued, Bhagawan arrived at 10:10 for a complete round. After an elaborate, slow round granting Darshan, Bhagawan came on stage at 10:23 and sat through the entire session that ended at 11:30, when Arathi was offered. Subsequently, Bhagawan called an Iranian boy, studying in Primary School, onstage, asking him to chant Durga Suktam followed by Rudram. His little brother, another primary school child, was also called and Bhagawan interacted with the boys for some time. Moving off the dais, Bhagawan blessed sweets for Primary School, and as He was going back, He stopped for a while to watch the distribution, ensuring sweets for every student.. He came back to the Bhajan Hall to spendt next fifteen minutes inside before emerging at 12:10 to retire to Yajur Mandiram.
In the evening, the proceedings began at 4 with presentation of the summary of the storyline for last two sessions, previous evening followed by that of this morning, read out seperately.. The Maharaj began his exposition at 4:30, starting from where he had left in the morning, divulging the story of Dhruva, he went on narrating Dhruva's unflinching devotion to Lord Narayana, his desire to sit on the lap of Lord Vishnu and finally how The Lord satiated the little prince's desire that later led him to attain salvation.
while the narration had been going on, Bhagawan emerged at 5:17 to take a detour from the ladies' side to come on the dais at 5:20 through the doctors' block. Bhagawan continued to sit through the session till 5:45, when the exposition for the day came to an end.
Music Troupe was ready with their presentation of songs and as soon as the Bhagavatha session got over, Bhagawan nodded the boys to commence their programme. What followed was an hour of enchanting music. Starting with the meera bhajan, Payoji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo..., what followed next was Darshan Deejo... to be continued with Purandharadas's carnatic piece, Jagadodhdharana AadisidaLeyshodha. A telugu piece followed before coming up with enna thavam seydaney Yesoda.... Three more songs followed, two on Lord Rama followed by the last piece, Thyagaraja's composition Siva siva ena radha... Arathi was offered at 6:40 before Bhagawan moved towards Yajur Mandiram at 6:45. Prasadam, "egg shaped Italian chocolates", were distributed to the entire assemblage.
Mar17, 2010: This morning, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 9:27 to the chants of Vedam. Being the inaugural day of the week-long Bhagavatha Saptaaha Yajnam, Vedam continued even after the scheduled hour at 9. Completing a full round of darshan, Bhagawan, upon ascending the verandah spent sometime outside the interview room before moving through the upper portico to come onstage at 9:35 through the right of Ganesha.
The dais was aesthetically decorated, with illustrious Bhagavatham scenes prominently displayed around.
Upon coming onstage, Bhagawan lighted the ceremonial lamp officially inaugurating the Saptaaha Yajnam. Pandit, Sri Ritu Raj Ji Maharaj and his escorts sought blessings from Bhagawan before the commencement of the Yajnam.
Programme commenced at 9:40 with invocatory prayer "Sayeeshwaraya Vidhmahe..." addressed to Bhagawan. This was followed by a bout of invocatory prayers addressed to various "Gods and Goddesses". Beginning his commentary, an intro on Bhagavatham, the Pandit attributed the epic to Bhagawan hailing Him to be the Soul fo the Epic.
As the Pandit went on narrating the epical story, an introduction, with a mix of commentary on the greater importance of the ongoing Divine Mission set in motion by Bhagawan, Bhagawan moved indoors at 10 again to return at 10:25. Upon completing the Intro at 11:05, Arathi was offered to Bhagawan before He moved towards the Yajur Mandiram.
The Pandit had emotional words of gratitude for Bhagawan. He said, somewhere at some point of time I would have prayed to grant an opportunity to come and have Thy Divine Darshan and Bhagawan has given me this great grand boon, that redeems many a life....
This evening, Bhagawan emerged at 5:35 while Bhagavatha Saptaaham was on. Negotiating a complete round of Darshan, Bhagawan came onstage at 5:47 through the right of Ganesha. Pandit ji continued with his elucidation of the story of Bhagavatham, narrating Raja Parikshit's episode. The commentary ended at 6:04 upon which bhajans started with an aalaap bhajan, "Sri Raghavam..." at His special instance. As Bhajans continued, at 6:40, Bhagawan asked for one more aalaap bhajan, this time "Allaho Akbar..." rendered the air bringing in the greater message of religious harmony. Two more bhajans continued before Bhagawan calling for Arathi at 6:50. After Arathi Bhagawan sat onstage for the next ten minutes, 'chatting up" with some bhajans boys before moving towards Yajur Mandiram at 7:05. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.
Earlier, Vedam started at the usual hour, at 4 and continued till 4:45. At 4:45, summary of the morning proceedings was read out upon which, at 5, the Bhagavatha Saptaaham commenced.
Mar16, 2010: On the auspicious Ugadi morning, Sai Kulwant Hall bore a festive look with simple, yet elegant decorations, aptly signifying the advent of Telugu New Year, bringing freshness that a new year demands. Bhagawan was ushered into the Hall at 9:36 while bhajan was on. Clad in maroon, Bhagawan arrived in His special "throne chair" that He uses only occasionally. Gliding past the assemblage that filled the Sai Kulwant Hall, Bhagawan, upon ascending the verandah at 9:45, moved into the interview room to have a quick session with former Supreme Court Judge, Hon'ble Justice (Retd.) PN Bhagavathi.
The morning proceedings began with Bhagawan coming on stage at 10:10. Mr. V.Srinivasan, President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations - India, giving his introductory talk on the occasion, invited the first speaker for the session Mr. Bhagavathi to share some important information regarding Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.
Mr. Bhagavathi's speech was about the induction for new Trustees and Council Members in the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Divulging further, the eminent jurist hailed Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust to be the biggest Charitable Trust, set up for the benefit of humanity. Brushing aside the misunderstanding and maligning propaganda against the Trust, Mr. Bhagavathi emphasised that Bhagawan's mission has been committed for the welfare of humanity and He is full of Love that transcends all borders.
This was followed by a short speech by Mr. Indulal Shah who, by endorsing the proposals put forth by Justice Bhagavathi, said that he has no words to talk about the Trust and Organisation as he is feeling overwhelmed.
Both the veteran devotees were made to sit on either side of Bhagawan on the dais.
This was followed by a short speech by Mr. V.Srinivasan who spoke about Bhagawan, His Mission, greater importance of being a part of His Mission. He also made a mention about a maligning propaganda againt the Trust, adding that Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust is not a family trust, but the biggest Charitable Trust in the world.
The awaiting moment came, The Ugadi Divine Discourse, that lasted for forty minutes. Starting with the great Indian Women, namely, Savitri, Chandramathi, Mother Sita and Damayanthi, Bhagawan went on elaborating the Harischandra Story, emphasising how Lord was pleased at Harischandra's commitment and adherence to Truth. One has to understand and experience the fact that God exists everywhere. Ugadi marks the beginning of a New Year. On this New Year day one has to make an attempt to see God in every being whomsoever he or she comes across, exhorted Bhagawan. Towards the end of His Divine Discourse Bhagawan interacted with a college student, bringing forth greater lessons to the vast audience. Upon His conversation a materialised emerald ring was presented to the boy. The Divine Discourse was concluded at 11:20, upon which Prof. Anil Kumar took over to deliver a chaste telugu rhetoric, mixed with poetic fervour, elucidating on Sai Mahatmyam. Arathi was offered at 11:45 and Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 11:50.
Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage and a small booklet by name "Ooru Lethu - Peru Lethu" meanng "No Country - No Name" written by Dr. Sara Pavan was distributed to the student fraternity. Upon Anil Kumar's speech before moving off the podium, Bhagawan blessed various items brought by students symbolising the festivity.
In the evening, Bhagawan arrived at 5:30 to the chants of Vedas. Clad in maroon, Bhagawan took a detour from the centre pathway and just before ascending the verandah, Moved bit further in to the ladies' side, His usual pathway while returning, to return towards verandah at 5:45. The Music College Troupe, staff and students, was ready with an offering that commenced at 5:50. A collection of vocal and instrumental followed that enchanted the Divine while the capacity crowd in the evening-turned-twlight-turned- night remained spellbound at the dexterity that was on display on the auspicious evening. The programme ended just after 7 and Bhagawan climbed down the dais to pose for a group photo session. Subseqently, safari pieces were distributed to the troupe. Various instruments belonging to the Music College were blessed by Bhagawan before calling for Arathi at 7:15. An announcement about the Srimad Bhagavad Saptaaha Yajna commences the next day morning was made and while the announcement rendered the air, Bhagawan slowly moved towards His Divine Abode.
The Saptaaha commences tomorrow would be conducted by Sri Ritu Raj Ji Maharaj, who is adept in giving discourses on Upanishads, Ramayana, Bhagawad Katha and Bhagawad Geeta in his travels across North India. The Saptaaha would commence in the morning at 8:30 to go on till 10:30 and in the evening at 4:30 till 5:30, for the next seven days, starting tomorrow.
Mar15, 2010: This morning, there was no Divine Darshan and Arathi was offered at 9:40. Music College troupe was ready with a music programme as wanted and communicated by Bhagawan last evening. Regular Veda chanting from 8-9 was followed by bhajans before Arathi. Bhajans started at 9 with the bhajan "Prathama Vandana Gananatha..." relatively a new bhajan that was introduced sometime ago.
Ugadi Eve was awaiting the arrival of The Lord as a group of seventy, 40 men and 30 women, a part of music group from Andhra Pradesh, came under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, was ready with a bouquet of songs. Bhagawan came in His car at 6:16, to the chants of Vedam and Nadaswaram (had been on from 5 o' clock onwards) to take a detour from the centre to come on to the portico at 6:18. Upon alighting, Bhagawan moved onstage at 6:20 blessing the vast concourse, feasting their eyes with His beauteous form. Soon birthday benedictions were conferred upon to a group of boys who came one after one receiving blessings.
This was followed by the Music troupe forming a beeline, as men and women holding items sought His blessings, before the commencement of the programme. Programme commenced at 6:30 and continued till 7:25. Ten songs intertwined with commentary, all in Telugu, were a feast to the ears as the whole of Sai Kulwant, experienced the thrill with each song transporting them to heights of dedication, love and devotion to Sai.
Upon conclusion, Safari pieces and Sarees were distributed to the entire group and subsequently Bhagawan came down the stage to bless the men with a group photograph. After ascending the podium, Bhagawan chose to sit slightly towards the ladies' side facing lady singers of the group. Arathi was called at 7:40 and upon Arathi Bhagawan moved on to Yajur Mandiram at 7:45.
Mar14, 2010: On this sunday morning, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 9:34 while bhajan was on. After a seven-minute-long full-round of Darshan Bhagawan came on to the verandah at 9:41. Just before ascending the verandah Bhagawan chose to interact with some of the primary kids at the Primary School Block, blessing the tiny tots. Moving through the lower verandah, Bhagawan came on to the dais at 9:44 through the University Block at the right of Ganesha and sat through the bhajan session till Arathi at 10:12. Upon the Arathi, Bhagawan interacted with some of the students on the dais and later blessed Prasadam for Primary School before proceeding to Yajur Mandiram at 10:21. Being sunday, students were also present for morning Darshan.
In the evening, Bhagawan came into the hall at 6:00 to the chanting of Vedas. Taking a detour through the ladies' side, Bhagawan came onstage through the right of Ganesha calling the University Brass Band Troupe for blessings. The University Brass Band that is in its glorious Silver Jubilee year, was ready with a Programme, celebrating the occasion in the Divine Presence. A half-an-hour programme followed, wherein the boys produced some scintillating music pieces, wading through His Story - The Story of His Avataric Advent, in a most innovative style, with a mix of compeering, singing followed by sounding through Band Instruments. Upon conclusion, at 6:35, Bhagawan called the boys onstage for exclusive group photo sessions. The final piece was sung thereafter, a piece expressing gratitude, to the tune of Swami's often heard song, "Love is My Form...Truth is My Breath....". Upon this final song, Safari pieces and Prasadam were distributed to the Band Troupe before Bhagawan finally climbing down the stairs, at 6:50, for yet another photo session, a group photo with the Troupe. Upon ascending the podium, Arathi was offered before Bhagawan moved towards His Divine Abode, Yajur Mandiram at 6:55.
Mar13, 2010: This morning, there was no Divine Darshan and Arathi was offered at 9:40. A group of 85 Karnataka Youth, donned in crimson, was seated in the third block joining Vedam chanting. The group had chanted 15,500 Rudrams in record 66 days, in 85 houses as part of 85th Year of Avataric Advent.
This evening, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 5:07 while bhajan was on. After a full round of Darshan that took 17 minutes, upon ascending the verandah, Bhagawan moved along, listening to and blessing many. Coming onstage at 5:31, through the University Staff Block at the right of Ganesha, He sat through till 6:16 when He chose to move into the interview room.
As daylight was conceding to the transitional twilight, Bhajans were on with Bhagawan remaining indoors granting an interview to a delhi based couple. Upon emerging after the interview, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall for five minutes calling some 'chosen devotee' to bless them inside, before coming out to call for the "Rudram Group" of Youth from Karanataka numbering eighty-five. Earlier the group of eighty-five was blessed by Bhagawan during the Darshan round, who chose to spent sometime accepting ' their' card of love and devotion.
As the group of 85 (91 including six co-ordinators) made a beeline to bhajan hall in disciplined order, Bhagawan kept moving through the upper portico to enter the bhajan hall at 6:45, through the rear entrace.
The group had a fabulous session indoors as 'they' had the rarest of opportunities to chant Rudram in the immediate Divine presence of Rudra at Rudra's Command, Wish and Will. As Bhagawan moved in between the rows blessing the crimsom clad youngsters, Rudram by the group was on till 7:05, when Bahgawan blessed them to sing group songs that lasted for five minutes. The group sang three songs in Kannada including a song invoking His blessings for doing greater service and another one invoking Bhagawan to Brindavan. Bhagawan also had brief interaction with the group during the half-an-hour session inside. Vibhuti Prasadam was distributed to the entire group.
Upon coming out, Bhagawan came on stage at 7:17 and Arathi was offered at 7:20 before Bhagawan proceeded to Yajur Mandiram at 7:25 blessing students and the entire concourse with His abhayahasta. Prasadam, 'Obbattu' was distributed to the entire assemblage.
Earlier, a new Bhajan "Mahadeva Maheswara Sai Narayana...." rendered the air just after Bhagawan 'took the dais',' infusing freshness to the already charged-up mood of the blessed evening.
Mar12, 2010: This morning, Bhagawan came into the hall at 9:12 granting a full round of Darshan that lasted for 14 minutes. Upon ascending the verandah, He interacted with many, while moving through proceeding to the podium. Coming on to the dais at 9:31 through the right of Ganesha, Bhagawan sat through till 9:50 before retiring to interview room for ten minutes.
Emerging at 10:01, Bhagawan sat through for some more time till Arathi was offered at 10:05. Divine Whispers and Interactions followed before Bhagawan proceeded to the bhajan hall. Upon coming out after five minutes, He had an exclusive interaction with former Foreign Secretary MK Rasgotra at outside the interview room, that was followed by a brief interaction with Former Air Chief Marshal OP Mehra whom He blessed before proceeding to Yajur Mandiram at 10:25.
There was no Divine Darshan in the evening and Arathi was offered at 6 after regular one hour Vedam followed by Bhajans till 6.
Mar11, 2010: There was no Darshan on this Thursday morning and Arathi was offered at 9:40.
Later, at around 10:15 Bhagawan went for a round. Moving out of ashram, He proceeded towards the hospital side, before taking a turn at the petrol bunk on the way, to return to ashram through the Culvert-Gate at the western end. Entering inside, Bhagawan moved via the construction-work-in-progress-site. After a brief interaction with the engineer-in-charge overseeing the project, Bhagawan "drove" through booktrust-shopping centre road, blessing hundreds enroute, to retreat to Yajur Mandiram just after 10:30.
In the evening, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 5 to the chants of Vedam. After a ten-minute round of Darshan, upon ascending verandah, Bhagawan interacted with 'seniors' from Delhi, that included Lt. Gen. (Retd.) ML Chibber, Former Diplomat MK Rasgotra, Former Air Chief Marshal OP Mehra, Former Education Secy, MK Kaw and State President of SSSSO, Jitendra Cheema, for five minutes before proceeding further to come on stage at 5:16, through the Univeristy Staff Block at the right of Ganesha.
Students from Sri Sathya Sai Music College were ready awaiting Bhagawan's blessings for their Gratitude Programme. Vedam continued till 5:40 as Bhagawan continued to sit listening to the chants. In between, Bhagawan had a word with one of the Vedam boys asking for 'loud chanting' and what followed was a 'full-throat' chanting joined by the Primary School children as well, till Bhagawan nodded for the programme to commence.
The Programme lasted for 55 minutes, at 6:35. Interactions, Photograph session and presentation of clothes followed for the next fifteen minutes before Arathi was offered at 6:50. Moving into the Interview Room, Bhagawan had some 'official' discussion for the next ten minutes, followed by another bout of interaction with former Vice Chancellors, Prof. Venkataraman and Mr. SV Giri, outiside the Interview Room, after which, Bhagawan left for Yajur Mandiram at 7:08.
Primary School also joined for evening Darshan after missing Darshan in the morning session that went 'blank' without Darshan. Prasadam was distributed to all students and staff at the end of the programme.
Mar10, 2010: This morning, Bhagawan emerged from Yajur Mandiram at 8:46 to the chants of Vedas. After a ten-minute-long darshan round, upon ascending the verandah, Bhagawan chose to interact with some of the senior officials, including one from "Sai Sannidhi" before moving into the interview room at 9:03. Two rounds of official interactions with senior office bearers followed before Bhagawan emerging yet again to come on to the dais at 9:31. Bhagawan sat through the bhajan session for the next eleven minutes, till Arathi at 9:42. Upon accepting Arathi, Bhagawan proceeded to Yajur Mandiram at 9:46 am.
This evening, Bhagawan emerged at 5:25 while bhajan session was on. After a 'detailed' round of darshan that took fifteen minutes, upon ascending the verandah, Bhagawan intereacted with some of the senior faculties from the School of Business Management and Finance at Sri Sathya Sai University, before proceeding to the dais at 5:43, through the University Staff Block at the right of Ganesha. Sitting through the next forty-two-minute session officiating the bhajans, Bhagawan accepted Arathi at 6:25 before moving towards His Divine Abode at 6:30.
Mar 9, 2010: This morning, Bhagawan emerged from Yajur Mandiram at 8:35 am. Granting a full round of darshan, upon ascending the verandah, Bhagawan straight away proceeded to the interview room calling seniors from "Sai Sannidhi" for an interview. Emerging at 9:25 am after the forty minute interview, Bhagawan moved into the bhajan hall to quickly retreat to the interview room, this time calling a couple for an interview. Upon coming out at 9:52 am after the second interview that lasted for 25 minutes, Bhagawan came onstage to receive Arathi at 9:58 am before retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 10:05 am.
This evening, Bhagawan was ushered into Sai Kulwant Hall at 6:24. Blessing the concourse with His darshan, Bhagawan went for a complete round to come onstage at 6:36 through the right of Ganesha. Glittering under the lights, feasting thousands of hearts, minds and souls, Bhagawan sat through the session till Arathi at 7:00, before retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 7:08 pm.
Earlier, emerging from His Divine Abode at 6:20, Bhagawan blessed a new mobile van, parked outside His "residence" for Divine Blessings, belonging to Mother and Child Care Programme of Easwaramma Women's Welfare Trust.
Mar 8, 2010: On this morning, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 8:17 am to the chants of Vedas. After a detailed round that took 13 minutes, interacting with many, Bhagawan straight away proceeded to the interview room. At 8:30 am, two youngsters from The Dominican Republic were called in for Interview that lasted for half-an-hour. After the interview, Bhagawan came out at 9:00 am and moving through the upper verandah, blessing many, came on to the podium to officiate bhajan session that lasted till 9:40 am when Arathi was offered. Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 9:45 am.
In the evening, Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 5:20 pm while bhajan was on. Completing the round of darshan, upon ascending the verandah at 5:30 pm, Bhagawan called a group of senior representatives from Sai Sannidhi, a forum of alumni working with various institutions in Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan, for an interview. After a forty-minute interview, Bhagawan came into the bhajan hall at 6:10 pm; coming out through the rear entrance, blessing many while gliding past, Bhagawan moved on to the dais at 6:19 pm to preside over the bhajan session that had been on. Arathi was offered at 6:25 pm and Bhagawan moved to the Yajur Mandiram at 6:30 pm.
Mar 7, 2010: On this morning, Bhagawan came out in car at 7:40 am and went out to the hospital side. Returning at 8:30 am through the Yajur Mandiram end to the chants of Vedam, Bhagawan came for a full round of darshan. Alighting on the Verandah, He proceeded to the dais to preside over the vedam chanting session for next half an hour. There was no bhajan session as Arathi was offered at 9:05 am before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage of devotees. Being sunday, student fraternity was also present for darshan.
In the evening, Bhagawan came out at 5:40 pm granting darshan to the sunday assemblage of devotees. Coming for a full round of darshan, Bhagawan, upon alighting the verandah, went into the bhajan hall to bless a group of boys in costumes awaiting, seeking blessings as a part of the evening's scheduled gratitude programme by 'Final Graduate and Final Post Graduate' combine. After blessing the group Bhagawan went into the interview room before coming out at 6:05 pm to preside over the session. The one-hour programme was an outpouring of gratitude galore that ended at 7:10 pm. Extensive photograph session followed as various groups came onstage to pose with "Swami". Arathi was offered at 7:25 pm and Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 7:35 pm. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage of devotees.
Mar 6, 2010: On this morning Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 8:30 am, to the chants of Vedas, for a complete round of darshan that lasted for ten minutes. Upon ascending the verandah, Bhagawan proceeded to the Interview Room. Next one hour Bhagawan spent inside granting interviews to three 'groups', including some dignitaries from Belgium. After the Interviews, Bhagawan came onstage at 9:53 am while Bhajan was on. Arathi was offered at 9:55 am and Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 10:00 am.
In the evening Bhagawan came into the hall at 6:35 pm while bhajan was on. One could see craning necks trying to catch a glimpse of the Divine, Who glided past through the pathway, under the lights, adding splendour to the already glittering Prasanthi twilight. Ascending the verandah after a fifteen-minute-long-round, Bhagawan proceeded to the bhajan hall before coming on to the dais to preside over the session. Arathi was offered at 7:10 pm. After Arathi, Bhagawan interacted with some of the students and senior devotees before retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 7:25 pm.
Mar 5, 2010: Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 5:25 pm for a complete round of darshan that lasted for ten minutes. Upon ascending the verandah, Bhagawan interacted with a group of representatives of Sai Sannidhi, a forum of alumni working with various institutions in Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan, guiding the group in some of its project activities.
Coming on to the dais at 5:45 pm, Bhagawan sat through the bhajan session till 6:30 pm before leaving for Yajur Mandiram at 6:35 pm. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage before Arathi.
There was no morning darshan.
Mar 4, 2010: On the warm fresh morning Bhagawan was ushered into the hall at 8:10 am blessing thin populace of devotees assembled in Sai Kulwant Hall. As the Veda chanting continued in the background Bhagawan completed His darshan round, proceeding straight into the Interview Room.
At 8:20, Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata was called in for an interview that lasted for an hour. Another short interview followed, upon which Bhagawan came on to the podium to officiate the bhajan session for last five minutes.
Arathi was offered at 9:40 am before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram. Being Thursday, students from the Primary School were also present for morning darshan.
In the evening, after the scheduled one hour Vedam chanting, bhajans began at 5 pm and Arathi was offered at 6:10 pm as Bhagawan did not come.
Mar 3, 2010: After the previous day's glorious tale of Holi Drama and "Divine Direction" at the climactic end, that lasted well beyond half past eight in the night, this morning there was no Divine Darshan.
In the evening, it was yet another twilight darshan as Bhagawan ushered in at 5:48 pm. With the bhajan "Dheena Dhukhiyon Ko Prem Karo..." rendered the air ringing in His message of Love All Serve All", Bhagawan slowly glided past the concourse of devotees to ascend the Verandah.
Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Sons was also awaiting Bhagawan along with other devotees. Mr. Ratan Tata had made his maiden visit to Prasanthi Nilayam couple of months ago, spending two full days inside the ashram visiting various institutions. Bhagawan spoke to Tata for a minute before moving on to the dais to preside over the session. Today is incidentally the birthday of the legendary Jamshetji Tata, one of the foremost pioneers of Indian industrialism.
As the bhajans continued with devotional fervour, He called out the birthday boys and some other boys who were awaiting His attention and blessing. Prasadam boys also got ready and upon getting the same blessed, distribution began as the Lord continued to sit watching the proceedings.
At 6:20 pm as per His command, special bhajan with aalaap, "Sri Raghavam..." was rendered echoing the message of religious harmony. In the meantime, official photographer had last evening's photographs for blessings. Bhagawan glanced through the entire set of photographs blessing both the photos and the man behind the lens.
Arathi was offered at 6:30 pm upon which Bhagawan came round of Ganesha blessing many, listening and accepting letters. Proceeding to the Interview Room, Bhagawan spent fifteen minutes inside before retiring to Yajur Mandiram at 6:48 pm. Just before leaving, He called Ratan Tata's Executive Secretary, Mr. Venkataraman, a former student of Sathya Sai University, blessing him whispering something into his ear.
Mar 2, 2010. First signs of morning darshan were evident with Sevadal and Police guards taking positions outside the Divine Abode awaiting the Lord to usher in. Bhagawan came out at 7:40 am for a complete round to the accompaniment of Vedam Chanting. Ascending the verandah Bhagawan proceeded to the Bhajan Hall wherein Chief Priest offered Arathi as per His instructions, while Vedam Chanting was still continuing outside.
After spending sometime inside the Bhajan Hall Bhagawan went into the Interview Room. Coming out of the Interview Room after about ten minutes He interacted with selected devotees before going for a round of Ganesha through the dais to get back into the interview room blessing a senior devotee and family with a ten minute Interview that lasted at 8:30 am.
With the first bhajan, “Pasupathi Thanaya…” rendered the air, Bhagawan came out of the Interview Room. Blessing two of the faculty members from the University with Padanamaskars, He proceeded to the dais to preside over the Bhajans. Arathi was offered at 9:25 am before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram.
Mar 1, 2010: March 1st arrived and with the advent of the new month the holy festival of Holi. With over 1400 devotees from the northern states of Bihar and Jharkhand camping in Prasanthi, the auspicious morning was blessed by Bhagawan’s darshan.
Bhagawan came ushering into Sai Kulwant Hall at 8:50 am while Veda chanting was on. After making a complete round Bhagawan settled on the dais as Veda chanting continued till 9:05 am when He nodded for the bhajans to commence. Bhagawan sat through the one hour long bhajans session, feasting thousands of eyes with His Holy Holi Darshan, till 10 am when Aratrhi was offered before He retired to Yajur Mandiram.
In the evening a cultural programme, song a dance presentation, was scheduled as part of the Holi celebrations. A colourful backdrop was set in the centre of the hall and Balvikas Children from the states were seated awaiting the Lord.
After the one hour stint of Vedam all eyes were fixed at the Yajur Mandiram entrance for the first sign of His arrival. As per the Divine command, bhajans commenced at 6:00 pm to continue until 6:30 pm when Arathi was offered as Bhagawan preferred to stay indoors.
The holy knot between Lord Ram and Mother Sita was tied yet again to precision in the Divine Presence as directed by Bhagawan Himself!!!
Having ‘missed’ the climactic scene (as Bhagawan moved into the interview room at the climactic juncture) of Rama attempting to string the bow and in the process breaking the legendary “Shivadhanus” to win Sita’s hand, Bhagawan upon returning after five minutes, directed the climactic scene on His own by sending barrage of instructions to set the scene to perfection.
What followed was another half-an-hour drama after the original drama, Sita Kalyanam, wherein the most auspicious scene was enacted to perfection with Bhagawan witnessing the same. Bringing nostalgic memoirs of the Treta Age and the epochal happening, Bhagawan directed each and event related to the event to precision as per His satisfaction..
As per His instructions the “Shivadhanus” was brought to the front followed by the entire cast for the scene. With once again Sita garlanding Rama, Bhagawan sent the State President of the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation to bless the couple with Akshatas. He further instructed him to circumambulate the "Holy Couple' followed by practically “tying the knot” between the holy couple. As Veda chanting had been going on in the background Bhagawan asked the other characters in the drama, elders, including Janaka and Vishwamithra to shower the couple on special throne facing Bhagawan.
As the children were grouping themselves as instructed by Bhagawan for a photo session, special Rama bhajans rendered the air recalling the glorious Rama Saga. At 8:20 pm Bhagawan climbed down the stairs to pose for a coveted photo session that lasted for almost ten minutes.
Arathi was offered at 8:30 pm and as everyone expected Bhagawan to retire, Bhagawan was still in a reminiscent mood, giving further instructions asking the cast to array in twin lines facing Him. As they were made to stand in twin lines, both boys and girls on either side of the pathway leading from the dais, Bhagawan raised His twin Abhaya Hasta blessing the children from Mithila, the birthplace of Holy Mother Sita. Special clothes were distributed to the entire cast and prasadam for the devotees before Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram at 8:50 pm.
Earlier, Bhagawan ushered in at 6:30 pm to take a detour directly coming on to the dais. As the Veda chanting continued for ten minutes Bhagawan nodded for the proceedings to begin. With the Organisers and Bal Vikas children made a beeling seeking blessings, the first programme commencedthat lasted for half an hour, till 7:20 pm.
The Drama "Sita Kalyanam" was an enactment of the Rama and Lakshmana landing in Mithila along with their preceptor Vishwamithra finally ending up to the holy marriage between Lord Sri Rama and Mother Sita. The drama was enacted by Balvikas children from Mithila, the birthplace of Mother Sita.