DARSHAN UPDATE – THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011
Updated Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 1820 Hrs. IST
Today, on this auspicious Thursday, steady stream of devotees flowed in to Prasanthi Nilayam, as the gates were opened at 0800 hrs. in the morning, to have "Maha Samadhi" darshan of Beloved Bhagawan. Vedam and Bhajans have been rescheduled to original timings, i.e., Vedam from 0800 hrs. till 0900 hrs. and Bhajans till 0940 hrs. and in the evening, Vedam from 1630 hrs. for an hour and Bhajans from 1730 hrs. till 1815 hrs.
Updated Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 1830 Hrs. IST
On this first evening of Maha Samadhi of Beloved Bhagawan, there was a change in programme scheudule. One hour Vedam chanting began at 1600 hrs. followed by bhajans at 1700 hrs. to end with Mangala Arathi at 1800 hrs.
As darshan of Maha Samadhi commenced this forenoon at 1145 hrs. a continuous stream of devotees are pouring in to have a precious glimpse of the Maha Samadhi in Sai Kulwant Hall. Many faces are writ with deep emotion and suppressed feeling burst open at the site of Maha Samadhi.
At the end of Mangala Arathi, an announcement was made on the darshan schedule for the next two days. Darshan of Maha Samadhi, for tomorrow and the day after will commence at 0800 hrs. till 1200 hrs. and in the evening from 1600 hrs. till 2000 hrs.
Updated Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 1300 Hrs. IST
Bhagawan’s physical frame laid to rest amidst state honours….
Last Rites with State Honours…
Puttaparthi that sung lullabies to infant Sathya, that fondled and nurtured Little Sathya to Sri Sathya Sai and that received the abundance of His love and care over and over again during the past eight and a half decade finally earned a day to grieve, though the day would be marked in the annals of Divine History as the most significant one, when Avatar of the age was laid to rest. …This is definitely not of her choice, but as fate would have it, a grieving Puttaparthi had to accept this present as well, as she has been receiving over the past eight and a half decade, in abundance. It was a Divine Script that was written by Him alone and executed in His own inimitable fashion. For all the glory, happiness and bliss that she has received over and over again, when the final moment arrived, to bid farewell to the Soul of entire creation, she grieved and so were millions upon millions around the world. Bhagawan who left His mortal coil on the 24th April 2011 was laid to rest in Sai Kulwant Hall this morning in presence of a huge assemblage of devotees, also attended by a host of political luminaries.
Earlier, the function commenced with an aalaap bhajan by noted classical vocalist Pt. Jasraj, that was followed by an hour-long bhajan by students. A host of prayers representing various religions, that included Jewish, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism followed before a set of selected bhajans, that were so dear to Beloved Bhagawan, was rendered by students bringing tears in the assemblage, taking one and all to nostalgic happy days with their Beloved "Sai Maa".
The final journey of Bhagawan had the full state honours as both Governor and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh were present during the occasion. The gun salute was accorded and the police band played in homage as the final proceedings were on.
The final rites commenced with Bhagawan’s nephew Sri RJ Ratnakar performing the rites representing the family. A host of priests guided the entire ceremony that lasted 45 minutes.
The Divine Physical Frame was lowered in a specially made pit of 7 feet by 12 feet on the very podium that Bhagawan used to adorn during His darshan sessions.
Giant screens were erected at vantage places in and around Puttaparthi so that the devotees could witness the final rites. The look on the faces of the devotees was that of a state of shock and sadness and the township is still coming to terms with the departure of their Beloved.
The Divine Physical Frame that was draped in Bhagawan’s favourite orange colour was lowered into the Samadhi amidst vedic chanting. In a symbolic gesture, the ceremony was marked with gifting of a cow and clothes (godhaana and buudhaana). Special water collected from selected holy rivers across India was also sprinkled on the Divine Frame sanctifying the occasion.
Even as the first set of rituals was completed the curtain came down for the finishing touches of the tomb where Bhagawan was laid to rest. Incessant Sai Gayathri chanting continued for the next more than half-an-hour before the curtains went up for the public to have their maiden darshan of the Tomb of the Avatar of the Age…
Among the dignitaries present were both Governor and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, EVL Narasimhan and Kiran Kumar Reddy, Senior BJP leaders L K Advani and Venkaiah Naidu, former Union Home Minister and Governor of Punjab Shivraj Patil, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Telugu Desam Supremo and former AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, veteran VHP leader Ashok Singhal, AP Ministers Geeta Reddy, Raghuveera Reddy etc.
As fragrant Vibhuti smell wafted in the air granting the nostalgia of golden days when Beloved spent time amidst on the same dais, an announcement came that darshan would commence at 11:45 hrs. As is the case in Shirdi, this Tomb of the Avatar of the Age would start speaking to His chosen devotees now on…and would be the solace for grieving devotees from around the world. Puttaparthi beckons, with much more intensity as our Beloved Lord Sri Sathya Sai would speak from His tomb from now on!!!
Updated Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 0300 Hrs. IST
A zillion Pranams to the Beloved of Lord of Puttaparthi, who pulled the curtains down, in dramatic fashion, on His glorious Avataric Mission on the 24th April 2011 in Prasanthigram. At the stipulated hour at 23:30, Mangala Arathi was offered that was preceded by a round of Rudram. By then it was 54 hours of unending stream of devotional fervour, that Parthi has never witnessed earlier. An unestimated millions over millions would have watched the Divine Form lying in state in the Sai Kulwant Hall for the past more thatn two days.
An announcement on the next morning’s programme, that would witness the final journey of the Mightiest Avatar of the Age, who would be laid to rest in the Sai Kulwant Hall with due religious respects and government honour, was made. The programme would begin at 0700 hrs. with bhajans. After the announcement, the Divine physical frame was taken into the bhajan hall. Even as the casket was taken in a procession, thousands upon thousands joined chanting jaikras, hailing victory to their Beloved Bhagawan. Undoubtedly, for Prasanthi and the lakhs of convergence, it was indeed an odd, painful experience, at the midnight hour.
Updated Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 1900 Hrs. IST
Prime Minister pays homage to Beloved Bhagawan…
Baba was the personification of the highest spiritual values of the human race – Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.
I pay my pranaams to Sathya Sai Baba in gratitude for giving hope to millions and millions of people – Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson.
Prime Minister of India, along with many other diginitaries, that included UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, External Affairs Ministers, SM Krishna, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni, Panabaka Lakshmi, Union Minister of State for Textiles, Governor and Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, ESL Narasimhan and Kiran Kumar Reddy respectively flew down to Parthi to pay homage to Beloved Bhagawan, this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Arriving in a chartered flight from Delhi, the Prime Minister and his entourage arrived at the Sai Kulwant shortly after 1700 hrs. to spent ten minutes offering homage. He even chose to speak to senior Trust officials in Prasanthi Nilayam, Former Chief Justice PN Bhagwati and SV Giri, formerly Chief Election Commissioner of India.
Other dignitaries visited Prasanthi this morning included Former Prime Minister of India, Deva Gowda, Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, Vishwa Hindu Pardishad leader Ashok Singhal, Swami Nityananda of Nithyananda Peetam, former Sri Lankan Cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga etc.
In the meantime, timings for Darshan of Beloved Bhagawan has been extended till midnight.