Maha Shivarathri

Maha Shivarathri Akhanda Bhajan 2011 commenced at 1850 hrs. in the immediate Divine Presence of Bhagawan, this evening in Prasanthi Nilayam.

Tonight is Maha Shivarathri, the night dedicated to Lord Shiva. To the thousands assembled in Sai Kulwant who have been eagerly looking forward for Divine Darshan, it turned out to be a moment of bliss when Bhagawan presented Himself much early, at 1815 hrs., this evening. Sonorous Vedic chants, that has been on from 1630 hrs., coupled with some soulful Nadaswaram tunes by students welcomed The Lord as He emerged in.

Bhagawan’s car inched along and devotees, packed to capacity, had their share of excitement; many rose on to their feet and waved their hands greeting Bhagawan. Completing a round of blessing Bhagawan came on to the verandah. Special cake on the occasion, done by devotees from Italy, was ready for blessing. Bhagawan cut the cake and then moved along the lower verandah to come on to the dais.

Vedic chanting continued until 1850 hrs. when Bhagawan nodded for the Akhanda Bhajans to commence. Boys and girls sang alternatively rendering many Shiva bhajans creating an air of greater devotional ambience.

At 1915 hrs. Bhagawan moved off the dais to board His car. The car moved along the gents’ side, with a reverse round, taking The Lord back to Yajur Mandiram at 1925 hrs.

Earlier, before coming into the Sai Kulwant Hall, Bhagawan, upon emerging from Yajur Mandiram headed towards Poornachandra Auditorium where thousands have assembled for Divine Darshan. Spending awhile there Bhagawan blessed the audience before returning.