Sai Kailash – Divine Abode in Ooty Dedicated to Bhagawan…

The picturesque hill-station in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu is the latest entrant in the list of Abodes of Kaliyuga Avatar Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Named as “Sai Kailash”, the Divine Abode is the third one in the State, after “Sundaram” in Chennai and “Sai Shruthi” in Kodaikanal. A Report on the opening function held on 23rd May.

A new Divine Abode for Bhagawan was opened in Ooty, the picturesque hill-station in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, on the 23rd May 2012 morning amidst much devotional fervour attended by a large number of devotees.

The Abode, christened as “Sai Kailash”, was dedicated at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet by the hands of Sri V. Srinivasan, the All India President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. “Sai Kailash” at Yellanalli in Nilgiris district is a loving offering by the devotees from the district that fondles treasured memories of it’s golden past when Bhagawan had spent time in the hill-station.

On the beautiful sunlit 23rd May morning, after a lashing of heavy rains a day before, the Mandir and premises were tastefully decorated with buntings and lighting that gave a splendid look to the whole area. Even as racy bhajans sung by a special group of students from Prasanthi Nilayam echoed in the Mandir premises, Sri V. Srinivasan performed the ‘Divinely ordained’ task of dedicating the Mandir to the Divine Lotus Feet, in the presence of Trustee Sri G. Govindarajulu and the Chieftain of the Badaga community Sri R. Iyyaroo, also attended by hundreds of devotees and office bearers of Sathya Sai Organisations. Upon inauguration, the All India President had a detailed look of the entire building.

The programme for the morning commenced with the District President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Dr. S. Ramu delivering the welcome speech. Next to address was State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Sri G. Vardhan who elucidated on the ‘coming into being’ of the new Abode. He also fondly recollected the annual visit of devotees from the district to Prasanthi Nilayam, offering cultural presentations in the immediate Divine presence. Bhagawan’s presence in the Mandir as experienced by many devotees also found a mention in the State President’s speech.

Sri. R. Iyyaroo who addressed the assembly next thanked the Sri Sathya Sai Organisations for kindling the spiritual movement amongst the people of the region.

Sri Vijayakrishnan, State Youth Coordinator spoke about the devotion, love and simplicity of devotees from the district, recollecting how Bhagawan would fondly await the arrival of devotees from the district every February. Sri Vijayakrishnan also made a reference to the blanket permission accorded for vegetables from Ooty, send to Prasanthi Nilayam with love by devotees from the district every November.

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Sri V. Srinivasan in his inspiring speech recalled his last visit to Ooty with Bhagawan in 1993. Fondly recollecting his association with old devotees from Ooty, he compared the special love and affection Bhagawan had for them with that of the time of Bhagawan Sri Krishna. Just like Lord Krishna left Brindavan to Mathura with the strong faith that the gopikas of Brindavan would always love and follow Him with intense devotion, Bhagawan also left Ooty for Kodaikanal with a similar trust that devotees of Ooty have a special place in His Heart. He also christened the new Abode as “Sai Kailash”.

Exhorting the devotees to shun ego, Sri V. Srinivasan said that the aim of Sai Organisations was to transform people with love. The organisation promoted the “All Are One” concept. Underscoring the significance of faith, he said that devotees should be steadfast and should be constantly engaged in rendering service. Even though Bhagawan resides in everyone, a visit to Puttaparthi will recharge the spiritual batteries of everyone, concluded the eminent speaker.

Marking the special occasion dhothis, sarees and blankets were given away to 108 needy people that was followed by Narayana Seva.

The afternoon programme commenced with a Musical Offering by the Students of Sri Sathya Sai University. Balvikas students from various zones of Nilgiris district presented a cultural presentation before the final presentation of the day, a drama entitled “Sathya Harischandra” by the Youth of Nilgiris district.

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