Friday, June 15th, 2012
Prasanthi Nilayam, the Global Township, as always balanced the ancient with the modern this week with two note worthy events. The Gopuram Gate has now been thrown open for devotees during the Darshan time in Sai Kulwant Hall in the mornings and evenings. The Gopuram was built by devoted hands in the South Indian style of temple architecture.
The imposing and inspiring structure was inaugurated by Bhagawan on 18th November 1975, during the 50th Birthday celebrations. In 2010, the Kalasams, which form the finials of the Gopuram, were blessed by Bhagawan once again after they were polished in time for the 85th Birthday Celebrations.
The South Indian Canteen was renovated and restarted this week with all new equipment. A complete change in the ground plan of the kitchen, new flooring, cooking utensils and vessels are some of the modifications done. The new equipment included Rice Vessels with Gear Tilting Mechanism, Double Jacketed Steam Vessels, a variety of steamers to enable steam cooking of various dishes and pollution controlled burners using LPG in the place of diesel among others.
The inauguration function commenced with Gayatri Chanting at 0820hrs. Ceremonial Payasam was prepared in the midst of Vedic Chanting by Pundits. Trustees and the Secretary of the Central Trust and Sadhana Trust attended the inauguration even as the Canteen Manager invoked Bhagawan’s blessings. Arati was offered at 0905hrs and Prasadam was distributed to all who attended the function.
There has also been a change of guard this week with Gujarat taking over from Uttar Pradesh for Sevadal opportunity this afternoon. As per tradition the outgoing Sevadal assembled in Poorna Chandra this afternoon after handing over charges to their Sai brothers and sisters from the land of the Father Of The Nation. They reminisced with an old Darshan video together as a single Sai Community. Later on they were addressed by the Secretary of the Central Trust and Organisational coordinators.
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