A Colourful Thiruvonam Evening in Prasanthi Nilayam…

After the massive cultural procession in the morning, along the main road in Puttaparthi, this evening, it was the turn of the Balvikas Children from Calicut (Kozhikode) District of the state to bring colour to the Mandir precincts presenting a Dance Drama entitled Parvathi Parinayam here in Prasanthi Nilayam.

The programme commenced at 1700 hrs. with a musical solo by Sri TS Radhakrishnan, a familiar voice in Prasanthi during Kerala festivals, who serenaded Lord Krishna with the popular song “Neerajadala Nayana Hare Krishna…”

Winners of Annual Essay Writing Competition, organised by the State Organisation and held at College and Higher Secondary levels, were given away Gold Medals on the occasion. The winners Kum. Jessey KS from Thiruvananthapuram and Kum Surya Raghavendran from Trissur received the medals from Sri K Chakravarthi, formerly Secretary Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, currently Member Trustee with the Trust.

Speaking on the occasion, Sri K Chakravarthi lauded the commendable effort by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in bringing greater awareness in students at school and college levels. Sri Chakravarthi urged other state organisations also to emulate the Kerala model.

The Guest Speaker for the evening was Hon. Justice Sri Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan, sitting judge at the Kerala High Court.

“All the efforts that we have taken to assemble here is worth as you do not have Onam in Kerala as it is here” said the Hon.Justice addressing the thousands, from Kerala, assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall. Commenting on the erosion in human values owing to unhealthy culture of commercialism and excess materialism, he posed a question as to how much we are able to practise Bhagawan’s teachings and how far are we able to take His messages forward. He also mentioned about His personal experience, as to how Bhagawan beautifully dispelled the illusion of ‘duality in spirituality’, after years of infighting, bringing greater awareness about Bhagawan’s all-pervasive entity.

Concluding his inspirational speech the Justice urged every devotee to raise to the level of practising His teachings, irrespective position and cadre, mingling five Human Values with great constitutional values, making India a Sai Bharat, as envisioned by Beloved Bhagawan.

Next to come was a colourful dance drama by the Balvikas chidren from Calicut, entitled Parvathi Parinayam. Intertwined with melodious songs and dance sequences, tiny tots from the state presented a most absorbing session, depicting the legend of the Holy Marriage of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi.

At the end of the presentation all the participating children were felicitated and prasadam was distributed to the entire assembly. Bhajans continued for sometime before Mangala Arathi offering at 1845 hrs.

Earlier, before the commencement of the programme, Prof. Mukundan, State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, gave a brief introductory talk introducing the speakers, events also touching upon the service activities being done in the State.

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