Ksheera Sagara Mathanam – Dance Depiction by Prasanthi Dance Troupe

Leading hearts, minds and souls many into the holiest of the holies, the sacrosanct Night Of Lord Shiva, Maha Shivarathri, this evening on the auspicious eve of the grand festivity, Prasanthi Nilayam witnessed a colourful bash of ‘student’ offerings resounding with the holy theme of ShivaTattwa in Beloved Bhagawan’s immediate Divine OmniPresence.

Commencing the programme at 1700 hrs., beautiful children from Bhagawan’s ‘Primary’ School presented a dance offering, dancing to the tune of ‘Hey Shankara Nataraja…’ first. Prasanthi Dance Troupe comprising students from ‘in-house’ Sai educational institutions followed suit, presenting a scintillating ‘Bho Shambho SwayaBho…” next.

Titled after the epical tale of ‘Ksheera Sagara Mathanam’, the main offering this evening was a enlivening depiction of the celestial episode with great symbolic significance.

Ksheera Sagara Mathanam, features in the Bhagavata, Mahabharata and Vishnu Purana, is an epical tale involving Devas and Asuras who were engaged in churning the ocean of milk at the instance of Lord Vishnu, in search of Ambrosial Nectar, Amrita.

During the churning, several wonderful objects sprung out of the ocean that included the wish fulfilling cow Kamadhenu,  Ucchaisrava (the white horse), Airavata (the white elephant), Kaustubhamani (a rare diamond), Kalpavriksha (the wish fulfilling tree), Maha Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth), and Sura or Varuni (the goddess of wine), etc.

However, the first to manifest from the ocean was a deadly poison, known as halahal, which seemed to threaten the very existence of creation itself, poisoning everything. Facing the threat on its face,  listening to fervent prayers from both the parties, Lord Shiva appeared, resolving the ‘bone of contention’ by gulping the poison, thus saving the creation.

The enlivening session this evening was a reminiscence with gratitude galore to The Lord for saving the universe  from imminent destruction, done in His inimitable selfless style, consuming the poison by HimSelf.

The programme turned out to be a salient reminder of man’s journey from ‘jeeva’ to as Bhagawan often calls the jeeva, Amritasya Putra.

Bhajans continued next and the session ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II