96th Year Of Advent Of Bhagawan – Celebrations Begin In Prasanthi Nilayam

Puttaparthi: Ahead of the epochal Advent Day, the 96th Jayanthi celebrations commemorating The Day Of Advent of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai, Prasanthi Nilayam today witnessed the traditional offering of Sri Sathya Sai Sathya Narayana Puja followed by the annual feature of ‘Sri Sita Rama – Venugopala Swami Rathotsavam’ in the immediate Divine OmniPresence of Bhagawan.

It is a part of ‘His Story’ that The Supreme Lord had accepted the offering of Sathya Narayana Puja from by His chosen Mother, Mother Easwaramma, before making His epochal Advent onto the planet as Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai. Subsequently, when the Little Divine was born, He accepted the Name ‘Sathya Narayana’ for HimSelf.

It is more than befitting for an occasion of such epochal significance to commence with the offering of sacred Sri Sathya Narayana Vratam. 

This morning, the proceedings commenced shortly after 0800 hrs with a palanquin procession of The Divine Couple, Lord Rama and Mother Sita, along with Lord Venugopala Swami to the specially erected and decorated dais in the Sai Kulwant Hall. With the resounding Vedic hymns playing in the backdrop, the Divine Couple, along with Lord Venugopala Swami, made a grant entry much to the devotional delight of the morning concourse.

The offering of Sathya Narayana Vratam followed next. The allied rituals included an Invocation, Achamanam, Pranayama, Maha Sankalpam, Prana Pratishta, Navagraha Prarthana, Panchamrita Snanam, Kalasha Pooja, Peeta Pooja, Sri Maha Ganapati PoojaSri Sathya Sai Ashtotharam followed by Mangala Arathi.

Sathya Narayana Vrata Kathas (Divine stories of Lord Sri Sathya Sai) of Sri Sathya Sai Vaibhavam, His infinite glory, followed next, presented in five distinct chapters, narrated in Sanskrit with short English introduction. Finally, the offering of Naivedyam followed.

The Sri Sathya Sai Vrata Kalpam is of paramount significance as it has The Lord Supreme Sri Sathya Sai as its origin, The Avatar Ultimate Of All Time. It is out of His sheer munificence, out of His infinite mercy for the devout folks that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai had revealed His True Truth, announcing HimSelf being the Sarva Devataateeta Swarupa, The Divine Form that is beyond all other forms of Godhood, meaning, The Supreme Source n’ Force, Oneness, embodied in human frame!!!

Next to come was the annual Rathotsavam. With the bhajans on, the procession commenced at 10:00 hrs. As is the Divinely ordained tradition, the Divine Couple Sita Ramachandra and Lord Venugopala Swami were taken in a regal palanquin procession leading to the Pedda Venkama Raju Kalyana Mandapam outside the Prasanthi precincts. Various cultural groups from different Telugu speaking districts joined, adding spark to the occasion.

Braving the intermittent drizzle, hundreds of devotees joined the procession that ended at the Pedda Venkama Raju Kalyana Mandapam.

Back in the Mandir, Mangala Arathi at 1020 hrs marked the end of the morning proceedings.

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