Srikakulam Programme – Day 1

Srikakulam, the pioneers of Parthi Yatra have arrived on their yearly pilgrimage to Prasanthi NIlayam. They were the group who started the concept of district wise holy trips to Parthi way back in 2001. The programme started with Vedic invocation by students at 1630 hrs. At 1700 hrs, the State Sevadal Coordinator, Sri R. Lakshman Rao with his poetic speech took a trip of nostalgia recounting the numerous blessings, the Srikakulam district has received from Bhagawan with special emphasis on the discourse given by Bhagawan in 2005, where He taught them the advaitic lesson of I am I. Sri Rao also gave a status report of the various projects undertaken in the district under Bhagawan’s guidance.

At 1715 hrs, Sri Bharati Ramesh & co. started their music concert. He was accompanied by G. Sai Eswari as the female lead, Srinivas and Ashok on keyboard, Venkat Rao on percussion pads, Sandeep Varanasi on Gitar, Surya Naryana on Dolak, Kalyana Chakravarti on Tabla and Taraka and Teja providing the chorus.

Starting with a thundering rendition of the Ganesh sloka “Vakra Thunda”…, Sri Bharathi Ramesh cofessed his inability to enumerate the Lord’s praises in the song “Yemmani Pugadethaiya”, followed by the recounting of the Lord’s Promise, “Parithranaya Sadhunam…”. Ms. Sai Eswari sang an endearing number appealing to the Lord to come and speak once, “Ottesi Cheppava oka saari Swami”. Sri Ramesh continued the performance with the songs “SaiRam, SaiRam, Sathya Sai Ram”, “Sathyam Sivam Sundaram, Sathya Sai Mahamanthiram”, “Anu Swarropama” and finally with an appeal to all to walk together singing the Glory of the Lord and listening to His teachings, “Sai Naama Vinura, Sathya Sai Bodha Vinura”.

The programme was followed by Bhajans. Prasadam was distributed to the assembly and Arati offered at 1815 hrs.