Sri Krishna Janmashtami…

Prasanthi Nilayam celebrated the Advent of Bhagawan Sri Krishna today, 28 August 2013, in Bhagawan’s Divine omnipresence, marked with Musical Presentation, Gokulam Procession of quadrupeds and birds.

The programme commenced at 0820 hrs. after 20 mts. of Rudram chanting with the percussion band of the Institute playing some soulful music. An array of well conceived songs, Kirtans followed next, singing Madhurashtakam, Bhaja Govindam, Oh Sai Maa…ending up with  Krishnashtakam.

It was time for the Gokulam Procession to enter in…Even as the Kirtans made way to Bhajans, the colourful procession of quadrupeds and birds from Sri Sathya Sai Gokulam arrived at the Mandir escorted by the Nadaswaram and Vedam troupes from the Institute. The quadrupeds included cows and calves, deers, rabbits, peacocks, doves and the canine ‘Jolly’ from Senior Hostel. The cows had been covered with newly made embroidered, multi‑coloured silk duppattas, and were led by batches of students.

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Senior administrators of Ashram, including Trust Members and Secretary of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, fed the animals and birds as part of the Go-Puja, a tradition set by Bhagawan.  At the end Mangala Arathi was offered to Bhagawan indwelling in these living beings.

Bhajans gave away once again to special musical offering, this time singing specialized Krishna songs including a couple of Meera Bhajans and a scintillating Carnatic piece, BalaMukundam Manasa Smaraami…sung with great elan.

Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 0950 hrs. Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II