Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha – Day 5

Decorated with a golden tagline indicative of the supremely significant Divine benediction in the history of mankind, 20th October is ever remembered as The Avatar Declaration Day of the Sri Sathya Sai Avatar. Today also marks the 8th day, Durgashtami, of the ongoing Navarathri festival that is special owing to Ayudha Puja, worshipping of implements.

Marking the doubly auspicious occasion, Prasanthi witnessed a plethora of spiritual activities today with the Yajna, Ayudha Puja, Akhanda Bhajan, Grama Seva along with the Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha, featuring the day’s schedule.

In the morning, Ayudha Puja was conducted at Sai Kulwant Hall, at 0945 hrs, symbolically worshipping ‘Sai Vahans’ that included the Golden Chariot, a tradition that has been in practice for decades. Ayudha Puja is traditionally done on the ninth day of the Navaratri Festival. Customarily, implements used for livelihood are worshipped on this day, a symbolic affair reminding man of Supreme Divine benediction.

Following this, a 6-hour Akhanda Bhajan was held in Sai Kulwant Hall, organised by the old students of Anantapur Campus, from 10:00 hrs till 1600 hrs.

In the evening, at the Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha, noted scholar Dr Medasani Mohan deliberated on Saraswathi Vaibhavam explaining the ten characteristics of Mother Saraswathi. Speaking in Telugu, the erudite scholar, with anecdotes from the epics, elucidated on the theme, explaining the ‘blissful ambrosia’ of Saraswathi Tattwa.  Dr Mohan recalled the story of Valmiki, explaining how the sage was blessed with the Saraswathi Vaibhavam that finally blessed him to author of the epic Ramayana.

In conclusion, to the delight of the august assembly, Dr Mohan burst into a spontaneous poetic composition, singing the glory of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai.

Bhagawan’s Divine discourse followed, played on the public address system.

Earlier, the session commenced at 1640 hrs with Vedic incantation by the women students from the Anantapur Campus of SSSIHL. This was followed by an introductory talk by Sri Padyumna Mulpur, a Research Scholar from the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus, who chose to brief in short on the supreme significance of the special day.

Bhajans next ended with Mangala Arathi at 1820 hrs.

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