Holy SathyaNarayana Puja and Traditional Rathotsavam…

Come November, Sri Sathya Sai’s Prasanthi Nilayam paints Itself multi-hued, celebrating the most spectacular Divine Advent, The Advent Of Lord Supreme, Sri Sathya Sai.

A week ahead of the D-day, 23rd November, week-long ‘Birthday’ celebrations this year began this morning on an auspicious note.  Holy SathyaNarayana Puja to Bhagawan marked the celebrations of the 93rd Birthday celebrations today at the Sanctum Sanctorum in Prasanthi Nilayam. ‘His Story’ speaks of the SathyaNarayana Vratam and Puja conducted by His grandmother, ‘resulting which’ The Lord made His Epochal Advent on the 23rd day of November 1926. SathyaNarayana Puja is a traditional religious worship offered to Lord Maha Vishnu.

The Puja commenced at 0800 hrs on a specially erected dais and went through with rituals, interspersed with recital of His Story, Sri Sathya Sai SathyaNarayana Katha, narrating the most sublime story of His Advent. Post the Katha recitation, Naivedyam (offering) followed by series of Arathis continued, appeasing the Divine Supreme. Karpura Maha Mangala Arathi marked the end of the SathyaNarayana Puja.

The final phase of the morning function next featured Prasanthi Nilayam’s traditional Rathotsavam, Chariot Festival, carrying the Divine Couple Sita Ramachandra along with Lord Venugopala Swami in a palanquin procession leading to the Peddavenkama Raju Kalyana Mandapam, outside the Prasanthi precincts. Throng of devotees on both side of the road greeted the Divine Couple along with Lord Venugopala Swami enroute the Kalyanamandapam. As a customary practice over the years, the Divine Couple comes back in a return procession in the morning, while Lord Venugopala Swami returns at night, after blessing the entire village. Mangala Arathi was offered to the ‘Divine Guests’ at the Kalyanamandapam, following which the ‘retreat’ began.  

Back in the Mandir, bhajans followed by Mangala Arathi marked the end of the morning proceedings.

Marking the special occasion, Maha Anna Prasadam, both lunch and dinner, will be served to devotees from today until the ‘Birthday’, 23rd November.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II