Loving Sai Ram
The 20th anniversary of Sai Gitanjali was celebrated for 5 days starting from Wed 24th May 2017 to Sun 28th May 2017 (Anniversary day). Please click here for the full report.
Bhagawan Baba inaugurated the mandir on 28th May 1997 and Blessed the mandir on its first anniversary on 28th May 1998 as well. The mandir and devotees were Blessed with His nectarine discourses on both occasions.
Photos of Bhagawan during inaguration: https://www.flickr.com/gp/dpmahesh/gF10yg
In subsequent years, Swami gave us the unique opportunity of His close Darshan, offering of Bhajans in His Divine presence at Brindavan ashram.
During this 20th anniversary, we at Sai Gitanjali had a 5 day programme both in the morning and evening, covering special bhajans, various service activities, Maha Narayana Seva, service at Belaku Vriddhashrama, Bal Vikas programs and a musical program by Sri. Maruti Prasad and party in the evening of Saturday 27th May. On the anniversary day, we were happy that Dr. Prithvi Raval son of Dr. R.S Padmanabhan was the chief guest who addressed the gathering. The program concluded by offering Maha Mangalarathi to Bhagawan and distribution of specially prepared prasadam for the devotees.
Day 1: 24-05-2017, Wednesday
The 5-day program started by donation of daily provisions and essential groceries to Sai Ashrayadham – A home for the blind and orphans at Belthur Medahalli Road, Kadugodi Post, Whitefield by the Seva wing of Sai Gitanjali.
The evening program started with Deepotsavam – lighting of 108 lamps at the main altar. This was followed by special bhajans by all groups of singers. The program concluded by offering Maha Mangalarathi to Bhagawan. Nearly 56 devotees attended the program.
Day 1 Photos: https://www.flickr.com/gp/dpmahesh/Wi8239
Day 2: 25-05-2017, Thursday
The second days’ activities commenced by performing Maha Narayana Seva to around 850 patients and attendants at SSSIHMS, Whitefield.
In the evening, the devotees gathered at the entrance of Sai Gitanjali and offered bhajans during the Parikrama of the mandir 9 times and then continuing the bhajans in the mandir hall. Nearly 77 devotees attended the evening program.
Day 2 Photos: https://www.flickr.com/gp/dpmahesh/79n371
Day 3: 26-05-2017, Friday
In the morning devotees gathered at the Belaku Vriddhashrama, Jayanagar 9th block and bhajans were offered by the Sai Gitanjali Mahila team. This was followed by Maha Mangalarathi and Donation of daily provisions, Sai Protein Food and Nama Likhita Japa books.
Narayana seva had been organized for the inmates and others. Nearly 30 devotees participated.
In the evening, there was special bhajans by all groups of bhajan singers at Sai Gitanjali.
Day 3 Photos: https://www.flickr.com/gp/dpmahesh/8B97aE
Day 4: 27-05-2017, Saturday
The day’s program started by providing Amrutha Kalasha sets to the needy families at select locations. The Bal Vikas team organized a very interesting program at Pragati Charitable Trust, Govt. Primary School, Lalbagh East Gate, Siddapur with bhajans, talk on Bhagawan Baba and His ideals, distribution of stationery items, T-shirts and sweets to the boys. Nearly 30 boys participated. This was followed by Maha Mangalarathi and Maha prasadam was distributed all students.
Our Bal Vikas team is reaching out to many schools in the neighbourhood of Sai Gitanjali propagating Bhagawan’s ideals. This is the first time they have taken up this school for this endeavour.
In the evening on Saturday, we had a musical program and bhajans by the well-known bhajan singer Sri. Maruti Prasad and party. He earlier had the rare opportunity of being blessed by Bhagawan. The performance was soul stirring and was very well received. Nearly 172 devotees attended the evening program.
Day 5: 28-05-2017, Sunday
The morning program commenced by doing Vastra Danam to gent’s staff at the SSS Gokulam canteen, Guest house and the SSS Vriddhashrama, Gokulam, Whitefield.
This was followed by donation of kitchen vessels to the sevadal canteen at SSSIHMS, Whitefield.
In the evening the program started at 5:15 pm with invocation, lighting of the Jyothi and a few bhajans.
Dr. Prithvi Raval (son of Smt. Kamala Padmanabhan and Dr. R.S Padmanabhan) was the chief guest.
The program was well attended by 230 devotees including Smt. Kamala Padmanabhan, Sri. Gangadhara Setty Sir, former convenor SSS Trust-Karnataka, Sri. Ram Kumar Sir, Trustee, SSS Trust-Karnataka, Sri. Sai Chandrasekhar Sir, District President.
Dr. Aswath, Convenor of Sai Gitanjali welcomed the assembly and described the activities of Sai Gitanjali in the annual report for the year June 2016-May 2017. He described the manifold activities of Sai Gitanjali including activities those outside of Sai Gitanjali. He also highlighted that the bhajan training sessions, Bal Vikas programs at the district level and state level are also conducted at Sai Gitanjali. Please click here for the full report.
With Bhagawan’s Grace and Blessings, another noteworthy feature of Sai Gitanjali worthy of mention is the 3 state level offices that are functioning from Sai Gitanjali premises. They are
- Radio Sai Studio
- SSS Publications, Karnataka and
- Sri Sathya Sai Trust Office, located in the new Sri Sai Padmanabhan block of Sai Gitanjali
This was followed by a very inspiring talk by Sri. Sai Chandrasekhar, District President. Sri Sai Chandrasekhar who described Sai Gitanjali as a place of pilgrimage and every visit to Sai Gitanjali was a blessing. He then urged everyone to take part in the various activities of Sai Gitanjali as this was a great opportunity gifted by Bhagawan.
Next, Dr. Prithvi Raval who was the chief guest on this occasion spoke about his close association with Bhagawan since his childhood and said “Growing up with Swami meant: phases of fun, being disciplined, orderly, neat and sensitive to others feelings, humanness, acting on Swami’s words and dispersal of affection and Love”. He further said, “HE made me feel like His best friend in all the 60 years since I have known Him”. He also dwelt on the teachings of Bhagawan and their implementation in our daily lives. Everyone felt that this was a magnificent presentation.
This was followed by distribution of certificates and mementoes to Bal Vikas students. Three persons were given certificates of appreciation for their service in the fields of
- Propagation of Swami’s ideals through publication of monthly journals and
- Humanitarian service.
The program concluded with offering of Maha Mangalarathi and performing of Pushpa Archana to Bhagawan’s Divine Padukas by nearly 230 devotees who attended the evening program.
Photos of Day 5: https://www.flickr.com/gp/dpmahesh/63qT7P
Here is a photo summary of the 5 day event