Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Events

Saibaba celebrates birthday on a low key
ANANTAPUR: The 82nd birthday celebrations of Satya Saibaba were held at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi on Friday.

The fete was a low-key affair unlike which was used to be organised in a grand manner every year. He came to Sai Kushwant Hall on an elephant, Saigeetha, amidst chanting of mantras by Satya Sai Educational Institutions’ students.

He cut 82 cakes to mark his birthday and thousands of devotees across the world participated in the celebrations. Every year he used to deliver a spiritual lecture but on Friday he refrained from it. Malladi Brothers began their recital soon after the Baba came on the dais.

This year’s celebrations had a significance as it was announced that eight selected couples would anoint Baba as his mother used to do in his childhood.

The couples which had the rare honour were: Saibaba’s brother’s son R V Ratnakar and his wife, former Supreme Court chief justice P N Bhagavati and his wife, eminent industrialist Hindulal Shah and his wife, former chairman of Vysya Bank Gangadhara Shetty and his wife, Mr and Mrs Shaari and Mr and Mrs Margabandhu.

Thousands of devotees gathered at the place and waited patiently in serpentine queues from 3 am onwards to have the darshan of their bhagawan.

Elaborate arrangements have been made in Puttaparthi as a precautionary measure following a threat from extremists, while every nook and corner of the town was guarded by armed cops. Maharashtra Industries Minister Ashok Chavan and Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy were present as chief guests.

Rayalaseema Zone IG R P Thakur, District Collector N Sridhar, district Superintendent of Police Ravindra and others were also present.


Sathya Sai Baba birthday celebration
Friday November 23 2007 12:41 IST

GURUVAYUR: The 82nd birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba will be celebrated at Shirdi Sai Mandir here on Friday.

The Sai Sanjeevani Trust had organised a seven-day long birthday celebrations and conducted various social service activities like ayurveda camp, homoeo camp, free distribution of rice etc during these days.

The birthday celebration will be inaugurated by Thekkemadom Moppil Swamiyar.


Sathya Sai Jayanthi celebrations conclude

Thekkemadom Mooppil Swamiyar inaugurating the Sathya Sai Jayathi celebrations at Sai Mandir, Mammiyoor, on Friday. K V Abdul Kader MLA, devaswom chairman Thottathil Raveendran, Karmayogi Harinarayanan and actor Koottikkal Jayachandran are also seen.

GURUVAYUR: The week-long Sathya Sai Jayanthi held in connection with the 82nd birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba concluded at Sai Mandir here on Friday.

Thekkemadom Mooppil Swamiyar inaugurated the celebrations. Karmayogi Harinarayan presided over the meeting. Guruvayur MLA K V Abdul Khader, Devaswom chairman Thottathil Raveendran, cine actor Koottokkal Jayachandran addressed the gathering.

Special rituals were also performed at the Sai Mandir. Doctors led by N P P Namboothiri conducted a free ayurvedic eye camp. A pirannal sadhya for nearly 2,000 devotees were also served at the temple.


Goal of education is to serve society: Baba
Friday November 23 2007 09:14 ISTPUTTAPARTHI: Education becomes meaningful only when students use what they have learnt for helping others, Sri Satya Sai Baba has said.Delivering the convocation address at the 26th convocation of Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, a deemed university, in Sai Kulwant Hall at Prashanti Nilayam here on Thursday, the Baba said that students of the institute had a good name and they should ensure that they were not involved in unnecessary issues and waste time.‘‘Time is most precious and sacred and wasting it is akin to wasting life,’’ he explained. The Baba advised the students to control their desires and channel their energies for the benefit of the society, for they are the future. He asked them to respect parents and make them happy by being studious and bring glory to the schools and colleges they study at.

While other educational institutions worked for monitory gain, Satya Sai educational institutions worked for poor students and their development, he claimed and pointed out that safe drinking water scheme, education and health schemes were not meant for any monitory gain but were only service-oriented.

Students pursuing higher education should not sit idle but work for the benefit of the society by engaging themselves in social work. They should remember that higher education was not for them but for the society, he said. The Baba also emphasised on qualities like love, selfless service in the youth.

The convocation was a simple affair with minimal number of VVIPs attending it. For the first time, Sri Satya Sai Baba as chancellor of the deemed varsity delivered the convocational address. In all, 21 students received gold medals and meritorious certificates from Sri Satya Sai Baba.

Maharashtra Minister for Industries Ashok Chavan, AP Minister for Industries Geeta Reddy, industrialist AVS Raju and others were present.


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