Young Sathya Appears In The Sanctum Sanctorum Of The Virupaksha Temple

Young Sathya Sai Baba

Young Sathya Sai Baba

Young Sathya Appears In The Sanctum Sanctorum Of The Virupaksha Temple

This incident took place during Bhagawan’s childhood days, soon after the historic declaration of His Avatarhood. The strange turn of events connected to young Sathya had perturbed His elder brother, Sri Seshama Raju. It was at this time that a group of townsmen from Hospet (a town in Karnataka) consisting of the Deputy Inspector of Schools, some Muncipal Councillors and merchants, approached Seshama Raju with an invitation to Bhagawan to visit their town. Seshama Raju felt that the change of scene would improve Sathya’s condition and hence accepted the invitation.

Prof. Kasturi narrates the events that transpired during the visit:

Hospet town is a few miles away from the ruins of Hampi, the capital of the ancient Vijayanagar Empire. They alighted among the ruins and trudged along the roads, once lined by jewellery shops and flower-stalls, trodden by men and women of all the nations of the East as well as travellers and traders from the Middle East and the Mediterranean shore. They saw the elephant stables, the Palace of the Queens, the Vijayadasami Mound, and then went to the Vittalanathaswami Temple. They proceeded to the stone chariot, the monolithic Narasimha, and the gigantic Ganapathi. Finally they came to the temple of Lord Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagar Emperors, who protected and cherished Bharatiya Culture for well nigh three centuries from 1336 A.D. to 1635 A.D.

It was noticed that throughout the morning, Sathya was moving among the ruins, unaware, as in a trance. A revered sage, sitting in front of one of the temples, said of Him, “This boy, believe me, is Divine.”

When the party went into the temple of Virupaksha, Sathya too went with them but He seemed more interested in the height and majesty of the temple than in the worship at the sanctum sanctorum. He stood outside and no one pressed Him to enter with the others.

After a while, the priest waved the flame of camphor before the Lingam and asked the pilgrims to see the illuminated shrine, because the flame lit up the interior. There, inside the shrine, they saw to their utter amazement, Sathya!

He was standing in place of the Lingam, smiling and erect, accepting their Pranams. Everything about the ‘boy’ was so thrilling and unexpected that Seshama Raju wanted to verify whether he had not actually strayed into the shrine, evading everybody’s notice. So, he hurried outside to find Sathya leaning on a wall, staring at the horizon!

The amazement of the members of the party can better be imagined than described. They did special Puja for Him that day, though it was not a Thursday, for their faith in Him as a Manifestation was confirmed.

Reference: “Sathyam Shivam Sundaram” Vol – I, by Prof. N Kasturi. Page: 41-42. Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.

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