Timeline For Sathya Sai Baba – Time Line

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Timeline For Sathya Sai Baba Important Dates Time Line

September 27th 1838 – According to Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Shirdi Sai Baba was actually born on 27 September 1838.

October 15th 1918 – Shirdi Sai Baba entered Mahasamsadhi.

November 23rd 1926 – Sathya Sai Baba born as “Sathyanarayana Raju” to Pedavenkappa Raju and Easwaramma.

1940 – At the tender age of 14, Sathya Sai Baba declared his mission.

July 5th 1941 – July 6th 1942 – Sathya Sai Baba attended the Bukkapatnam school.

July 1st 1943 – Sathya Sai Baba attended the Uravakonda School.

May 25th 1947 – Sathya Sai Baba, at the age of 21, declared his mission as: “I have a task to foster all mankind and ensure lives full of ananda. I have a vow; to lead all those who stray away from goodness back to goodness and save them. I am attached to the work that I love; to remove the sufferings of the poor and grant them what they lack.”

1950 – Sathya Sai Mandir at Puttaparthi under construction.

December 1950 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Hampi.

August 8th 1951 – Sathya Sai Akhanda Bhajans held at Bangalore.

1952 – Sathya Sai Baba celebrated Shivarathri at Neeladri Rao’s house.

June 30th 1953 – Sathya Sai Baba brought back to life V. Radhakrishna.

March 15th 1954 – Sathya Sai Baba at the Yerpedu River.

November 23rd 1954 – Sathya Sai Baba laid the foundation stone for the Hospital behind Prashanti Nilayam.

February 2nd 1955 – Linga emerged from Sathya Sai Baba on Shivarathri.

March 1st 1956 – Krishnama Raju marriage.

March 1957 – All India Divine Life Conference held at Venkatagiri.

July 4th 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba planted the Vatavriksha (Meditation tree).

October 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates the Hospital behind Prasanthi Nilayam.

1957 – All India Divine Life Convention

1957 – Inauguration of Thaporan

July 14th 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba leaves Parthi for Risikesh.

July 22nd 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba reaches Risikesh.

July 26th 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Vasistha Guha gives and Swami Purushothamananda a vision of Jyothir Padmanabha.

July 28th 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba leaves Rishikesh.

July 30th 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Mathura Brindavan.

August 2nd 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba reaches Kashmir Valley stayed in the boat house.

August 3rd 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Glummer and Kilan Marg.

August 14th 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba returns to Puttaparthi.

November 15th 1957 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Dehra Dun, gives Darshan to a devotee on deathbed.

February 2nd 1958 – Kannan High School, Chitthoor.

February 16th 1958 – Publication of Sanathana Sarathi started.

February 23rd 1958 – Chithravathi River Bed, Puttaparthi.

March 3rd 1958 – B. Z. High School, Chitthoor.

March 25th 1958 – Sathya Sai Baba at Gokhake Hall, Madras.

December 22nd 1958 – Sathya Sai Baba visited Kanyakumari and on his pronouncement, the ocean rushed to bathe Baba’s feet and left a garland of translucent pearls around them.

April 1959 – Sathya Sai Baba under Banyan Tree in Thaporana.

1958 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates Santhana Sarathi.

June 21st 1959 – Sathya Sai Baba saves a devotee from a fire in Madras.

February 26th 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba installs Shirdi Sai Statue in Nagaswamy Mandir.

March 28th 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba addresses a Mammoth gathering in Madras.

April 2nd 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Kasi Vishwanath Temple in Banares.

April 3rd 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Allahabad Triveni Sangam.

April 3rd 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Delhi.

June 9th 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba reaches Haridwar.

June 11th 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba blessed Brahmakund.

June 12th 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba leaves for Badrinath.

June 21st 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba reaches Madras.

July 4th 1961 – Sathya Sai Baba returns to Prasanthi Nilayam.

December 1962 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates Prayer Hall in Perambur.

October 6th 1961 – Commencement of the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yagna during Dassera.

October 16th 1962 – Inauguration of All India Prashanthi Vidwan Maha Sabha.

July 6th 1963 – Guru Purnima: The miracle of compassion. Sathya Sai Baba took upon himself the paralysis of a devotee and also announced himself as Shiva -Shakthi Swaroopa.

April 13th 1964 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates the Mysore State Prasanthi from Bangalore (White Field ).

June 7th 1965 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates the Maharashtha Branch of Vidwanmahasubha at Shanmukhananda Hall, Mumbai.

1965 – Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi (later christened Sri Sathya Sai Organisation) founded.

1966 – Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas started.

August 4th 1967 – Prasanthi Nilayam declared as township.

May 12th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates Dharmaksheta, an architectural jewel built on an elevated spot, commanding a panoramic view of the of Mumbai.

May 16th 1968 – Inauguration of the First World Conference by Sri Satya Sai Baba.

1968 – Dassera: Sathya Sai Baba makes clear that He is both Sanathana Sarathi and Parthasarthi.

May 18th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba lights a lamp that would be kept perpetually burning at Dharmakshetra, aimed at dispelling the darkness within the human heart.

May 19th 1968 – Valedictory function at the conference.

May 24th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Navasari and Surat on way to Baroda.

June 10th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba returns to Nilayam.

June 30th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba boards the Boeing flight leaving for East Africa from Bombay. Reaches Nairobi at noon.

July 1st 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba reaches Kampala at 1.30 a.m.

July 3rd 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba flies over the Ngorongoro centre the largest concentration of wild life in Africa. Gives His first discourse in Africa.

July 5th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba visits the National Park and proceeds to Hippo Pool.

July 6th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Kanyan Highlands.

July 7th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba addresses the first public meets at Kampala.

July 8th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba addresses another vast gathering at Kampala.

July 10th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba initially plans to leave for India on the occasion of Guru Poornima but decides to spend the day at Kampala. Talks to about 200 young men and women who served as volunteers in the afternoon.

July 11th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba meets Sadhaks and Active Workers from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

July 12th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba proceeds to the Murchison Falls National Park.

July 14th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba leaves for Bombay.

July 15th 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba addresses a mammoth gathering at Dharmakshetra. Declares that racial conflicts and animosities spring from sheer ignorance of the brotherhood of man.

July 22nd 1968 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates Women’s college in Anantapur.

June 9th 1969 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates Boy’s college with the Chief Minister of Mysore State Sri. Veranda Patel. The aim of the college is to provide a complete education viz., Karma-marga, Dharma-Marga and Brahma-Marga.

July 25th 1969 – Akhand Bhajan held at the Lal Bag Gardens in the Glass House.

October 20th – 28th 1969 – Sathya Sai Baba tours the Districts of North Mysore

January 16th 1969 – Sathya Sai Baba goes to Rajahmundary on the Godavari river.

January 17th + 18th 1969 – Sathya Sai Baba, Sri. V. K. Rao and Swami Karunyananda gave speeches. “Let your love and longing desire and search be directed towards God.” Gives a discourse to the staff of Andhra Paper Mills.

January 20th – 25th 1969 – Sathya Sai Baba goes on a merciful mission of love to Kesavaram, Kotapadu, Bandaralanka Amalapuram and Manepalli etc.,

January 26th 1969 – Shivarathri Day: Sathya Sai Baba addresses the Lions Club hosting of the Prasanthi Flag Lingothbharam.

1969 – Dasara: “To celebrate Dassera at Prasanthi Nilayam is need a rare change repleate with wonder and joy ensuring peace by the extinction of the six enemies.” – Sathya Sai Baba

October 20th 1969 – At Valedictory rite of the Yojna, Sathya Sai Baba creates a nine gem necklace for the chief priest. During Abhisheka of Shirdi Baba, Bhagawan created a sparkling eight-starred jewel of gold and stuck it on the forehead of the silver idol.

November 7th 1969 – Sathya Sai Baba laid the foundation for a magnificent building for a Women’s College at Anantapur.

November 23rd 1969 – 3rd All India conference of the Office Bearers of the Sri Sathya Seva Organisations in Prasanthi Nilayam. “Here is the Shiva Shakhti born in human form to lead mankind towards Him,” Sathya Sai Baba declares.

December 31st 1969 – Meeting of the Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in Mysore.

May 9th 1970 – Sathya Sai Baba leaves Brindavan for Bombay, on the way visits Poona.

May 15th 1970 – Sathya Sai Baba visits Dwaraka from Jamnagar goes to Mithaput. Sathya Sai Baba manifested a 15 inches high golden statue of Lord Krishna.

May 17th 1970 – Sathya Sai Baba opens Digvijaya Dwar (Gateway of Victory) at Somnath. Materialises 108 golden flowers in a shower and pours on the Linga. Teleports the original Linga under the Duplicate Linga in the shine.

May 20th 1970 – Sathya Sai Baba leaves Bombay for Brindavan.

May 1972 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurates the First Summer Course on Indian Culture & Spirituality.

July 20th 1972 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurated the Smt. Eswaramma High School at Puttaparthi.

October 17th 1972 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurated the Poornachandra Auditorium in Prashanthi Nilayam.

April 5th 1973 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurated Shivam in Hyderabad, the Capital of Andhra Pradesh.

August 26th 1975 – Sathya Sai Baba turned back a Chitravathi river flood to save the village of Puttaparthi.

November 23rd 1975 – Second World Conference held at Prashanthi Nilayam on Sathya Sai Baba’s 50th birthday celebrations. Inauguration of Sarva Dharma Aikya Stupa and helicopter darshan.

August 28th 1976 – Inauguration of the Sri Sathya Sai Hospital at Whitefield, Bangalore.

1978 – Sathya Sai Baba inaugurated the Sri Sathya Sai College Building at Brindavan in Bangalore, the Capital of Karnataka.

July 1st 1979 – Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai College, Prasanthi Nilayam.

November 11th 1980 – Third World Conference held at Prashanthi Nilayam on Sathya Sai Baba’s 55th birthday celebrations.

November 23rd 2008 – Sathya Sai Baba’s 83rd birthday celebrations and Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Shanthi Mahotsavam.

Time line & Important Dates For Sathya Sai Baba Timeline

SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog Outranks Critic’s Anti-Sai Blogs

SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog Outranks Critic’s Anti-Sai Blogs

Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard (two of the most vocal critics of Sai Baba) advertise their Anti-Sai WordPress blogs on several websites that keep track of their visitors and rank their blogs based on the amount of traffic they receive. This SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog is also advertised on those websites and an objective comparison between blog stats reveals that this SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog consistently outranks critic’s blogs.

On BlogTopList For Religion on November 24th 2008, this SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog received 5,192 unique visitors while the RobertPriddy Anti-Sai WordPress Blog only received 900 visitors. That is five and a half times more traffic. Barry Pittard does not have his blog listed on this website.
SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog Outranks Robert Priddy Anti-Sai WordPress Blog

SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog Outranks Robert Priddy’s Anti-Sai WordPress Blog

On TopBlogArea For Religion on November 24th 2008, this SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog received 2,631 unique visitors while the RobertPriddy Anti-Sai WordPress Blog only received 277 visitors. That is almost ten times more traffic. Barry Pittard does not have his blog listed on this website.
SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog Outranks Robert Priddy Anti-Sai WordPress Blog
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SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog Outranks Robert Priddy’s Anti-Sai WordPress Blog

On BlogTopSites on December 2nd 2008, this SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog received 2,100 unique visitors while the RobertPriddy Anti-Sai WordPress Blog only received 472 visitors and the BarryPittard Anti-Sai WordPress Blog only received 692 visitors. That is four times more traffic than Priddy’s blog and three times more traffic than Pittard’s blog.
SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog Outranks Robert Priddy and Barry Pittards Anti-Sai WordPress Blogs
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SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog Outranks Robert Priddy and Barry Pittards Anti-Sai WordPress Blogs

It is important to point out that these websites have different variables and different reset times, which accounts for the differences in numbers. Since visitor numbers change every day, so do the blog statistics. Nevertheless, on each of these websites, this SathyaSaiBaba WordPress Blog consistently & significantly outranks critic’s blogs even though they continually attempt to fool Sai Devotees by naming their articles with deceptive Pro-Sai titles.

This objective and verifiable information proves that despite critic’s pervasive, aggressive and unremitting day-after-day smear campaigns against Sathya Sai Baba, the general public cares very little for their: 1) Obsessive nitpicking; 2) Foaming-at-the-mouth rhetoric; 3) Suffocating negativity and 4) Crybaby whining that has continued unabated for the past 8-10 years.

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Sai’s Mission in Arkansas, USA: Harmony and Health for Poor People

Sathya Sai Baba Harmony

Sathya Sai Baba Harmony

Sai’s Mission in Arkansas, USA: Harmony and Health for Poor People

Serendipity or any other logical explanations are totally illogical when we look back and remember the sequence of events, writes Dr. Sunny Anand from Arkansas referring to Bhagawan’s unseen hand that was operational in executing a service activity initiated in His name. How often we are aware and how often we acknowledge the Divine for such simple but obvious providence from the Greater Heaven that makes our mission moving. Read on the story of HARMONY, Healing ARkansas’ MOst NeedY, a humble ministry of Divine Love for humanity. Read on a narrative from Dr. Kanwaljeet Singh Anand of the U.S.

Dr.Kanwaljeet Singh Anand is a doctor of repute from the United States, Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Neurobiology. He did his doctoral degree from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, University of Indore, Indore and to a PhD from Jesus College, University of Oxford, UK. Currently Dr. Ananad is the Director, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute Pain Neurobiology Laboratory.

On Sept. 5, 1957, the city of Little Rock, Arkansas became infamous as an example of racial violence and intolerance, communal strife and injustice, economic exploitation and inequality, when widespread riots erupted after the desegregation of Black and White Americans in government-funded public schools, in particular the Central High School. Governor Orval Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent Black students from enrolling at Central High School, which was an all-White school, in direct defiance of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that made segregation in public schools illegal. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the chief law enforcement officer of USA, knew he had to act boldly. He placed the Arkansas National Guard under federal control and sent 1,000 U.S. Army paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to assist them in restoring law and order in Little Rock, Arkansas. Even after the election of President Bill Clinton from Arkansas in 1992, the city of Little Rock continued to carry the dirty mark on its reputation – as a center of racism, discrimination, and bigotry!

But the Divine Grace of our Beloved Sathya Sai Baba has manifested in a unique way to finally erase this black mark from the beautiful face of this city. Very few people may truly realize the far-reaching influence of our Beloved Swami’s Love in the lives of people all over the world. The current sequence of events was set in motion when Swami directed His instrument, Dato’ Jega Jegathesan to visit Little Rock in March 2006. In honor of his visit, the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Little Rock coordinated several local community groups and organizations to arrange a lecture and panel discussion at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, inaugurated by the City Mayor Jim Dailey. To a hall packed with >400 people, Brother Jegathesan spoke about the “Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Building a Caring Community and the Nation”, and challenged everyone to join together in providing free health care to the poor and uninsured Arkansans.

Immediately after his visit, the Sathya Sai Baba Center invited medical volunteers from various groups to start working on a plan for providing free-of-charge medical care. A coordinator of the Arkansas Inter-Faith Alliance, Rev. Joyce Hardy, introduced this group to another group of volunteers who were inspired by the Volunteers in Medicine Institute (VIMI) based in Vermont, USA. Funds provided by the United Methodist Conference of Arkansas were utilized to cover the travel-related expenses of hosting a VIMI representative for a series of public forums on how to start a free clinic. Through the efforts of the Arkansas Inter-Faith Alliance these groups coalesced and started working together on this project from April, 2006.

On July 25, 2006, Central Arkansas Volunteers in Medicine Clinic (CAVIMC) was incorporated and decided to conduct its business as “Harmony Health Clinic”. This name is meant to represent the harmony and interconnectedness between a healthy mind, body, and spirit, as well as the diversity of individuals who founded the Clinic and those benefiting from its services. “Harmony” is also an acronym, inspired by Swami, which stands for “Healing Arkansas’ Most Needy”.

Swami’s Grace was evident from the very beginning of this project. Whenever any need arose, somehow the people or resources required to fulfill that need would appear. Serendipity or coincidence or other “logical” explanations are totally illogical when we look back and remember the sequence of events. There can be no other explanation but the constant, direct, moment-to-moment divine interventions that made this project possible, or made it progress at warp speed. Bureaucratic delays disappeared!!! Certification of tax-free status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which normally takes 6-8 months minimum, was obtained in 6-8 weeks (in June 2007). Somehow, miraculously, a detailed Business Plan was prepared by July 2007, a fundraising campaign was completed in September 2007 with 100% participation from all Board Members, and an interactive website) was launched in October 2007!!! By November 2007, we had located a site for the clinic and our proposal was approved unanimously by the Board Members of the Little Rock Housing Authority (LRHA).

When Dato’ Jegathesan returned to Little Rock, he was amazed to see the progress!! He spoke at an Open House for Volunteers on March 6th that was inaugurated by Arkansas’ Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and Congressman Dr. Victor Snyder. After this function, were confident that the clinic could be opened by early summer, but then Bhagawan showed us who is in charge. Legal problems struck and the lease for the property was delayed further and further!! Month after month passed without any resolution of the legal battles…. Finally, when all the volunteers gave up and surrendered their efforts to His Grace, everything fell into place and a rent-free lease for the clinic facility was signed on July 2nd 2008.

Later, in hindsight, we all realize how this delay had been a GREAT BLESSING in disguise. A hailstorm occurred in May, which revealed major damage to the roof and multiple water leaks, such that the Housing Authority was forced to repair the roof at their cost. Another “accident” occurred when a construction crew was digging behind the property and damaged the water pipe leading to the office building. At that time, we discovered that a ½ inch water pipe was adequate for an office building, but was grossly insufficient for the clinic’s needs. Again the Housing Authority agreed to replace the entire water supply with a 1 inch pipe!!! Not even in our dreams could we have thought about needing a larger pipe for the water supply!!!

As soon as Young Adults from the Sai Organization heard about the news of this clinic, they wanted to come and serve! Despite having a heavy workload, they would drive to Little Rock from far off places like Memphis, Nashville (in Tennessee), Huntsville (in Alabama), and other places to join with the local YA’s and perform this seva of love. These youth spent their entire weekends working hard from morning till night…. they were completely immersed in sharing their Love for Swami, singing bhajans, chanting mantras, cheerfully cooperating and helping each other, while accomplishing a HUGE amount of work!! Tasks in the pre-lunch session included cleaning the parking lot from mud and dry leaves, moving the lawn, killing the weeds, painting lines in the parking lot, painting the curbside, outer walls of the building and outside stairs. Two or three people were constantly working to pressure wash the entire building, outside stairs, metal ceilings of the entrance, and the 200 ft handicapped ramp. Another team worked inside the building to strip the wallpaper, masking tape all handle bars and edges, got rid of all nails, filled the holes with plaster and then scraped it with fine sand paper. At this stage, all the youth joined in a spiritual graffiti competition!!

They drew holy symbols and wrote Sai quotations so that when the walls were painted, these messages would be permanently embedded in the structure and continue emanating powerful spiritual vibrations. Painting of the walls was done with two layers of primer and then a final coat of colored paint, using the Parthi theme colors with light blue, pink, white and yellow for the outside and inside walls. By the end of each day, with tired muscles aching with pain, all volunteers shared stories of Divine Grace, laughed a lot at the antics of our Sai Krishna, or simply sat back quietly grateful for His Presence in our lives.

Miraculous events have continued to happen. Just when we thought that opening a free-of-cost Pharmacy may be too expensive, the Attorney-General of Arkansas called us and gave us an unsolicited cheque of $45,497.20!!! Just when we were thinking about where to get furniture and equipment for the clinic, a physician who had closed down her medical practice called and said she wants to donate all her clinic equipment and furniture!!! Just when we needed to send out a fundraising email to 2000 potential donors, an IT professional showed up with a software program written exactly for that purpose!!! The number of times that our Beloved Swami has come through with His Divine Intervention JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME cannot be counted. His Presence is felt by all who come to participate in this activity. At the same time, a powerful message of Unity goes out into the local community, because we have Sai devotees working with Baptists, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and other faiths; people speaking English, Spanish, Hindi, or Chinese – all amalgamated into the language of Love; people from rich or poor classes, with black, brown, or white skin, with different professions and disciplines – all working towards One Goal.

At this time the facility is almost ready. The Harmony Health Clinic will offer Primary Medical Care, Dental Care, Pharmacy services, Diagnostic services, Referral services, and Health Education to all those who cannot afford health insurance or get it from the government. We are scheduled to open the clinic on December 4th, 2008. No big fanfare, no inauguration ceremony, no attention-seeking event is planned; we will just say a brief prayer and open our doors to start this humble ministry of LOVE. We know that SWAMI will be there to treat and be treated, to serve and to receive, to cry and to wipe away the tears, to share and to care in every possible way, because He is in ALL and He indeed is all.


At Least 100 Dead in India Terror Attacks

Terrorist Attack In India - Pray For Peace

Terrorist Attacks In India Pray For Peace

At Least 100 Dead in India Terror Attacks
November 27, 2008
The New York Times

MUMBAI, India — Coordinated terrorist attacks struck the heart of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, on Wednesday night, killing dozens in machine-gun and grenade assaults on at least two five-star hotels, the city’s largest train station, a movie theater and a hospital.

Even by the standards of terrorism in India, which has suffered a rising number of attacks this year, the assaults were particularly brazen in scale and execution. The attackers used boats to reach the urban peninsula where they hit, and their targets were sites popular with tourists.

The Mumbai police said Thursday that the attacks killed at least 101 people and wounded at least 250. Guests who had escaped the hotels told television stations that the attackers were taking hostages, singling out Americans and Britons.

A previously unknown group claimed responsibility, though that claim could not be confirmed. It remained unclear whether there was any link to outside terrorist groups.

Gunfire and explosions rang out into the morning.

Hours after the assaults began, the landmark Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, next to the famed waterfront monument the Gateway of India, was in flames.

Guests banged on the windows of the upper floors as firefighters worked to rescue them.

Fire also raged inside the luxurious Oberoi Hotel, according to the police. A militant hidden in the Oberoi told India TV on Thursday morning that seven attackers were holding hostages there.

“We want all mujahedeen held in India released, and only after that we will release the people,” he said. Some guests, including two members of the European Parliament who were visiting as part of a trade delegation, remained in hiding in the hotels, making desperate cellphone calls, some of them to television stations, describing their ordeal.

Alex Chamberlain, a British citizen who was dining at the Oberoi, told Sky News television that a gunman had ushered 30 or 40 people from the restaurant into a stairway and, speaking in Hindi or Urdu, ordered them to put up their hands.

“They were talking about British and Americans specifically,” he said. “There was an Italian guy, who, you know, they said, ‘Where are you from?’ and he said he’s from Italy, and they said, ‘Fine,’ and they left him alone.”

Sajjad Karim, 38, a British member of the European Parliament, told Sky News: “A gunman just stood there spraying bullets around, right next to me.”

Before his phone went dead, Mr. Karim added: “I managed to turn away and I ran into the hotel kitchen and then we were shunted into a restaurant in the basement. We are now in the dark in this room, and we have barricaded all the doors. It’s really bad.”

Attackers had also entered Cama and Albless Hospital, according to Indian television reports, and struck at or near Nariman House, which is home to the city’s Chabad-Lubavitch center.

The police told Reuters that an Israeli family was being held hostage. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it was trying to locate an unspecified number of Israelis missing in Mumbai, according to Haaretz.com, the Web site of an Israeli newspaper.

Several high-ranking law enforcement officials, including the chief of the antiterrorism squad and a commissioner of police, were reported killed.

The military was quickly called in to assist the police.

Terror Attack Sites In India

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Hospitals in Mumbai, a city of more than 12 million that was formerly called Bombay, have appealed for blood donations. As a sense of crisis gripped much of the city, schools, colleges and the stock exchange were closed Thursday.

Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister for Maharashtra State, where Mumbai is, told the CNN-IBN station that the attacks hit five to seven targets, concentrated in the southern tip of the city, known as Colaba and Nariman Point. But even hours after the attacks began, the full scope of the assaults was unclear.

Unlike previous attacks in India this year, which consisted of anonymously planted bombs, the assailants on Wednesday night were spectacularly well-armed and very confrontational. In some cases, said the state’s highest-ranking police official, A. N. Roy, the attackers opened fire and disappeared.

Indian officials said the police had killed six of the suspected attackers and captured nine.

A group calling itself the Deccan Mujahedeen said it had carried out the attacks. It was not known who the group is or whether the claim was real.

Around midnight, more than two hours after the series of attacks began, television images from near the historic Metro Cinema showed journalists and bystanders ducking for cover as gunshots rang out. The charred shell of a car lay in front of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly Victoria Terminus, the mammoth railway station. A nearby gas station was blown up.

The landmark Leopold , a favorite tourist spot, was also hit.

Reached by phone, some guests who had been trapped in the Taj said about 1 a.m. that they had heard an explosion and gunfire in the old wing of the hotel.

A 31-year-old man who was in the Taj attending a friend’s wedding reception said he was getting a drink around 9:45 p.m. when he heard something like firecrackers — “loud bursts” interspersed with what sounded like machine-gun fire.

A window of the banquet hall shattered, and guests scattered under tables and were quickly escorted to another room, he said. No one was allowed to leave.

Just before 1 a.m., another loud explosion rang out, and then another about a half-hour later, the man said.

At 6 a.m., he said that when the guests tried to leave the room early Thursday, gunmen opened fire. One person was shot.

The man’s friend, the groom, was two floors above him, in the old wing of the hotel, trapped in a room with his bride. One of the explosions, he said, took the door off its hinges. He blocked it with a table.

Then came another blast, and gunfire rang out throughout the night. He did not want to be identified, for fear of being tracked down.

Rakesh Patel, a British businessman who escaped the Taj, told a television station that two young men armed with a rifle and a machine gun took 15 hostages, forcing them to the roof.

The gunmen, dressed in jeans and T-shirts, “were saying they wanted anyone with British or American passports,” Mr. Patel said.

He and four others managed to slip away in the confusion and smoke of the upper floors, he said. He said he did not know the fate of the remaining hostages.

Clarence Rich Diffenderffer, of Wilmington, Del., said after dinner at the hotel he headed to the business center on the fifth floor.

“A man in a hood with an AK-47 came running down the hall,” shooting and throwing four grenades, Mr. Diffenderffer said. “I, needless to say, beat it back to my room and locked it, and double-locked it, and put the bureau up against the door.”

Mr. Diffenderffer said he was rescued hours later, at 6:30 a.m., by a cherrypicker. “That was pretty hairy,” he said. “I don’t like heights.”

Among those apparently trapped at the Oberoi were executives and board members of Hindustan Unilever, part of the multinational corporate giant, The Times of India reported.

Indian military forces arrived outside the Oberoi at 2 a.m., and some 100 officers from the central government’s Rapid Action Force, an elite police unit, entered later.

CNN-IBN reported the sounds of gunfire from the hotel just after the police contingent went in.

In Washington, the Bush administration condemned the attacks, as did President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team. The State Department said there were no known American casualties, but the White House said it was still “assessing the hostage situation.”

Reporting was contributed by Michael Rubenstein and Prashanth Vishwanathan from Mumbai; Jeremy Kahn and Hari Kumar from New Delhi; Souad Mekhennet from Frankfurt, Germany; Sharon Otterman and Michael Moss from New York; and Mark Mazzetti from Washington.


From All Around The World  We Send Our Prayers And Love To Victims Of India Terror Attacks

From All Around The World We Send Our Prayers And Love To Victims Of India’s Terror Attacks

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Mangalore: Premajyothi – A Pictorial Documentation from Nov 26

Mangalore: Premajyothi – A Pictorial Documentation from Nov 26
Daijiworld Media Network—Mangalore (TU/CN)

Mangalore, Nov 26: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations of the coastal districts will organize ‘Premajyothi’, a pictorial documentation of various events and activities of the organization at T V Raman Pai Convention Centre, from Wednesday November 26.

Speaking to media persons on Tuesday November 25, Padmanabha Pai, president of the district organization, said that about 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day photographic exhibition. School administrations may contact them for vehicle arrangements for children, he said.

Nagesh G Dhakappa , state president, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, will inaugurate the exhibition. U Gangadhar Bhat, chairman, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust Alike, will be the chief guest.


Sai Centre Honours 83rd

Sai Centre Honours 83rd
November 26, 2008 Edition 1

THE Sathya Sai Centre, of Lenasia, celebrated the 83rd birthday of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Sunday at the Saiva Sithantha Sungam hall in Lenasia with a full day of activities, including cutting a special cake for the occasion and making awards to veterans and posthumous founders of the organisation.

There was an emotional moment for MC Sandy Raidoo as she read out the citations for the various awardees and then ended with that for her father, well-known Lenasia photographer Krish Ramlugan, who she said had repeatedly declined to be included on the list of awardees despite being the founder of the group.

To loud applause, Ramlugan accepted the award and recognised the role of others in the success of the group, before she showed a collection of photographs detailing how it had started with humble services in a private home, moving venues several times across Lenasia until it found its current permanent abode.


Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations – An Overview

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations - An Overview

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations - An Overview

Sathya Sai Baba Birthday Celebrations – An Overview

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