Spreading Divine Vibrations
SACRED chants of Vedic Mantras along with offer of oblations in the sacred fire filled the air with spiritual vibrations when ceremonies were held to perform Yajnas for three days from 16th May to 18th May 2005 for the welfare of the world at Brindavan (Whitefield), Bangalore in the Divine Presence of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The venue of these ceremonies was Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall which was beautifully decorated with flowers, plantain and mango leaves. While four Yajna Kundas were set up on, the dais, one was set up below the dais in the Hall for the performance of these ceremonies. An altar was also set up on the dais where Kalashas (sacred vessels) were placed for worship by the priests. All the Yajnas were conducted by the priests from the Kollur Mookambika temple, Udipi and Shirdi Sai Temple, Bangalore.
On the first day, i.e., 16th May 2005, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba came to Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall at 7.20 a.m. in a majestic procession comprising the Veda chanting group of students and the priests who carried the Poornakumbham led by Nadaswaram musicians. The entire Hall reverberated with sacred chants from the Vedas as the priests started making preparations for the conduct of Dhanvantari Homa that was scheduled for this morning. Before commencing the Yajna, the priests performed Ganesh Puja, Kalasha Puja and offered other traditional prayers. At 8.00 a.m., Bhagavan blessed the sacred fire which was placed in the Yajna Kunda by the priests amidst sacred chants. When the priests started the performance of the Yajna, Bhagavan sat in His chair near the Yajna Kunda and blessed the performance of the Yajna. The environment was surcharged with sacred vibrations as a group of priests seated near the Yajna Kunda engaged themselves in the performance of the Yajna and another group of priests seated on the dais chanted Vedic Mantras. Besides, the students of the Institute sang Bhajans and recited Mantras. Amidst sacred chants and Nadaswaram music, Poornahuti blessed by Bhagavan Baba was offered in the Yajna Kunda by the priests at 9.45 a.m. After this, the priests offered Arati to Bhagavan and received blessings from Him. Durga Suktam, Mantra Pushpam and other sacred chants continued till 11.00 a.m. when the ceremonies came to a happy conclusion. Prasadam was distributed to all in the end. Chanting of Vedic Mantras by the priests and students continued in the afternoon also. After the Vedic chants, there were Bhajans led by the students of the Institute. The programme in the afternoon concluded with offer of Arati to Bhagavan at 6.00 p.m. Prasadam was distributed to all in the afternoon also.
On the morning of 17th May 2005, Puja was started by the priests at 7.00 a.m. with the chanting of Vedic Mantras. Beautiful decorations were done on the dais with flowers of different colours. The altar where Kalashas were placed was also aesthetically decorated with fresh flowers. Three Yajna Kundas which had already been made on the left side of the dais were also decorated and sanctified by chanting of Mantras by the priests. Bhagavan Sai Baba came to the Hall at 7.45 a.m. and blessed the Ritwiks and the sacred Yajna fire. After receiving blessings from Bhagavan, fire was lit in all the three Yajna Kundas and groups of priests sat around each Yajna Kunda to perform Rudra Homa, Mrityunjaya Homa and Durga Homa simultaneously. While the priests offered oblations into the Yajna Kundas with chanting of Mantras, the Institute students recited Vedic chants and a group of ladies devotees chanted Lalita Sahasranama. The Yajnas continued up to 10.00 a.m. sanctifying the environment and filling the air with sacred vibrations of Divine Name. At the conclusion of the Yajnas, the priests offered Arati to Bhagavan and received blessings from Him. Bhagavan also distributed clothes to them. The morning programme came to a close with Arati to Bhagavan at 10.30 a.m. and distribution of Prasadam to all. Sudarshan Homa was performed on the afternoon of 17th May 2005. Before the start of the Yajna, there were Bhajans led by the Institute students from 4.00 to 4.30 p.m. Bhagavan came to Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall at 4.30 p.m. and blessed the priests to start the Yajna. Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba also blessed the sacred fire which was placed in the Yajna Kunda by the priests. Thereafter, the priests started Vedic chants appropriate for the performance of Sudarshan Homa and offered oblations into the Yajna Kunda. The students also continued to recite Vedic Mantras. At the conclusion of this sacred Yajna, Poornahuti blessed by Bhagavan was put into the Yajna fire at 8.30 p.m. amidst chanting of Mantras, sounding of the bell and sacred notes of Nadaswaram music. The programme concluded at 9.00 p.m. with offer of Mangalarati to Bhagavan.
The Yajna ceremonies started on the morning of 16th May 2005 concluded with the performance of Shatachandi Homa on the morning of 18th May 2005. A Yajna Kunda for this Yajna was specially constructed in Sai Ramesh Krishan Hall in front of the dais. Puja was started by the priests at 6.45 a.m. with prayer to Lord Ganesh. Sacred Yajna fire was lit amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras and auspicious Nadaswaram music at 7.15 a.m. With the blessings of Bhagavan, the priests started the performance of the Yajna by putting oblations into the sacred fire with the chanting of Durga Saptashati, Durga Suktam, Sri Suktam, Gayatri Mantra, Sai Gayatri, etc. Institute students and ladies devotees also joined the chanting of sacred Mantras. The Yajna continued in this way for nearly three hours. At 10.25 Poornahuti material blessed by Bhagavan was put into the Yajna fire amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras, Nadaswaram music and ringing of the Mandir bell. Chanting of Mantras continued for some time after this. At 10.50 a.m. Mangalarati was offered to Bhagavan by the priests. Bhagavan showered His blessings on them and distributed clothes to them. After the performance of the Yajna, renowned singers Smt. Parveen Sultana and her husband Ustad Dilshad Khan sang Bhajans in praise of Devi and Bhagavan Baba. The programme concluded with offer of Arati to Bhagavan Baba at 11.20 a.m. Prasadam was distributed to all in the end.
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