Melting Pots

Melting Pots
Posted: Nov 23, 2008 at 0054 hrs IST

In Devotion
Haven taken thousands of devotees into the trance of the spiritual world, for over the last few decades, Sathya Sai Baba aka Satyanarayan Raju has been a guru for many. And as he celebrates his 83rd birthday, his ardent followers have planned grand celebrations in the city to commemorate the occasion.

With a line up of spiritual programmes, the Sai Seva Samiti, Pune will begin the day with chanting Omkaar, followed by Prasanti Bhajan. “All his devotees in the city will gather for the function at Pradhyapak Ramkrishna More auditorium in Chinchwad. During the Prasanti Bhajan and Nam San Kirtan, which is a recital of holy songs, all the devotees will get together chanting bhajans,” says B K Vasudev, co-ordinator, state seva dal.

“On this occasion have also arranged for the Jhoola programme where renowned classical singer Padmashree Padmaja Phenani Joglekar of Mumbai will attend and perform,” says Shashikant Nalawade, convener of the samiti, adding, “A picture of Satya Sai Baba will be kept in the cradle and his praises will be sung.”

The celebration will also see kids from Bal Vikas where they will chant sholakas from Vedas before the audience. The chief guest for the occasion is Vilas Lande, MLA from Haveli Taluka.