The proceedings of this Yajna started as early as 4 a.m. on this
day. Chanting of Rudram and Chamakam, Rudrabhishekam went on in the
same systematic manner like the other days of the Yajna. Being the
concluding day of the Yajna, every inch of space in Sai Kulwant Hall
was occupied by devotees and many were waiting outside to gain entry
into the Hall. Bhagawan came to the Hall for Darshan at 7.30 a.m.
and went a full round of the Hall. One could see people craning
their necks to have the vision of the Lord. Bhagawan sat in the dais
for some time. In the meantime, a cow and calf were brought to the
Hall and a priest performed Gopuja (worship of cow). With the
chanting of Rudram, Ghee was offered in the Yajna by the priests.
Bhagawan came down the dais to bless the sacred oblations, which
were then offered in the Yajna by the chief priest. With this, the
Purnahuti of the Yajna was performed. Then Kumbhabhishekam was done
to the Linga. Bhagawan blessed the Kalashas containing the holy
water. Abhishekam to the Linga was performed with the holy water.
Bhagawan went round the entire Hall sprinkling the Teertha (holy
water) on devotees and students. After Bhagawan came to the dais, He
had asked Sri V. Srinivasan, All India President, Sri Sathya Sai
Seva Organisations to make an announcement that the next Athi Rudra
Maha Yajna will be performed in Chennai in the month of January
after the arrival of Uttarayana (sun’s northward course). The Youth
of Tamil Nadu would take the lead in conducting the Yajna and the
head priest Sri Nanjunda Dikshitar would be the officiating priest
for the Yajna. Sri G.K. Raman, Tamil Nadu Trust Convener, Sri Sathya
Sai Seva Organisation said that it was the greatest opportunity for
them to conduct the Yajna at Chennai and invited everybody to the
Yajna. Prasadam was distributed to all the devotees in the Hall.
After Mangalarati, Bhagawan, retired to His abode. The huge
concourse of devotees was served Pulihora (tamarind rice) and Laddu
after the conclusion of the morning programme. Ladies were served in
the South Indian canteen and gents were served opposite to Hall 1 of
In the evening, Bhagawan came for Darshan at 3 p.m. After taking a
full round of the Hall, Bhagawan went inside the Bhajan Hall of the
Mandir where the Ritwiks (priests) had assembled. Bhagawan was with
the priests for more than a hour.
The proceedings for the day ended with Bhajans and offer of Arati to
Thus, concluded the grand and unprecedented Athi Rudra Maha Yajna,
which was conducted for 12 consecutive days at Prasanthi Nilayam.
Bhagawan taking the akshadas offered by the Pradan
Bhagawan depositing akshadas into the kundam
Small Golden Lotuses among the akshadas put into the
Bhagawan offering a coconut filled with turmeric
into the kundam
Bhagawan depositing akshadas into the kundam
Prokshanam by Bhagawan
Prokshanam by Bhagawan
From a devotees point of view! Read below
Rudra Yagnam Conclusion 20/08/06 - Afternoon
Sai Ram All
Well its over. After this
mornings proceedings, I was beat. Meaning, I need a holiday. A quiet
place to sit and reflect, what I, and all here, have experienced over
the last 12 days. I decided not to line up this afternoon, as usual. But
just arrive around 2.30pm and walk straight in, hoping there is a spot
for me. The hall was almost full at that time, but there was space at
the back. Swami arrived soon after and went straight into the inner
Mandir. After a short while, we heard the priest’s chanting Vedic
mantrams inside. Swami was obviously giving them private darshan. It was
now about 4.30, and He then went straight to the interview room. The
fires are still burning. I presume they will let them burn out
themselves. Someone told me, once they are extinguished and cool, they
do a certain pooja and break down the ash. Hopefully before I come home,
I can get some to bring back with me. The Sayeeshwara Lingam was not in
the hall. About 5pm, the Sai bhajan group started singing bhajans. About
5.45pm, aarti was sung and Swami was taken away to His abode. That was
it. The crowds will probably disperse quickly from here now. Ganesh
Chathurti is on the 27th. The day I leave, back to Australia. So I
presume the crowds will gather again during the week. I will continue
this blog till then, if anything is worth mentioning. I hope at least, I
have in some way provided a daily insight from a devotee point of view.
And that at least, in part, you have experienced in some small way, what
it was like being here during this most auspicious time.
Also most humble loving
Pranams to our beloved Lord, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, for allowing me to
daily keep you all up to date and a special thankyou to Chris Parnell
for setting this whole blog up. And to you all for the encouragement to
continue. Swami, forgive me if any of my information was not correct.
May Swami bless you all
Jai Sri Sai Ram
Yagna Poornahuti at Prasanthi Nilayam
Rudra Yagnam Conclusion. 20/08/06 - Morning
Sai Ram All
Swami blessed us all with a free lunch, under a huge canopy near the
sheds. Sweet, spicy rice with ladoo on a bed of vine leaves. So
after the morning’s proceedings, I decided to go for lunch first.
The lines were enormous. So I am writing this a few hours after the
Well, what can I say! Trying to remember all what had transpired
since 2.00am this morning, is a bit difficult .Yes, I arrived at the
Kulwant Hall, passing the enormous line of women reaching up to the
North Indian Canteen. Thats long! Oh no! I said to myself, I didn’t
get up early enough. What will the men’s lines be like. Sure enough
,when I turned the corner to go up the side of the hall, at least 20
seated lines already there and as you go further, more lines near
the Ganesh Temple. Then the thought arised, I might not even get
into the hall. Anyway, I did manage to get in. About two thirds way
back. We were all so squashed in by the Seva Dals. There was no room
to even move your legs. The thought of sitting in that position for
the next 5 hours at least, daunted me. Well it wasn’t five hours. It
was about 7 hours straight. Thats staggering to contemplate, but
thats what happened.
We were in the hall by 2.30am and waited cramped till 4.00am for the
priests to start the Rudra chants and abhishekams. Swami arrived
around 7.45am, I think. Went to His chair. When He goes to His
chair, He walks very slowly with the aid of a few students. He told
us last week that one leg is shorter by an inch, due to the
operation. He left shortly after to the interview room. Rudra Homan
was going on. He came back about 20 mins later, at the start of the
Sai Gayatri Homan. Once this finished, the priest’s started the
Jayati Homan. A cow, in dress, came and the priests gave it milk and
fruits etc. Swami was wheeled down in His chair to perform the Maha
Poornahuthi. He offered rice etc, I believe, into the main kunda.
Couldn’t really see all this from where I was seated. At this time
people started getting up to see all this. Mayhem followed. Everyone
got up suddenly and pushed towards the front. Shivaratri revisited.
I was literally squashed with no where to move. We were forced to
sit immediately in a space of a foot. I ended up behind one of the
pillars. I couldn’t see a thing now. All that time and effort gone
in a thrice. Oh yes! They closed the hall gates about 3am, as it was
full to the brim. A lot of loud yelling and scuffles outside. People
desperate to get in. Anyway I could see some of what was going on on
the Tv. The priest’s were now pouring the water from the containers
over the linga, that were placed there during the whole period.
Forgotten the word. The coconuts sit on top of them. Kumba’s, thats
it! Then Swami was wheeled around the hall, ladies side first and
blessed a few with Kumbabhisheka. Then briefly around the men’s
side. During this time, the Sai bhajan singers sang Shiva and linga
bhajans. Everyone was again eventually seated, by the Seva Dals.
Swami came back to His usual seated position. He asked the priests
to chant the Sri Rudram. After this, someone got up and mentioned
that Chennai will host another Ati Rudra Maha Yagna in January next
year. Sankranthi, I think. To be organised by the Tamil Nadu youth
and conducted by the same priests. He said this will be one of many
to be performed all over the world. Imagine one in Australia. Get
the youth onto this. Aarti then Swami left. Program starts at 3.00pm
for the people involved and 4.00pm for the rest of us. We all got
the water from the Kumba. I managed to get a few teaspoons in a bag.
Hope I can bring it back, so you can all partake. PHEW! This is a
bit long. Forgive me once again for any errors. Its hot and humid
again with that blazing sun.
3rd day Yajna Photos & Report also EXCERPTS FROM THE 3rd day
DISCOURSE "...Bhagawan in His
Divine Discourse underlined that it is mysterious to understand the
principle of Dakshinamoorthi…one can extol him in myriad ways…
more details & download from 3rd day
Latest 2nd set of Photos of day two & Yajna News :
"...Swami then materialized a third eye for the Lingam. It was plate
in gold 1 inch by 21/2 inch in size with a red gem at its centre.
Swami Himself placed the eye on the Lingam below the sandal paste
and vermillion mark. "
- 'Saieeshwara' Lingam with Sai Baba:
ATI RUDRA MAHA YAJNAM 1st Day: "...The much awaited Athi
Rudra Maha Yajna aiming at World Peace and Prosperity to the World
at large begins in the Holy Abode of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at
Prasanthi Nilayam in His immediate Divine Presence this afternoon at
15:00 Hrs. IST...."read moreYajna
Programme Schedule & Radio Broadcast
Latest: Sai Video clip - streaming video
of Ashadi Ekadashi play on
the Ten Commandments:
August Sai News Update-
"...This morning, Bhagawan came for darshan at 7.50 am. and during
His Darshan round in the car, spoke to the Karnataka Youth
co-ordinator and the organiser..."
4th August Sai
today morning the "Vara Lakshmi Vratham" started out with Lakhsmi
Puja in Puttaparthi. The traditional ritual of puja (pooja) was
performed to Goddess Lakshmi by Sai Baba devotees in huge numbers.
The pooja to Goddess lakshmi was incomparable and very auspicious
since it was preformed in the holy presence of Sathya Sai Baba.
Swami attended the puja and granted wonderful darshan & blessings to
all the devotees. read more
Latest Sai News from
Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi-
"...This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan at three o'clock, and
after spending a few minutes in the interview room, came outside and
sat onstage for an hour to the accompaniment of Vedic chants..." Read more
Vichaar:Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi
-Weekly newsletter- 3rd,August 2006 EXPERIENCE OF DEVOTEES: Nishit:
I am here sharing my experience with you all. My sister is a strong
devotee of Sai Baba and I also used to believe in him but was never
a very staunch follower. I wanted to go to Shirdi since long but
could never make it as I believe that he call us but can't go at our
own will. " Read more
2nd August: Video clip of The Sai Intl Symphony Orchestra -
The Sai International Symphony Orchestra again performs in Sai
Kulwant Hall, with a stunning array of beautiful classical works,
with appropriate and helpful introductions to each piece. The
musicians come from 22 countries. They start off with a bhajan that
was arranged by a member of the orchestra --can you recognize it? - 350kbs100kbs20kbs
30th July: Filling The emptiness: Miracles - "Actually His miracles that are really
wonderful are the ones He performs in the consciousness and lives of
His devotees. He changes you so gently and gradually that you do not
even realise that anything is happening until one morning you really
take a good look at yourself and see that you have changed..." read more
27th July Sai News Update:
This evening, Bhagawan came for darshan just after 3 o'clock, and
alighting from the car, went into the interview room. After a few
minutes, He came out and walked up to..."
23rd July, Sainews in
Devotees present at Kulwant Hall today
enjoyed the wonderful and long darshan of Swami since there was a
program by devotees [singers] from Karnataka state, Swami was out on
the veranda between 3 p.m -5 30. p.m. giving us blissful darshan for
nearly 3 hours.
Pictures and details later.
What is life about..?
" Life is not about keeping score. It is not about how many
friends you have..." read more
Talks with Pedda
Reddy Garu, the caretaker of Planetarium and Sai Geeta:
Tell us about Sai Geeta's early days.
Sai Geeta was very close to Swami those days. Everyday her
duty would be to wait outside the Mandir in the morning and she
would be ready with a garland..."
21st July: Puttaparthi Update & Photos:
"..large number of devotees from Japan had assembled in Sai
Kulwant Hall as early as 2.20. Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall for
Darshan at 2.30 and went outside the Ashram in the car...."read
Vichaar:Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi
-Weekly newsletter- 20th July, 2006 " EXPERIENCE OF DEVOTEES:
Sumesh- Dear all Sai devotees, I would like to share a recent
experience in my life where Baba played a major role. I am working
in a company in Bangalore and have been posted to Singapore as
regional manager. But I faced lot of difficulties
19th July -Latest Prasanthi Bulletin :
"This morning also, the Sai Youth from
Australia were called by Swami and had the chance to sit in the
Bhajan Hall during Bhajans...." read
Swami's Profile: 18th July: "Just imagine how Swami would
write His profile" read more