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2006 - Vara Lakshmi Vratham
8th 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..." read more  

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Speaking on the significance of Varalakshmi Vrata in the year 2000, Bhagavan said,

“Since ancient times, the women of Bharat have upheld the dignity and honour of the family and the community at large. The worship of goddess Varalakshmi earned them Her grace and they could accomplish all this. Varalakshmi is one who grants all the boons that women pray for. She confers on women all the eight types of wealth. Noble women like Savitri, Damayanti, Chandramati and Sumati accomplished mighty tasks only due to the grace of Varalakshmi. Worship of Varalakshmi confers wealth, prosperity and bliss.”

Varalakshmi Vratam is a festival to propitiate Sri Varalakshmi (Mahalakshmi) - the consort of Lord Vishnu, who is the abode of all auspiciousness, prosperity and wealth. The Vratam is performed on the Sravana Sukla Sukra Varam, that is, the Friday immediately following the full moon day (Purnima) in the auspicious month of Sravanam (corresponding to August - September). This Vratam is undertaken by the Sumangalis (whose husbands are still living) for good progeny, good health, and wishing long life for the husbands.

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On this auspicious day, Bhagawan came to Sai Kulwant Hall at 7.30 a.m. , while a Nadaswaram troupe of musicians followed Bhagawan playing sonorous notes befitting the occasion. The Hall was aesthetically decorated for the festival. A beautifully decorated idol of Varalakshmi adorned the dais of the Hall. Before the Puja commenced, Bhagawan went amidst the seated ladies in the Hall. The head priest elaborated on the significance of the occasion.

He informed the gathering of ladies that to perform this Puja in the immediate Divine Presence of Bhagawan was a great boon for all of them. The Puja commenced with worship of Ganapati. Then the priests enunciated the Mantras which were repeated by the vast gathering of 1,600 ladies. All along, the Sri Suktam, which forms an important part of this Puja was chanted by the priests. The ladies tied Toram (sacred yellow thread) on each other's wrist as a mark of protection and blessings of the Divine Mother. As instructed by the priests, they sprinkled Akshata (sacred yellow rice) on each other and also exchanged the customary winnowing pan, which symbolises charity.
The priest then explained the legend behind this Puja (mentioned in the next paragraph of this report). At the end, Bhagawan was offered Arati after which an announcement was made that a sumptuous lunch was arranged for the participants in the South Indian Canteen.






SBOI recent updates

  • 4th August Sai News Update- 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  


  • 4th August- Mp3:
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  • 2nd August: Video clip of The Sai Intl Symphony Orchestra -
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  • 27th July Sai News Update:
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  • 23rd July, Sainews in brief : 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.

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  • 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...."
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  • 20th July: Sacred Past 25 :-
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  • Sai Vichar - Shirdi Sai Baba - Weekly News letterLatest Sai 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 " Read more  

  • 19th July -Latest Prasanthi Bulletin :
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  • Puttaparthi Update: 18th July:
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  • Latest Photos- 17th July
    : Images Cultural Programe by Balvikas - Canadian

  • Also see car darshan photos from 17th July

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