Staphana of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on the 45th Anniversary of
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Lively Statue unveiled at Dharmakshetra on 12th May, 2012 by Shri Indulal Shah & Smt Sarla Shah.
Prashantinilayam,13th May 2012
On the occasion of the completion of 44 years of Dharmakshetra, the abode of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Mumbai, Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Maharashtra and Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Maharashtra and Goa had arranged a ceremony for the purpose of unveiling the Idol of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the lawns of Satyadeep.
Before the unveiling, an old bhajan depicting the significance of Dharmakshetra was rendered by a group of bhajan singers. Among the chanting of Sri Sai Gayatri and blowing of conchs, the idol was formally unveiled at the hands of Sri Indulal Shah Trustee in the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Smt. Sarlabahen Shah, National Coordinator, Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas.The unveiling was followed by offering of the garland of rose flowers and floral bouquets by the office bearers and devotees who were present on this occasion.
Immediately on unveiling, the bhajan group rendered the song â€œSumar Manuva, Sumar Manuva, Sumar Re Panchtatva Suvicharâ€. This particular song depicting the core message of the symbols of world religions and the unity of faiths, practice of values in the life and the importance of the attainment of Divinity was composed for rendition on the occasion of the inauguration of Sarva Dharma Stoop at Prashanti Nilayam on 23 November 1975. It may be recalled that the same song was included in the historic film Shirdi ke Saibaba.
The idol of Sri Sathya Sai Baba has been installed on the same spot where he used to sit on the hillock of Dharmakshetra Hills during the stage of its construction in 1967-1968 and from where he later gave Darshan.l
A public meeting was held later where there was a welcome address and presentation of a brief report (on Dharmakshetra and seva activities in the states) by Dr.Keki Mistry, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Trust,Maharashtra followed by talks by two guest speakers.
The first speaker was Sri V S Das, Executive Director and also First Appellate Authority under Right to Information Act, Chief Vigilance Officer and Central Public Information Officer, Reserve Bank of India. He narrated some of his personal experiences with Bhagavan during His physical lifetime and later.Second speaker was Dr. Shashank Shah, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashanti Nilayam. Dr. Shashank made a presentation on 44 years of Dharmakshetra.
The statue was sculpted by Sri Bakul Patel, Sri Bakul Patel and his late father Sri Madhubhai Patel had made a statue of Sri Saibaba of Shirdi which was once unveiled by Sri Sathya Sai Baba at the Hill View Stadium at Prashanti Nilayam.
A captivating cultural Programme titled Bhakta Sakha Vithala depicting the life and devotion of the Saints in Maharashtra was presented by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas.