Photographs of the construction of a new residence
for Swami in Prashanti Nilayam
Online source Courtesy: http://www.saidarshan.org
see below pictures of the construction by the Stupa, taken on
Saturday morning (August 14th).
Sai Sister in Puttaparthi
Swami is giving Darshan as usual - though He didn't come for a day, He is
fine and giving Darshan as usual now. I notice that He is using His right
arm again and His face is shining with radiance. The construction of His
new residence is coming up nicely - there is a ground and first floor and
in the middle of the roof is a big dome - towering over the Poornachandra
and it looks like it could be slightly higher than the Mandir dome also
(the one on top of the Mandir roof). On the four sides of the roof are
four charming small domes.
On each of the two new buildings (inside) it can be noticed that there is
a wide staircase on the side nearest to the Stupa. There are also room
partitions being built inside the buildings. As for the other ashram
constructions, there are no more shops in the old shopping center - just
the juice stand and two small hot drink stalls. The entire old shopping
mall, upstairs and downstairs (where the ice cream & bakery, etc., was),
is being prepared to house all administration for the ashram.
The fruit & vegetables have moved to a wonderful new building - it is on
the plot of land just outside of the big shopping complex exit, over a
small, charming wooden bridge (over a dry canal). Now we take baskets and
walk inside - many fruits & vegetables line the wall in separate baskets
with prices labeled on the front - many are pre-weighed and wrapped in
plastic. The checkout counter is computerized. Gents and ladies shop mixed
but it is a big building so there is no congestion. What a relief from the
cramped & congested lines we used to wait in, unable even to pick our own
produce! Thank you Swami!
The bakery building is also big, clean and convenient.