|The much awaited Prana Pratishta of the three
deities, Lord Ganesha, Lord Vittala Rakumai and Bhagawan Shirdi Sai Baba idols at
the Sri Sathya Sai Panduraga Kshetra was done by the Divine Hands on the auspicious
29th October morning attended by vast concourse of devotees.
Earlier in the morning, huge chunk of devotees (some overwhelmed with tears for
their prayers were finally answered!) poured into the grounds of the Holy venue. The
air was charged with excitement as His devotees continued to be in high spirits
after the beautiful Darshan and soul-stirring musical rendition of the previous
The splendid pink and white Ganesha Mandir at the entrance of the enclosure was
delicately decorated with fragrant flowers, floral Swastiks and festive streamers.
Soft rose petals were sprinkled all along the pathway to the Mandir. A ‘Shri’
inscribed in the floral decoration just above the doorway of the Mandir, welcomed the Lord within, where, on a
raised, decorated platform, sat the magnificent marble idol of the Destroyer of
Obstacles, Lord Ganesha.
Just before Swami arrived, priests and the Seva Dals performed a Kumbha Abhishek at
the Ganesha and Vitthala Mandirs. Chanting prayers, they washed and sanctified two
3-tiered golden-coloured Kalash, and then placed a garland of fresh flowers around
the Kalash. The sanctified Kalash was placed on the spires of the Ganesha and
At 9:20 am, the Band of Solapur lined the red carpet leading to the Mandir welcoming
Bhagawan in traditional Maratta style. The atmosphere was suffused with Vedic
chanting and rhythmic sounds of percussion melodies.
Bhagawan arrived at 9:20 a.m to the accompaniment of combined sounds of Vedam,
cymbals, trumpets and drums that electrified the atmosphere.
At 9:33 a.m., Bhagawan arrived in His car at the Ganesha mandir where He performed
the Ganesha Murthi Sthapana (Idol Installation) rituals.
Bhagawan then proceeded to the Vitthala Rukhumai Mandir. As soon as he entered the
premises, Bhajans began at 9:45 a.m. with ‘Pahi Gajanana Deenawana’.
Bhagawan went into the Shirdi Sai temple while the Bhajan ‘Sai Ram Ghanshyam
Bhagawan Tumhara Naam’ was being sung. Here, Bhagawan conducted the Prana Pratishtha
ritual for the Shirdi Baba idol.
As Bhagawan approached the Vitthala temple, devotees sang Panduranga Bhajans.
Bhagawan then conducted the Prana Pratishtha ceremony for the Vitthal idol. The
devotees sitting in the lawns, waiting for a glimpse of Bhagawan, sang their hearts
out, paying eager tributes to their Lord!
The already charged atmosphere was further
boosted by an encircling paraglider showering rose petals all over!