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Hadshi Temple Panduranga Kshetra - A Glittering Musical Twilight
A Glittering Musical Twilight
|Kum. Sapna Mukherjee sought the blessings of Swami for her new album
‘Sai Krishna’ in which Shri Nitin Mukesh and she have sung Bhajans.
The evening drowned into a musical ecstasy as both man and God celebrated their ever- lasting cosmic bond. Chords to touch the soul – this was a mass elevation of mind and spirit with Kavita’s ‘Easwaramma tera Sai’, Nitin Mukesh’s “Jyot se Jyot”, Sapna Mukherjee’s “Payoji Maine…” among other songs.
Swami acknowledged Kavita Subramaniam’s soulful rendition of “Sakshata
Parabramha Sai” by applauding at the end of her Bhajan and was seen chanting the
introductory Shloka of ‘Twameva Mata, Pita Twameva’ with Shri Nitin Mukesh.
Nitin Mukesh, son of legendary singer of yester years, Mukesh, was candid in
responding: “Music is the language of Gods. Baba is the source of music. I lost my
mother last year and since then I have felt very lonely. But today I feel that I
have found God”.
“It is a miracle that in such a humongous gathering , complete with patients,
children and the aged, not one act of indiscipline conducted. This is the mesmerism
of the Divine”, said Ms. Pai.
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|Bhagawan in Pune - Glimpses of His
Posted at 8:40 Hrs. on 29th Oct 2009
On the much expected morning of 28th October 2009, the scheduled day of Bhagawan’s arrival at Sri Sathya Sai Panduranga Kshetra in Hadshi Village in Pune, it was nature in her pristine best eagerly anticipating to
welcome the Lord of the Universe in physical frame. …And she was joined by
men and women in thousands rejoicing the great grand occasion. Colourful canopies
adorned the lush green lawns. Every creation around reflected this mood; the
caressing breeze, the singing birds and the colourful butterflies all awaited the
to the rhythm of dholkis. The Abhangs of Tukaram rented the air outside the
sanctum sanctorum of Vitthal Rakumai while the Prana Pratishta Yagna was going on in
the Yagna Mandap adjoining the Vithal Rakumai temple.
colorful Maharashtrian dresses extended their welcome to one and all. Dignitaries
present at the airport to welcome the Lord included the former Union Home Minister,
Sri Shivaraj Patil and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sri Ashok Chavan, both
ardent long time devotees of Bhagawan.
Mrs. & Mr. Vishal Jadhav (son of
Shri Jadhav) presented the Kalash while other dignitaries offered floral salutations
to Beloved Bhagawan.
Bhagawan is scheduled to bless and inaugurate the Sri Sathya Sai Panduranga
Kshetra on 29th morning at 9:00 a.m.
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The day Puneites have been praying to dawn faster finally arrived. While the mood was upbeat at the picturesque panoramic reflection of God’s natural aesthetic marvel, Hadshi in Pune housing Sri Sathya Sai Panduranga Kshetra,
the latest Abode for the God in physical frame, back in
Prasanthi the mood was definitely somber as her Beloved Lord was set to depart for a
week-long visit to Pune and Mumbai.
were dispersed at convenient locations, many in the Mandir,
some on the three kilometer stretch leading to the Sri Sathya Sai Airport and some
at the Airport vicinity, aiming to catch a glimpse of the flying chariot taking off.top
Reports received from Pune
indicate that the Divine Chariot landed at Pune Airport at 9:40 a.m. Bhagawan was
given a rousing welcome at the Pune Airport, led by former Home Minister of India,
ardent devotee of Bhagawan Sri Shivaraj Patil and Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sri
Bhagawan unveiled a newly
erected statue of Lord Hanuman, pressing the remote button. Bhagawan’s entourage
includes twenty five students, that includes current students as well as those who
are working in various institutions in the Ashram, namely, Sri Sathya Sai
University, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust and senior
devotees including Prof. G. Venkataraman, Mr. S.V.Giri, Prof. Anil Kumar and
|Sathya Sai Baba gets rousing welcome|
|PUNE: Several hundred devotees thronging picturesque
Hadshi village, about 45 km from here off the Mulshi Road, gave a rousing welcome to
Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Wednesday.
Swamiji, as Sri Sathya Sai Baba is affectionately called by his followers, will install idols of Siddhivinayak, Vitthal-Rukhmini and Sai Baba of Shirdi at the temples at Sri Sathya Sai Pandurang Kshetra in Hadshi village on Thursday.
Swamiji visited the home of his Pune host Shivajirao Jadhav before leaving for Sri Sathya Sai Pandurang Kshetra which has three temples and a palatial residence constructed for him by Jadhav. A traditional dindi welcomed Swamiji in Hadshi, while thousands gathered at the Kshetra for Swamiji’s darshan.
Villagers presented abhangas, after which Kavita Krishnamurty, Nitin Mukesh and Sapna Mukherjee took the centrestage. Swamiji released Sapna and Nitin’s album - Sai Krishna. “I’ve been singing his bhajans since I was a child and I am simply too thrilled that this CD was release by Baba,” Sapna said. “This evening was divine. He smiled at me and praised me,” said Nitin.
Kavita said, “I am what I am because of him. He is God, and it’s my good karma that has led me to perform in front of him.”
(by Nupur Chaudhuri)
Thousands throng Hadshi to see Sai Baba
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PUNE: Thousands of people thronged the village of Hadshi, about 60 km from here, on Friday for a darshan' of spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who has been in the village for the last three days.
The spiritual leader's appearance on the stage near the village led to loud shouts of Sai Ram'.
Chief minister Ashok Chavan's wife Amita Chavan and former Union minister Shivraj Patil were among the politicians and eminent personalities who have come to the little village on Friday to visit Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
During the three-day discourse, other politicians, including ministers Patangrao Kadam, Harshvardhan Patil and Dilip Deshmukh also sought darshan'.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba is expected to leave for Mumbai on October 31.
On Friday, people began gathering at the venue hours before the actual programme started, wherein child stars of a reality show performed a few devotional songs. There were also a number of foreigners among the crowd, who clapped and hummed bhajans along with others.
For Yamuna Deodhar, a resident of Mahad, the trip from her town about 100 km away was one she would always remember simply because she got what she wanted. "A darshan' of Swamiji was something I had never expected to take place, so this is definitely a dream come true," she said.
For Mukund Mule, a financial consultant from Sangamner, it was the social work of Sathya Sai Baba that inspired him to become his devotee. "He and his followers are working for the betterment of the society and the deprived class. I respect that," he said.
Echoing the same sentiments Sunil Ahire said that he has come for the spiritual discourse after hearing about the work carried out by Sai Baba's various organisations. "I have come to this spiritual discourse for the first time. I wanted to listen to the thoughts of Baba and this was a good opportunity for me since the programme is taking place very close to my village," said Ahire, a resident of Paud village.
Some politicians had come along with their families and were staying near the venue for the last three days. "I had heard his spiritual discourse in the late eighties for the first time. Since then I have been following Baba's discourses for more than 20 years. I regularly visit his ashram in Puttaparthi," said Dayanand Londhe, sarpanch of Malad, Baramati, and a former member of zilla parishad.
Om Sri Sairam dearest Sai Family,
Our beloved Lord, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, left for a short visit to Pune and Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, with a group of 70 fortunate and hand picked devotees this morning the 28th of October 2009 in a Boeing 737 and this time it was the good fortune of JET AIRWAYS.
The Jet Airways flight landed in Parthi airport early this morning. All the students and devotees who were chosen for the Divine flight were asked to report at the airport at 6:30am.
The streets of Puttaparthi, in no time were busy. Roads were cleaned, beautiful rangolis here and there, beautiful flowers scattered here and there. The whole town came to stand still as every one wanted to start their respective works, after Saying Good bye to Swami..
The school children in particular, reached much early to their schools, waited on either side of the road and in no time, our beloved Lord, after a quick darshan and arathi at 7;45AM left for HIS Parthi airport.
All the way through, devotees left no stone unturned to win His attention. Swami smiled at every one. Many devotees were throwing roses and other flowers on the car. Swami smiled back at each of them. Many a times He was bit playful, and when some one threw a flower, He
pretended to be ducking a bit as if the flower were to fall on Him. It was a beautiful scene to be watched and Swami and the devotees enjoyed it so much.
At 8:10 am Swami's car entered the airport premises. Swami's airport was beautifully decorated. All the students and devotees who were selected for the divine trip were already in the flight. All the pilots and cabin crew were eagerly waiting for the golden moment to get one to one with our beloved Lord. What a great day for them. All the cabin crew, in their day to day work,bump into many high profile people but having Swami in the flight and greet Him is a divine chance and a rare one.
A special lift was arranged for Swami to get into the flight. Swami's lugguage (pictures below) comprising of a small suitcase and a big suitcase was taken in first and then Swami slowly came upto the flight. There was only a glimpse of His darshan when He got in, thanks to brother Ratnakar's presence of mind who asked the man in grey pants to duck a bit so that thousands waiting by the airport could see Swami.
At 8:30 am Swami's flight took off from the Puttaparthi airport. There were not many devotees who followed Swami this time, from Parthi as many were not sure about the place and the kind of accomodation that would be available for devotees there in Pune.
May Swami bless the devotees of Pune and Mumbai with His divine darshans and may all be happy and cheerful With Pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,.
.Submitted by a Sai devotee to
| Chief minister Ashok
Chavan to tee off after
Satya Sai Baba’s intervention
More Sai News in the news papers (Below)
|Mumbai: Spiritual leader Satya Sai Baba will be
on a two-day visit to Mumbai this weekend. Coming to the city after a gap of nine
years, the Baba will bless the Bandra-Worli sea link at the behest of his devotees,
and drop in at Varsha, the official residence of chief minister Ashok Chavan.
"Devotees want Mumbai to prosper, so they want him to travel via the sea link," said Rajeev Nambiar, member, Sri Sathya Seva Organisation (SSSO), adding that children from Balvikas Sanstha, where actor Aishwarya Rai had enrolled as a child, will release balloons in the air to welcome him on the stretch.
The Baba has a huge following in the city, from the common man to the celebrity. Politicians Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan, DY Patil and Jayant Patil, and musicians like Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hariharan and Suresh Wadkar, are ardent devotees, and will be meeting him during his visit. Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has informed DNA that he will pay his respects to the Baba when he comes to the city.
Sources in SSSO said Ashok Chavan has invited the spiritual leader for lunch at Varsha. Chavan had made a special trip to Pune to seek the Baba's blessings on his birthday on October 28.
The Baba, however, is making a transit stopover in the city. He is on his way to inaugurate a temple complex called Sri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra and do a moorti sthapana in Hadshi via Pune in Lonavala. He will be put up at Dharmakshetra near Mahakali Caves in Andheri -
|More updates and photos from h2hsai.org below
Swami’s Visit to Hadshi-Mumbai – Day One, October 28, 2009
This is the first person account of the trip from one of the students who had the blessed opportunity to be a member of Swami’s party.
And finally the day dawned – a day in anticipation of which I had spent some sleepless nights and allowed the butterflies free airspace in my stomach. By 6:15 a.m. we were all in the hostel and by 7:00 a.m. in the airport completing all the formalities of check in. A Jet Airways Boeing 737 was to ferry us along with our Lord to Pune. Soon, we entered the craft and took our allotted seats. Within ten minutes, news reached that Swami was on His way
The Lord arrived and through the huge vestibule lift, boarded the craft. I was right in the front with another colleague of mine shooting Him. I actually moved near the window of Swami’s seat in the executive class. As Swami was seated all the cabin crew began to take namaskar one by one and I went to a prime position to take photos. Finally when all were done, I asked Swami whether I could take a picture of Him and felt that the absence of resistance meant permission, I went ahead and took two snaps. Oh! How lovely He looked! Everyone readied for takeoff and I returned to my seat.
The safety precautions to be taken on the flight were being explained. It was an interesting sight to see the usually featureless face of the steward get tensed in awe at The Presence by whose side he was standing and making his demonstrations. As we taxied down the runway, we saw hundreds of people wave to us from the road. Of course, the “us” here means Swami! Then we were airborne! Up in the skies with Swami. The very thought excited me. I have traveled 30 times in flights maybe. But never have I been so excited. The time now was probably a few minutes past 8:40 a.m.
Soon the drinks and
eatables arrived but all the while, my concentration was at the front end of the
aircraft where the goal of my life was seated. The All India President (AIP) and Mr.
Balaram who were in the front where sharing with Him snippets of news from magazines
and newspapers. Blessed was that Jet Airways in-flight magazine. Unable to hold back
any longer, I went ahead and took a few snaps from behind Him. I returned to my
place and now breakfast had been served.
After the photo shoot, it had taken so much time that it was announced we should be ready for landing at Pune. At Pune military airport, there was a plethora of VIPs to welcome Swami. I prominently saw Mr. Shivraj Patil. The elder Jadhav, Mr. Uttam, was held hostage literally as the back exit of the plane was not available due to security reasons. He too had to alight after Swami’s had deplaned and got into His car. This proved a blessing for me as I joined them in their Innova to move towards their residence where Swami was going. All the other boys in the meanwhile were being readied for transport to Hadshi.
By the time we
reached Jadhav’s home, Swami was already there having lunch. I saw my colleague
there in a corner with the video camera. I too moved in slowly and took up the
opposite corner in the home. I have not had many chances to see Swami eat but had
known that He ate very little. But to my delight, the Lord was indeed eating well
here. He was happy.
To one member who wanted to pursue MBA after B.Com, Swami advised him to do CA (Chartered Accountancy) as that would be very useful and needed for the family’s business. From there He slowly moved out and was told that all would be going to Hadshi. Next Swami accepted aarthi.
And so began the drive from Pune to Hadshi. I was in Mr. Uttam Jadhav's car and as I talked to him I found out that they were the ones who had organised the Latur-Chakur trip as well. He said, "This visit to our home was a last minute job. See the arrangements we have made at Hadshi." He also confessed to me, "Swami was so very happy when He saw you boys. You students are loved so dearly by Him!"
Mr. Jadhav seemed to have gained a new respect for our ilk! We could see the beautiful Mandir atop the hill when we were a few kilometres away itself. All along the way, there were villagers who stood in awe and devotion as Swami's car passed by. Many of them did not seem to know which car to look, thanks to the ten cars of the Jadhavs which were all similar to Swami's Estima.
Once the climb began, we glimpsed the arrangements. The entire road to the top was lined by children and devotees holding flags, banners, placards and ribbons in welcome. At every hairpin bend on the road were beautiful posters of Swami carrying His message. All along the way were many banners welcoming Bhagavan to Pandurang Kshetra.
A note here about
the Jadhav family will be most appropriate. The total number of members ran beyond
two hundred and the family tree proved to be one with multiple branches, twigs and
leaves! They seemed to be harvesting the fruits of joy and satisfaction which the
Gardener had delivered to them.
Swami moved through the entire hall and had a look at the four rooms. He was immensely pleased with the meticulous care and effort of the Jadhavs. The room in the South Eastern corner was the kitchen and it was filled by the youth from Mumbai and Maharashtra who had been chosen to serve Swami and His guests for the trip. Swami blessed them.
In the meanwhile,
the rest of the students who had driven by bus straight from Pune airport arrived.
Swami seemed very happy seeing them. He had their darshan on the way to the
lift. The lift was a small one with a grilled gate inside and a wooden door outside.
It was just sufficient for Swami's chair and one other person. Swami went up and
retired in His room which was in the Northwest corner.
After lunch, we were all shown our living quarters. Ah! The beds were so inviting. There were three double rooms and each room contained 6 cots - 36 in all. There was a leather toilet kit awaiting all of us and it contained, shampoo, soap, hair oil, Mach 3 razor with spares, shaving gel, tooth brush, paste, powder and all of the best quality. After an hours rest, we were all back in the Mandir (I call the Residence as the Mandir for that is where God resides!).
We waited down in
the verandah-like area and soon, Swami came down the lift. He called all the elders
to have tiffin with him on the table. And so, Prof. Venkataraman, Mr. S. V. Giri,
Dr. Dash, Mr. Gokal Das, Mr. Balaram and Mr. Nagananad sat along with Swami. After
they had finished tiffin, Swami told all of them to rise. He asked for the eaten
plates to be cleared and fresh ones laid. He then supervised the servings to be put
on the plate.
Then, He looked at me and asked me to come! I was taken aback and I realized with excitement that Swami was inviting me to eat at His table. I was so thrilled that I quickly moved towards the table. He continued, "Mugguru Mugguru ikkada kuchondi (Three each sit on either side)”. I called out to a few others and soon a few of us were at His table seeing Him for most of the time with momentary glances at the items served in the plate!
All the other boys
were asked to be seated at the other tables and soon a thundering Brahmaarpanam
began. Everyone at my table seemed to close their eyes. I opened mine as wide as
possible and drank in deep the darshan of sweet Swami. I was feeling so
thrilled and privileged. I am sure I have done nothing to deserve this but as He
says, "If you love Me, You deserve Me!"
Within a few
minutes, Swami came down again. The time was about 5:50 p.m. and there were some
guests who had come to meet Swami. Notable among them were Mr. Shivraj Patil,
currently member of Rajya Sabha and Mr. Subrata Roy, the Managing "worker" (as he
calls himself) and chairman of the Sahara Parivar. The latter invited Swami and told
Him that he had built huge estates. Swami smiled and placed His hand on his head.
Blessing all those who had come, Swami moved out of the Mandir.
As Swami moved down, the bands and people dressed in various costumes were there lined all along the way. The temples had been lit and presented a beautiful sight. Bhajans were being sung by Raviraj Nasery, Kunal Ganjawalla and a few others. As Swami approached the huge stage that had been set up, now Marathi songs replaced the bhajans. All the students were presently running behind the car. I ran up the stage beforehand to take shots.
As Swami was coming out, the first thing He did was to tell Nishikant, who was at the lead of all boys, to go up the stage. And so it was that the students moved up the stage and took positions behind Swami's chair. Swami took a quick round of the stage so that the gathered thousands could have His darshan. Swami then sat in the centerstage. After a few songs, permission was sought to invite the artists on stage and Swami agreed. The performers for the day were Mr. Nikhil Mukesh, Mrs. Kavita Subramaniam and Ms. Sapna Mukherjee.
They bowed to Swami and began their performance. Nithin Mukesh was holding on dearly to the rose that had been blessed by Swami. He started the session with a Ganesh bhajan ‘Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva’. He was followed by Sapna. The crowd was overjoyed for they were having His beautiful darshan. About 9 songs later, Swami blessed the artists with sarees, shawls and white safari pieces.
Aarthi was performed and as Swami moved down the ramp to the car, hundreds dived for an opportunity to touch His lotus feet. Swami sat in the car and drove back all the way to the residence. All the boys got a good chance for close darshan as they lined up from the car till the main door of the Mandir. I entered the Mandir before Swami to take a few pictures. Swami had dinner with the elders and then He saw that all of us were seated. He called out, "Ay boys! Go and sit at the tables."
As He was going after dinner, the inimitable Prof. Anil Kumar complimented the food saying that the quality of mango pickles and Gongura were unmatched! Swami was so happy and they had a small private conversation. The AIP, V. Srinivasan, asked Swami whether the boys should go for morning walks. Swami said that there was no need to do so. Entering the lift, Swami retired for the day. After this, we had our dinner and moved to retire. It was a heavy meal and a few of us went for a walk.
We saw the temples were being prepared for inauguration the next day and the whole area had been beautifully lit. The night air was cool. One experience that we felt throughout the trip was the "oneness with God"! Let me clarify. All of us received the same love, reverence and devotion from people that Swami receives, and all this because we had on us the badge that proclaimed, "Bhagavan's guest".
People would rejoice when they saw us for that was a sure indication for them that Swami was coming. In fact, even in our nightly walk, we encountered a few people who asked us whether Swami was coming down for darshan in the night! I could also see what our true status was by observing how a guard just brushed me aside and told me that I had no permission to enter a gate. I was in my T-shirt and trackpants and had forgotten my badge. That behaviour suddenly metamorphosed into one of humility and love the minute another boy flashed his badge and stood by me! Wow! It is Swami and Swami alone who means everything to everyone. Else all of us are nothing!
As we returned to the rooms, another boy came running to me and said that five of us can have the privilege of sleeping just outside Swami's door in the Mandir. I hurried and picked up my pillows and bedsheets to move towards the Mandir. It was beyond ten p.m. and the Mandir still breathed of The Presence. The senior teacher who was shepherding us confirmed from all of us that we did not snore! That condition woke me up intermittently in the night to check if I confirmed to the ‘discipline’, nevertheless, I along with the others had a blissful sleep. And thus ended the most memorable day one with Swami in Hadshi.
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