Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, 2015, Brindavan - Day 1
Whitefield, Bengaluru - 01 03 2015
The first session of Athi Rudra Maha Yagna at Brindavan, Whitefield, Bengaluru, began on 1st March 2015 at 0900 hrs with chanting of Vedic hymns in Trayee Mandir by 121 Rithwiks, who were designated to perform this Yagna from 01 03 2015 to 12 03 2015, under the directions of the Chief Priest Sri Nanjunda Dixit.
After Veda chanting, Sri V Srinivasan, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and the Chief Priest addressed the gathering and outlined the significance of this important event, which was earlier performed at Prasanthi Nilayam and Chennai, in the Divine Presence of Veda Purusha- Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. After these two brief talks, clothes were presented to all the priests, which they would wear for conducting the Yagna. The morning program concluded with Arathi at 11 am.
The afternoon session started at 1530 hrs. After the ceremonial procession with Bhagawan’s palanquin along with the Linga came from Trayee Mandir to Sai Ramesh Hall lead by Musicians, Veda chanting and Bhajan singing groups of students and all the Rithwiks carrying Poornakhumbam. The program in Sai Ramesh Hall began after Lighting of Sacred Lamps by the Chief Priests and some Dignitaries.
The first speaker was Sri Lakshminarayana, Managing Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust extending a hearty welcome to one and all. Sri Lakshminarayana referred to the Yagna performed at Prasanthi Nilayam at 2006 and observed that Bhagawan wanted the youth to involve in such sacred activities to lead them to spiritual path.
The second speaker was Sri K Chakravarthi, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Referring to rituals conducted in the Athi Rudra Maha Yagna, Sri Chakravarthi explained the meaning of these rituals, which could lead to spiritual oneness of the world. This, he said was the real purpose of performing such sacred Vedic rituals.
Sri V Srinivasan, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, spoke next, who reminisced about the old memories of Bhagawan’s countless visits to Brindavan and reminded that the performance of this Yagna at this sacred place had great spiritual significance. This Yagna, he said, was the result of Bhagawan’s Divine Sankalpa and therefore we should derive full spiritual benefit from it by faith and devotion. The last speaker was the Chief Priest, Sri Nanjunda Dixit, who underlined the great spiritual significance of this Yagna in which not only those, who chant mantras but all those who participate in this derive great spiritual merit.
After these speeches, the priests performed worship of the Linga by many rituals and many offerings on it amidst chanting of Vedic mantras.
This was followed by the Divine Discourse of Bhagawan which was aired on the public address system. In His discourse, Bhagawan highlighted the greatness of Indian culture and said that Athi Rudra Maha Yagna presented the quintessence of the Krishna Yajurveda. Veda chanting, Bhagawan added, was not limited to any particular community or country; it was for all, belonging to all race and nations. Bhajans and distribution of Prasadam followed Bhagawan’s discourse. The program came to a close with Arathi at 1930 hrs.
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