Week-long Dasara celebrations concluded this evening with the final session of Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha here in Prasanthi Nilayam. A speech, Divine discourse and a Musical offering were the highlights of this evening’s concluding session.
Earlier, the session commenced at 1645 hrs with an invocatory Vedic chanting by the students of Easwaramma English Medium High School. This was followed by a brief stint of Veda Chanting
by Sri Ajit Popat group from the UK.
Sri Harishankar Bhat, the speaker for the evening said that, it is on the lap of the Universal Mother that one sets himself free from all fears, through illustrations from the lives of devotees.
Explaining the purport of the Gayathri Mantra in brief, the young speaker urged fellow devotees the need to manifest the miracle in everyone’s life by knowing the ‘True Nature’, shining from within, with ‘our’ own Divinity.
Divine discourse followed next, played on the public address system, wherein Bhagawan elucidated on the significance of conclusion, “samapthi”, of the Yajna.
Unfolding the mystery of music with her passion and God-given talent, Ms Devaki Pandit began her concert in a most unassuming fashion. Beginning with a Ganesha stuthi in Raag Hamsadhwani, Ms Pandit continued with an array of three Mira Bhajans, namely, Mein Tho Savari Rang Naachi…, Mein Ne Giridhar Ke Ghar Jau…, Paayoji Meiney..., winding up with Prasanthi’s popular “Prema Muditha Manasey Kaho Rama Rama Ram…”.
Ms Pandit was accompanied by Sarvasree Prasad Pandav on Tabla, Niranjan Lele on Harmonium and Nandakumar Baswalkar on Pakhawaj. Ms Devaki Pandit is a popular name in the Indian musical circuit, especially in the genres of playback singing and classical music. Ms Devaki Pandit had the rare good fortune of singing in the presence of Bhagawan Baba during the 70th and 73rd Birthday celebrations in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Soulful, fast-paced, lively bhajans by the Ajit Poppat’s UK group continued. Even as Prasadam was being distributed the artist along with accompanists were felicitated. Students from various institutions made a beeline to Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet, presenting their ‘handiwork’ of greetings on the auspicious occasion.
The session ended with Bhagawan singing “Sathyam Jnanam Anantam Brahma…”.
Mangala Arathi at 1845 marked the end of a glorious week-long Dasara Celebrations.