2014 ASHADI EKADASHI CELEBRATIONS IN PRASANTHI NILAYAM- DAY 2
What Mother India stands for and what entails her greater glory?.. this was the central theme of the beautiful presentation entitled “Yenna Bharath Tanna Bharatha...” by the Bal Vikas and Youth of Pune District of Maharashtra on the auspicious Ashadi Ekadashi morning herein Prasanthi Nilayam today.
Today is Holy Ashadi Ekadashi, the holy 11th day in the month of Ashada. This is the day when lakhs and lakhs or pilgrims from every nook and corner of Maharashtra flock to the Abode of Lord Vittala at Pandharpur seeking His Divine darshan. Symbolic to this Varkari tradition, devotees of Baba take up Dindi procession every year, walking on foot from Dharmavaram to Prasanthi Nilayam in three days.
This morning’s programme commenced with the arrival of traditional Dindi procession marked with great spiritual and religious fervour. Soon Sai Kulwant was reverberating with the refrain “Jai Jai Rama Krishna Hari “Jai Jai Vittala...” bringing the Pandharpur flavour to Prasanthi Nilayam. Over 1100 pilgrims joined this year’s Dindi procession to Prasanthi Nilayam.
The presentation that followed focussed on the essence of India's spirituality-- “Sanathana Dharma” and “Vasudeva Kudumbakam”.
Continuing the Ashadi celebrations in the evening talented young singers from Mumbai presented a scintillating 90 minute musical offering.
Ms Swarna Tiwari, Ms Deepali Sathe, Ms Kirti Killedar, Ms Rushy K Kuddyady were joined by SSSIHL alumnus Sanket Modi and Nishad Misra to give a memorable concert that lasted for 90 minutes. The rich repertoire ranged from Hindustani to Marati Abhang, Punjabi Folk to Zufi Devotionals. They were accompanied by Amit Bhavar on Keyboard, Sandeep Kulkarni on Flute, Dhiren Raichura on Guitar, Ashish Jha on Tabla, Sai Prasad on Mrudangam and Sanket Modi himself on Harmonium.
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust