Cultural Program by the Balavikas Children of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
Visiting Parthi Yatra contingent from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh presented a dance drama entitled 'Punya Shloka Ahilyabai' on the illustrious life of one of India's celebrated woman warriors this evening here, in Prasanthi Nilayam. The presentation by the Balvikas was a depiction of the distinguished life of the 18th century Marata born queen of Indore, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar. Born in 1725, Maharani Ahilyabi Holkar was the Holkar Queen of the Maratha ruled Malwa Kingdom. The presentation this evening had some of the important episodes from the life of Ahilyabai, portraying the valorous women with virtues galore.
Presenting the illustrious story from her introduction into the Holkar Kingdom at a tender age of 8 years, the dance drama this evening with beautiful dance sequences at intervals portrayed the gradual elevation and coronation of Ahilyabai to the queen of Malwa at the insistence of her revered father-in-law, Malharrao Holkar, whom she considered as her guru. At his insistence the bold woman trudged the path, banishing herself from the custom of 'Sati', only to lead the Kingdom most righteously in the Name Of Her Chosen God, Malhari Martand, Lord Shiva HimSelf.
Bhagawan exhorts: "The task of everyone is to do the duty that has come upon him, with a full sense of responsibility to the utmost of his capacity." Ahilyabai stands tall as a fitting example, as she, most boldly, banishing all reservations, plunged into the service of her subjects, at a most crucial time in her life, only to excel as one of the most fearless women rulers of Bharat. Truly, she was hailed as 'Lok Mata Pratah Smaraniya Punya Shloka Devi Ahilyabai Holkar'.
Bhajans by MP & Chhattisgarh continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan