On the auspicious morning heralding thr birrth of Sri Krishna, Sri Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated with festive fervor here in Prasanthi Nilayam today.
After the customary Rudram chanting Percussion Band from the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus set the tone for the morning celebrations with a brief Nadaswaram recital. On the morning, overcast with slight drizzle, even as the auspicious sounds of Nadaswaram beat the air, it was time for the customary Gokulam procession to enter in. Soon, the colourful procession of quadrupeds and birds from Sri Sathya Sai Gokulam entered into Kulwant Hall to the accompaniment of Vedic chanting by the students. The quadrupeds included cows and calves, deers, rabbits, peacocks, doves and the canine ‘Jolly’ from the senior hostel. The cows had been covered with newly made embroidered, multi‑coloured silk duppattas, and were led by batches of students.
Senior administrators of Ashram fed the animals and birds, a tradition set by Bhagawan, before Mangala Arathi offering to Bhagawan.
Music programme by the students continued. Rendering of Panduranga Ashtakam was followed by the celestial beauty of Madhurashtakam. A Carnatic number 'Enna Thavam Seithanai...' came next followed by a couple of colourful dance from the Primary School children as well as from Easwaramma School made a beeline, offering their 'handiwork' to Beloved Bhagawan on the auspicious occasion.
The evening programme concluded with a talk by Prem Anosh, an alumni of SSSIHL and currently serving at Radio Sai followed by Musical Presentation by Baba's students.