DASARA CELEBRATIONS – 2014
Since the 1940s, Dasara has been an important festival at Puttaparthi. Bhagawan Baba exhorted everyone to sanctify one's body and mind through sacred activities during this holy period, which is highly conducive for spiritual progress.
As of today, Dasara in Puttaparthi is marked by three major events: Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna, Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha and Sri Sathya Sai Gramaseva. The Yajna pertains to the act of upasana or worship; the Vidwan Mahasabha is a series of scholarly talks that seeks to enlighten the intellect; and the Gramaseva is to use one's physical strengths and energies for the service of the needy. Thereby, the celebrations encompass the spiritual triad of Bhakti, Jnana and Karma (devotion, wisdom and action). Bhagawan Baba ensured that all these activities, though grand, were performed with dedication, devotion and selflessness. That is what makes the Dasara celebrations at Puttaparthi truly worth experiencing.
Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna is a seven day Sacrificial worship celebrated since 1960s. Bhagawan Baba had declared that Veda Poshana and Vidvat Poshana (the sustenance of the Vedas and scholars dedicated to the study of the Vedas) were part of the mission. This Yajna, which concludes on the Vijayadashami day, is conducted by Vedic scholars from Andhra Pradesh with a strict adherence to scriptural injunctions. Bhagawan would sit through the proceedings of the Yajna, for hours everyday, thereby encouraging devotees to witness this sacrifice performed for the well being of the whole world.
Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha is an evening session where learned scholars, devotees and students address the gathering, dilating on spiritual topics and the message of Bhagawan. This session also includes a cultural offering by His students and some exponents of music. Baba would often say that festival days must be used to concentrate on the Divine, and explore the spiritual treasures that lie within.
Sri Sathya Sai Gramaseva - Over 2000 students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) from the four campuses and associated establishments at Prashanthi Nilayam will participate in Grama Seva-2014. About 150 villages in the three mandals of Anantapur district; Puttaparthi, Kothacheruvu and Bukkapatnam, will be covered in the nine days. Totally around 50,000 households will be given clothes and around 3,00,000 will be given Prasadam - food and laddu.
On 25th September 2014, first day, Grama Seva will commence at 17 villages in Puttaparthi Mandal, Anantapur.
Please click here to find the list of villages to be covered on the first day.