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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

February 24, 2017

Holy Maha Shivaratri Celebrations - Evening

Celebrating the Auspicious Night of Shiva, Min glittering fashion with much religious fervor this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam. Prior to the commencement of the Akhanda Bhajan, a Maha Rudrabhishekam to ‘Saieeswara Lingam’ was performed, commencing the evening proceedings.

At the scheduled hour, at 1630 hrs., the famed Saieeswara Lingam, sanctified by the Divine Hands during the 2006 Atirudram, was brought to the venue in a regal palanquin procession, from the Bhajan hall amidst Vedic chanting.

Lord Shiva, who is hailed as Abhisheka Priya, is mightily pleased by sacred offerings. This evening’s Maha Rudrabhishekam had 18 types offerings to Saieswara Lingam. The offerings included milk, curd, ghee, honey, sugar, fruits, tender coconut water, flower, yellow rice, sandalwood paste, vibhuti,  bilwa leaves, sugarcandy juice, rudraksha, darbha  grass, gold, turmeric, kumkum (vermillion) etc. with each individual offerings bear spiritual religious significance. These 18 offerings are meant to appease the Indweller within, who is verily Sai Shiva. Laghu Arathi was offered intermittently during the Rudrabhishekam.

After the abhishekam offerings even as the Saieeshwara Lingam was being decked up, Rudram, Chamakam chantings continued,  followed by Sathya Sai Sahasra Namavali before the final offering of Mangala Arathi marking the end of the Maha Rudrabhishekam.

Bhagawan's Divine discourse followed next played on the public address system.

During the bhajans the sanctified Abhishekam water was sprinkled on the large concourse of devotees assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall. The night-long Akhanda Bhajans will continue until morning 0600 hrs when Mangala Arathi will be offered.



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