Parthi Yatra contingent from the state of Odisha presented an evening studded with cultural offerings this evening here, in Prasanthi Nilayam. The state of Odisha is on a 3-day Parthi Yatra, attended by a sizeable number of devotees, including women and children.
Commencing the session at 17:00 hrs, Sri Narayan Sar, State President of SSSSO - Odisha presented a 'walk-through' of the activities in the state during the past some years. Offering gratitude galore at Bhagawan's Lotus Feet for the supreme munificence of His ceaseless Divine grace, the State President also expressed solidarity with the state of Kerala which is recouping from the devastating flood that hit the state during the last fortnight.
The first presentation for the evenings was a Shiva Tandava dance offering by the girl students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir, Bhawanipatna. The dance form is originally attributed to Ravana who, in dire moment of agony, burst into singing the Shiva Tandava appeasing the Lord, winning His grace of boons galore. Balvikas Symphony of blossoming talents from the state next presented a string of four Odiya devotionals, sung with great devotional fervour. The first piece was a dedication to Odisha's 'primal deity', Lord Jagannath of the famed Jagannath Puri, singing Jagannatha Kichhi Magu Nahi Tote, a solo piece, followed next by Namasthe Prabhu Jagannatha...another solo number. Jeevan Tumne Diya Hai Sambhaloge Tum and Prema Jyoti Jale Re... were the final two numbers, offered in a united voice. The symphony continued with a medley of fast paced bhajans.
Bhajans by Sai Symphony continued and the session ended with 'Sunday Special' by Bhagawan followed by Mangala Arathi.