This evening, on the final day of the Odisha Parthi Yatra, Sai Youth from the state presented beautiful drama depicting one of the foremost devotees of the Lord Of Jagannath Puri, Bandhu Mohanty.
The session this evening commenced with a folk-dance offering by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir, Bhawanipatna depicting Goddess Samaleswari, Goddess of Sambalpur.
Reminding one of the epochal Sakhya Bhakti tale from the life of Bhagawan Sri Krishna involving Sudhama, this evening's presentation on Bandhu Mohanty was a depiction showcasing the Supreme Divine's inimitable ways of reaching out His hapless devotees. Hailing from Jajpur in Odisha, Bandhu Mohanty, stricken by abject poverty set out on a pilgrimage to Jagannath Puri as his final resort, to meet his friend, The Lord HimSelf, to get alleviate his problem solving the puzzle of sustenance for the family of four. Blocked at the gate with harsh insulting words, the devout family had no option that to resort to Mother Earth to take shelter, going to 'nature's bed' almost empty stomach. For the one who called Him his Bandhu, there should never be any problem. In the silent night He HimSelf came in disguise, carrying His golden plate full of delicacies, feeding His 'bandhu' with His Own Hands. Innocent heart of Mohanty, in his stressful times, could not recognise His immediate Presence, but was awe-struck at the wonderful happenings during the night. Later as the golden plate went missing, temple authorities confiscated him, accusing him of thievery. No amount of pleading innocence worked and he was taken away.
Lord HimSelf had to set in now. He came in the dream of the King and ordered to release His 'friend', welcoming him at the temple, as he is His 'Bandhu', Bandhu Mohanty.
The drams turned out to be beautiful, with soulful singing and acting, touching hearts many with an unknown tale from the land of Odisha, presenting yet another 'unsung' hero in the heart of The Lord.
Bhajans by Sai Symphony, Odisha, next ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.