Celebrating Parthi Yatra 2013 devotees from the East Indian State of Odisha presented a glittering devotional evening here at Prasanthi Nilayam today. Over 1500 devotees from the State are participating in the 3-day Parthi Yatra, from 26 August to 28 August 2013.
After a musical innovation, the first programme to follow was 'Chhau Dance' entitled 'Garuda Vahan' by the Balvikas of Mayurbhanj district presenting the mythological theme depicting Garuda's celestial adventurous journey in search of Divine Nectar to appease the serpents of Neitherworld (Patala) in order to rescue his mother who was under captivity.
Legend has it that Garuda, on hearing of his mother's imprisonment, Garuda descended to Patala requesting the serpents to release his mother Vinata. The serpents agreed under one condition that as ransom a cup of Amrita be given to them in exchange. Garuda set off with mother's blessings, taking up an arduous, but insurmountable journey. Finally after overcoming all obstacles, including the challenge posed by Indra, Garuda came victorious only to get the release of its mother.
Originally belonging to the tribals of North East Odisha, the tribal art form 'Chhau Dance' got its revival with Mayurbhanj adopting it with renewed pattern. Also known as 'Chhau Nruthya' the dance form has been enriched itself to be called a classical dance.
Next to come was the legendary devotional piece Jagannath Ashtakam, composed by Adi Shankara singing paens to Lord Jagannath, the Prime Deity at Jagannath Temple, Puri. Sai Symphony troupe of the State presented it, singing in traditional style, with much devotional fervour, interspersed with commentary explaining the poetic verse.
Three special songs followed, namely Shiva Shankara Shivanada Lahari..., Mana Brindavan Soona Laagey..., Sathya Ki Raah Dikhaane Vaaley... etc. followed by bhajans by the State troupe. All the participants were presented with special gifts and Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage before Mangala Arathi offering at 1835 hrs.
As part of the Parthi Yatra, the State unit of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations has organised two more programmes, an exhibition entitled Prajna Pradarshani at the double-decker auditorium next the Book Trust building and a Maha Rudram at the open space near Shed No.1 in Prasanthi Nilayam.The exhibition,a fine blending of of Spirituality and Science conveyed through the language of flowers,plants and animals messages of the Vedas.