Thursday, October 22, 2015 – Morning: As the day dawned and the bright sun peeped through the hills, Sathya Sai Grama was already reverberating with Vedic chants, filling the air with blissful energy.
The proceedings for the day commenced at dawn with the priests performing the Navami Puja for Goddess Durga. Swami arrived at around 11 am after which the Poornahuti and Dashami Puja were performed, since both the Navami and Dashami days were aligned, marking the end of the Navaratri festival. A special ‘Bidai’ (farewell) ceremony was performed for the Goddess, indicating the end of the festivities.
This morning also witnessed the Sai Gayatri Homa being performed with blissful fervour as a part of the Navaratri celebrations. Gayatri is the mother of all the Vedas. Gayatri Mantra is a sacred chant comprising of praise, meditation, and prayer. First the Divine is praised, and then meditated upon in reverence, and finally an appeal is made to the Divine to awaken and strengthen the intellect. The sacred hymns of the Sai Gayatri were chanted over five-lakh times by all those assembled. Swami mentioned that the atmosphere in Muddenahalli was so electric that the priests did not want to leave this heaven and return to the world.
Meanwhile, the Athi Rudra Maha Yagna was being conducted with fervour in the Yagashala. Swami, after visiting the Hrudaya Mandiram, came to the Yaagashala, was seated until Poornahuthi, and departed around 1 pm.
Watch the proceedings below: