Onam Celebrations – Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli – September 03, 2017 (Day 1)
Thiruvonam is the festivity of plenty and prosperity, and it is the day that marks, as per the legend, the arrival of erstwhile Emperor Mahabali, enquiring after the welfare of the citizens of God’s Own Country, Kerala. On the eve of Onam, students and devotees gathered eagerly at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Auditorium, which bore a magnificent look, beautifully decorated in the traditional Kerala style, by the devotees of Kerala. They had planned everything meticulously, and started with all the decorations two days prior.
On the auspicious eve of Onam, the Lord made His grand entry escorted by the devotees of Kerala with Poorna Kumbham, and to the melodious tunes of Bhajans and Nadaswaram.
Once Bhagawan was seated on His throne, there was a recap of the recent Divine visit to Russia and Lithuania, followed by a short summary of the three-day health screening that had been held across the Asia Pacific countries.
The evening’s programme then began with Vedam chanting by the devotees of Kerala. This was followed by a talk by sister Srikala M, an alumna from the Anantapur campus who is currently working as a vocational teacher for biomedical equipment technology and is in the process of initiating the breakfast seva programme in the district of Palakkad. Narrating the story of Onam, of Mahabali Chakravarthy, she expressed her gratitude to Bhagawan for blessing the devotees from Kerala to celebrate Onam in the presence of their Lord. She concluded her talk with a personal experience which strengthened her faith in Bhagawan, and made Onam all the more special.
The cultural programme marking the highlight of the evening was a music recital by the eleven year-old-child prodigy, Sooryagayathri. Coming from a family immersed in different art forms, music comes naturally to her and this was obvious two years ago, when she gained popularity with her rendition of the Hanuman Chalisa. The audience were at awe with her soulful devotion and flawless singing. She was accompanied by her father Sri Anil Kumar on the Mridangam, Sri Sanil Kumar P V on the Violin, on the Tabla by Sri Prashanth Nittoor and Sri Sailesh Marur supported her on the Talam. She enthralled the audience with several devotional songs including Ganesha Pancharatnam and Hanuman Chalisa. The amazing performance left everyone in a frenzy of devotion.
After the concert, Bhagawan blessed the artists profusely. The programme then concluded with the offering of Mangala Arati to the Lord.