As Muddenahalli prepared for the auspicious Guru Purnima proceedings, the celebrations began with the auspicious Ashadi Ekadashi programme. A festival dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this Ekadashi marks the beginning of the Chaturmasam. During this time, devotees of Lord Vishnu in Maharashtra called the Vatkaris go on a pilgrimage to Pandharpur to worship Lord Vishnu in the form of Vitthala and his consort Rakkumai. All the devotees, with no distinctions of caste or creed, sing Abhangs and Bhajans all along the way, revelling in the joy of music and devotion.
The programme began with the chanting of the Ganesha Suktam by the grade ten students of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva High School. It was followed by an uplifting musical programme which rightfully celebrated music replete with devotion on account of this festival. Presented by various students and staff of the organisation, the programme included compositions be various devotees of Swami, Purandaradasa Keertanas, Kritis by Tyagaraja and Abhangs by Sant Namadeva. The concert ended at a high with a beautiful Tillana in Sindhubhairavi Raga.
It was a divine delight to watch Swami enjoying the music rendered with great love and surrender.