The Bhoomi Puja (ground-breaking ceremony) of the Sri Sathya Sai Vaniniketanam was performed at Majjur village, located in Shirahatti Taluk, Gadag district in the morning of the auspicious ‘Basant Panchami’ Day. The first girls’ campus to be established in North Karnataka, the site is endowed with natural beauty in abundance. Rich red soil, surrounded by beautiful hills and windmills promise to make it a very picturesque campus. The magic of the land was also replete in its rich Sufi heritage, with many Sufi Saints having traversed the lands and establishing religious harmony here since the 16th century.
The ceremony began with a procession with Nadaswaram and Veda chanting. Sri M S Satyanarayana, Chairman, Prashanti Bala Mandir Trust, Sri Govind Reddy, Chairman, Sri Satya Sai Vidya Niketanam, Gulbarga campus, Sri Govind Rao, Head of all campus accounts, Sri Shankar Shettygar, Warden of Sri Satya Sai Primary School, Sri Narayan Swamy from Gulbarga Campus and Sri Sridhar from Muddenahalli were present for the momentous occasion.
Bhagawan had assigned the entire responsibility of organising the Bhoomi Puja to Sri B S Goni and the team from Hubballi. The 18-acre land was searched, procured, cleaned, and fixed with a borewell and later decorated to perform the Bhoomi Puja by this hard-working team.
The Bhoomi Puja was initiated by Sri Shridhar who carried out the Puja pleasing Bhagawan and the Mother Earth. Dr Vinodini Mahishi, who has been given the responsibility of the campus by Bhagawan Himself, then offered her prayers as the representative of Prashanti Bala Mandir Trust.
The function on stage began with Veda Chanting. Dr. Mahishi welcomed all and gave a brief background on the history of the occasion. Sri B S Goni then called upon the land owners who selflessly came forward to give the land for the divine mission, and everyone else who have contributed selflessly to make the school a reality, to the stage to be felicitated. Sri Govind Reddy of Gulbarga campus then spoke of his experience with the subtle form of Bhagawan, highlighting how the Divine master continues to lead mankind. It merits note here that though the entire experience was new to the locals who had hitherto never heard of Bhagawan even, they seemed to enjoy it a lot. A dance presentation by the Balavikas children followed next.
Sri Narayan Guruji then spoke on the importance of practicing Bhagawan’s principles. Sri M S Sathyanarayana later shared Bhagawan’s message with everyone. Bhagawan had sent His blessings for the event with the message that GADAG when read from either end remained the same word (palindrome). It is endless as well as beginning-less.
He then read out the wishes sent by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor, Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions. After this, Sri B S Goni gave the vote of thanks. The ceremony came to an end with Maha Mangalarathi and Maha Prasad.