On the morning of December 5, Bhagawan asked all the staff, students and devotees to proceed to Haridwar. They were all divided into three groups and each group spent the morning visiting one of the three temples of Chandi Devi, Mansa Devi and Bilkeshwar Mahadev.
Before Bhagawan departed for Haridwar after partaking lunch, He blessed all the Sevadals and kitchen volunteers who had worked selflessly and tirelessly to take care of all the 600 people travelling with Bhagawan at Rishikesh.
Bhagawan then proceeded to Haridwar in the afternoon to the VIP Ghat, where a Satsang was held in a specially erected pandal on the banks of Mother Ganga. Brother Sumeet Tappoo presented a musical rendition of beautiful devotional songs. Bhagawan then sat on the banks of Mother Ganga, where a special Puja was performed as a group of priests had come from Pauri to do a special Ganga Aarti in the evening.
Afterwards, Bhagawan gave His farewell blessings and after taking group pictures with everyone, the group proceeded back to Rishikesh for dinner and to retire for the night before Bhagawan and His entourage departed the next morning back to Bangalore.
Before departing from Rishikesh in the morning of December 6, Pujya Swamiji gave a very fond and emotional farewell to Bhagawan at his Kutir. He presented Bhagawan with 11 volumes of the ‘Encyclopedia of Hinduism’ for the Ashram at Sathya Sai Grama and also a complete set for the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence.
This brought a most beautiful, wonderful and blissful trip with the Lord of the Universe, to a close.