As part of His Divine mission to restore and re-establish Sanathana Dharma, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, has always officiated Yajnas and Homas and encouraged students to learn Vedic Mantras. When Sri Renduchintala Yagnavalkya Chandra Sekhara Somayajulu Garu, a priest from Tirupati who visited Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli, during the Dussehra celebrations 2019 prayed to Baba, aware that He is fully manifest through Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, to attend a Soma Yaga being conducted at Tirupati, He accepted the invitation to visit the Tirumala-Tirupati region on 27 and 28 February 2020.
In addition, Acharya Sri K S S Avadhani Garu, Principal of the Sri Venkateswara Veda Vignana Peetam at Tirumala, had also extended an invitation to Bhagawan to attend the ‘Sri Venkateswara Veda Sastra Agama Vidwat Sadas Conference’, where various Yagnas known as ‘Chaturveda Havanams and Shrauta Yagams’ were to be conducted daily.
It was also in response to the prayers of Sri Venugopala Dikshitulu, Chief Priest of Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple at Tirumala; Sri Ajay Kumar, Chairman & Managing Director of the Devlok project at Tirupati and Sri Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy Garu, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Chandragiri Constituency; that the all-compassionate Lord visited numerous places in Tirupati during His two-day trip.
On February 26, almost 120 staff and students of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, a few selected devotees and Ashram residents, departed from Muddenahalli for the holy town of Tirupati. The next morning, February 27, saw Bhagawan’s departure, as He departed Muddenahalli by helicopter and landed at the Devlok helipad in Tirupati at 10 a.m. He was lovingly received by Sri Ajay Kumar, Sri Somayajulu Garu, and Sri C Bhaskar Reddy Garu, with highest honour, after which He spent some time at the Devlok office before proceeding towards Tirumala with a convoy of escorts, along with Sri Bhaskar Reddy Garu.
Upon reaching Tirumala, Swami was led to His bungalow, where He rested for sometime, before proceeding to the Sri Venkateswara Veda Vignana Peetam Veda Pathashala. At the Veda Pathashala, Acharya Sri K S S Avadhani Garu and Sri Venugopala Dikshitulu welcomed Bhagawan and invited Him inside for the Homa, which was in progress. Sri Avadhani Garu then addressed the gathering, after which Swami showered His blessings on him and materialised a chain as a token of His love. This was then followed by a short discourse by Bhagawan and after the session, He accepted the invitation of the principle to partake lunch. He also distributed Dhotis to the main priests and gifted a bundle of Dhotis for the 600 plus students of Vedic studies who are studying in the institution. Thereafter, Bhagawan retired to His bungalow for lunch and afternoon rest.
In the afternoon, Bhagawan was escorted back down the hill towards Tirupati, to visit the Thummalagunta Kalyana Venkateswara temple and Veda Pathashala, as requested by Sri Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy Garu. After arriving at the temple, Bhagawan was honoured and felicitated by the temple priests and Sri Bhaskar Reddy. He then proceeded for a Satsang, where close to 150 children are being trained to become priests. After a welcome speech by the MLA, Sri Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy Garu on the need to conserve the Vedic traditions of Bharat, Sri B N Narasimha Murthy spoke about the glory of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and explained the currently ongoing phenomenon of His manifestation through the personality of Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai.
Thereafter, Bhagawan granted His divine message and reiterated the need to establish Sanathana Dharma, which He said, is the purpose of His own mission. He asked the students to chant a few Mantras which they had learnt. Bhagawan then lauded the efforts of Sri Bhaskar Reddy and gifted him with a chain as a token of His love. As the proceedings concluded, He returned to Tirumala and rested for the night.
The next morning on the February 28, Bhagawan was escorted by Sri Bhaskar Reddy to the sanctum sanctorum of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. The Chief Priest Sri Venugopala Dikshitulu conducted the Puja, close to the sacred idol of Lord Sri Venkateswara. Thereafter, upon coming out from the temple, Bhagawan was requested to convey a few words to the media. Bhagawan expressed His Sankalpa (wish) to extend the coverage of the Annapoorna Breakfast Programme to 50,000 needy children studying in various government schools across the greater Tirupati region. He said that there are many children who come to school on an empty stomach and it is His wish and will, to commence this Breakfast Programme in this Divine place of Tirupati. Bhagawan then proceeded to His bungalow for a brief stop, and then started downhill towards Tirupati to attend the Soma Yaga being conducted by the priest, Sri Somayajulu Garu. There, a short function had been organised where Bhagawan was felicitated with honour, by Sri Somayajulu Garu and his team. This was followed by an exposition on the Soma Yaga and its benefits for the well-being of the universe. After the sacred Yaga had been completed, Bhagawan and His entourage partook lunch. He then departed towards the Devlok helipad, where He proceeded towards the Sri Sathya Sai Vishwaniketanam Campus, in Hampi.
Thus concluded a beautiful and a truly divine trip of Bhagawan along with His devotees, to the holy land of Tirumala and Tirupati.