Deepavali, the festival of lights, is one of the most pan-Indian among all festivals and holds great significance in Indian culture. During the churning of the ocean by the Devas and Asuras, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Dhanvantari, the God of health are believed to have emerged from the ocean on this day. It marks the day when Ayodhya celebrated the coronation of Lord Rama and mother Sita after vanquishing Ravana. In Dwapara Yuga too, this was the day when Lord Krishna along with Devi Sathyabhama destroyed the tyrant king Narakasura, thereby liberating all his captives. Deepavali therefore, has always signified the victory of good over evil, right over wrong, light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance and hope over despair.
On this auspicious day, Bhagawan was escorted into the Sathya Sai Hrudaya Mandiram Auditorium with Poorna Kumbham along with the melodious tunes of Bhajans and Nadaswaram. The devotees were all smiles as the Lord walked amidst them, speaking with some, graciously accepting letters and throwing chocolates and candies. Once Bhagawan was seated on the dais, there was a short musical presentation by the students who offered some very soulful devotional songs, surcharging the atmosphere with Divine vibrations.
The evening’s programme then began with Vedic invocation by the students of the Sri Sathya Centre for Human Excellence, chanting the Narayana Upanishad. After Swami blessed these students, there was a beautiful recap by sister Bhuvana Santhanam on the recently concluded Divine visit to Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.
Bhagawan, who seemed very eager to watch the fireworks display that was next on the agenda, then proceeded on to the Hrudaya Mandiram grounds. As the devotees too rushed there, fireworks lit up the night sky, popping out in all brilliant colours. A spectacular display of fireworks followed.
As the dazzling show came to an end, Swami distributed sparklers to all the devotees. The programme then came to a close with the offering of Mangala Arati before Swami retired to His residence.