The tenth or the final day of ten-day Dussehra Celebrations arrived too soon, it seemed, because devotees could not have their fill of being in the divine presence of Bhagawan Himself, every single morning and evening! Dashami, or the tenth day, as it is known, marks the day when Lord Rama secured victory over Demon Ravana, symbolising the triumph of righteousness over evil. The day is celebrated as Vijay Dashami (the Victorious Tenth Day) or Dasara or Dussehra, all over India with much fervor and joy. Muddenahalli witnessed the spiritual practices carried out to wipe out the evil within each person, and to celebrate the arrival of dear Bhagawan Baba in each one’s hearts.
The morning programme saw Bhagawan Baba arriving at the Hrudaya Mandir Auditorium where He visited the ‘Gollu’ display and poured Akshatas on the team and also posed for a group photograph.
The priests performed Laksha Gayatri Japa Purasara Homa on the final day with Bhagawan Himself offering various items to the Vedi. A lucid explanation was provided for the benefit of devotees in both Kannada and English where the priest urged that this was not the culmination of the spiritual practice, rather the beginning till everyone get’s the chance to be at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet once again next year. After the Maha Purnahuti, Bhagawan blessed all the priests, who had performed various Homas over the last ten days with sincerity and precision.
Thereafter, Durga Arati was performed and Bhagawan blessed everybody. The ladies applied betel leaves to symbolically wipe out the tears of Goddess who was now returning to Kailasha leaving Her parents’ home. Bhagawan blessed the Bengali priests, drummers, and the whole troupe and also posed for a group photograph. He then proceeded to the Maha Rudra Yagna where the priests performed the Purnahuti, with Bhagawan Himself offering various items to the sacred fire. Amid vibrating chants and Nadaswaram, devotees were able to feel the spiritual vibrations that transported them to Kailash verily in the presence of the Kailash-Pati.
He then blessed all the priests and at the end of the Puja, He walked amidst the huge congregation sprinkling the sacred Lingabhishekam water on each and every head. The Pandal was overflowing with thousands of grateful eyes, as Bhagawan went to each and every devotee to bestow His grace, which is indeed a speciality of this Avatarhood! The auspicious and joyful programme came to a close, as Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan.
The evening Session commenced at the Premamrutham Hall with sacred chanting of Sri Rudram followed by repetitions of Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu. The august gathering of devotees from across the globe, students and staff from various campuses awaited the arrival of Bhagawan with soulful Bhajans.
As Bhagawan took His seat, the proceedings of the evening programme commenced with the compere presenting a short update about the morning session. The deity honoured was the Goddess Aparajita.
The students from the Pre University College of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions chanted a few verses from Suryopanishad – a Vedic invocation to the Sun God. Thereafter, Sri Narasimha Murthy gave an enlightening speech. He revealed that he has been the part of every Navaratri Celebrations for the last 45 years barring just a gap of just three years. Sri Narasimha Murthy spelt out in detail, the connection between Navaratri, the Mother Form and Homas/Yajnas. He dipped into his rich reservoir of knowledge and presented to the august gathering, a series of verses from Lalitha Sahasranamam explaining that Yajnas are very dear to Mother Lalitha. He also pointed out that verses in the Lalitha Sahasranamam aptly describes and applies to Bhagawan Baba and His Love in action. He also cautioned about our various attachments and possessiveness and how they impede our spiritual journey and higher attainments. He concluded his speech by advising all to learn Sanskrit in order to understand and appreciate the connection between the Divine Mother and Vedas itself.
Bhagawan’s divine discourse followed next. Bhagawan spoke about detachment and seeking for the higher purpose in life. Two interesting “Chinna Kathas” that Bhagawan shared were simple, hilarious but loaded with a profound message. He emphasised on the importance of playing one’s designated role to the best of the capabilities, and then let go of any attachments or identify with that role after the curtain is drawn. He concluded His discourse by thanking the organisers of this ten-day festival and bid His loving farewell to all the students from various campuses heading back to their hostels, and thereafter to their home for Diwali Holidays.
The next programme lined up for the evening was a Dance performance choreographed by Dr Roshni Kesavan and Ms Kiara Francavilla. They performed with an impressive team of students from Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions to the poems from ‘Gita Govindam’. They depicted the early life of Lord Sri Krishna through a fusion dance performance of Bharathanatyam and Odissi. The dancers narrated the interesting early life of Sri Krishna using movements, that language and verbal description stand pale in comparison to their artistic expression!
Bhagawan presented all the performers with gifts and concluded the session with a group photo. The session ended with Mangala Arati, and this the glorious ten days came to a beautiful end.