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Last week, I had posted a message
under the caption, "Saligramam Garland", with a photograph showing Swami
blessing the garland. (shown below)
Subsequently, Swami directed Sri Srinivasan Chettiar to put the garland in the neck of the wonderful idol of Shiridi Sai, installed in Ananda Nilayam, Madurai.
I now take pleasure to attach the photo showing Chettiar putting the "Saligramam Garlandâ" on Shiridi Sai. Bhagavan had turned around in his wheel-chair, and is looking at the event with great interest.
I believe that there could be more stories to be reported on the Divine visit to Anand Nilayam, Madurai. Please look out for more postings on the subject.
Love and regards
posted on 09.05.2007
SAI IN ANANDA NILAYAM
Swami blessed the vast gathering of devotees in "Ananda Nilayam", Madurai, on 26th April 2007, while on HIS way to Kodaikanal. Some of the snap shots had been posted by me in this group. I will continue to post photos and messages covering the Divine Visit to Ananda Nilayam.
Please view the abovementioned enlarged image. Now the wonderful story
concerning this Divine event.
All devotees are aware of the Shiva Lingams. Likewise, for the deity of Lord Vishnu, there is one "Saligramam". These saligramams may sometimes have a small hole. But the distinct feature is that the symbols of "Sanghu" ?and "Chakra", both the symbols of Lord Vishnu are embedded inside the saligramam. Many of the saligramams are sold in the split condition and anybody can see the Lord Vishnu's symbols very clearly. The "Saligramams" are a very rare product. These are called "Swayambu", i.e. naturally formed.
Though the "Saligramams" are very rare to obtain, Sri Srinivasan Chettiar meticulously collected a large number of "Saligramams". So far he could get 54 in numbers. This works out to half of the Divine quantity of 108 Nos.
Sri Chettiar had made a very beautiful garland using all these 54 saligramams. He had got made tiny cages in gold, and had kept the saligramams within those golden cages. And then these items are woven into a beautiful garland.
You can see in this attached photograph, Sri Chettiar offering this Garland to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Varu. Swami lifted the garland of "Saligrams" in His Divine Hands, and blessed the same. Swami also permitted to place this blessed garland across the neck of Shiridi Sai Baba's idol. I shall post the photo of this action very shortly in my next mail.
Love & Regards
Posted on 01.05.2007
declares open new building for devotees
Kodaikanal (TN), April 28. (PTI): Spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba today declared open a new building constructed for accomodating devotees near the Kodaikanal lake.
He later went around the Rs 2.5 crore structure and also participated in a bhajan.
Telugu Desam MP Adhikesavalu received Sai Baba when he arrived for the function in the famous hill resort town.
Copyright © 2007, The Hindu.
Herewith yet another photo of our Lord Sai.
Swami is being received in Ananda Nilayam, by Sri. Srinivasan Chettiar and his wife. You will see Sri Chettiar kneeling down at His Lotus Feet, and His wfie Smt. Badri Srinivasan, offering flowers to Swami. His son Sri Mani is also looking on.
Excuse me this is in white and
black, but do have nice look up.
With Love and regards
Swami giving darshan in Ananda Nilayam, enjoying the melodious Bhajans.
Swami arrived at "Anadanilayam" in MADURAI on the way to Kodaikanal.
Thousands of Devotees gathered there were basked in the Divine Darshan.
Shall post more details in due course.
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Om Sairam to dearest Sai Family
Amidst cheers, prayers and tears, Swami left for Kodai Kanal this morning as thousands gathered on either side of the road, to greet a warm farewell to the Dearest Son of this holy Puttaparthi.
Swami had already prolonged His stay for about 15 days and all of us were expecting Swami would go to Kodai any time.
There was news running around that Swami might leave this morning (26th April) and government owned Indian airlines flight landed in the Sathya Sai Airport around 8:30am confirming Swami's departure from Puttaparthi.
The selected Students, teachers and
other dignitaries were already assembled in the Airport. There was a separate
lift placed for Swami to get into the plane and in no time Swami's flight took
off, around 10:30am, as thousands waved from the ground?
Puttaparthi, was fortunate to have Swami a bit longer than He used to. Courtesy of the marriage and some other functions. Devotees thronged in large numbers, ignoring the scorching sun.
Puttaparthi will now wear a deserted look, SANNATA as they call in hindi.. All
the big overseas groups, South Africans, Americans, Russians, all will be gone..
It will be a quite time for other wise busy Puttaparthi.
All the deserving and desiring beggars will be gone (many of them have already worked overtime as Swami prolonged His visit..) and for all the flower vendors, rickshaw drivers it will be a tough time.
The past 12 months witnessed a NEW Swami, a big revolution in all our lives.. Two big events that occurred were the two Yagnas in Parthi and Chennai.. We got to witness about 20 discourses in this 12 months.. there is also a sea change in our Sai Family.. Love is blossoming, hatred is declining, jealousy is running away from us, yet we all know there is a long way to go and our Swami will definitely make sure that we reach our Goal..
With prayers to our beloved Sai Ma to help us lead a more spiritually fruitful life I end this small offering at the lotus feet.
Flash News:- Baba's Kodaikanal trip
April 26, 2007
On most of the last few days, Bhagawan came for darshan and went into the interview room, emerging at Bhajan time.
This morning, Swami came from His residence just after 9.30, and coming to the verandah in the car, accepted Arati and left for the airport on His Kodaikanal trip.
From there, the chartered flight with Bhagawan and party to Madurai took off at 10.15Am
Email by Swami Mahadevan on 26.04.2007
Swami On the way to Kodai
SWAMI reached Madurai this morning and Thousands of people were very fortunate to have Swami's darshan in ANANDHA NILAYAM in Madurai. SWAMI left Anandha Nilayam by 1.10 pm and went to TAFE Guest house.( Heard that they have built a New house for Swamis Stay). On the way, Near Kanguvarpatti, Public gave him a "Poorna Kumbha" respect. Swami might have started from that guest house by this time..( 3 Pm)
Will send the next update as i recieve....
Some News About KODAI :
Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill resort in Tamil Nadu. It is easy to reach Kodaikanal as it is well connected by air, rail and road.
How to reach Kodaikanal by Air: The nearest airport is Madurai, which is 120 km from Kodaikanal.
How to reach Kodaikanal by Rail: The nearest railway stations are Palani, which is 80 km from Kodaikanal and Kodai Road Station, which is 64 km away from Kodai.
How to reach Kodaikanal by Road: Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520km), Ooty (264km), Trichy (197km), Coimbatore (175km), Kumili (160km), and Madurai (120km). There are regular bus services from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore. For local transport, taxis and luxury buses are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.
Some of the prominent hotels in Kodaikanal are:
· The Carlton, Kodaikanal
· Hotel Kodai International
· Paradise Inn, Kodaikanal
· Valley View Inn, Kodaikanal