Festival/Events Text

1 January

Happy New Year to all Brothers and Sisters!

The dawn of the New Year on January 1st is observed every year in Prasanthi Nilayam by thousands of devotees. Multitudes throng to Prasanthi Nilayam to spend the New Year's day in a sacred manner. Bhagawan always reminds us that every day, every moment, a new year is born and every moment needs to be sanctified with noble thoughts, words and actions.

11 January

Annual Sports & Cultural Meet
Bhagawan has always emphasized that active sports and upholding of the Indian Culture are essential parts of an Integral System of Education in Human Values. On January 11th every year, the Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School and the three University campuses at Brindavan, Prasanthi Nilayam and Anantapur come together for this Annual Sports & Cultural Festival. The Meet is marked by a march past by the students of all campuses, extraordinary feats of adventure, colourful and artistic group performances by small children and well co-ordinated, rhythmic group drills. The various cultural, sports and games competitions in the campuses culminate in the Valedictory and Prize Distribution Function which coincides with the Makara Sankranthi on January 14.

 

14 January

Makara Sankranthi

This festival falls on the 14th of January. On this day, the sun enters the house of Capricorn (or Makara as it is known in the Hindu Almanac), so it is known as Makara Sankranthi. It marks the commencement of the sun's journey to the Northern Hemisphere and is considered to be of great spiritual significance in the scriptures. It is also the time when farmers rejoice after the toils of the year result in a bountiful harvest in the fields, and is celebrated all over the country. Indeed, the harvest festival is common to many cultures all over the world and is an occasion of joyful celebration and warm conviviality.
In Prasanthi Nilayam, the festival coincides with the valedictory function of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of Bhagawan’s educational institutions, when the prizewinners of the various events and competitions held during the year are felicitated.

 

26 January

Republic Day

26th January 1950 was one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. In this day India became a totally republican unit. 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India ever since.

Jay to the true independence and freedom of our soul, free from all worldly bondage, the inner happiness of self-realization.

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February

Mahashivaratri

Shivaratri is prescribed for the fourteenth night of the dark half of the month, the night previous to the new moon, when the moon suffers from total blackout. It is an auspicious night, because the mind can be made to lose its hold on man. The moon is the presiding deity of the mind. Of the sixteen aspects of the moon, fifteen are absent on this day. On this day, it is possible to get full control over the mind by contemplating on God. On this day Shiva, Supreme Wisdom, takes the Linga Form for the benefit of the spiritual seekers.

 

March

Holi Festival

The colorful festival of Holi bridges all social gaps and celebrates the underlying inner unity of all creation.
Holi also celebrates the immortal love between the Lord Krishna and his consort Radha.
It has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'.
Another meaning of the word Holi is sacrifice. With the lighting of bonfires we symbolise burning our impure characterestics and leaving only the pure and Divine after Holi.

 

March

Ugadi

Ugadi is the New Year's Day for the people of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. While this festival is known as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the same is celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra. It falls generally in the month of March.

According to the Hindu Calendar, Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of the bright fortnight ('Shukla Paksha') of the first month ('Chaitra') in the first season of the year i.e., spring ('Vasanta'). This day is celebrated as the New Year Day in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. While it is called Ugadi or Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, it is celebrated as Gudi Padva in Maharashtra. The word 'Ugadi' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Yugadi', which means 'beginning of a new Yuga or era'. Legend has it that this was the day on which Lord Krishna shed His body, signalling the end of the Dwapara Yuga and the commencement of the Kali Yuga. It is also believed that Brahma created the universe on this day.

 

April

http://www.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/imgs/rama2.jpgRama Navami

Sri Rama Navami is the festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Sri Rama, the Avatar of the Treta age.
It falls in the 'Chaitra' month in the Shukla Paksha Navami (ninth day of the bright fortnight) of the
Hindu lunar calendar. Lord Rama is revered as being the very embodiment of Dharma (righteousness)
and one whose life serves as an ideal for all mankind. The Ramayana, an epic poem composed by
sage Valmiki on the life of Lord Rama, is one of the sacred scriptures of the Hindu religion.

 

April

Easter

Wishing a Happy Easter to all devotees!

Om Sai Ram
Sathya Sai Baba Brotherhood

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14 April

Vishu / Tamil New Year
The New Year's Day of the Tamilians (people belonging to the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu) usually falls on the 14th or 15th of April every year.
Devotees from Tamil Nadu gather in thousands at Prashanthi Nilayam, where they present a bouquet of cultural programmes.

Vishu is the New Year's Day of the Keralites (people from the South Indian state of Kerala), which usually falls around 14th or 15th of April every year.
This being a very sacred day for the Keralites, thousands of Malayalam-speaking devotees converge at Prashanthi Nilayam. Traditionally, Keralites celebrate this festival with the most auspicious sight or 'Kani' at the most auspicious time on the morning of the festival day. In the past few years, the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, Kerala has been organizing a 'Sadhana Camp' (Spiritual Retreat) for thousands of youth from all over the state of Kerala.

 

24 April

Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam

On April 24th, 2011, our dear Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's physical body has taken rest. But He lives ever so strong in the hearts of every one of us and He is with us, in us, above us, behind us and in front of us always, to protect us, guide us and lead us to salvation.
The Samadhi (resting place) is at Sai Kulwanth Hall, Puttaparthi, India.

From out of the example of our Mother Sai , it is now up to our instruments to proceed with our mission.


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6 May

Easwaramma Day

Today, the passing on of Swami's mother is remembered among all devotees.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to Mother Easwaramma for being the instrument in giving Sathya Sai Baba as a guide to all of us.
Special prayers are held at the Samadhi where Swami's mother and father's samadhi's are present.

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May

Buddha Poornima
The day of Vaisakh Purnima, which usually falls in the month of May, is considered most sacred by Buddhists all over the world. This day is significant for three reasons. It was on this day that Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born as Prince Siddhartha at Lumbini in Nepal in 560 B.C. It is also the day when He attained enlightenment at Gaya in India, after years of search and enquiry into the causes and remedy for sorrow in the world. Thereafter, Siddhartha came to be known as Buddha, or the Enlightened one. He preached that desires are at the root of all sorrow and hence advocated the path of right conduct and the right use of senses as the way to enlightenment. This auspicious day is observed as Buddha Purnima with reverence and piety.

 

May

Ascension

Ascension is the day we celebrate that Jesus joined his father in heaven.
Heaven signifies the unity with God, the ultimate goal of our lives.

Letting go of all worldly bondages and fully merging with God, this is true liberation.

 

May

Pentecost (Whitsun)

Pentecost is one of the prominent feasts in Christianity commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Inspired by the Holy Spirit they found courage and were able to explain the Gospel clearly in different languages. It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter.
It symbolizes that the Holy Spirit comes down on those who pray and are willing to receive.

 

June

Ashadi Ekadasi

In the Hindu lunar calendar, Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the fortnight after a new moon or a full moon, and is considered auspicious for the worship of Lord Vishnu. The Ekadashi after the new moon in the Hindu month of Ashada is of special significance to the devotees of Lord Vitthal, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. Tradition has it that two of the greatest devotees of the Lord from the state of Maharashtra, Sant Jnaneshwar and Sant Tukaram had set out on a pilgrimage from their respective places to the shrine of Lord Vitthala in Pandharpur and reached the Divine Abode in fifteen days time on this auspicious day of Ashadi Ekadashi.

 

July

Guru Poornima

Guru is the entity who dispels the darkness of ignorance and illumines our lives with pure knowledge and hence this day signifies the worship of the Guru and offering obeisance to his feet. The full moon symbolises the mind filled with delight and signifies the elimination of darkness and evil from the mind. Guru Poornima is an occasion for cleansing the mind to make it absolutely pure.

 

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Ramadan

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting is considered a way of purifying the Soul and offering gratitude to Allah for all He has provided. Ramadan teaches people self-discipline, compassion and living in brotherhood.

We wish all Muslim brothers a good Ramadan.

 

August

Sri Krishna Janmashtami
http://www.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/imgs/krishna.jpgKrishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Sri Krishna. Krishna was born in the Dwapara yuga, over five thousand years ago, in Mathura on the eighth day of the dark half of shravana.
Janmashtami (also called Gokulashtami) is a very colourful and joyous celebration in India. In Prasanthi Nilayam, the Mandir transforms itself into another 'Brindavan' of the times of Lord Sri Krishna when as a child He frolicked in the company of His cowherd friends.

 

 

 

 

15 August

Independence Day

Our best wishes for the Indian Independence Day.

We express our sincere love and gratitude to Mother India.

Through unity in relation, let Independence Day inspire us to live by her example

and continue the inner battle for the freedom of our Soul.

 

Mother Day 

Today several countries observe as Mother Day to honour and rever the Universal Mother.

Swami says: "I have come especially for those of you who have never known a mother's love."

"If you honour your mother, the Mother of the universe will guard you against harm."

(SSS: Vol. IV; Page 55) 

 

 

19 August

Ramadan Id (Eid)

Eid or Ramadan Id is celebrated by Muslims across the world at the end of the month of Ramadan.

It signifies the breaking of the fasting period, through which one underlines the superiority of the spiritual over the physical world. Eid fosters brotherhood, as people greet each other in their local language and according to their respective traditions.

 

We join in the festivity of this great occasion to wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters a joyous brotherhood spirit.

 

 

August

Onam

In Bhagawan's words, "Onam means wearing new clothes. The 'Vastra' not only means cloth but also means heart. Therefore, the significance of wearing new clothes (Vastra) is that one should make the heart new by getting rid of all bad thoughts and feelings".

 

Every year thousands of devotees from all across the world, especially from the state of Kerala, throng to Prasanthi Nilayam to celebrate the festival. To Keralites, it has an added significance, as they are fortunate to celebrate the advent of Lord Mahavishnu to Kerala. Devotees and Balvikas children from the state stage different cultural programmes during these days of festivity.

 

 

 

5 September

Teachers' Day

Teachers are as a beacon of light, showing the way for the students to achieve their goal.

Thanks to their purity, patience and perseverence and with the students' determination and effort the impossible becomes possible.

Happy Teachers' Day to all guiding instruments in our lives!

 

September

Ganesh Chaturthi

http://www.sailingam.org/imgs/ganesh.gifOn this day the Indian God Ganesha is celebrated.
He removes all obstacles, as well on material as on spiritual level.
He's also known as the Master of Discrimination. This quality is very important because we need it to solve practical problems or to control subtle inner processes.
Devotees ask Ganesha's guidance in these matters.

 

 

 

 

October

Navratri / Dasara

http://www.sainewsletter.net/imgs/festivals1.gifThe Dasara festival is celebrated for 10 days. During the first three days the Goddess Durga (Kali) is invoked to kill the demons that reflect negative tendencies within man. During the next three days, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to cultivate the Divine qualities and wealth such as love, kindness, devotion, patience, endurance, non-violence, etc., which are within man. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped during the next three days as the final stage in man's spiritual evolution, so that Divinity may manifest through study of the scriptures and constant reflection and meditation. After these three stages are gone through in life, on the last day, Vijaya Dasami Day, the devil is burnt down, indicating the transcendence of the ego.

 

 

 

20 October

Avatar Declaration Day

20th October every year is celebrated as the Avatar Declaration Day. It is on this historically significant day in the year 1940 that the young lad Sathyanarayana Raju revealed to the world His Divine identity and the glorious mission on which He has come.
To celebrate this landmark event in Baba's life, the Avatar Declaration Day is celebrated every year with devotion and gratitude.

 

25 October

Eid Al Adha

We would like to express our wellwishes to all Muslim devotees in the festivity of Eid Al Adha.
There are variations on the starting date of Eid al Adah according to the different places it is celebrated.
Eid Al Adha commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God and highlights the value of true sacrifice.

Seen through another cultural window... Kahlil Gibran speaks to us in the same spirit:
"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you, they belong not to you."

...
Let us have tolerance to all Divine directions.

 

2 November

All Souls' Day

November 2nd is celebrated as All Souls' Day. It is a day of remembrance of ancestors, friends and loved ones who have left their physical body.
All Souls' Day is a day filled with prayer wherein some traditions flowers are offered or candles are lit to guide wandering souls.
Divinity has no borders…even in death…Love is the key….

 

10/11 November

Akhanda Bhajan

The vibrations of the sacred sounds which arise from bhajan singing have a mystic energy that draws the omnipresent Divine to the devotees whose heart strings vocalise it.
Swami states that there is no greater spiritual practice in this era of the Kali Yuga than singing bhajans.
Bhajans are conducted for 24 hours in Swami's ashram. On a global level at all Sathya Sai Centres, akhanda bhajans are organised for conferring peace, harmony and bliss to all of mankind.

 

November

Deepavali

http://www.sainewsletter.net/imgs/diwali30.jpgDeepavali is the Festival of Light. During this day, the inner light - the indwelling divine soul (Atma) - is celebrated. She dispels darkness (ignorance) and leads to victory of good over bad.
Mainly also the homecoming of Rama with his wife Sita is celebreated, after conquering and killing the demon Ravana. It was a return after 14 years and hence the city of Ayodhya was very happy to receive their King back. They expressed this happiness in the form of lighted lamps and flowery decorations and songs and dance. It was a long period of festivities and joys. In today's world it can symbolically be said as a conquest of good over evil. This is the victory of Good and we all should celebrate it with joy.

 

18 November

Rathothsavam (Chariot Festival)

The Rathotsavam (Chariot Festival) at Prasanthi Nilayam is a tradition that goes back five decades to the early 1950's. On this day the students of Bhagawan, chanting Vedic incantations and singing Bhajans, lead a procession with the idol of Lord Krishna on a rath (chariot) and the idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Mother Sita on a palanquin, to the Old Mandir or what is now the Kalyana Mantapam, in the village of Puttaparthi. After worship is offered to the deities, the idols of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita return to the Mandir. Later, in the evening, the idols are taken out in a procession in the village of Puttaparthi, amidst joyous celebration by the villagers.

 

19 November

Ladies Day

Since 1995, 19th November is celebrated as the Women's Day or the Mahilas Day every year, as per Bhagawan's Divine Guidance. Bhagawan always emphasises the greatness of Women, (motherhood in particular) and advises them about the significant role they can play in the shaping of Individual and National Character. He quotes the example of the role of Jijabhai in the moulding of Shivaji and the unique reminder of Innate Divinity which the ancient mother Madalasa gave to her children. All the events of the day are managed only by Women, right from the Veda chanting, playing of the band to the cultural programmes.

 

22 November

SSS University Convocation

The Convocation of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning is celebrated on the 22nd of November every year.

An excerpt from Swami's Discourses:

"Students, Boys and Girls!

Give up selfishness. Develop the spirit of sacrifice. Be prepared to sacrifice your life for the sake of Sathya and Dharma (truth and righteousness). Today people are afraid to follow the path of truth. Why should one be afraid to speak the truth? In fact, one should be afraid to utter falsehood. One who adheres to truth is always fearless. When you do not follow the path of truth, the fire of fear will burn you to ashes."

 

23 November

Happy Birthday Swami !

On the 23rd of November, we celebrate the anniversary of the Advent of our Lord Sai amongst us. It is an opportunity for mankind to pay homage to this embodiment of selfless love. Swami says that His real birthday takes place the day God is born in our heart.

 

28 November

Guru Nanak Jayanti

This day is observed as the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.
He is revered as a great seer, saint, mystic and poet and gave great importance to bhajans (devotional singing).
His main message was to spread love, peace, and truth. He was influenced by both Hindus and Muslims, especially Sufism.
This festival is celebrated with pride, honor and great respect. Processions are carried out and the temples are decorated and illuminated.

 

25 December

Christmas