On the auspicious morning, the Prasanthi Mandir bore festive decorations with typical Kerala themes parading all over. Onappookkalam, traditional flower decoration along with Nirapara (traditional Indian measuring cup symbolising plentiful harvest) was arranged in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum.
This year too, the festivity evoked greater enthusiasm as hundreds of devotees from the State joined the Nagarsankirtan in the dawning hours of the holy day.
The morning programme commenced at 0820 hrs., after regular 20 minute Rudram chanting, with a brief spell of ‘Nadaswaram’, by the Percussion Band of SSSIHL, Prasanthi Nilayam campus. Soulful musical notes from the young enthusiastic band was enough to evoke the auspiciousness.
Popular devotional singer Sri T S Radhakrishnan with his son Sri Shankar Vinayak, an alumnus of SSSIHL, presented a soulful musical session, arousing the nostalgic ‘Homely Feeling’ for the hundreds assembled in the ‘Real Home away from home’ celebrating their most important festival.
Beginning with a traditional ‘Jai Ganesh’ offering, the duo went on singing alternatively, producing some of the finest compositions, most of them in the vernacular Malayalam. Some of the numbers were “Jaya Jaya Swami Jaya Jaya…” Puttaparthiyil Niranju Nilkkum Sri Sai than Paadangalil”, “Kanna Kanna Chinnarakkanna En Munnil”, “Jagadoddhaarana…” etc. They were sung with great devotion enthralling the assembled devotees. Sri Nishikant Barodekar, faculty member at Sathya Sai Mirpuri College Of Music, Prasanthi Nilayam accompanied the duo on Tabla, while Shankar Vinayak himself played on the Harmonium.
Bhajan session continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 0930 hrs.