The Global 24-hr. Akhand Bhajan started in 1944, in the home of the late
Dr. R.S. Padmanabhan of Bangalore, where nine families met in the presence
of Sri Sathya Sai Baba to conduct the bhajan. From that humble beginning
attended by 150 people, this Bhajan is now conducted every year around the
same time, at Sai centres all over India and in 126 countries in the world.
This is in keeping with Sri Sathya Sai Baba's sentiments that he expressed
during a discourse in 1986:
"We are having non-stop 24-hr. global devotional singing by Sai devotees
all over the world. This is being done not for the sake of one individual,
one nation or one community. It is for the welfare of humanity as a whole."