The Seven Day ritual coinciding the Navarathri Festival, Veda Purusha Saptaaha Jnana Yajna got underway in Prasanthi Nilayam this morning.
The beginning of Vasanta Ritu (spring) and Sharath Ritu (autumn) are two very important events in the Bharatiya Calendar, for they not only signify the change of season but their consequent effect on the human body and mind. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine form of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.
In Prasanthi Nilayam, especially during the Navaratri that falls every year in or around September – October, people gather in thousands to pay their homage to the Divine Mother incarnated as Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Over the past many years, the festival of Dasara in Prasanthi Nilayam has been closely associated with the ‘Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yajna’, the week-long sacrificial ritual conducted in the Divine Presence, for the welfare of the whole world.
This morning’s proceedings began at 0900 hrs. with a procession carrying the Kalasha, that was installed on 16 October initiating the Yajna proceedings, in a ceremonial procession to the venue, Poornachandra Auditorium amidst Vedic chanting.
Proceedings began with the priests producing ceremonial fire by friction, churning of two wooden pieces. The fire produced was subsequently placed at His Lotus Feet, before depositing in the sacred sacrificial pit, marking the beginning of the Yajna.
Soon it was time for the students to proceed for Grama Seva. Today being the 3rd day of Grama Seva 2012, villages in and around Puttaparthi would be covered serving thousands.