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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

December 27, 2011

Culmination of Christmas Celebrations and Programme by Odisha devotees at Prasanthi Nilayam:

Morning Programme:

Multi-Faith Mass:

A multi-faith Christmas Mass was conducted by Fr. Charles Ogada and Michael Galligan, within the precincts of the Prasanthi Nilayam ashram today morning. The Multi Faith Worship that consisted of Veda chanting, a Bharat Natyam presentation and a series of skits by children from Coorg and from around the world, concluded with a talk by Fr. Ogada on Baba's message being alive in his devotees. The programme entitled, “A Journey Through Love”, had songs by children, relevant excerpts from Baba's discourses and skits depicting Arjuna's dilemna during the War and Lord Krishna's Gitopadesha, a scene from Lord Buddha's Enlightenment, David's selection by Samuel, the Angel Gabriel's Revelation to Prophet Muhammad and the grand Sermon on the Mount by Lord Jesus.

Chariot Procession by Odisha devotees: 

Around two thousand Youth and a large number of devotees from the state of Odisha, are on a Parthi Yatra to Prasanthi Nilayam. Members of the Sathya Sai Organisation of Odisha took out a regal procession similar to the world-famous Jagannatha Chariot Festival of Puri, with the idols of Lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra. The procession began at 9.30 A.M. from the birthplace of Sri Sathya Sai Baba where there is a Shiva Temple, and moved along the main road up to the Vidyagiri gate before retreating to the original starting point.Thousands of men and women from the state joined the procession marked with great devotional exuberance.

Evening Programme:

This evening, devotees of Odisha presented a bouquet of three programmes. Girl students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Bhadrak presented an Odishi dance drama entitled "Jagannath Leelaamrutham". Sai Youth of Cuttack presented a drama entitled "Pharistein Sai Gaganke" on the transformation of villagers in a village adopted by the Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Programme or SSSVIP . The skit was based on real life incidents which occurred in the village Samsaraa of Odisha. A patriotic dance by the students of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Balasore, "Bharat vandana" formed a fitting finale to the day's proceedings.

Media Coordinator
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
Prasanthi Nilayam

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