Prasanthi was gripped in Maratha festive fervor this morning as twin western Indian States of Maharashtra and Goa celebrated Holy Ashadi Ekadashi in the Divine Omnipresence of Bhagawan here in Prasanthi Nilayam
Popular traditional ‘Varkari Sampradaya’ of Maharashtra, wherein lakhs and lakhs of devotees walk on foot to the Holy Abode of Lord Vitthala at Pandharpur every year in the month of Ashada, had its symbolic replica here this morning, with hundreds of Sai Varkaris arrived at the Sanctum Sanctorum singing paeans to Lord Sai Vitthala, commencing the auspicious morning’s proceedings.
Adding colour to the ‘gaiety galore’, youth from the State danced to the tune of a Maratha devotional number, sharing devotional ecstasy of the grand festive occasion.
Adding unadulterated Maratha Vitthala flavor, the session then continued with a musical offering by young legendary classical vocalist Swaradhish Bharat Balvalli.
Singing ecstatic elixir of Lord Vitthala in classical Marathi, the session ensued sent an apparent message, to the auspicious morning’s assembly, of the unmatched significance, of the 11th lunar day of the month of Ashada and of Lord Vitthala to the Maratha community. The talented singer regaled the audience for over fifty minutes, immersing them in ecstatic Vitthala devotion. The numbers included an inciting “Hari-mana Tumi Govinda-mana Tumi Gopala-mana Hari Narayana...”
Earlier, MLA of Kolhapur Dr Sujit Minchekar offered a Tulsi garland at Bhagawan's Sanctum Sanctorum, paying obeisance to Beloved Bhagawan.
Bhajans continued and ended with Mangala Arathi at 0950 hrs.