Thirty-Fifth Birthday Celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai

Wednesday, November 23, 1960 and Thursday, November 24, 1960

On 23rd November, 1960 Swami hoisted the Prashanti Flag at 8.30 am. As Swami sat in His silver throne, the parents, Sri Pedda Venkappa Raju and Smt. Easwaramma ceremonially applied oil to Swami’s hair and offered worship. This was followed by the Burgula Ramakrishna Rao couple and the Bhagavantam couple along with a few other devotees offering their homages to Swami. Each and every devotee was given the golden opportunity to offer a garland to Swami, which He graciously accepted. Swami blessed the devotees with Jhoola Darshan in the evening.

Prior to Swami’s Discourse, Brahmasri Bairagi Sastry addressed the devotees.

In His Birthday message Swami said, “Believe in Me, this Puttaparthi is soon going to become a Tirupati. Thousands of Yogis, Sadhus and aspirants will come here in the future to derive solace and salvations. The reestablishment of ‘Sanatana Dharma’ will emanate from here”. The occasion was drawn to a close with Swami inaugurating the Dynamo House’ which would provide Prashanti Nilayam with a perennial supply of electricity.

24th November, 1960 was a red letter day in the history of Puttaparthi. Dr. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao laid the foundation stone for the school building at Puttparthi on that day. The significant event of that day was the coming together of the villagers led by the Panchayat President, the Karnam and the Reddy, burying their aversion for Swami, in order to participate in the celebrations. It was evident that Swami’s overpowering love was the power behind this miraculous change of hearts. Swami openly declared His joy over the change that had come over the villagers. He declared, “I shall never move to any other place”. It was indeed a great day! Swami multiplied the joy of the villagers by visiting the houses of the Karnam, the Reddy and a number of other villagers.  

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