Sri Sathya Sai Inaugurates The Chaitanya Jyoti Museum at Prasanthi Nilayam

Friday, November 17, 2000 to Sunday, November 19, 2000

The 75th Birthday celebrations of Bhagavan commenced with ‘Sri Sathya Narayana Vrata’ in Sai Kulwant Hall performed by 2,000 devotees on 17th November 2000. Bhagavan lit the lamps at 6.50 pm, to inaugurate the programme. He went around the rows of devotees to bless them. The Puja concluded with Mangala Arati. 

The Rathotsavam was held in the morning on 18th in Sai Kulwant Hall. After Bhagavan’s morning Darshan, the idols from the Mandir were taken in a procession amidst Vedic chants and Nadaswaram music to the Paata Mandiram (now Pedda Vekama Raju Kalyana Mandapam).
Sri Sathya Sai in The Chaitanya Jyoti Museum
Bhagavan inaugurated the New Museum, ‘Chaitanya Jyoti,’ on 19th November 2000 at Puttaparthi. This unprecedented Museum houses the details about the Life, Mission and Teachings of the Avatar of Kali Age, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Bhagavan was received with traditional honours on His arrival at the venue. He then pressed the automatic switch at 8 am, to open the main entrance door of the building. He lighted the sacred lamps near the Ganesha statue in the entrance hall. Bhagavan was led to the 1st level lobby where He pulled the ribbon to open the entrance door. He released a bunch of balloons from the balcony of the Museum to mark the inauguration of the Stupa built in the main entrance of the complex. Sri Hira from Japan made a brief speech. Bhagavan, in His conversation with Dr. Goldstein, mentioned that Chaitanya Jyoti is the ‘Wonder of the 21st century’.
Sri Sathya Sai giving Darshan from the Chaitanya Jyoti Balcony
The video of the Chaitanya Jyoti inauguration can be seen here.

‘Ladies Day’ was celebrated at Prashanti Nilayam that same day. The Sundaram Bhajan Group of ladies led the Bhajans in Sai Kulwant Hall during Bhagavan’s Darshan in the morning. Bhagavan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at 2.55 pm that afternoon. The ladies from overseas countries presented a programme of English songs in adoration of Bhagavan. Ms. Uma Bharati, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, and Smt. Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Union Minister of State for Small Scale Industries, addressed the audience prior to Bhagavan’s Discourse. The programme concluded with Mangala Arati.

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