2011/4/27 6:12:24 The final rituals of Satyasai Baba have begun with religious prayers. Then the final rituals have been performed by his brother’s son Ratnakar. The last rituals begin with full state honors at Saikulwanth Hall around 8.00 am today. Police men have given the gun salute to the spiritual guru Satyasai Baba. His body has been covered with tri colored flag and shifted to the main stage where he used to give Darshan to his devotees. After performing the regular Vedic formalities, red colored curtains were dropped around the dais to finish the final rituals.
Baba’s body has been laid inside the Samadhi with his head kept towards south side. Kandukuri Kondavadhani and his team of Pandits of Rajhamundry, who were often invited by Baba to perform several Vedic functions in the Prashanthi Nilayam earlier, have performed the final rituals for Baba.
After lowering the Baba’s body into his final rest place and completing the final rituals, the curtains were raised and all the VVIPs were allowed to sprinkle the sacred Vibhudhi on Baba’s mortal remains.
Governor Narasimhan, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, DGP Aravinda Rao, Karnataka Chief Minister of Karnataka Yedurappa, Punjab Governor Shivaraj Patil, BJP leaders LK Advani, Venkaya Naidu, Kishna Reddy, Chandrababu Naidu, and ministers from state and other states have paid rich tributes to the Satyasai Baba.
The ceremony was just concluded and the devotees will be allowed to pay their respects to Baba from the noon today.
From now onwards, all his devotees will be directed to have Darshan of his Samadhi in SaiKulwanth Hall. The spiritual guru who inspires lakhs of people to adopt service to society might have physically departed from them. But, his preaching and his influence will be always there on the people who understood his ideology. Om Sai Ram.
2007/11/22 11:54:04 The birthday celebrations of Sai Baba will be held on a grand scale at Puttaparthi on November 23. The town is teeming with devotes both from within the country and also from abroad. A number of foreigners have already landed in Puttaparthi over the last one week.
The police have made elaborate security arrangements for the birthday fete of Baba. The police have information of an ISI threat and as such, the movement of devotees is being monitored strictly. The police are also refusing to divulge the names of VIPs and VVIPs who are expected to attend the 26th convocation of the university today and Baba’s birthday tomorrow for security reasons.
Former CPI MLA passes away, KCR pays rich tributes
2011/6/16 11:25:57 Paying rich tributes to former MLA of the Communist party of India A Gurunath Reddy on Thursday, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao described the departed leader as an epitome of simplicity and reminded that he was one of the first leaders to demand a separate Telangana state.
Mr Gurunath Reddy died while undergoing treatment at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences on June 13 at the ripe old age of 99 years. His last were performed at burial grounds in Punjagutta.
“We can never forget Gurunath Reddy’s services to Telangana. He was among the first to agitate for Telangana,” KCR said.
Talking to media persons after placing a wrath on the body of the late leader at Makhdoom Bhavan, the TRS chief called upon party cadre to follow Gurunath Reddy’s ideals and intensify the agitation for the Telangana state formation.
KCR further described Gurunath Reddy as the epitome of simplicity who launched a relentless fight to solve people’s problems.
Gurunath Reddy was first MLA from Siddipet constituency in Medak district.
TRS leader Harish Rao and CPI leader Chada Venkatareddy also paid tributes to the departed soul by placing wreaths.(INN)
Putaparthy now turns into a big pilgrimage as devotees of Satyasai Baba from all over the world are rushing in, to have last darshan of the spiritual guru Satyasai Baba. Especially, the arrival of film stars, national level political leaders, and even Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and many VVIP’s and their presence around the place virtually relieves the painful mood of the Baba devotees. So far, veteran actress Anjali Devi, play back singer P.Susheela, Baba Ramdev, Chiranjeevi, Chandrababu Naidu, SachinTendulakr and many many VIPs arrived to have last glimpse of Satyasai Baba. This indeed works like miracle tonic on the devotees and let them recover from the sad mood.
Nevertheless to mention that, many others like Dr.Mohanbabu, Rajinikanth, Balakrishna, Murali Mohan who are Baba devotees are also arriving to pay their last respects to the spiritual leader. Tollywood present generation actors like Rana Daggubati, Naga Chaitanya, Ram Charan Tej, Allu Arjun, Manchu Lakshmi, Sumanth have expressed their condolence over the demise of Satyasai Baba.
Bollywood people Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Hema Malini, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Vivek Oberoi, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Madhavan, Anupam Kher and many others have expressed their grief for the demise of Baba.
2011/9/2 10:45:36 Rich floral tributes were paid to former chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy across the state on the occasion of his second death anniversary.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha, Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana, former government advisor K V P Ramachandra Rao, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Mayor Bhandaru Karthika Reddy, ministers and other senior leaders on Friday paid rich floral tributes to former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at his statue in Punjagutta crossroads.
They recalled the YSR services for the state, particularly for the welfare of poor and middle class people, by implementing various schemes and programmes. The leaders vowed to continue YSRâ€™s schemes and programmes in letter and spirit.
YSR was killed in a helicopter crash near Nallamalla forests in Kurnool district while going to launch official programme in Tirupati in Chitoor district in 2009.
PCC chief Botsa satyanarayana, Ministers Danam Nagender and vatti Vasanth Kumar, former government advisor K V P Ramachandra Rao garlanded YSR statue at City Centre in Banjara Hills and paid floral tributes to him.
Speaking on the occasion, Danam Nagender said that YSR played a major role in bringing party to power in the 2004 and 2009 elections. Stating that no one can fill the gap, he said that government was committed to implement his schemes for the benefit of downtrodden classes at any cost.
Meanwhile YSR Congress party youth wing organized blood donation camps and mass feeding programmes across the state to pay tributes to the former chief minister. (INN)
Animated film on Shirdi Sai Baba to spread love, brotherhood
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) The Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation is set to release an animated movie "Shirdi Sai Baba", the first on his rich voyage, an official said Monday. The film aims at spreading love among viewers.
"We are extremely excited about releasing the movie. Shirdi Sai Baba is the incarnation of god. He taught equality, brotherhood and love to the society. These animated stories and teachings of Sai Baba will definitely help to implant brotherhood and love among children and elders as well," said Aushim Khetrapal, chief founder of the Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation.
Khetrapal, the movie's producer, has rendered his voiceover for a few sequences.
The movie, which will release January 2012, revolves around key sequences, teachings and incidents written in Sai Satcharitra. It highlights Sai Baba's divine power and mystical charm, which still generates thrill among the devotees.
A combination of mythology and technology, the movie promises entertainment with dollops of animation and special effects. Produced by Orient Tradelink and conceived by Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation, the film contains 17 chapters of Sai Satcharitra, written by Hemadpanth.
Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation (SSBF), based in New Delhi, runs with the objective of spreading the teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba among masses, establish Sai temples and hospitals, as well as programmes for child protection.
Last month, the foundation had released a comic book on the life and teachings of Sai Baba. It generated a positive response, selling over 50,000 copies within a month.
2011/10/8 12:35:51 Rich tributes were paid veteran Communist leader Raj Bahadur Goud by CPI and leaders of other parties at Maqdoom Bhavan here on Saturday.
Goud (94) died after a prolonged illness yesterday and the body was kept at the CPI headquarters for people to have a glimpse of the veteran leader.
Goud, who used joke with former Governor of the State Mr K Krishen Kant, in the Railways parlance, that he was in RAC and was not getting a berth was a well known figure in trade union and communist movements. A fiery orator and scholar in Urdu and English, he has many books published to his credit.
He was a close associate of revolutionary Urdu poet Maqdoom Mohinuddin and took active part in Telangana Armed Struggle. Gaur was the National president of Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu, and was a medical graduate from Osmania University. He was a parliament member for two terms. He was instrumental in the establishment of Maulana Azad National Urdu University in the city and used all his good offices as member of the Gujral Committee to guarantee a rightful place for Urdu language.
Goud, in his will wrote that his body should be given to Osmania medical College for research purpose. (INN)
2011/8/20 10:24:26 Paying rich tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 67th birth anniversary on Saturday, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said that his government was working towards converting Rajiv Gandhi’s dream into a reality.
Addressing the gathering after floral tributes to the statue of Rajiv Gandhi at Somajiguda Circle, the Chief Minister called upon youth to follow the footsteps of Rajiv Gandhi to come up in their lives. He said the state government was making all efforts to boost the confidence of youth to tackle day-to-day problems boldly. He said the government has planning to provide 15 lakh jobs in private sector to youth in next three years by improving their skills.
Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar said that he joined politics taking inspiration from Rajiv Gandhi. Recalling his services, he said the country would never forget his sacrifice for the national integrity.
Earlier, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha, former chief minister K Rosaiah, Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana, Minister danam Nagender, Mukesh Goud, D Manikya Vara Prasad, Komatireddy Venkata Reddy, MPs V Hanumantha rao, G Vivek, Ponnam prabhakar, Anjan Kumar Yadav and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Mayor Bhandaru Karthika Reddy participated in the Rajiv Sadhbhavana rally which was flagged off by PCC general secretary Niranjan at Charminar.
All the leaders paid rich floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi and lauded his services to nation. (INN)
2011/4/26 7:34:26 Keeping in view of the large turnout of Satyasai Baba devotees and their demand to extend the timing for Baba darshan, the IG of the Police has extended the time up to 11pm today. Satyasai Baba will be rested at Saikulawanth hall tomorrow. More than 3lakhs devotees have paid last respects to Satyasai Baba until now.
It has been announced recently that hero Nagarjuna has been chosen to play the role of Sathya Sai Baba in a film. K Raghavendra Rao who made Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu with Nag has chosen him for the new film.
However, a section of Baba’s devotees is not at all amused with the news of Nag doing the role of Baba. The devotees say that a known womanizer like Nagarjuna is not the right person to ply the role of Baba who is a God.
We have to see how Raghavendra Rao reacts to this.
2007/10/4 19:09:28 Puttaaparthi Sai Baba today promised the devotees that he would give Vishwaroopa darshan to his devotees today. The Sathya Sai Baba Trust authorities announced that Sai Baba would be visible on the moon this evening. Thousands of devotees rushed out to watch him on the moon. But the news came as an anti-climax as the moon could not be sighted at all. The reason? There were thick clouds everywhere and they covered the moon fully. So the disappointed Baba devotees slowly went back into their houses slowly.
Woman devotees of Sathya Sai Baba are now at the receiving end of the lathis of the police. The woman devotees have been camping in Puttaparthi for the last one month but could not get a glimpse of Baba when he was alive.
Now when they are trying to pay their homage to Baba, the cops are harassing them. The woman devotees were latch charged when they tried to enter Sai Kulwant Hall where Baba’s mortal remains have now been kept.
There are no woman constables and the woman devotes are shocked and hurt by the way the cops are treating them. Still not a single devotee is ready to leave Puttaparthi without paying last respects to Baba.
Rich tributes paid to YSR on 62nd birth anniversary
2011/7/8 11:17:53 Recalling the services of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy to the state, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday stated that the welfare of the state was possible with the schemes and programmes launched by the late leader.
Talking to media persons after paying rich floral tributes to YSR portrait at Gandhi Bhavan to mark his 62nd birth anniversary, the Chief Minister said that no one could forget Dr YSR after enjoying the fruits of benefits from the schemes launched by him.
“The only way a fitting tribute could be paid to Dr YSR would be to ensure the implementation of all the schemes launched by him in letter and spirit,” Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said.
The Chief Minister added that Dr YSR had expressed the desire to see AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister of the country.
“We have to fulfil his last dream,” Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy stated.
Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha recalled Dr YSR’s ability to face the hurdles during critical times.
Mr Rajanarasimha reminded that Dr YSR had dreamt of development of all regions of the state equally and made complete efforts for strengthening of the party in all regions.
Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana recalled YSR oft-repeated words of the necessity of being humble when someone attains higher positions in life.
Former chief minister K Rosaiah, former agriculture minister YS Vivekananda Reddy, former government advisor K V P Ramachandra Rao and many Ministers participated in the programme.(INN)