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Maha Sivarathri at Puttarparthi amidst chant of Aum Namah Shivaya

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Electrifying chants of Aum Namah Shivaya mixed with percussion and Vedam were the highlight of the Sivarathri celebrations at Puttarparthi on Tuessday, February 13.

A grand palanquin procession of Beloved Bhagawan circumambulated the Mandir precincts marking the commencement of the evening proceedings of the Maha ShivaRathri celebrations. The procession was escorted by Poornakumbham and Vedam chanting.

Scred SaiEeswara Lingam, sanctified by the Divine Hands during the 2006 Atirudram, was escorted to the venue in a regal palanquin procession, from the Bhajan hall amidst Vedic chanting. Mahaganapathi Prarthana and Swasthi Punyaha and Avahana (purificatory rites) followed before the commencement of Maha Rudrabhishekam.

The holy abhishekam was performed with eighteen different items. The eighteen items offered to the Lingam are: milk, curd, ghee, honey, sugar, gandham, five types of cut fruits, five types of dry fruits, tender coconut water, special flowers, akshata, vibhuti, rudraksha leaves, sacred grass, gold, turmeric, kumkum and pure water.

The Maha Rudrabhishekam was conducted for World Peace and the whole proceedings lasted ninety minutes. This was followed by the commencement 12-hour Akhanda Bhajan. During the bhajans the sanctified Abhishekam water was sprinkled on the large concourse of devotees assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall.

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