Puttaparthi (Anatapur): Sri Satya Sai Baba’s “Maha Samadhi” was on Friday opened to devotees for darshan at Prasanthi Nilayam here on the auspicious occasion of “Guru Purnima”. Thousands of devotees assembled at the Sai Kulwant Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam, where the Samadhi is located, bringing back festive atmosphere in the town.
While devotees were waiting in a serpentine queue for a darshan of the “Maha Samadhi” of the Baba, a cobra was once again seen crawling on the floor in the Prashanthi Nilayam. However, the devotes strongly believed that Satya Sai Baba, in the form of cobra, has given darshan to them because Baba used to give darshan to devotees on Guru Purnima every year. The devotees felt that the cobra which was sighted many a time must have inseparable connection with the Prashanthi Nilayam. It may be mentioned here that a cobra was sighted in the residence of the Baba’s personal physician Dr Safaya recently.
The rectangular-shaped “Maha Samadhi” is a white marble edifice which was decorated with flowers. The Major Industries Minister, Dr J Geeta Reddy, and the senior VHP leader, Mr Ashok Singhal, were among those who had darshan of the memorial after it was unveiled.
The former chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Mr Adi Keshavulu Naidu, who also visited Puttaparthi on Friday, told mediapersons that Satya Sai Baba was a prisoner in a person’s custody when he was alive. He also said he would make tireless efforts to help implement Baba’s welfare programmes more vigorously. He also felt said that he could not have darshan of the Baba in his last days. Sri Satya Sai Baba used to give darshan at the Sai Kulwant hall and “Guru Purnima” has importance in the calendar of events in Puttaparthi.
Police made elaborate security arrangements. Sri Satya Sai Baba passed away on April 24 due to cardio-respiratory failure after undergoing treatment for a month in the super-specialty hospital run by the Satya Sai Trust.
The mortal remains of Sri Satya Sai Baba were laid to rest with State honours at the Sai Kulwanth hall on April 27 as a host of prominent personalities and thousands of devotees watched the event.