NEWS & UPDATES
Guru Samarpan Divas Celebration'2020, Mumbai
The 18th Guru Samarpan Divas was celebrated by Kaka Saheb Dixit Trust of Shri Sai Baba, Mumbai on 2nd November 2020, in memory of the first darshan of Shri Sai Baba by Shri Kaka Saheb Dixit on 2nd November 1909. The trustee, Shri Venkatesh Inamdar gave a detailed account of various activities conducted by the Trust. Dr. Satpathyji appreciated the social work performed by the Trust. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program was conducted online.
Lendi Bagh, in Sai Ka Aangan, Gurugram
On 17th December 2020, Dr. Satpathyji visited the newly created Lendi Bagh, adjacent to Sai Ka Aangan temple complex in Gurugram. This is being maintained by Sai Ka Aangan.
Platinum Jubilee celebration, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
Utkal University, Bhubaneswar celebrated its Platinum Jubilee from 23rd to 27th November 2019 at Biju Patnaik Sports Complex, Vanibihar, Bhubaneswar. Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, inaugurated the celebrations on 23rd Nov 2019. Dr. C.B. Satpathy was the Chief Guest during the Parents Connect programme held on 25th Nov 2019. In his keynote address, he outlined five essential components for the progress of the university, i.e., finance, administration, discipline, research and students. He said that change is not possible without taking pains and teachers, students and parents should view the questions arising in the mind of children as problems for which we need to find solutions rather than regarding them as a form of protest. The Registrar, Dr. Dayanidhi Nayak, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Vice-Chairman of State Higher Education Council, Prof Ashok Das and the Higher Education Minister, Shri Arun Sahu were among the dignitaries who were present.
Shri Guru Bhagwat Janam Diwas Celebrations’2020
The first four lines of Shri Guru Bhagwat were written in Odia language by Dr. C. B. Satpathyji on the day of Kartik Purnima in the year 2001. Thus, Kartik Purnima became the 'Janma Tithi' or the birthday of Shri Guru Bhagwat. Since then, the epic treatise has been published in eight volumes in Odia. It contains more than 34000 lines with each line having nine letters. Some of the volumes have been translated into eleven Indian languages and also in English. The Shri Guru Bhagwat Janma Tithi was celebrated globally by various Trusts and Temples. Activities like Shri Guru Bhagwat Parayan, Recitation and ‘Akhand Paath’ (24 Hours) were conducted in places like Dallas, Seattle, Belleview, Arizona, Santa Barbara and Minnesota in USA, as well as in Canberra, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. It was also celebrated in several places in India such as Puri, Iginia, Tankapani Road, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Keunjhar, Baripada, Gopalpur, Cuttack, Charpali, Aathagarh, Nuagaon, Shyampur in Odisha, Danapur, Chakradharpur, Naubatpur and Patna in Bihar, Guwahati and Nagaon in Assam, several places in Delhi, Gurugram in Haryana, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Noida, Moradabad, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Pune in Maharastra, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Chennai and Hosur in Tamil Nadu and Cochin in Kerala. In Sai Ka Aangan, Gurgaon the seven volumes of Shri Guru Bhagawat in Odia were taken to the Sabha Mandap in the traditional procession where they were sung. This was followed by Shabad Kirtan.
A Punjabi YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10TOFMKDjFY ) for broadcasting Punjabi translations of verses from Shri Guru Bhagwat (originally composed in Odia by Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathyji) was started on this day.
Mahasamadhi Diwas Celebration 2020, Sai Ka Aangan, Gurgaon
Shri Sainath’s Mahasamadhi Diwas was commemorated at Sai Ka Aangan, Gurugram, on the auspicious day of Dusshera. Amidst pandemic restrictions, the priests performed the customary hawan and pujan. Dr. C. B. Satpathyji visited the Temple and offered purnahuti at the hawan. The in-house Temple staff carried out the Paalki procession in the evening following the Covid-19 rules for maintaining physical distancing.
Shri Guru Bhagavat Janam Diwas Celebration 2019
Dr. Satpathyji had initiated the composition of Shri Guru Bhagavat by writing the first four lines in Odia language on the Kartik Purnima of 2001. This is the 'Janma Tithi' or the birthday of Shri Guru Bhagavat. Since then, the epic treatise has been released in seven volumes in Odia, containing more than 29000 lines. Some of the volumes have been translated in more than 10 Indian languages. On 12th November 2019, the Guru Bhagavat Janma Tithi was celebrated globally by various trusts and temples through activities like Guru Bhagavat Parayan, Recitation and ‘Akhand Paath’ (24 Hours) conducted in various places such as Dallas, Seattle, Belleview, Arizona, Santa Barbara and Minnesota as well as in USA, UK, Germany, Austria, Finland, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. The event was also celebrated by devotees in several parts of India such as Puri, Iginia, Tankapani Road, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Keunjhar, Baripada, Gopalpur, Cuttack, Charpali, Aathagarh, Nuagaon, Shyampur in Odisha, Danapur, Chakradharpur, Naubatpur and, Patna in Bihar, Guwahati and Nagaon in Assam, NCR, Gurgaon in Haryana, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Pune in Maharastra, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Chennai and Hosur in Tamil Nadu and Cochin in Kerala. In Sai Ka Aangan, Gurgaon the sevan volumes of Shri Guru Bhagavat in Odia were taken to the Sabha Mandap in a traditional procession (along with its other translated editions) where it was sung, followed by Shabad Kirtan.
Janmashtami 2020, Sai Ka Aangan, Gurgaon
An adorned palna of Shri Krishna was placed in the Dwarkamai on the occasion of Janmashtami on 12th August 2020. Dr. Satpathyji visited the Aangan on this day and offered prayers at the shrines. He also examined the implementation of Covid -19 guidelines.
Sai Ka Aangan reopened its doors to devotees for darshan during special timings on 1st September 2020. Keeping in mind the safety of the visitors and staff at the Temple, guidelines have been implemented for all, in accordance with Government norms. Sensor taps and a gong have been installed to minimize touch areas. Dr. Satpathyji visited Sai Ka Aangan for darshan and inspected the preparations for reopening of the Temple on 3rd September 2020.
Visit to Moradabad
Dr. C. B. Satpathyji visited Moradabad on 26 September,2020. He spent some quality time in the School campus, took a round of the school building and discussed the functioning of the school in the changed Covid-19 scenario. In the evening, he visited Shri Sai Karuna Dham temple. After offering prayers at the Feet of Shri Sai Baba, he took a round of the Temple and gave instructions for its improvement.
Guru Purnima Celebration 2020, Sai Ka Aangan
The auspicious Guru Purnima was celebrated at Sai Ka Aangan on 5th July 2020 by the resident priests, amidst the pandemic restrictions. The rituals began with Shri Sainath’s Mahabhishek, followed by the hawan conducted amidst chanting of mantras. Palki was taken out in the evening. Dr. Satpathyji visited the Temple to pay respects to Shri Sai Baba and see that Covid -19 guidelines are aptly followed.
Charitable Activities during Pandemic - July 2020
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, over a period of ten days, Shirdi Sai Global Foundation, distributed food packets and water bottles to 2,000 police personnel deployed for lockdown and order duty at different places of Bhubaneswar. This was done in association with the Police Commissionerate.
Sai Karuna Dham, Noida, a unit of Shirdi Sai Global Foundation, in association with District Administration of District Gautam Buddha Nagar, distributed 15,350 food packets to the needy and poor during the lockdown period of Covid 19. This was done with the inspiration of Dr. C. B. Satpathyji.
Celebration of 18th Vasant Utsav in Sai ka Aangan, Gurugram
The 18th Vasant Utsav was celebrated on the Vasant Panchami day(29th January 2020) in Sai Ka Aangan Temple complex, Gurugram under the patronage of Shirdi Sai Global Foundation. Dr. C.B. Satpathy ji was the Chief Guest in the Vasant Utsav celebrations that were attended by a large number of devotees and trustees of Sai Baba temples in India and abroad. The main features of the cultural program consisted of a prayer sung by devotees, group dance by the children of Sai ka Aangan, bhajan by Sniti Mishra and a play performed by a professional group and some Sai devotees called `Samay ki Nazaron Sae’ that portrayed the spiritual awakening of Swami Vivekananda and his service to mankind, under the guidance of his Guru.
In his address, Dr. Satpathy ji stated that during Sai Baba’s time lots of similar cultural activities took place in the Dwarkamai Masjid in Shirdi, for decades. Following in His footsteps, Shirdi Sai Global Foundation encourages staging of cultural activities in temples in order to promote the Indian cultural heritage in our country and abroad, besides carrying on with the philanthropic activities.
Shirdi Sai temple inauguration at Chaska, Minnesota, USA
A new Temple of Shirdi Sai Baba was inaugurated by Dr C.B. Satpathy at Chaska, Minnesota on 15th December 2019. The Temple and its surrounding area comprises around 40 acres of land. Dr C.B. Satpathy conducted the Pran Pratishtha ceremony and addressed the Sai devotees who had travelled from India, New Zealand, Germany, UK, Canada as well as from 14 States in the US to attend the event. Cultural programmes were also organised during the three day celebrations to mark the inauguration of the Temple.
Lohri Celebration, Sai Ka Aangan, Gurugram
Lohri was celebrated at the premises of Sai Ka Aangan, Gurugram on 13th Jan 2020. Dr. Satpathyji ignited the holy fire and performed the puja and distributed Lohri prasad to the devotees who had assembled to make offerings to the sacred flames.
Bengali Boi Mela, C R Park New Delhi
Dr. Satpathyji visited the book stall put up by Shirdi Sai Global Foundation at Chittaranjan Park Poush Mela, New Delhi held from 10th to 12th Jan 2020. It was organised by Bangya Samaj of Chittaranjan Park. The stall showcased the Sai literature, including the books of Dr. Satpathy and CDs on devotional music etc. A large number of visitors, including the Sai devotees, visited the stall.