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MAHA SHIVARATRI-Vijayawada-07.03.16

With the blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Varu, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations- Krishna District has celebrated MAHA SIVARATRI (Great Night of Shiva) with at most devotion on 7th March, 2016. Marking the Divine Occasion various service activities were organized at the Ghats of Krishna River for serving the Devotees who throng the temple city–Vijayawada for Sacred river bath and for the darshan of lord Shiva at prominent temples namely Malleswara Swami temple on Indrakeeladri, Pata Shivalayam of Old City and other temples situated in and around the City. Sevadal of SSSSO-Krishna Dt geared up to the event well in advance from 3AM itself at their allotted duty points. A Temporary Medical camp was also setup at DURGA Ghat with eminent doctors to handle the emergency cases and medicines were also distributed to the needy free of cost. Various other Services rendered are namely of Water Packets Distribution, Crowd Control at Ghats, Cloak room maintenance, Helping Old Aged and cleaning at KANAKA DURGA Ghat, BHAVANI Ghat and at PUNNAMI Ghat. This Service activity continued till 1.00PM. Evening Session started with Regular Vedam chanting and Bhajans at 6.00PM and concluded with Mangala Harathi to Bhagawan at 7.30PM. At 11.30PM “EKADASA RUDRABHISHEKAM” was performed to Lord “Prema Lingeswara” (Lingam granted by Bhagawan to Vijayawada) with the chanting of Namakam and Chamakam for 11 times and with Sathya Sai Astotara Namavali and then with Astotara Namavali of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva Who is hailed as Abhisheka Priya is offered with milk, curd, honey, sugar, fruits, tender coconut water, flowers, rice, vibuthi, bilwa leaves, darbha grass, turmeric, kumkum etc. RUDRABHISHEKAM came to conclusion at around 5.00AM. Abhishekam water was sprinkled on the devotees present.
-Report by Sai Krishna,DAI,Krishna DT.

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