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Updated: April 25, 2011 03:48 IST

A.P. declares four-day State mourning

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Devotees gather outside the ashram on hearing the news of Sathya Sai Baba's death in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.
PTI Devotees gather outside the ashram on hearing the news of Sathya Sai Baba's death in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

The Andhra Pradesh Government has declared four-day State mourning, including on Sunday, in view of the death of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who air dashed to Puttaparthi along with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Sunday morning, also declared a holiday in Anantapur district on Wednesday, the day on which the last rites of Sai Baba would be performed.

Recalling the services rendered by Sai Baba, the Chief Minister said State honours would be given to the departed soul at his funeral.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has expressed profound grief over the demise of spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba.

The Chief Minister said Sai Baba's teachings inspired millions across the globe. He recalled the unparalleled services rendered by Sathya Sai Baba to humanity in myriad ways which were beyond description. Sai Baba was a symbol of love, affection and passion and he gave his great self to service of people not only in our State and country, but also abroad, he said.

The Sathya Sai Central Trust extended qualitative education and medicare. It had provided drinking water to parched throats in drought prone areas in the State, mainly in Rayalaseema and Telangana regions. Sai Baba would be remembered for ages by all sections of people all over the world, he added.


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