The 88th birth anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba was celebrated with fervour at the Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi on Saturday with the Department of Post releasing a commemorative stamp on the spiritual guru.
The celebrations started at 8 a.m. with vedic chanting followed by singing of hymns and a Carnatic music exposition .
Union Minister of State for Communications and Technology Ms. Killi Kruparani released the commemorative stamp and the annual report of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT) in the presence of Ministers N. Raghuveera Reddy, J. Geetha Reddy and Trustee T.K.K. Bhagvat.
S.S. Naganand, a member of the SSSCT, summarised the annual report, highlighting the activities of the trust like medicare, education and otgher social activities. Mr. Naganand also announced the partial commissioning of the ongoing extended water project scheme in the villages surrounding Puttaparthy town besides that of Nallamada in the Anantapur district.
Describing Sai Baba as a 'reservoir of love', Ms. Kruparani expressed her gratitude to the spiritual guru for the good fortune of being associated with the occasion of the release of the stamp. She also appreciated the various activities taken up by the trust across the country.
Devotees from across the country and abroad thronged the Prasanthi Nilayam on the occasion and were seen making beeline for the sanctum sanctorum that was decked in the choicest of flowers. Band troupes from Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Puttaparthy, Anantapur and Karnataka enthralled the audience with their performances.