ANDHRA PRADESH

Clothes distributed at rehabilitation centres

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The 80th birthday celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba in the city are marked by free distribution of food, clothes and fruits in all rehabilitation centres, hospital and old-age homes.

Organisers of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations in the district and Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi are through week-long celebrations which began on Saturday at the Sathya Sai Prema Sadan in MVP Colony in the city. All the 15 Samithis in the district with an affiliation of 300 bhajan mandals and bhajan centres, and about 6,000 seva dal volunteers in the city and an equal number in the district, are participating in the celebrations.

Daily programmes

The daily programmes begin at 5 a.m. at all bhajan mandals followed by pujas. At the Sathya Sai Prema Sadan, nama sankeertana, cultural programmes and harathi are conducted daily in the evening. While some of the devotees have left for Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi, many stayed back to organise the birthday celebrations.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba had time and again exhorted that a moral rejuvenation was the need of the day which was possible only through revival of human values, said city Seva Samithi convenor D.S.N. Murthy. The mission of Baba was directed in this regard with the objective of pointing out that man was divine, he said.