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Region 4 - Shirdi Sai Satcharitra Reading in Gujarati in Leicester

On the 22nd and 23rd of June 2012, Narborough Road Sai Centre held a program in which the Shirdi Sai Satcharitra was read in one day. For the past 8 years we have read the holy book in English at the end of September, because according to Bhagwan Shri Sathya Sai Baba, this is when Shirdi Sai Baba was born. However this program was organised as the Centre Committee wanted to recite the holy book in Gujarati.

On Friday night, Baba was brought to the venue in a small procession similar to the Chawdi procession in Shirdi. He was welcomed with flower petals, cries of "jay jay kar" and aarti. After Baba was seated in the beautifully decorated altar, the youth of the centre filled the hearts of everyone with a musical program including classical songs and qawallis. This was followed by Baba's Shej aarti. Everyone then departed after having darshan of Baba.

On Saturday morning, devotees came to the blessed venue at 5 a.m. At 5:30 am, we performed Baba's Kakad aarti which was followed by Mangal Snan (holy bath) of Baba. Then, after decorating Baba with new vastram (clothes), ornaments and a garland of fresh flowers, we offered breakfast to him whilst divine mantras were being chanted. This was followed by a short Snan Mantra aarti.

At 6:30 a.m., the reading began and continued until 12 noon. This is when lunch was offered to Baba as naivedyam. Thereafter, we performed the Madhyan aarti to Baba. The reading continued until 7 p.m. All the devotees who wanted to read had the opportunity to do so. After completing the reading, we sang a few bhajans to Baba. The program ended with Baba's Dhoop aarti. Following this, everyone was given a chance to individually come and offer their pranaams and prayers at Baba's Lotus Feet in a disciplined manner.

Many devotees were involved in organising and participating in this entire program. Everyone worked hard with love and devotion in their hearts for our Lord. A small exhibition was also displayed in the foyer area which contained pictures depicting incidents that had happened during the lifetime of Shirdi Sai Baba. Pictures of the articles which were used by Him were also displayed together with His eleven sayings.

We pray to our Beloved Lord to give us many such opportunities in the future where we can listen to His divine story and experience the joy and bliss of actually being in Shirdi.

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Jai Sai Ram.