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The Splendour of Poornachandra Auditorium

Poornachandra Auditorium is one of the earliest wonder constructions that changed the landscape of Prasanthi Nilayam. It is a 250 x 150 feet wide in-door auditorium built without a single pillar to support it. Inaugurated by Bhagawan during the Dasara Festival on the 17th October 1972, it was hailed as one of the largest auditorium of its kind ever built in the entire continent of Asia.

It is located in front of Yajur Mandir (Baba’s residence), with the South Indian Canteen located at its back.

This prestigious building stands as a symbol of sacrifice of one of Bhagawan’s closest devotee who had dedicated his life to Him, truly a great example for posterity to follow. During the inauguration ceremony, Baba named the auditorium as “Poornachandra Auditorium” in memory of the late Poornachand Kamani, a leading industrialist from Delhi who had dedicated his life to Him.

Sri P.R. Kamani, personally supervised the erection of the auditorium. Supplying scarce articles like iron and cement and also the technical guidance and skill, with a smiling face
and an exuberant heart, he sought to fulfil Baba’s Will.

“Because this great devotee has always cherished Swami in his heart and was ceaselessly
engaged in the thought of Swami only, he is ever with Swami and in Swami. This Auditorium
shall be known as Poornachandra - His memory, enshrined in that name, will live for ever.”
Sathya Sai Speaks, volume 11, 48 (Prasanthi Nilayam 17th October 1972)

With the vast numbers of devotees that started thronging Prasanthi Nilayam from around the globe, particularly during festivities of Dasera, Shivarathri, Baba’s Birthday and others, Poornachandra Auditorium became the central focus for devotees with its seating capacity which could comfortably accommodate up to 20,000 devotees.

The auditorium stretches from south to north, rising to fifty feet into the sky. On the southern side are located residential portions built in the form of two stories. The outer wall of the southern side is decorated with awe-inspiring tall statue of Lord Shiva.

Statue of Lord Shiva overlooking the South Side of Poornachandra Auditorium

On the southern side of the auditorium is also erected a gigantic stage to hold meetings and cultural programmes.

Panoramic View of the Stage of the Poorna Chandra Auditorium

On either side of the stage, big mural paintings of Quaran with Mosque, Jesus Christ with a lamb, Prophet Zoroaster with followers and Lord Buddha teaching his disciples.

Painting of Prophet Zoroaster & Baba walking in front of the painting of Jesus Christ

Idols of Shirdi Sai Baba and Sathya Sai Baba located on the top of the stage

Stage and Ceiling with Paintings of the ten Incarnations of the Lord

Spread on the sides of the ceiling are scenes depicting various incidents from the Ramayana and the Bhagavatam. The Northern wall of the auditorium is decorated with big painting of Ramapattabhisheka.

Baba has given a special meaning to the word ‘Poornachandra’.

“Poornachandra, where we derive all this Aanandha is like the Full Moon, the embodiment and symbol of a full mind that is free from the taint of selfishness and wavering. It is my intention and desire that all those who use this Auditorium and who listen to and are inspired by the discourses and Special Programmes that happen here should also become 'Full Moons'. Sometimes, we pursue this or that fragment of the mind and derive some little Aanandha, spending our lives this way and that, but the highest fulfilment is to have the full expansion of the pure mind, which is symbolised by the Full Moon---Poornachandra.”
Sathya Sai Speaks, volume 11, 48 (Prasanthi Nilayam 17th October 1972)

Baba shifted His residence to the Poornachandra Auditorium in 1994 which was suitably renovated for His stay. On the southeast and south west corners, wide round shaped balconies were erected from where Baba used to give Darshan sometimes. Baba moved to Yajur Mandir in 2006 and made it His permanent residence.

The increasing number of devotees that started visiting Prasanthi Nilayam could not be accommodated in the Poornachandra Auditorium. Under Baba’s instructions and guidance, Sai Kulwant Hall was therefore constructed in 1995.