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Day 1 (5th March 2016)

We arrived from Australia at Bengaluru (Bangalore) Airport at around 11.30pm on the
 4th March 2016.
 It was approximately a 14 hour journey.
We took a pre-arranged taxi to Puttaparthi. Normally it takes around two and half hours to get there.
We arrived around 3.15am on the 5th.
At that time in the morning, the streets of Parthi are quite deserted.
As you can see in the photo's.
We again decided to stay at a hotel outside Prasanthi Nilayam.


 Prasanthi Nilayam seen on the left

Puttaparthi Main Road leading to the hotel

 Video recorded some parts of this taxi ride soon after leaving the airport.
For those who have frequented this road journey...reminisce
And for those who haven't, this video might give you some idea what its like to travel on these roads.
Its mostly a highway two thirds of the way, then you turn right to the main road leading to Puttaparthi.
At that time of night the roads are always full of trucks.

Looking forward to the days ahead!
Due to the lack of sleep from the long trip over. Slept most of the day!

Managed to go to the evening Darshan session at Prasanthi Nilayam.

Swami's presence there is as strong as ever! 108%

Veda Chanting and Bhajans in Sai Kulwant Hall.
They also held a Gratitude Program by the Students of Anantapur Campus.

Gratitude Programme by the Students of Anantapur Campus, SSSIHL

At 17 00 Hrs, the outgoing students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus have offered their gratitude to their dearest Bhagawan and the Founder Chancellor, Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the form of a Musical programme interspersed with narration of their valuable personal experiences that have wider relevance, at Sai Kulwanth Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam.

The programme, which lasted for 47 minutes, also included handmade offerings of hospital gowns & baby sweaters stitched and knitted by students, for patients in the General Hospital, Prasanthi Nilayam.

A bouquet of collection of students’ experiences in the form of booklets titled ‘Sai satkruti’, handmade flower garland and a short video presentation showcasing Bhagawan’s omnipresence in their lives as students were also offered with deep love and gratitude. 

Bhajans continued and the Mangala Arathi next marked the end of the proceedings of the day.

 Earlier at 1630 Hrs Veda chanting was rendered.

Since taking photo's/video's is not allowed within the confines of the ashram,
 no visual record is available.
 This blog will mainly concentrate on what transpired outside in Parthi itself.

We got back to the hotel that evening and could smell smoke everywhere in the atmosphere.
Out of curiosity, we decided to venture up to the rooftop of the hotel.
Couldn't believe what we could see in the distance.
The hilltops were on fire!!!

It was quite hot there and very dry around the place. I don't think it had rained for a long time.
Not a mosquito in sight!

Either it was a wildfire or a controlled burn. I never found out!
 No-one around was concerned about it.
The temperature for this period was around 38 degrees celsius during the day and 25 degrees at night.

Short video
That was the 5th of March!
Another day awaits us!!! The 6th of March!