Everyday in Puttaparthi is special as thousands gather to offer worship to their Lord, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Nevertheless, some days are unique because of the large number of devotees, belonging to various faiths and cultures, who congregate to make their important days memorable, by being in this small spiritual town, the Abode of Peace, Prasanthi Nilayam. Because devotees throng from all regions of India and the world, Prasanthi Nilayam is vibrant every month of the year.

Below is a list of some of the festivals celebrated in this divine town. But this table, at best, is a very conservative view of the festival atmosphere in Prasanthi Nilayam. As, there are many other events, some regular and others adhoc, which find their way, every year, into the calendar of this ‘Abode of Supreme Peace’. 

Festival Calendar 2014

Month

Date

Festival

Importance

JANUARY

1

New Year

Celebration of the first day of the New Year

 

11

Annual Sports Meet

Students from the Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions present a grand display of sports and cultural events

 

14

Makara Sankranti (Pongal)

The beginning of the auspicious half of the year, based on the Sun’s movement.

FEBRUARY

28

Maha Shivaratri

A night time vigil of devotional singing adoring Lord Shiva.

MARCH

31

Ugadi

New Year's Dayfor the people of the state of Andhra Pradesh

APRIL

8

Sri Ramanavami

Birthday Celebrations of Lord Sri Rama

 

14

Tamil New Year and Vishu

New Year’s Day for the people of the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

 

24


Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam

Bhagawan's Maha Samadhi Anniversary

MAY

6

Easwaramma Day

Celebration of the life of the Mother of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

 

14

Buddha Poornima

Commemoration of the life and teachings of Lord Buddha

JULY

9

Ashadi Ekadasi

Devotees mainly from the states of Maharashtra and Goa worship Bhagavan Baba as Lord Vitthal (Krishna)

 

12

Guru Poornima

Celebration of the Divine Guru embodied as Sathya Sai

AUGUST

17

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

The birthday of Lord Krishna.

 

29

Ganesha Chaturthi

A day dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha

 SEPTEMBER

7

Onam

Commemoration of Emperor Bali’s surrender to Lord Vamana, the Avatar of Lord Vishnu.

 OCTOBER

4

Dasara

Celebration and worship of the Divine Mother for ten consecutive days.

 

20

Avatar Declaration Day

Commemoration of Bhagavan Baba’s declaration of Avatarhood in 1940.

 

23

Deepavali

Festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness over evil.

NOVEMBER

8-9

Global Akhanda Bhajan

Uninterrupted bhajans for 24 hours in the Mandir as a prelude to Baba’s Birthday celebrations.

 

18

Rathotsavam - Chariot Festival

Procession of the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Mother Sita in the Puttaparthi village.

 

19

Ladies Day

Celebration of the greatness of women and the ideal of motherhood.

 

22

Convocation

Sri Sathya Sai University Convocation.

 

23

Bhagavan Baba’s  Birthday

Millions throng to pay homage to the Avatar of the Age.

DECEMBER

25

Christmas

Celebration of the birthday of Lord Jesus.

 
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