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 2017

Month

Date

Festival

Importance

JANUARY

01

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

24

Maha Shivaratri

A night time vigil of devotional singing adoring Lord Shiva.

MARCH

13

Holi 

Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. 

 

28

Ugadi

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

APRIL

05

Sri Ramanavami

Birthday Celebrations of Lord Sri Rama

 

14-15

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

06

Easwaramma Day

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

 

10

Buddha Poornima

Commemoration of the life and teachings of Lord Buddha

JULY

04

Ashadi Ekadasi

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

 

09

Guru Poornima

Celebration of the Divine Guru embodied as Sathya Sai

AUGUST

15

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

The birthday of Lord Krishna.

 

25

Ganesha Chaturthi

A day dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha

SEPTEMBER

04

Onam

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

 

30

Dasara

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

OCTOBER

19

Deepavali

Festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness over evil.

 

20

Avatar Declaration Day

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

NOVEMBER

11-12

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  92nd Birthday

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

DECEMBER

25

Christmas

Celebration of the birthday of Lord Jesus.

Note: Dates given above are only indicative and are subject to change.

 
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