Place: Dharwar-Karnataka-India

The Sacred Padukas of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Varu were installed in the Dharwar Mahila Education Complex on Sunday, 22nd January, 2017 on the occasion of the Dedication of ‘SAI CHARAN’, Dharwar Education Complex.

Background:
Dharwar, the cultural heart of Karnataka,added to its distinction when Sri Sathya Sai Mahila College was started with the Blessings of Bhagwan Baba Varu.

During His Divine Visit  to Northern Karnataka in 1968, which Sri.Kasturi described as “Anand yatra of Amarapuri”, moved by the devotion of people of North Karnataka Districts, Bhagwan decided that a campus for Mahila Education should be established there. A committee headed by Dr.A.S.Adike, former Vice Chancellor of Karnataka University wasformed.  Ministry of Railways kindly allotted 10 acres of land through Govt of Karnataka to Sri Sathya Sai Educational Society, formed for this purpose.  Bhagwan visited  Sai Charan on 8.3.1974. It was a proud moment for the people of North Karnataka.

At the request of its members and devotees, to further develop the land properly into a full fledged educational complex, Sri Sathya Sai Educational Society handed over the entire land of 10 acres and buildings to Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in June 2015. Bhoomi Puja was performed on 27.10.2015 and work commenced for the construction of School, College and Hostel Buildings. SSSCT allotted Rs.7 crores towards the construction. Management of the Education Complex was handed over to Sri Sathya Sai Education Trust, Karnatka.

The Complex consists of a School, Women’s College, Hostel for 50 students and a Women’s Rural Vocational Training Centre. This year, Pre Nursery, LKG, UKG and 1st Standard have been started in the School. Permission has been received for starting Pre University (Commerce) and B.Com courses. It is also proposed to start Fine Arts and Dance Academy for girls.

A Rural Vocational Training Centre for Women was started in this Complex, as part of the National Initiatives to mark Bhagwan’s 90th Birthday, to provide better employment opportunities to Rural Women and improve their economic well-being.

Dedication Programme:
With the Divine Grace and Blessings of Bhagwan Baba, Sri Sathya Sai Paduka was received after Pooja at Prasanthi Mandir at 10am on 18th Jan 2017. It was taken to Dharwar where it was received ceremoniously and taken to Sri Sathya Sai Seva Kshetra by 7pm.

The Dedication Programme was attended by many distinguished guests. Among them were Trustees Sri.K.Chakravarthy, Sri.R.J.Ratnakar, Sri.S.S.Naganand, Sri.Vijay Bhaskar, Sri. I.S.N. Prasad, (Finance Secretary, Karnataka Govt.), Dr Sundaresh, Dr Ravi Dabir, Dr Naren Ramji, (Registrar SSSIHL) Smt Madhu Kapani, (Director SSSIHL Anantpur campus) and Sri. Gangadhar Bhat(Chairman of SSS Lok Seva Trust) as also Sri. Krishna Bhat (Trustee Alike). past members of the Society, SSSSO Karnataka office bearers and devotees from many districts as also Students, teachers and parents from SSS Schools in Karnataka.

The inaugural programme commenced with traditional Aumkaram, Suprabatham and Nagar Sankirtan in the morning. Sri Sai Sathyanarayana Puja was performed. A grand procession was taken with the Sacred Padukas in which all the distinguished guests, students, members of the Organisation, large number of devotees and general public enthusiastically participated. The puja for the dedication of Sacred Padukas followed.

The main programme commenced with Veda Chanting by Balvikas children and invocation by the College students. Sri.Nagesh Dhakappa, State President, Karnataka, welcomed the gathering and narrated the history of the Education Complex. Past presidents of the Organisation, Gold medallists of the University and contractors of the project were then honoured. It was followed by talks by students and teachers of the Schools and College, Central and State Trustees and Sri.Gangadhar Bhat, Chairman of SSS Lok Seva Trust, Alike. After vote of thanks, Maha Mangala Arathi was taken.

To add uniqueness to the occasion, “Sai Charan” Educational Complex,“Sri Sai Maa Nilayam”, Hostel for the students, “Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir” School,  “Rural Vocational Training Centre” and the Sacred Padukas were collectively dedicated by all the dignitaries.

This is a major event in the annals of our Organisation in Karnataka and the team of State President and District Presidents of Karnataka made it a day to remember for all the members, devotees and public.

Photos of the Complex getting ready for the Dedication ceremony, the procession, Installation of Sacred Padukas, dedication of various complexes and the function at Sabha Bhavan, the complex lighting at night  are attached with due markings of the event:

Project Coordinator: Sri Nagesh Dakappa, State President, Karnataka, 4sokarnataka@gmail.com

For other details: admin@ssssoindia.org

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