News Update from Dharmakshetra

March 2014


SSSVIP_MEDICAL CAMP - PENDHARGHOL - Aashram Shaala 30th March 2014


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Sea of humanity at Dharmakshetra - Ugadi & Cheti Chand Celebrations - 31st March, 2014

A sea of humanity covered Dharmakshetra and its environs on Monday for the Cheti Chand Celebrations at Dharmakshetra on 31st March, 2014. The traffic to a grinding halt. It was an awesome sight to see this spiritual lighthouse of Dharmakshetra blessed by Bhagawan reflecting the sacred vibrations which touched the conscience of each and every soul who had come here. Bhagawan had always assured that those who visit Dharmakshetra with reverence will find a sense of fulfillment, peace and also raise the level of their "Consciousness" or "Awareness".

The day began in the morning with the Palkhi Yatra by the devotees of Sri Swami Swami Samarth Maharaj followed by Prasadam.

In the evening the entire Dharmakshetra wore a festive look as people from all walks of life joined in the celebrations.

The Rath Yatra of Sai Jhulelal began at 4.45 pm from Satya Deep and the chariot went around the neigbourhood and converged back at Dharmakshetra after an hour. Bhajans were sung purifying the atmosphere around the area .

After the lighting of the lamp by Sri Indulal Shah, International Advisor, Sathya Sai Organisations (Overseas) and Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashanti Nilayam the programme began.

Ms. Manju Nichani , Principal, K. C. College spoke on the importance of speaking in Sindhi and highlighted her views very emphatically.

Ms. Kaajal Chandiramani, the nightingale of the Sindhi Community, brought the house down time and again with her beautiful, melodious voice. It was a power packed performance which went on for more than an hour. The program ended with the Aarti to Lord Jhulelal and Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba followed by Palau and prasadam.

Bhagawan's presence was indeed felt throughout the celebrations.

Detailed report will be followed soon


A few highlighted photos of the event are given below:




Please click on the links below to view the photos of the entire day celebrations at Dharmakshetra.

Sri Swāmi Samarth Mahāraj Palkhi at Dharmakshetra on 31st March 2014

Cheti Chand Celebrations at Dharmakshetra on 31st March 2014 - Camera 1

Cheti Chand Celebrations at Dharmakshetra on 31st March 2014 - Camera 2

Aum Sai Ram


E-invite for Cheti Chand Celebration by SSSSO at Dharmakshetra on Monday 31st March, 2014 from 4.30 pm

( Advt -The Times of India epaper dated 30.03.2014 - Page 9 - Mumbai Edition )


Sindhis to celebrate Cheti Chand at Dharmakshetra, Mumbai on 31st March, 2014

Cheti Chand, the Sindhi New Year, will be celebrated at Dharmakshetra on Monday 31st March, 2014. The day is special because it is coinciding with the Hindu festival of Chaitra Navaratra.

As per the Hindu calendar, Cheti Chand is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, known as Chet in Sindhi. It is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal - the patron saint of Sindhis. "The occasion is considered to be very auspicious. On this day, people worship water, the elixir of life,"

The programme will begin at 4.30 pm with the "Rath Yatra" followed by the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Shri Indualal Shah, International Advisor, Sathya Sai Organisations (Overseas) and Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashanti Nilayam. This will be followed by a welcome address.

Ms. Manju Nichani Principal of K C College Mumbai will deliver a talk on the "Importance of Speaking in Sindhi ".

There will also be a musical programme by the nightingale of the Sindhi Community - Ms. Kajaal Chandiramani.

Ms.Kajaal Chandiramani is the grand daughter of the late Prof. Ram Panjwani. Ms. Kajal Chandiramani is an internationally famous sindhi singer who has performed in many countries. She has her admirers all over the world. She has exceptional classical voice quality and sung good amount of Sindhi Music Albums. Her song 'Titr Tez Uddar' has been widely acclaimed song produced by Sindhi Sangat Group.

You can view her videos from the following link

Please do join in with your family and friends to make this event a memorable occasion for all of us.

Invitation card attached


Invitation for the Cheti Chand programme on 31st March 2014 at Dharmakshetra


Sai Ram

Attached is the e-invite for the Cheti Chand programme on 31st March 2014 at Dharmakshetra Mumbai from 4.30 pm. Looking forward to seeing you. Please feel free to bring your family and friends.

Cheti Chand (Sindhi: چيٽي چنڊ) is an important festival celebrated as New Year's Day by Sindhi people. It is also celebrated by the Sindhi diaspora around the world. According to the Hindu calendar, it is the second day of the month chaitra (i.e. a day after Ugadi and Gudi Padwa), known as Chet in the Sindhi language. Hence it is known as Chet-i-Chand.

The Sindhi community celebrates the festival of Cheti Chand in honour of the birth of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal, the patron saint of the Sindhis. This day is considered to be very auspicious and is celebrated with pomp and gaiety. On this day, people worship water the elixir of life.

Followers of Jhulelal observe Chaliho Sahab. It suggests that for forty long days and nights they underwent rituals and vigil on the bank of Sindhu. They did not shave, nor did they wear new clothes or shoes. They did not use soap or oil or any opulent thing. They just washed their clothes, dried them and wore them again. In the evening, they worshiped God Varun (Vedic deity of water and cosmic order), sang songs in his praise and prayed for solace and salvation. After 40 days of Chaaliho, the followers of Jhulelal celebrate the occasion with festivity as 'Thanks Giving Day' even till today.

On this day, many Sindhis take Baharana Sahib to a nearby river or lake. Baharana Sahib consists of Jyot (Oil Lamp), Misiri (Crystal Sugar), Phota (Cardamom), Fal (Fruits), and Akha. Behind is Kalash (Water jar) and a Nariyal (Coconut) in it, covered with cloth, phool (flowers) and patta (leaves). There is also a Murti (Idol) of Pujya Jhulelal Devta (Pujya=Worthy of worship, Devta=Deity).

Baharana Sahib

A huge procession taken out in public to celebrate Cheti Chand.

On this day, many Sindhis take Baharana Sahib to a nearby river or lake.

Baharana Sahib consists of Jyot (Oil Lamp), Misiri (Crystal Sugar), Phota (Cardamom), Fal (Fruits), and Akha. Behind is Kalash (Water jar) and a Nariyal (Coconut) in it, covered with cloth, phool (flowers) and patta (leaves).

There is also a Murti (Idol) of Pujya Jhulelal Devta (Pujya=Worthy of worship, Devta=Deity).

Sindhis greet each other with "Cheti Chand jyon Lakh Lakh Wadayun Athav" on Cheti Chand


Jhulelal, Ishta Dev of Sindhis, was born on Cheti Chand, to Rattan Rao Luhana and his wife Devaki and is also known as Lal Sai, Uderolal, Varun Dev and Zinda Pir .

Cheti Chand falls on the second day of the Chaitra month and is very auspicious day for Sindhis. Sindhis all over the world celebrate this day in Jhulelal's memory

Legend has it that, In the tenth century when Arabs were declining and the Soomras were coming up, Ruller of Thatta, Mirkh Shah, ordered the Hindus to embrace lslam.

The Hindus asked Mirkh Shah for some time to think over the order. Mirkh Shah agreed to give Hindus forty days.

The Hindus then gathered on the banks of the mighty Sindhu and prayed to God Varuna to save them. For forty days, they continued the prayer.

They neither shaved nor wore new clothes, praying and fasting and singing songs in praise of God Varuna.

On the fortieth day, a voice was heard "Fear not, I shall save you from the wicked Mirkh Shah. I shall come down as a mortal and take birth in the womb of Mata Devaki in the house of Rattan Rao Luhana of Nasarpur".

Even today Followers of Jhulelal perform this prayer for forty days ("chaliho") and celebrate "Thanksgiving Day" after "chaliho".

As expected on Cheti Chand, Jhulelal was born to Mata Devaki as "Udaichand". He was also known as "Uderolal".

Hindus have asked for some more time from Mirkh Shah in the meantime and Mirkh Shah on knowing about the "mysterious child" being born as savior of Hindus, decided to give them more time just to prove his supremacy.

In his growing years, people got more convinced of Uderolal being their savior.

Uderolal was asked to appear before Mirkh Shah,

Uderolal urged Mirkh Shah about Hindu-Muslim unity and oneness of God, but Mirkh Shah was not convinced and ordered his arrest.

As Uderolal was being arrested, people saw a sudden great waves of water flooded the place and fire too broke our and the palace in flames.

Uderolal explained Mirkh Shah, that there is no point of arguing, as all God are one and same and we should all live in peace.

Mirkh Shah, on seeing this miracle, was terrified and pleaded for mercy. As soon as he pleaded for mercy, the water receded away and fire flames were gone too.

Since then, Jhulelal is worshiped by both Hindus and Muslims. 

sourced from Wikipedia and


SSSVIP_MEDICAL CAMP AT Kandol Pada - VIRAR 16th MAR 2014 - Photos

YES Issue 12: Holi & Gudi Padwa Special

Sairam all,

With the Divine Grace of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the YES! team is happy to place at His Divine Lotus Feet the 12th Issue of the magazine, also attached in this mail.

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Holi Celebrations at Dharmakshetra on 16th March, 2014

Om Sri Sairam!

Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.

As it is Holikan Dahan today & Holi tomorrow, here is wishing you & all your family members, a very Happy Holi!

Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebrations.

On Holika Dahan we burn out all impurities. When the impurities are removed we rediscover the Prahlad in us.

Demon Holika sat inside fire holding young Prahlad on her lap. But it was Holika who was burnt; Prahlad came out unharmed from fire. Is this just another story of good winning over evil? No! Look deep and we will find that demon Holika represents the unwanted desires, anger, jealousy, ego, pride, and greediness in us that multiplies daily. We are burning the ignorance that has enveloped us. When impurities are cleared we become child Prahlad free from attachment or hatred we regain childlike pure nature we become truth Satchidananda.

Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities.

Another legend of Holi which is extremely popular in Southern India is that of Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva. According to the legend, people in south celebrate the sacrifice of Lord of Passion Kaamadeva who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world.

Kindly click on the below-mentioned link to view the photos of the Holi Celebrations at Dharmakshetra on 16th March, 2014

Balvikas Teachers Training Workshop for New Gurus ( Ladies and Gents ) on 15.03.2014 - Dharmakshetra

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Bal Vikas Children - Fort Samithi - Spiritual Retreat - Dharmakshetra - 9th March, 2014

A spiritual retreat for Bal Vikas children from Fort Samithi, Mumbai was held at Dharmakshetra on 09.03.14. After vedam chanting, bhajans and a few songs, the children thoroughly enjoyed a puppet show. The puppets in colourful costumes with creative dialogues, showed how one should learn from Mother Nature and how we should grow up into virtuous, responsible citizens. The children were also blessed to listen to a small talk by Sri Satyajit Salian who shared little anecdotes, driving home the message of God as the real friend. Next a presentation on Oral Health and Hygiene following which the children played spiritual games and watched a Darshan video presentation. The days proceedings concluded with prayers and Mangal Aarti.

Please view the photos from the following link:


Midnight Scholars Seva 2014

Note: Its not Poetry. Just distorted prose with Poetry cosmetics.

Om Sri Sairam

Our 'Midnight Scholars Seva' now needs no introduction.
For Eighth year in a row, the poor SSC/HSC students
studying overnight in a Public Garden in Chembur are
served by our team at midnight till the last board examn.
Night after night our team collects
Snacks (Poha/Upma etc),tea, biscuits, bananas and odomos
from different Sai families who book the date and items in advance
and serves nearly 100 students studying overnight.

Coming from congested Slums, very unfriendly for students
studying overnight for examns, the poor students choose this 'site'
only for the street lights and the space to sit and study.

After this three week daily midnight engagement,
many join our year long "Bol Bindaas" - Eng speaking,
Personality development and Computer Hardware course
on Sunday evenings in Chembur.

Over the years, we discovered that their love is overpowering.
More than our food, tea etc, they seek our attention and love
which the society around them find it hard to provide.
At least they deserve to be acknowledged
as meaningful contributors to Nation building in future.

India is changing. These poor youngsters can't wait eternally.
Their impatience is showing. They need their due share.
Just a foothold in mainstream life around.
Before they move from the state of 'Disquiet' to 'Disconnect'
and take to alternate means to achieve their goals which
may not be palatable to the society, we need to act.
Begin with little acts of showing our Love and concern like
the Midnight Scholars Seva.

At the stroke of midnight,
discover a different "YOU" in you while serving them
that 'smells' Swami all over, suffused with divine Love.

8th Midnight Scholars Seva -2014 Begins today..7th Mar 2014

Jai Sairam


Sai Jal success stories..Seminar tomorrow at Dharmakshetra

Last Summer was harsh. Scorching.
11000 villages in Maharastra were drought hit.
We felt the deep urge to reach out and do our bit.
Armed only with intense Prayers in the heart,
we set out without any clue.
All that we knew was that
there's no substitute for water and we need to find it.
We put together a team -'Sai Jal Mitras'
in each of the affected district thru our Sai Samithis.
Met all concerned including IIT Mumbai.
Concluded that Rainwater harvesting is the only way.
Conducted training workshops with experts.

In a short span with lowest cost
successfully completed 11 villages in Phase I.
All by travelling on weekends as all of us are working.
And strictly following the rules of the game
that the Trust will bear only the labour and material
while the team will bear its own travel and all other exp.
Cost was drastically reduced. Many times
the team travelled in unreserved and State transport
just to reach the site in time to tackle issues.

In all the villages there is enough water now
which was not there last year this time.
Even extending the availability by a couple of months
compared to last year, is enough Proof of concept.
Inspired by the astounding success, we set out
to implement Phase II and about to complete in 6 villages.
6 more about to begin.More and more getting added.

Now along the way we learnt a lot.
Lessons in Project Management.
Entry barriers.Local politics.
Occupational hazards. Same side goals by villagers.
(Honestly, Water was easier to find !!!)
Last mile is the deal breaker in most projects.
Implementation in a village is a different ball game.
But urban minds are focusing in the intellectual input instead.

In each of the 11 villages
the implementation experience was unique.
The divine footprint was showing. Grace was overflowing.
The Karasgaon check dam has almost become a folklore.
Our One Rupee Seva model taken up by a Healthcare BPO funded it.
The Thal village,birthplace of Sh.Gajanan Maharaj
is full of water only by desilting and excavating the existing ponds.
The rooftop model in Tulanga gave ample water to the school kids.
In Patoda in a small hut Vibhuti materialises nonstop
and our Rainwater models in three spots gave ample water.
The "Before and After" scenarios in a few villages can be seen below.

To share the amazing stories and to inspire more
who are keen to join this Sai Jal Seva
We are conducting a half day workshop
in Dharmakshetra on Sunday the 9th Mar '14
From 10 am to 1 pm. in the IT centre.
(Invite details at the bottom of this mail.)

Our team member Sh. Shivkumar (Shibu) and Sh. Mukund
are assisting me in the presentations.

Shortly in a few weeks,expect the same old cacophony
from those water deficit spots all over..

Every one can do his bit. How...
Come. And discover in the Workshop.

Welcome to this new Water Kingdom...Sai Jal.
Rainwater harvesting is the only way....

Jai Sairam

SAI JAL Team Maharashtra

Seminar on Rain water harvesting, Chembur, Mumbai

Date: 09-March-2014 | Venue: Dharmakshetra, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East
Event Co-ord: Shri. Shivkumar Vishwanathan | Contact Details: 9930305737

Event Details Downloads

With the Blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, we invite you for a seminar on Rain Water Harvesting as a Seva.

The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation over the past year has implemented Rain Water Harvesting in 11 water starved villages across Maharashtra. This was made possible by meticulous training,extensive surveying, consulting the top experts in this field and with the hard work of the Seva Dal.

In the Phase 2 of this project we aim to cover more villages before the upcoming monsoon.

If you want to know more about this unique seva, understand the technicalites of Rain Water Harvesting and explore opportunities to participate in this activity then:

Sai Jal - Rainwater harvesting Projects in Maharashtra - Phase II"

* Project Management lessons learnt in Phase I - By R.Chandrashekar

* How one can participate despite busy work schedule - By Mukund Seshadri

* Road Map ahead and Technical aspects -By Shivkumar Vishwanathan

Come join in for this unique seminar on on Sunday March 9th, 2014 from 10 am to 1:00 pm at IT centre, Dharmakshetra, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri.

Please confirm your participation with Shri. Shivkumar Vishwanathan ( / 9930305737) or Shri Chandrashekhar - 9821482711 at the earliest.

Brother Satyajit Salian's talk at Mulund on Saturday

With Swami's immense Blessings, Brother Satyajit's would be visiting Mulund

Day and Date: Sat. 8th March 2014.

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Venue: SAMRADHI ROYALE HALL, MTNL ROAD, off LBS Marg, Opp. Rally Wolff, Near Mulund Telephone Exchange, Mulund (W), Mumbai-400080.


1. 6pm to 7.30 pm: Interaction with SSSVV Team Maharashtra.

2. 7.30pm to 9pm: Satsang: Interaction with Devotees.

3. 9pm: Mangal Aarti and Prasadam.

Mumbai District Level Coordinators - Revised List

A list has been compiled by the Data Management Coordinator Ms Lata Gurnani and her team comprising of all office bearers & samithi activities for the Mumbai district.  A soft copy of the list is enclosed herewith for your record, reference and active use.

Mumbai SSSO - Zone 1 to Zone 3 - Incharges - Contact Details (Revised Details)