Satya Saibaba produces `atma
THE HINDU (19th February,
By Our Staff Reporter
ANANTAPUR, FEB. 18. `Maha
Shivaratri' was celebrated with religious fervour at all important Shiva
temples in the district and at Puttaparthi. Sri Satya Saibaba produced
three `atma lingas' as part of `lingodbhava' this evening. Devotees from
across the country gathered in large numbers at Puttaparthi to witness the
lingodbhava programme. The rush was heavy as media carried the report that
Satya Saibaba is likely to produce the `atma lingas' on the day of Maha
Those who were present on the
occasion were the Karnataka Governor, T.V. Chaturvedi, the Chief Minister,
S.M. Krishna, the Union Minister of State for Home, I.D. Swamy, the former
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Sri Lankan MP,
Bandarunayake, the District Collector, Y.V. Anuradha, the Superintendent
of Police, Anil Kumar, and other officials.
Sri Satya Saibaba produced one `atma
linga' at 5.15 p.m. and two more at 6.15 p.m. amidst the packed Sai
Kulwanth Hall in Prashanti Nilayam. The atma lingas came out of Sri
A large congregation of devotees
from the district and the neighbouring Karnataka gathered at Hemavati and
‘Lingodbhavam’ at Puttaparthi
Deccan Herald (19th
Bhagawan Satya Sai Baba performed the annual miracle of Lingodbhavam--pulling
out a golden Linga from his mouth--this year too
By SRIKANTH SRINIVASA
DH News Service, PUTTAPARTHI
Sri Satya Sai Baba performed the ‘Lingodbhavam’ miracle thrice at about
6 pm on Wednesday evening . The spectacle was telecast live on the
spiritual television channel Sanskaar TV. ‘Lingodbhavam’ is an annual
miracle performed by Sri Satya Sai Baba to mark the festive occasion of
Mahashivaratri. This evening, Sai Baba brought out the Linga from his
mouth after consuming a lot of water. He left the dais and performed the
miracle twice again, but away from the glare of television cameras.
Incidentally, mediapersons were denied entry to witness the spectacle.
When this reporter and the photographer sought entry into Prashanti
Nilayam, (the ashram of Sri Satya Sai Baba) early this morning, security
personnel refused entry and a senior security personnel curtly said,
“The ashram is not a public place. No one is admitted into the ashram
without permission. This includes even the media. No cameras and bags
are allowed inside. Pictures of the Lingodbhavam will be provided by the
Despite a formal request sent to the ashram secretary by fax a day
early, the ashram authorities did not permit the media team to enter the
premises. Efforts to meet the secretary of the ashram (Mr Chakravarthy)
proved futile. Though he (Mr Chakravarthy) was very much present in his
office, he refused to meet the reporters.
Last year, Sri Satya Sai Baba had brought out a golden Linga from his
mouth measuring about three inches in length by waving his hand in full
view of his devotees. The crowd was surprised to witness the second
Linga from his mouth barely three minutes after producing the first one.
It is believed that the Linga is a symbol, a sign and an illustration of
the endless and the limitless. Sai Baba’s devotees have been imploring
him not to suffer the ordeal of bringing out the Linga every year at the
cost of the god man’s health.
Governor T N Chaturvedi and
Chief Minister S M Krishna were among the VIPs who visited the ashram
for Sri Satya Sai Baba’s darshan.
Long queues of devotees were seen since morning with men and women
waiting for their turn to have a darshan of their Bhagwan.