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The swinging garland miracle over the Mahasamadhi - May 22nd 2012


Something really wonderful and fantastic happened on the 22nd day of May, 2012. The day dawned like any other in Puttaparthi. The morning prayers, veda chanting and nagar sankirtan were completed in the morning. The Veda chanting in the microphone began at 8:00 am and concluded at 9:00 am.

I usually go for morning bhajans. I entered Kulwant hall and sat with the bhajan group. Being summer, the group had shrunk to about a dozen members. There was no reduction in the enthusiasm and energy though! For the past two months, after all the students have left for their vacations, a dedicated team has been carrying on the glorious schedule that Swami Himself has established.

The Aumkaaram (chanting of Om) began and all of us noticed that one huge garland at the Mahasamadhi began to sway. At first it was as if some sparrow or other little bird had disturbed the garland. Behind the Mahasamadhi is a fairly large chamber in which is the famous picture of Bhagawan looking straight into the eye. At the threshold of this chamber, long and thick garlands are hung. They are tied at one end to the top and their lower end hangs loose. There were five garlands in all. The two at the ends are the longest, then the two which are medium in length and one short one at the center.

The garand to our left, at the corner continued to sway even after the Ganesha bhajan was complete. Nothing else was even stirring! It was at this time that, one by one, the members in the bhajan group noticed that. The garland was right next to the cooler and so someone suggested that the air was blowing it. But then, what about the garland at the symmetrically opposite end? There was a cooler beside it too but it was not swinging!

Maybe there was a breeze blowing. But the garland continued to sway as the third bhajan was complete and the fourth bhajan began. This was simply unbelievable. I fished out my cellphone and took a video during the fifth bhajan. Being a cellphone camera, the video is not that clear but if you concentrate to the region behind the air conditioner to our left, you will see the swaying garland.

Cellphone shot of the swinging garland

And this went on! The whole half an hour as bhajans were sung, the garland kept swinging. The Aarthi was done and Samastha Lokaha chanted. The swinging garland did not stop! Since I am a staff here, I went up close to the garland. Devotees were moving in a single file offering their salutations to Swami. I noticed that both the air conditioners were closed from all sides. I was standing next to the garland and there was not a whiff of a breeze. Till all the devotees completed their salutations and the curtains were drawn, the garland continued to swing! I was simply amazed and I took a close up video of the same.

The video orientation is off by 90 degrees since I took it vertically in my phone. Please bend your head to a side and view the video.

A close-up of the same garland

My heart simply rejoiced at the way the Lord showed His presence. At the very same time, a massive service operation was on in the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences.

There had been a major train accident in Penukonda on the morning of 22nd May 2012 (Hampi Express). About 25 people died on the spot and around 70 of them were badly injured. Many of the injured were from Karnataka. Some of the injured had been brought immediately to the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences for treatment.

The hospital was rendering full-scale service and treatment. (Not just primary aid as it happens in accident cases since they have to be investigated by police first.) The orthopedics dept was very busy with so many injured patients suffering from multiple fractures.Their service would eventually go on till late in the night. The ortho, anaesthesia & the staff of the blood bank were attending on the victims immediately. They had no idea that they would be sacrificing even food all through the day. Blood which was needed in truckloads almost would be arranged immediately with the people from Puttaparthi and the neighboring villages who would be crowding to donate.

And here was Swami showing everyone that He is aware and happy that His love and blessings were being shared. In fact, I did not publish these videos yesterday (22nd May) when it happened. I thought that I would keep it to myself. This is because many such wonderful miracles are happening!

But today morning, I got a phone call. It was from my classmate, Ranganatha Raju in Bangalore. He told me that he had a dream of Swami in which I was simply sitting with a camera. Swami asked with disappointment,
“Why is he not shooting? Why is he not doing what he is supposed to do?”
My friend asked me whether that dream meant anything for me.
I smiled to myself and sat in front of the computer to share this beautiful happening with the world.

And even as I complete writing this, my mother-in-law comes to me and says,

"I usually do not share such things. Yesterday, I went to the mandir for morning bhajans. I felt Swami was seated there. Did you feel the same?"

I smiled and told her to read the article...

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B.SaiKumar on January 12, 2015:

Sairam to all. Really swami is there in parthi, in our heart and devotees heart swami is in parthi only. I felt there. I saw the video that garland fallen swami only knows why garland fallen. Have faith in our beloved lord he will takes care all of them.

Dhrubajyoti Roy on December 29, 2014:

Om Sri Sai Ram!Swami is with us at every moment,every second and everywhere.He is guiding us at every steps of life.He has not left us.His body has left this world,but his soul is immortal.

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Shaun Brown on February 21, 2014:

Sai Ram Aravind,

This exact same miracle happened while Fiona and I were there recently. During Vedam on the morning of the 28th of December I was sitting in front of the mandir meditating. I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder and opened my eyes to find one of my friends pointing towards the Samadhi and said "Look. See that Garland!" I looked at the Samadhi and the garland opposite the one that is in the video above was swinging rhythmically. My friend said "It has been doing that since the Rudram started"! As I watched I noticed that it wasn't just swinging as it would in a breeze (and none of the other garlands were swaying as they would have done if a breeze had caused it). The garland would swing and at the apex of the swing it would pause for a moment and then swing back, pause and then swing forward again. We watched this amazing miracle happen for the rest of Vedam and bhajans that morning and all of us who were there knew that Swami was showing us His Omnipresence!

choodamani on October 16, 2013:

Sai Ram, Thanks for sharing! It is amazing because I had a DREAM onThursday 18th here in Sharjah. We went to Parthi Yatra Middle East. I and my two daughters stayed for a week and attended Bhajans . darshan. In my dream we were standing in queue for namaskaram I saw swami seated in his chair and he blessed entire devotees with smile I saw this and told my daughters and showed to them and I again running for his darshan but I can't I have to cross mountains and desert to see him again. Then I woke up. next day he came in my dream. He blessed me and he disappeared. I thought, Swami's grace assuring me " He is there. He protects us .

Pushpa bhambhwani on September 22, 2013:

Aravind this was just awesome,thanks for sharing it...

PranavSai on February 25, 2013:

With only goosebumbs and throbbing heart, I can remember and remmber the fact that nobody loves me more than Swami loves me. During his Samadhi, HE let me experience it as I was getting crushed with pain both physically and mentally. That Love is like a Nectar which nobodyelse can give you. Recently I had a deep urge to eat a handful of Vibhuti and I simply avoided it thinking it could be the play of my mind. Within two days of time, I fell with severe sickness and was totally bedridden for around 4 days. I was sleeping in the night of that day of sickness started. Swami came in my dream! There was a full size huge picture of Swami and His Charans are very visible. Just outside of the picture, His Padukas are kept. Swami jumped out of that picture and He looked so Young! He smiled and showed me the Charan or Padukas (I guess he was asking me to take Padanamaskar). And I was standing on the left side of the picture. I woke up exactly that time! Again I did not bother to take Vibhuti. After two days, again Swami came in my dream in a red robe with Vibhuti packet in his hand and HE was looking so serious! He taught me a lesson!

Deepa Venkitesh on January 21, 2013:

Sairam dear

krishnan on January 02, 2013:


Iam reading this Hub regularly. Execellant and dedicated work. I really appreciate

thanks Sairam



Arun on November 19, 2012:


Kamakshi,USA on October 10, 2012:


Recently I heard that Swami will be in Parthi during October.

Now from your wrute up i can very well feel HIS omnipresence in

Parthi to wish us. Swami is always with us. I shall come to Parthi to get his

Asirwathams. Wonderful readings and i enjoyed it. Thank you Mr.Arwind.

Jai Sai Ram.

Subhash chandra on September 30, 2012:

swami we really need you.....missing you a lot swami....WE LOVE YOU a lot dear SAI MAA....happy to see YOUR presence...

vijaya, hyderabad on September 08, 2012:

Thank you Aravind for sharing such a wonderful miracle and the video with all of us. I felt as if Swami has given me Darshan in the form of the swinging garland.I was about to switch off my PC when i happened to notice your article. Thank you once again .............Sai Ram!

sai devotee on August 26, 2012:

hope you saw the garland swinging similarly today on sunday26th August evening bhajans, i was feeling Swami is there,then looked up to see the garland swinging. felt so joyful as this post of yours reminded, that is a sign from Swami

C.Rakkiyappan on August 23, 2012:

Sai words to say...I feel myself in Parthi after reading....Thanks anna.

Sairam, we are truly grateful to you for the video. It is a reassurance to all of us that SWAMI on June 14, 2012:

is still with us. Keep up this good work. THANK YOU.

Mallika Devarajan

Dr.Sridhara Murthy T S on June 10, 2012:

His words will never fail.He will reappear again in Prashanti Nilayam anytime with the same form.Great sages have predicted His reappearance in nadi leaves.O Sai Bhaktas rejoice.Swami is coming.He said He will live for 94 years( sometimes 96 years). If we include the present disappearane it will be 96 years,if we deduct it,it will be 94 years.Only blessed souls can grasp this truth.If anybody has any doubt about this,please go through a miracle occurred at palace of raja venkatagiri in which Swami makes dead mother of Raja to appear before their children.Nothing is impossible for Swami.Whatever He has told, it has to happen

sai kamesh on June 09, 2012:

thanks a lot for letting us know about this rare miracle in prashanti nilayam.swami is always with us and he keeps proving this through such miracles.sai ram

v.sai saraswuthi on June 02, 2012:

Sairam! Thanks for the videos.

See how Swamy wants to tell us that HE is there for the mankind when such tough moments come unexpected. Thank you Brother Aravind for ur observations ,postings and writings.You are Swamy's instrument.Sairam.

nandakumar on May 31, 2012:

theres no samadhi for SATYASAI,,,,,,,he's each inch of this globe now he's showing presence.....he's the latest and greatest GOD.

Priya on May 29, 2012:

It only re enforces one thing, Swami is so with us....all the time... and is even more endearing when He tries in His sweetest of ways to show us He is here! Thanks so much for uploading the video.

Pavithran on May 29, 2012:

Sairam Arvind...this is simply amazing..Puttaparthi is and will always be a powerhouse which will WELCOME millions in the future..our Lord exists everywhere in the world but is still there in that cosmic form at puttaparthi which is very dear to him in this Avathar of HIS...keep sharing many more of these as they are real eyeopeners and invitations to the milions..of course it is HE who is doer for everything.

surbhi mandale on May 28, 2012:

This is just thrilling...i had goosebumps when i was going thru that part of ur friends dream!we love u swami..sairam!

Sanghamitra on May 28, 2012:

Sairam. Thank you for sharing it with us. I was there that day morning. I have come with my family from Hyderabad for Swami's darshan. Reading the article made us all feel very happy and blessed.

vic on May 28, 2012:

Many thanks and keep up the wonderful work of Sai

malathi shekhar on May 27, 2012:

this is really amazing news. my faith in Swami is enhanced a hundred times. HE shows his help and presence in many such ways. Om sai ram.MAy HE continue to guide us in all happenings.

Harshad Parikh on May 27, 2012:

Thank you Brother for sharing this Leela of Swami about His Omnipresence sharing with all Sai Devotees. Just Great, wonderful, Truly Graceful,and that too in Sai Style for all of His devotees to know and see and believe that HE is Always there Form or No Form, Past, Present and Future. We are supposed to do and act and practice His Teachings and HE will be always with us. Thanks for your narrative write-up and videos. Please do continue to share like this in future too as no doubt you are blessed by Sai . Jai Sai Ram.

Shantilal Dudakia on May 26, 2012:

Time and again Swami has shown his omnipresence.this will instal and restore confidence among those devotees who needs additional assurance.Personally,to me this is an additional bonus.....He was, is and will be with us all the time, everywhere, around us, ever showering his llimitless Love. We love you Bhagawan..

srinivasulu on May 25, 2012:

Sai Ram.......thank you......

Valligunaranjan on May 25, 2012:

Thank you brother for sharing swami love with all of us May Swami bless you and your family!!!!!

Dr Vasantha Nair on May 25, 2012:

Thank you Aravind for sharing.You are indeed blessed to get such Divine Proof of His Presence.


Jayant Nair from Navi Mumbai (New Mumbai), India on May 24, 2012:

Thanks Aravind for sharing this ! Sairam.

kamlesh on May 24, 2012:

Thanks for sharing , which has further reinforced our faith in lord's presence-- OM SAI RAM !

Himanshu on May 24, 2012:

just wow

ajit popat on May 24, 2012:


lets remember, , with god everything is possible

Pumalay Mudliar on May 24, 2012:

Sai Ram Anna. Thanks for sharing this amazing miracle of Swami. Swami is Here, There and Everywhere. He Is, Was and Will Be and at All Times Present. He is just waiting for Our Earnest Heartfelt Call from Within. We only need to show Our Love and Devotion to Him and carry on with His mission.Jay Sai Ram

Shekar(Mauritius) on May 23, 2012:

The train Accident nearby and his manifesting his presence through the garland, is indication that Swami is reasurring ' I am here' and lo! how the Sai Hosptal Staff came to rescue the Victims of the accident.

The devotee above mention it right that It's Swami's grace that the Accident happened nraby Sai's Hopital and offered redy assistance. What if tis accident had occurred at some far away remote places? Thank you Swami for such compassion again... and again. and thank you to please your devotees with your leelas like the swinging Garland!

Thanks Arvind for sharing. Now wait not swami scolds you through others dream to post! Just do it mate... it counts so much to us!

Sai Ram


sriram on May 23, 2012:

Sairam, the close up video shows exactly how Swami enjoys the bhajans by swaying his head left and right..... Jai sai ram.

usha rao on May 23, 2012:

Thanks for sharing the experience brother.swami has not left us, The benevolent Lord is there all around, taking care.He always responds to our yearning for His love and grace.For us HE IS EVERYTHING.


Shashi on May 23, 2012:

Sai ram

Gopal on May 23, 2012:

Sairam, Keep writing and we are so happy and I can feel the peace and the connection from Swami through you :-) Thank you

BettyJoan on May 23, 2012:

Exciting to watch. Thank you my dear Sai Baba

Ganesha Venki on May 23, 2012:

The garland movement on the 22nd May 2012 during bhajans was also significant in another manner.....that of the swaying of the trunk of Sai Geetha who passed away 5 years ago.

Ravindra Addepalli on May 23, 2012:

This is amazing. Thanks for sharing such wonderful miracles, happenings. SAIRAM.

Lrao on May 23, 2012:

That is wonderful! thanks for sharing. And also thanks for writing that you went and stood by the garland to check any breeze or airflow. For the following reason: last month I was at Parthi and sitting in darshan. And I noticed the very same garland (the extreme left one) swinging. I wondered why that was the only one swinging, and not the others if there was a breeze. I wondered if it was the breeze from the back of the cooler, but it didn't seem like that. In my heart I knew that it was indicating Swami's presence. I was right. Thanks for sharing.

Geethz on May 23, 2012:

Bhagavan is ever living....

Mani murthy on May 23, 2012:

Thanks for sharing! It is amazing because I had a DREAM on Monday 21st here in US., which is 22nd. in India. "The photo of Swami in our alter leaning against the wall, had a simple mala (garland)(actually, this photo has no mala on it), I noticed it moving gently and I knew it was His miracle doing but thought maybe I imagined and then the photo leaned forward from one corner to assure me He is there. I bent down to lean it backward, I noticed lumps of new VIBHUTI had formed!! I started to show it to other members in my family in my dream also" This I thought, Swami's grace assuring me "He is in the photo also, as He had told us PERSONALLY long time ago, "whenever you need me, look at the photo and do namaskar, I am THERE."

Jayanthi on May 23, 2012:

Sairam What a feast for our eyes.Felt I was Parthi and watching everything live.Even the seva done by the hospital staff could be felt.That's the power of your write up.Thank you so much.Keep posting,we don't miss the happennings there.

Karthik on May 23, 2012:

It is not a miracle that the garland is swaying or vibuthi falling. The real miracle is Swami is making you and me observe and acknowledge it. His Miracles are all around us if we choose to observe through His teachings. Thank you Aravind for sharing.

poornimasrinath from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA on May 23, 2012:

When I read about the accident in Penukonda the first thought that came to my mind was why such a horrific accident had happened near Parthi. Now I understand that because it had happened closer to parthi lot of victims have got immediate treatment at the best hospital in the world.

Is Swami back to miracle mode in Kulwant hall? ;) It must have been a great experience to watch the garland from close quarters!

Last week I suddenly developed severe throat infection. He fed me with 2.5 balls of Rasam annam in dream sitting on the steps of one of the houses around kulwant hall. When I woke up there was no trace sore throat which otherwise would have lasted for a minimum of two weeks.

Mano Naidoo on May 23, 2012:

Aravind, this is amazing. I can feel the chill down my spine as I read this miracle. Swami will always be our shining armour. I felt His presence when I was there during Navarathree last year. I told my family and friends that Swami did not and will not leave us. Thank you for sharing your great experience with the world. Jai Sai Ram!

Arpita Mallajosyula on May 23, 2012:

THIS IS SIMPLY AWESOME ANNA....!!! LOVELY ...!!! WONDERFUL...!!! This incident clearly shows Swami is there every moment....and He is really happy with the Service the sevadal did....!!! Thanks for sharing the lovely article...!!! Felt so happy looking at the vedio...!!! :) :)

shobha on May 23, 2012:

Although for the devotees of Bhagawan, such miracles are not new, but seeing it gives great joy , and that is what I felt as I saw that closeup of the garland swing, reminded me of the times when Swami used to stand in the balcony and swing to the tune of the bhajans. May Swami continue to show us His presence, and may you continue to keep your camera running! Sairam

aditya on May 23, 2012:

I have observed this a few times earlier, but with the right garland. Since we do not have such close access, i thought it was due to the ACs.

During the night rehearsal for drama, i observed the curtain moving from inside. I thought someone was inside, may be arranging for next day, but when we were returning, we saw, the garlands were still being made. Was the movement due to the ACs, well i do not know.

we know or not, we realize or not, He is there, He is there, He is there.

raj ramanan on May 23, 2012:

Real feast to the soul.Cosmic SAI is always present in the formless form ,guiding us ,consoling us,motivating us above all showing us that HE IS EVERYWHERE AND IN EVERYONE .thanks for sharing /all is one

vaishnavi rao on May 23, 2012:

Anna this is amazing! Swami is NOW HERE. last week there was thapovana parayanam in our samithi, and i did feel it everyday, swami came, HE sat in HIS chair, HE took the prasadham, HE called out to a few of our samithi members, and something to memtion HE fullfilled my long wish that i wanted to see HIM in white robe, each day HE came in differrent robes!

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