The Pandals were reverberating with loud vedic chants emanating from the loudspeakers installed on the temple premises. The inner sanctorum, as well as the vast temple courtyard were overflowing with people who came for the darshan of the God and Goddess Lord Mallikarjuna and Devi Bramarambha at the famed Srisailam temple. And also, to have a glimpse and seek the blessings of Swami Sivananda Paramahamsa known as KS in his previous avatar. His famed ashram near Srisailam throngs with devotees from all over the country and abroad.
Swamiji for the last 45 days is conducting the Siva Deeksha rituals and on the last day today, he is performing the Sahasra Chandi Homam Purnahuti. Sivananda swamy is ostensibly performing the mahayagnam for the benefit of the people and the development of the state. For having plenty of rains to drive away the famine looming large in this arid State. But rumors abound that the whole rigmarole is to increase the popularity of the chief minister Rudra Pratap and to improve the winning chances of the ruling party. It is also whispered among the power corridors that the chief minister is involved in some dark rituals conducted by the Swamiji from 12 am to 3 am at some remote place which is frequented by the chief minister for some unknown purpose. The chief minister whose popularity among the masses is at an all time low is hopeful of winning a hat trick to form a government the third time and has pegged his hopes on the swamy and some random astrologers to turn his fortunes around.
Sivananda Swamy became popular among the masses and a media darling with his powerful discourses in Telugu and English at public gatherings, media platforms and in the social media. His innumerable devotees from all over the world pour money into his Ashram to fund his lavish life style. The Ashram itself is nothing short of a five-star health resort with airconditioned cottages, aaharashalas, ayurveda health spas etc. where you can see his devotees attended by sevikas who can give a complex to Miss Universe.
Sitting at the vantage position near the Yagnakund, dressed in custom designed premium silk saffron robes Swamy Sivananda exuded an ethereal glow of tranquility and spirituality as he conducted the purnahuthi. Later as he emerged on to the dais, the volunteers and the police had a tough time controlling the frenzied mob of devotees. The DIG himself was personally looking after the security for the Swamiji and his devotees many of whom are VIPs and VVIPs from all over the world.
The media and social media platforms vied with each other for exclusive coverage of the event.
The chief secretary presented the much-awaited list of the Naxalites who went into hiding following the ruthless combing operations and encounters. And the Chief Minister went pale looking at the mug shot of KS.