August 2nd 2012 held intensely memorable moments for all at Nagole.
It was a hundred years ago that Sri Sai Baba’s padukas were installed on the auspicious occassion of Shravan Pornami, Shaka 1834 (1912 A.D.) under the Neem tree at the Gurusthan with due ceremonies conducted by Dada Kelkar and Upasani Maharaj. The following sloka was also inscribed:
“Sada Nimbarvrikshasya mooladhiwasat,
Sudhasravinam tiktamapi-apriyam tam,
Tarum Kalpavrikshadhikam sadhayantam
Namameeshwaram Sadgurum Sai Natham”
Now, a 100 years later, Baba again this time in the form of the sixth Dattatreya incarnation of Sri Alivelu Mangamma Sahita Bharadwaja Maharaj reinstated the significance of the holy padukas in the Dattatreya tradition and made us worship the padukas as a commemoration of the great event on August 15, 1912.
Blessed indeed were those who saw the worship being performed by Ekkirala Dwarakanath Gnyaneshwar in the holy presence of Divyajanani Alivelu Mangamma.
Blessed indeed were those also whose mind always dwells on Sai Master.
Om Samartha Sadguru Sainath Paadukabhyam Namaha
Om Samartha Sadguru Bharadwaja Paadukabhyam Namaha
Om Saguna Paadukabhyam Namaha
Om Nirguna Paadukabhyam Namaha