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Swami opens new dormitories

On September 11 evening, emerging from Yajur Mandiram after 1815 hrs., (06:15 hrs. IST) Bhagawan drove down to the western end of Prasanthi Nilayam to the construction site of the Pilgrims' dormitories. Today was the blessed day Bhagawan chose to bestow upon His sanctifying touch, throwing open the first phase of the dormitories, newly built, to the pilgrims who flock to Prasanthi Nilayam.

Reaching the venue at 1822 hrs., (06:22 hrs. IST) Bhagawan was received by the former L & T Chief, Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Satish Naik, Chief Engineer of Prasanthi NIlayam along with scores of engineers and staffers amid Vedam chanting. Lighting the lamp, blessing the occasion, Bhagawan went for a round through one of the blocks, flanked by scores of senior administrators and officials. Bhagawan had a detailed look at the facilities being provided and as He was moving past, the former chairman went on explaining various facilities provided and other projects in progress, especially at Anantapur, Muddenahalli and in Prasanthi itself.

Completing the round of the twin block, Bhagawan came out to accept Mangala Arathi at 1842 hrs. (06:42 hrs. IST). Leaving the venue, as Bhagawan got into His car, He was greeted by enthusiastic 'shoutings' by hundreds of men and women, the workforce from the L & T, who had been most devotedly awaiting the Lord's arrival for long hours! Moving close to the group as He was driving past, Bhagawan blessed the mini-concourse with His benedictory glance and abhayahastha. Rejoicing the occasion, in response, the enthusiastic bunch shouted yet again rendering the air with louder 'Jaikars' Bhagawan was moving off the scene.

Each of these triple storeyed dormitories are having twin units holding a capacity of 504. With an total of 10 such dormitories to be completed before the 85th birthday, an estimated more than 5300 devotees can be accomodated once the project is completely operational. Additional features provided includes bunk coats, open shelves for keeping belongings, liberal bathroom facilities, washing facilities, sufficient fanning and ventilation et