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Moon appears in Puttaparthi; Sai Baba's miracle continues!

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Puttaparthi, Apr 27: Sathya Sai Baba's last rites have been performed at Prashanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi on Wednesday, Apr 27. The 'maha samadhi' has been held at the Sai Kulwant Hall where Baba's body was buried in a pit in the sleeping position. Thousands of devotees gathered there to see the godman for the last time.

During the burial of Sai Baba, a rare occurrence reportedly happened which raised questions among people - Is the spiritual guru continuing his miracles? Several local channels broadcasted that the moon appeared during the day time (10:50 AM) on Wednesday when Sai Baba was buried in Kulwant Hall.

Devotees, who reached Puttaparthi to grace Baba's blessings, claimed that the rare Moon view was indeed "miracle of Sai Baba". Devotees will be able to have a darshan of the samadhi mandir (burial place) for two more days, Apr 28 and 29.

The private funeral ceremony was attended by trust members, close family members and other VVIPs. He was buried with full state honours and the last rites were conducted as per Hindu tradition. A source within the Prashanthi Nilayam has been quoted as saying, "The body would be lowered in the pit and filled with Kuruskshetra' matti (soil), salt, silver, gold and navaratnas."

The rituals were carried out by 18 priests that was headed by Kandukoori Kondavadhani from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. Priests from Kashi and nine other peethas across the country also joined them. The last rites has been performed by R J Ratnakar, Baba's nephew and an integral part of the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Central Trust.

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