Satya Sai Baba Passes Away
Sunday, April 24, 2011 - Aakash
Godman to some, miracle-man to others and revered as God by millions throughout the world, Siritual Guru Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba passed away today (24 April 2011 at 7.40 am). He was 85.
Sai Baba was hospitalised on 28th March following problems related to heart and respiration. He suffered multiple organ failure and was on ventilator support for many days. He was given the world’s best available treatment, but all the efforts went in vain when he had cardio-respiratory failure this morning and breathed his last at the Sathya Sai Super speciality hospital at Puttaparthi.
Bhagawan’s last rites will be Wednesday with full state honours. The state government has declared holiday for the entire Anathapur district on Wednesday. State Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy rushed for Puttaparthi from Hyderabad following the Baba's death. He declared 4 days state mourning. Police are deployed in large numbers to control crowd.
Swami body will be kept for darshan from 6 pm today at Sai Kulwant Hall in Puttaparthi for two days (Monday and Tuesday). Over half a million people are expected to come to Puttaparthi to pay homage to the world’s one of the greatest spiritual leaders. They include VVIPs, VIPs and common devotees from across the globe and India.