Rich tributes paid to Sri R.V.
SRI R.V. JANAKIRAMAIAH, the younger brother of Bhagavan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba's body merged with the Lord at 10.10 a.m. on 17th October
2003 in Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital, Puttaparthi.
Bhagavan was with him on the previous day of his passing away for
nearly an hour, and He poured sanctified water into his mouth with
His Divine Hands. Sri Janakiramaiah (76) was a member of Sri
Sathya Sai Central Trust and a prominent public figure who did his
utmost for the implementation of public welfare schemes. He is
survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
soon as the news of Sri Janakiramaiah's death became known, all
the business establishments in Puttaparthi and surrounding areas
were closed in honour of the departed leader. The body was brought
from the hospital at 2.00 p.m. and was kept in his house at
Puttaparthi to allow the public to pay their homage. The funeral
procession was taken out at 4.00 p.m. His mortal remains were laid
to rest in Samadhi in his family farm near Yenumulapalli crossroad
in the presence of a large number of dignitaries, his well-wishers
a meeting held in Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam on the
afternoon of 17th October 2003 in the Divine Presence of Bhagavan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, rich tributes were paid to Sri Janakiramaiah.
In His Discourse on this occasion, Bhagavan Baba called him a
divine person who had a tender heart though he was used to plain
speaking without mincing words.
Other dignitaries who paid their homage to Sri Janakiramaiah were
Sri K. Chakravarthi, Secretary, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri
S.V. Giri, Vice Chancellor, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher
Learning, Dr. G. Venkataraman, former Vice Chancellor of the
Institute and Sri K. Anil Kumar, a senior faculty member of the
Institute. Recalling his long association with Sri Janakiramaiah,
Sri Chakravarthi said that Sri Janakiramaiah was a frank, bold and
straightforward person who always gave wise counsel to the Central
Trust. Sri S.V. Giri in his speech said, Sri Janakiramaiah was a
great benefactor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
and did his best to promote the interests of the Institute. Dr.
Venkataraman observed that Sri Janakiramaiah had a great love for
Swami as a brother, but he was also an equally great devotee of
Swami since he had realised Swami's Divinity. Paying his tributes
to Sri Janakiramaiah, Sri Anil Kumar praised the qualities of
nobility, simplicity, fearlessness and idealism of Sri
Janakiramaiah. He not only helped to solve the problems of the
people of Puttaparthi but he was also very helpful to the devotees
who came for
Darshan to Prasanthi Nilayam, said Sri Anil Kumar.
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