RICH TRIBUTES PAID TO SRI R.V.JANAKIRAMIAH
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.
As 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 and friends.
In 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 Bhagavan's Darshan to Prasanthi Nilayam, said Sri Anil Kumar.
Sourced: Sanathana Sarathi November 2003 Issue Page 338