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The balloon miracle took place on November 23, 2007, when both statues of Sathya Sai Baba and Shirdi Sai Baba were installed. The auspicious day also happened to be Swami's 82nd birthday. We could capture a few snippets of the miracle. The entire miracle could not be captured as it was spread out throughout the day.

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Balloon Miracle on November 23, 2007

Devotees may recall that last year there was a balloon miracle at Om Sai Mandir. 81 Helium balloons were adorning the ceiling to mark Swami's 81st birthday. When the temple was opened the following day (November 24, 2006), all balloons were neatly lined up at Baba's feet. Eight bunches of ten each were sitting in groups and one single balloon was resting at the center of the altar-as if forming the number 8+1. Many balloons had been taped to the ceiling and it was a surprise how they made their way to Baba's altar. See pictures of last year's balloon miracle at

A similar miracle happened this year as well. We had decorated the temple's main hall with 82 Helium balloons to mark Swami's 82nd birthday. When we were performing Ekadasa Rudra Abhishekam, a bunch of balloons started descending to the altar. After circling two individuals who were chanting Rudram, one bunch circled around Lord Shiva and other deities and rested at the corner of the altar in standing position for a very long period of time.

Rudram was followed by Prana Prathistha (installation ceremony for Baba's statues) puja. Around the end of the prayers, other balloons started descending in an orderly fashion. They all circled around the altar of Lord Shiva and slowly proceeded toward Baba to finally rest at His feet. Bunch after bunch, the balloons followed the same behavior, as if to pay obeisance to the Lord of the Universe. Some balloons proceeded to the second floor of the mandir while others were resting on of individual devotees. Two purple balloons descended on the kalasham through which the Prana Prathistha ceremony was performed. They stood in a vertical position without any support and without any movement for almost the entire day.

It was as if these inanimate objects had acquired a life of their own and were sharing the excitement of this historic occasion.

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