Monday, December 26, 2005

Santa Sai Woos Puttaparthi Crowds

25th Dec, 2005
Puttaparthi, South India

Sathya Sai Baba seemed to be getting into a different kind of Christmas spirit, donning a Santa-style hat for his Christmas darshan.

Foregoing his usual white robe and balcony darshan, Sai Baba was driven from outside his rooms by two loving sycophants to a chorus of gasps from the waiting crowd. Sai Baba's big present for his devotees this year was a vision of himself as the Cosmic Santa, the ever-generous and chuckling figure who brings delight to millions of children all over the world.

"Ho ho ho!" the Baba roared as he smilingly alighted from his car and waved to his audience before being seated on the dais and forced to endure a music and drama program, which he watched with his feet up on the back of a bent sevadal who was grinning at his good fortune.

Commenting on the Santa hat, an official from the Puttaparthi Public Relations Office told us: "He's made quite an impression, hasn't he? He's always full of surprises, what a shame he didn't wear the rest of the suit. I'm just watching for the sackful of presents that a little birdie told me is hidden in his hair."

Fashion-watchers have also reported spotting the Baba wearing Gucci sunglasses and Prada shoes in recent months.


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