Experience of the Divinity of Bhagavan by Devotees
V | Mrs. Anjali Devi
Mrs. Anjali Devi,
Former South Indian Cine Actress,
Mrs. Anjali Devi, about 80 years of age, has been an ardent devotee of Bhagavan for
several decades. She narrates a few of her experiences of the Divinity of Bhagavan
in her own words.
'We were facing financial cringe in 1963 owing to the failure of a film we had produced,
when Mr. Chittoor Nagaiah took us to meet Bhagavan who was then camping at the house
of Mr. Venkatamuni in Chennai. Bhagavan asked us to wait in a room, went out to
give darshan to devotees outside and joined us soon. As soon as He entered the room,
He talked to us calling each one of us by name as if He had known us for a long
time. Even before we opened our mouths, He Himself narrated our problems. 'Don't
worry' He assured us, 'every thing will be all right'. Then He materialized a ring
each for my husband and me. That was our first darshan of Bhagavan.
As assured by Swami, our financial problems disappeared and we recovered in a few
I went to Anantapur on the day of inauguration of Swami's women's college there.
I went and stood in the ground. Many people spotted me, and soon a crowd gathered
around me. Just then a sevadal came to us. 'Swami sent me to take you in' he told
us as he led us into the building. We were taken to the room where Swami and His
mother Iswaramma were put up. 'Look! Who has come?' Swami told Mother Iswaramma,
'Sita! Sita in the Ramayana'. Then He asked me to stay in that room along with Mother
I visit Swami quite frequently. 'Why are you not producing new films?' Swami asked
'I lost heavily by producing films, Swami' I replied, 'so dare not venture into
'No!' Swami said emphatically, 'you must make failure a stepping stone for success.
Produce films. No worry.'
We produced, as instructed by Bhagavan, films such as Sati Sakkubai, Sati Sumati,
Sati Anasuya, Bhakta Tukaram and Kshetrayya. All fared very well at the box office.
In those days, my husband Mr. Adinarayana wrote 'Suprabhatam' on Swami. He had it
sung by Mrs. P. Suseela and produced a tape. We took it to Bhagavan and dedicated
it to Swami. Swami was delighted and blessed us. That has been sold in thousands.
It reverberates in thousands and thousands of homes now.
My husband also wrote the content and produced a record named 'Sai Katha'.
I acted as Sita in Lava Kusa. I wanted to act as the mother of the Lord. So I wanted
to produce a film on Swami, myself playing the role of Mother Iswaramma. Whenever
I broached this subject with Swami, He used to brush it aside with 'wait, wait'.
Finally, I stopped asking Swami about it.
Once my fans arranged a function to felicitate me at Rajahmundry on Vijaya Dasami
day. Actually I wanted to spend that day in the Divine Presence at Prasanthi Nilayam.
So I came one day before Dasara to Prasanthi Nilayam. During darshan, I told Swami
'I want to go to Rajahmundry'.
'Go, go' said Swami, 'they will cut your stomach.'
I thought He was joking.
As I was returning to Chennai from Rajahmundry, I had severe stomachache in the
train and was operated upon for appendicitis. Only then I realised the full import
of Swami's quip 'they will cut your stomach'.
We have two sons. The elder joined Engineering course. The second joined B.Sc.
During darshan, Swami enquired about my second son's studies.
'I want to study medicine, Swami!' he blurted out. 'Do you want to study medicine
or are you saying so because of your mother's pressure?' Swami asked.
'I want to do medicine', my son replied.
'Well!' Swami told him, 'don't give up. Apply today itself to Kasturba Medical College'.
He applied and got a seat in that college in Medicine owing to Bhagavan's grace.
He could go to the USA for higher studies and settled down as a leading practitioner.
I was in Mumbai in connection with dubbing into Marathi of our Telugu film Bhakta
Tukaram when I suddenly remembered that the next day was Sivarathri. We met for
the first time Bhagavan in the house of Mr. Venkata Muni in Chennai on Sivarathri
day. I felt unhappy that I got stuck in Mumbai. Then feeling sad at my predicament
of not being able to have darshan of Swami on Sivarathri, I spent that night in
a mood of low spirit. Next day when I opened the newspaper, I saw to my amazement
and happiness that Bhagavan was coming to Dharmakshetra, Mumbai for Sivarathri.
I rushed to Dharmakshetra. During darshan Swami came to me.
'Alas! Anjali' Swami said, 'you were sad all night that you could not have darshan
chance on Sivarathri'. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for Swami's concern and
Once, my husband was in a critical stage owing to closure of throat. He could not
drink even a drop of water. Surgery was indicated. I felt anxious and ran to Swami
at Whitefield. 'Don't worry' Swami told me 'everything will be all right'. He materialized
an apple and gave it to me. 'Give the juice of this to your husband'. I rushed back
to Chennai. When I gave the juice of that apple to my husband, he drank it all.
How could he do so when a few minutes ago he could not sip even a drop of water?
Doctors were stunned at this development. He recovered well without any further
In 1996, Swami came to Chennai. 'You said that you wrote some script some time back'
Swami told me, 'take it out now'. Then it struck me that He was giving me green
signal to produce a film on Him for which I had prayed to Him 20 years ago. We started
preparations to produce a telefilm. One week before we actually started the production,
Mother Iswaramma appeared in my dream and blessed me. I mentioned it to Swami also
later. With the blessings of Swami, the film 'Shirdi Sai - Parthi Sai Divya Katha'
was completed in nine months. It has been received well and dubbed into five more
One lady known to us delivered a female child, who was born with the blood vessel
connecting the liver blocked. So, half of her body had no movement. They consulted
many top medical people in vain. She came to Prasanthi Nilayam and sat by my side
during darshan. That was Sivarathri day. The hall was jam-packed with thousands.
Swami came straight to the place where the mother was sitting with the child, materialised
vibhuti and sprinkled it on that part of the body, which had no movement. The child
showed some movement, and from that moment began to improve. She has become all
right without any further treatment and is now going to school. Doctors who had
examined her earlier were stunned at her recovery without any treatment.'
-- Mrs. Anjali Devi
(As narrated to Mr. B. Parvatala Rao at Prasanthi Nilayam on 20.11.2005.)