Christmas Celebration in Shirdi

Located in Ahmednagar District, Shirdi is well-known as home of the revered saint, Shri Sai Baba. He believed that one God governs all, and this belief has been accepted by devotees who come from different corners of the world to this town for pilgrimage. People who come during Christmas in Shirdi can find a totally different atmosphere in the region as many pilgrims benefit from holidays that they have in this season. As Christmas is a public holiday in India, people come with their entire family to Shirdi and participate in temple rituals. Authorities make appropriate arrangements in advance to avoid causing any hassles to these devotees.

People travelling to this region can find excellent public and private transport modes. Excellent connectivity to neighbouring cities offers great convenience for people of those cities to visit Shirdi and offer their respects to Sai Baba. Tourists can experience Christmas celebration in Shirdi while staying at one of the best hotels or resorts of this town. Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is currently used by domestic and international tourists travelling by air to get to the region. A newly constructed railway station called Sainagar Shirdi is used by devotees travelling by trains to reach the temple of Sai Baba. Spending Christmas 2012 in Shirdi would be a great experience for them. As it happens every year, many devotees and tourists are expected to visit this town around this time. They can have luxurious accommodations in hotels and resorts of this region, along with certain added amenities for making their stay a pleasant experience.

Hotels around Sai Baba temple complex serve only vegetarian food, considering the sentiments of devotees. Some of them have various attractions in store for tourists who wish to enjoy Christmas 2012 celebration in Shirdi along with people who accompany them. Today, most of these hotels and resorts have their own websites and offer online booking facilities for people who want to have a comfortable stay during their time spent in Shirdi. They can choose rooms or suites in according to their preferences and budgets, while multi-cuisine restaurants would have delicious treats awaiting them for Christmas.

New Year 2013 celebration in Shirdi

New Year 2013 Celebration in Shirdi
Shirdi an epitome of religious harmony, sanctity and a spiritual center is blessed by Shri Sai Baba the great saint of Maharashtra. New Year is celebrated in accordance to its reputation with religious events and spiritual teachings. The forthcoming New Year 2013 in Shirdi will be welcomed with prayers and pooja’s of Shri Sainath for the betterment of mankind.   

On the Eve of New Year in Shirdi the temple will be visited by devotees to offer payers to Sainath. It will be kept open for the prayers to continue till midnight. Starting from evening hourly archana will be performed till midnight which ends with routine Shej arati. Chanting of Naam jap, scriptural reading and singing bhajan’s of Sai will mark the evening. This will avail opportunity to the devotees of entering New Year in a totally spiritual atmosphere. Those devotees who are present at Shirdi to welcome the New Year will be lucky enough to get blessings of their Guru during this auspicious start of the New Year. There will be a special arrangement of receiving Pooja request either by phone or email, to those devotees who will not be able to reach Shirdi on New Year’s Day. This year female devotees can also be on the fore front during celebrations by performing Paalkhi seva, Pooja and aarti of Shri Sai at the temple every first Thursday of the month. In order to manage the large crowd which is going to gather here for the celebrations ladies and gents are appealed to act as volunteers in the temple surroundings.

The mandir complex will be decorated with traditional decorations and oil lamps. Beautiful rangolis will be displayed at entrances. The hotels in Shirdi are all set to welcome the guests on the eve of New Year. Special discounts are already declared by the hotels like hotel Sai Sahavas in Shirdi. The New Year has started approaching fast, act in time to book your hotel in Shirdi and witness the exaggerating New Year celebrations in Shirdi.

Restaurants in Shirdi

Shirdi being a religious city most of the hotels follow only offer Vegetarian meals to value the sentiments of the devotees. To tackle the needs of huge inflow of devotees, there are many restaurants in Shirdi.
Since there are many restaurants the cost of having a good meal in Shirdi is very cheap. There are many eateries around the temple ranging from the local tea shop to deluxe hotels. Devotees could choose from these options according to their choice. From these lots, there are only few hotels which have multi-cuisine restaurants. If you are certain to enjoy the different variety of dishes you should try such restaurants. There are also restaurants that serve non-vegetarian dishes but such restaurants are very few and are located very far from the temple. For devotees who also flock to Shani Shingnapur (a holy place near to Shirdi) there are many lodges and restaurants on the way. All along the way there are many options for devotees to quench their thirst or satisfy their hunger.
Some of the popular cuisine which is often demanded by devotees is South Indian and Konkani cuisines. South Indian cuisine includes Masala Dosa, Uthappam, Vada Sambhar and Idli Chutney. Nowadays every Veg restaurants in Shirdi have these items in their menu. You needn’t worry about your appetite as there are many options to fulfill all your taste buds on your journey to Shirdi.

Hotels and Rooms in Shirdi

Shirdi in Ahmednagar District is the home to Spiritual guru Shri Sai Baba. It is approximately 300 km from Mumbai. For devotees who flock to Shirdi, there are many options for accommodations. The city has seen many hotels and lodges springing up in recent times. Such is the rush of devotees to this city that there is hardly any chance of finding any rooms near Shirdi temple.

Shirdi Hotel Sai Sahavas-Room

Shirdi Hotel Sai Sahavas

Our Hotel "Sai Sahavas" is just five minute walk from the temple. The amenities which we provide include spacious and luxurious rooms/suites, 24 hours running hot/cold water, Inter-com with direct dialing from rooms, in-House laundry, Multi-Cuisine Vegetarian AC Restaurant, Children's play area, Power back-up, Capsule lift & air-conditioned meditation hall. Majority of the devotees, who visits Shirdi, also visit "Shani Dev Temple" which is approximately 75 Kms from the temple. Other major attractions apart from the temple are Trimbakeshwar, Saptashrungi and Aurangabad (Ajanta and Ellora) Caves. The other different and unique feature of our hotel is that we have a replica of Shri Sai Baba on the third floor. Devotees can meditate and you can feel the comfortable presence of Sai Baba.

Shirdi Hotel Sai Sahavas- Restaurant

For devotees who wish to travel by rail, the nearest railway station is Sai Nagar Shirdi. There are also buses that ply continuously to Shirdi from Ahmednagar and Mumbai. The nearest airport is Aurangabad, Nashik and Pune. Online booking Shirdi Hotel rooms are the best way to book your accommodation in advance as you get the accommodation near to the temple.

Dwarkamai Mosque in Shirdi

If you are planning to visit Shirdi the holy pilgrimage of Maharashtra remember to visit a few important places, which kept prime importance in the life of Shri Sai Baba. They are Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai mosque, Gurusthan and Chavadi.  

Sai’s life appears to be an unsolved mystery. His mysterious life started from his first appearance in Shirdi when he was first seen in 1858, but disappeared after a while. Upon his return he started staying under a neem tree on the outskirts of the village. After a few days he started leaving in an abandoned mosque. This mosque is nothing else but Dwarkamai in Shirdi. With the news of a fakir staying on the boundaries of the village people from nearby villages started visiting him with serious health problems. Sai used to give them some herbal remedies and Udi or sacred ash from his Dhuni, which was a continuously burning sacred fire. This miraculous healing power of the fakir made him more popular in the surrounding region and was gradually accepted by the people as well as the Khandoba temple priest.
In the later days he made Dwarkamai mosque his permanent residence. With passing days people of Shirdi and nearby region started having deep faith on Sai and they interpreted him as their savior in difficult times. Sai stayed in the mosque till the end of his life. The mosque is located to right side of the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. This place is where the great saint offered solutions to problems faced by his devotees. Baba used to give them sacred udi which miraculously solved the deep rooted diseases of the people. This was possible only because of the divine powers of the saint.
It is believed that simplicity of the Shirdi mosque attracted the fakir who never believed in lavish lifestyle and running after maternal happiness. By staying in mosque and having disciples of both religions he taught his followers that principle of humanity is above all the religions. One must believe in god at the same time keep brotherly hood with everyone. Another simple principle he taught was belief and patience. Even after his mahasamadhi devotees believe that Sai’s grace and blessings still exist in Shirdi and especially in the divine places like Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai mosque, Gurusthan and Chavadi. The Dhuni at Dwarkamai is still continuously burning. Never forget to visit these sacred places whenever you are visiting Shirdi.

Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi

Samadhi Mandir is one of the topmost attractions of Shirdi. Sai Baba’s Samadhi is built with marble stones surrounded by a railing of marble adorned with explicit decorations. Two pillars beautifully decorated are facing the Samadhi. Behind the Samadhi Sai Baba’s incredible marble statue shows him in a seating position. 

Shirdi was dipped in sorrow when the news of mahasamadhi of Baba spread across the town on 15th October 1918. Baba gave up his body and left for a heavenly abode. This day is celebrated as Punyatithi of Shri Sai Baba. It was the auspicious day of Vijayadashmi for the Hindus. The body was buried by early Thursday morning and a photograph of Sai was placed on the platform of the tomb till the statue was installed in 1954. This photo is now kept at the back of the Samadhi Mandir along with some other belongings of Sai. Samadhi Mandir is the most important shrine in the Shirdi temple complex.
Samadhi Mandir is supposed to be the place where Baba promised to be active even from the tomb. Baba’s presence is still experienced by the devotees in the Samadhi Mandir when someone glances at Baba’s statue. It seems that Baba is saying my blessings will always protect you. The statue of Sai topped by a silver umbrella was installed on 7th October 1954. There is an assembly hall in front of the statue where around five hundred devotees can gather. The showcase on the side displays things used by the saint. Just above the statue there are pictures of Baba during different incidents of his life.

The temple opens early in the morning at 5am with devotional morning songs called Bhoopali. It is open for darshan throughout the day and closes by 10 pm in the night with a Shejarati. On the occasion of three important festivals of Shirdi Samadhi Mandir is kept open throughout the night. Thursday is supposed to be the best day when palki with baba’s photo is taken out from the Mandir. Make arrangements of your darshan of Samadhi Mandir prior your visit to Shirdi, so that you can spend some auspicious time in the Samadhi mandir and get blessings of Sai.

Chavadi in Shirdi

Visit to holy place Shirdi is said to be incomplete if you are not visiting Dwarkamai and Chavadi after visiting Samadhi Mandir. Chavadi in Shirdi conveys lot of importance to Sai devotees. This Chavadi originally was a place for conducting village meetings, acted as an office for storing village records and even it was used as a court where village disputes were settled by the heads of the village. It was also the place where taxes were collected. This place of village happenings became the home for Shri Sai till his mahasamadhi.   

Chavadi in Shirdi

Earlier Baba used to spend most of his time in Dwarkamai but after one particular incident Baba started spending alternate nights in Chavadi. From the two chavadis, south Chavadi is the place where Sai Baba used to sleep on alternate nights and presently all the Sai devotees go for his darshan. During Sai’s stay at Chavadi it became customary to offer aarti on his arrival from Dwarkamai. This became popular as the sej aarti.  After Baba's mahasamadhi the Sai Sansthan acquired Chavadi, and until the late 1930s, used it for storing books and accommodating pilgrims. Afterwards the village offices were relocated and Chavadi became the place of worship for Sai devotees.

The Chavadi is divided into two parts. One part of the Chavadi has a large portrait of Baba along with a wooden bed, a white chair and a big stone on which Baba used to sit. This portrait has a small story behind it. After his mahasamadhi in the year 1953, Sai appeared in the dream of a eighteen year old young man Ambaram, who was staying at Nausari in Gujarat, Ambaram made Sai baba’s portrait from what he saw in the dream. The villagers inspired by this event framed the portrait brought it to Shirdi and handed it to Shirdi Sansthan. This is the same portrait which we see in Chavadi today. There are many such incidences in which Sai Baba blessed his disciples. Such incidences in the life of Shri Sai baba increased the faith of his devotees. Whenever you visit Shirdi do not forget to visit these places like Chavadi which keep importance in the life of the great saint of Maharashtra.

Thursday Sai Palki Procession in Shirdi

Shirdi is always filled with spiritual fervor and is dipped in grace and blessings of Sai. Sai Baba himself told his followers, one who comes to Shirdi with devotion will never turn back with empty hands. This spiritual abode of Sai adheres to many traditions like "daily offerings by Abdul Baba and Boraoke families", "palaki procession every Thursday", "jholi parampara in mahasamadhi", "ramanavami" and “urs tradition". These traditions preserve either a spiritual or humanitarian background.

Among above traditions Palki procession at Shirdi every Thursday carries more importance. This ‘Palki’ procession starts from Samadhi Mandir which is eternal abode of Shri Sai, proceeds to Dwarkamai and then it moves to Chavadi. From Chavadi it returns back to Samadhi Mandir. This tradition has roots in those days when Shri Sai used to live here. From the year 1910 when Sai Baba was living in Dwarkamai Masjid, he used to sleep in Chavadi. His visit to Chavadi was accompanied by a Palki procession with all dignitaries including Tatya Kote Patil.

Here are a few details of present day Palki procession. Prior to the “Thursday Palki” at around 8.00 PM Sai’s old portrait wrapped in a Royal robe, sacred staff and sacred Paduka kept in a silver plate are placed on throne at the Samadhi to be viewed by devotees. At around 9.00 PM followers of Sai gather in main hall of Samadhi mandir and sing devotional songs like bhajans and abhangas. At 9.15 the procession starts from Samadhi temple carrying Baba’s portrait held under a big umbrella, sacred staff and paduka. Priest carrying lighted incense leads this procession. As per tradition honor of holding portrait of Sai Baba goes to members of Tatya Kote Patil’s current generation family members.

Since many years Thursday is considered to be most important day of worship. Many devotees reach Shirdi on Wednesday, so that they can attend early morning Kakad aarti on Thursday. Visit this destination on the eve of Thursday, so that you can attend early morning aarti as well as “Palki in Shirdi”.

Diwali festival in Shirdi

Be any occasion devotees flock to Shirdi to seek blessings of Sai Baba. Diwali 2012 would be no different and we are expecting lots of people to visit Shirdi during this time. Diwali is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil. Is there any better way to start your celebration than to seek blessings from the Lord?
Let us briefly describe the reason of celebrating Diwali. Diwali is also known as “Festival of Lights” and it commemorates the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Laxman after his 14 years of exile. It was during these years Lord Rama defeated the demon king Ravana. To celebrate their return and the victory over King Ravana, people in Ayodhya illuminated the entire village with earthen lamps. The lamps filled with oil are enlightened to signify the triumph of good over evil. This year we celebrate Diwali on 12th November 2012. Across the country you would see people decorating their houses with varieties of illuminated lanterns.

Over the years, Diwali has been strongly associated with pollution. It is true that bursting of crackers pave way to sound and air pollution. In recent years, manufactures of crackers have come up with eco friendly crackers which emit fewer amounts of smoke and noise compared to traditional crackers. It is advisable if you are celebrating Diwali make sure you go for eco-friendly crackers as it would be less harmful to you and your planet. From the entire team of Sai Sahavas, we wish each and every one of you a "Safe and Happy Diwali."

Sai Baba’s Punyatithi and Vijayadashami 2012 at Shirdi

Shirdi is famous as the land of Shri Sai Baba, and it is visited by millions of pilgrims every year. Devotees celebrate Sai Baba Punyatithi every year which falls on the day of Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami. It was on this day that Shri Sai Baba attained enlightenment or Mahasamadhi before passing away on 15th October, 1918. Festivities include performing various rituals and distributing Mahaprasad among devotees. As this day coincides with Dussehra celebrations, entire Shirdi town is in a festive mood and full of gratitude for their favourite saint. This is also a time when Shirdi sees a major gathering of pilgrims from different parts of the world.
Dussehra is celebrated with great zest in Shirdi and the temple complex, including Dwarkamayi Mosque, commemorates Sai Baba's Mahasamadhi. The Shirdi Dussehra festival celebrations go on for three days with various devotional programmes being conducted on this occasion. First day of festivities is marked with a huge procession which is taken out along with Sai Baba's image and Sai Satcharitra written by his devotee, Hemadpant. On the main day, water from river Godavari is brought for Shri Sai Baba's holy bath and a procession on chariot is taken around with great devotion. Main temple remains open for 24 hours during final day of celebrations.
Those who plan to have comfortable accommodations for a stay while in Shirdi for these festivities can find many luxurious hotels and resorts in the region. As Shirdi gears up for Vijayadashami 2012 celebrations, all these hotels and resorts are coming up with special offers and discounts for their guests. They also have world-class facilities and modern amenities for guests to make their stay pleasant and enjoyable. Most of them have online booking facilities which provide greater convenience for tourists and devotees wanting to book accommodations well in advance.

Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan

Increase in devotees visiting Shirdi over a period of time has also increased the demand for various facilities for them. Management of Samadhi temple and all other places of worship in its premises are done by Shirdi Sai Sansthan Trust with the help of its able team of administrators. It is also involved in many other activities that are directed towards providing various facilities for devotees and villagers. It is also committed towards development of Shirdi village and has taken many initiatives in this direction. Various departments within this administrative body manage each and every aspect of the village in general and Sai Baba Samadhi Temple in particular. This trust also has a website that provides valuable information and memberships online.

Shirdi has got an excellent hospital owing to constant efforts of the trust and it has achieved tremendous growth in terms of structural changes and advanced medical care. The Shirdi Sai Sansthan Hospital has been taking necessary measures to increase quality and availability of health care to all. It has maintained special emphasis on people from lower sections of society who are deprived of quality medical care due to rising costs. Lodging facilities are provided for devotees through Shirdi Sai Sansthan accommodation which offers simple and air-conditioned rooms at reasonable rates. They have excellent features like 24-hour electricity and water supply.

Almost all devotees offer donations to Sai Baba’s temple and Sansthan trust. Funds collected through Shirdi Sai Sansthan donation is used for the trust’s administrative and developmental activities. There have been several instances of people and organizations collecting money and cheating devotees under the pretence of having an authority for such collections. For preventing any further occurrence of such incidents, Sansthan trust has made an appeal that all donations are to be sent in the form of crossed cheques or money orders to Sansthan trust’s executive officer. No other person or organization has been authorised to collect donations from devotees.

Information for Devotees Taking Manmad to Shirdi Route

Shirdi is visited by numerous pilgrims every year to pay their respects to the revered and popular saint, Shri Sai Baba. This holy place attracts tourists and devotees from different parts of the world and it has some excellent hotels and lodges that provide comfortable accommodations. It is well connected to numerous cities within Maharashtra state, which enables individuals to reach Shirdi using any of the convenient modes of transport. There are many trains which run from Manmad to Shirdi on certain days in a week. All of them depart from Manmad station early in the morning and reach Shirdi within two hours.

Earliest train departing Manmad station is Dadar Sainagar Express which leaves this railway junction at around 2:10 am. It is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and reaches Sainagar Shirdi railway station at around 3:51 am. There are four more trains that leave Manmad at around 7:30 in the morning and reach Sainagar Shirdi at around 9:15 am. But they are available only on certain days in a week. They are Puri Tirupati Express, Vijaywada Sainagar Shirdi Express, Secunderabad Sainagar Shirdi Express and Kakinada Sainagar Shirdi Express. Covering Manmad to Shirdi distance of 87 kilometres, all these trains help devotees to reach Shirdi without any hassles.

There are many other options for pilgrims travelling from Manmad to Shirdi by road. Due to advancements in technology, these individuals can have Manmad to Shirdi Map on their mobile devices for quick reference. It helps them immensely while travelling in their private vehicles. Taxis and auto rickshaws are available on a sharing basis during daytime for a convenient travel. Private vehicles can be hired at night from Manmad junction to Shirdi, but they cost higher than other modes of transport. Devotees can also opt for regular State Transport buses to reach Shirdi.

Shirdi Live Darshan Online

Shirdi is the most popular pilgrim center of Maharashtra which is a place of faith and worship. Visiting Shirdi and taking blessings of Shri Sai Baba is one of the great things for devotees. Many devotees regularly visit Shirdi and get blessings of this most powerful deity. Others visit Shirdi on occasion of the most popular Shirdi festivals like Ramnavami festival, Gurupournima festival and Sai Baba’s Punyatithi. For those who are unable to visit Shirdi but are interested in viewing happenings in Shirdi, for them Shirdi Sai Sansthan has offered a great service of online Shirdi Live Darshan. This can be viewed from 4 am till 11.15 pm. In case if you face any problem in viewing it, then you can download it free from Shirdi Sai Sansthan’s website.

Other option is to view Shirdi Live, the direct telecast from Shri Saibaba’s Samadhi Mandir at Shirdi from 5 am till 10.30 pm through Tata Sky DTH connection. Third option to get live Shirdi Darshan is YouTube.

Live Darshan has proved to be best facility for those who are not able to visit this divine place due to one reason or the other. Some people may not be able to visit it due to their physical disability. Others might not be able to visit this pilgrim center because of their old age or health conditions. Some people are not able to visit this place because they are located at a long distance. It might be due to various reasons, but ultimately this online Darshan facility proves to be a great opportunity for all those devotees who are not able to reach Shirdi due to different reasons.

We can look at this facility from other point of view also. We can make this Shirdi Sai Baba Live Darshan available to those who have a great desire to reach Shirdi, but they don’t have money to bear the travelling and other expenses. It can also be made available at Sai Baba temples which are now spread across every city and village of India. In short because of this facility you can view the happenings in Shirdi from any location.

How to reach Shirdi? Bus, Train or Flight (Air)

Shirdi is the divine pilgrimage and center of spiritual worship, for the devotees of Shri Sai Baba spread across the world. The love and affection of these people attract them towards this destination from different parts on the globe. For the first time visitors coming to Shirdi having a silent query in their mind how to reach Shirdi, the answer is it is not at all difficult. There are number of ways and options one can use to reach this holy city. It can be reached easily by road, by train and by air. The good news for the international visitors to Shirdi is that, the airport near kakdi village in Shirdi of District Ahmednagar is operational. Best way is to come to Mumbai International airport and from there take domestic flight for Shirdi. The location of this airport is just thirteen km from Shirdi shrine. This city is connected by road to all the major cities of India. It is located on Ahmednagar-Manmad state highway No. 10 at eighty three km from Ahmednagar and fifteen km from Kopargaon. The city is now having its own railway station at Sainagar, which can be accessed directly from Mumbai. This station is just three km from the temple complex.

Shirdi Sai temple is a beautiful shrine which was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. The shrine is full of devotees eagerly waiting to get Darshan of Sai Baba. Devotees pay respects and get his blessings. The temple complex consisting of Khandoba temple, Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarakamai, Chawdi and Lendi Bag is governed by the Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi. It is the authorized body which controls and manages day-to-day activities of Shri Saibaba Samadhi Temple. The trust also runs Schools, Hospital, Blood Bank and Industrial Training Institute. Hotels in Shirdi especially budget hotels play a great role of accommodating the devotees at affordable rates. It also provides various facilities like accommodation and lunch at economical rates called Prasad.

Hotels near Shridi temple play a great role of providing suitable accommodations, pure vegetarian food and the necessary guidance to the devotees regarding information on temple timings and other formalities at the temple. Among the budget hotels in Shirdi, Sai Sahavas provides luxurious accommodations.

Shirdi Sai Baba’s Punyatithi

The Punyatithi of Shirdi’s Sai Baba is observed at Shirdi every year on the occasion of Vijayadashmi. Vijayadashmi or Dussera is the tenth day coming after Navratri. This is the day of remembered for the victory of the good over evil. Dussehra or Dasa-Hara means the removing of ten heads of Ravan on this day. For the devotees of Sai this day is the holy day on which their Guru Sai Baba attained Mahasamadhi. So it is the Punyatithi or passing away of Shri Sai Baba.

Shri Sai Baba's Punyatithi at Shirdi - 2012
Shri Sai Baba left his mortal body on the 15th October, 1918. Two years earlier i.e. in 1916 he gave an indication to his followers about his passing away. During that years Vijayadashami Baba, all of a sudden got wild in the evening, when people were returning from Seemolanghan which is the tradition of crossing village borders during Vijayadashmi. Baba took off his head-dress and Kafni. He threw them into the Dhuni or burning fire before him. After some time Bhagoji Shinde the devotee of Baba went near him and asked, Baba about it. Baba said, “This is my Seemolanghan and after an hour Baba resumed to normal condition. By this incident Baba suggested that Dussehra was the proper time for him to cross the border of his life. After his passing away the day is celebrated in as his Punyatithi which is celebrated in Shirdi by his devotees.

This year’s Punyatithi 2012 will be celebrated from 23rd October 2012 to 26th October 2012 at Shirdi. The routine breakup of the schedule at Shirdi during this day is as follows. Early morning kakad Aarti is followed by Pothi, Mangal snan, Sai Charitra Akhand Parayan, Madhyan Aarti, Maha Prasad and Dhoop Aarti and Palkhi procession. Second day includes recitation of various mantras and Aarti’s and Mahaprasad is distributed during these days. Akhand Parayan is continued and the devotees interested in participating in the Parayan are supposed to book it earlier. The Sai Sansthan is inviting all Sai devotees to come to Shirdi and witness this occasion. They can book their accommodations in Shirdi hotels by the online booking facility. Hotels in Shirdi near temple are always ready to accommodate the swelling number of devotees during such special occasions.

Book your accommodation for Guru Purnima festival

Three major festivals Ramnavami, Guru Purnima and Vijayadashmi are celebrated every year with lot of devotion and dedication in Shirdi. Among these festivals, Guru Purnima is celebrated more grandly and during this time it is best time to visit Shirdi. One could take part in these celebrations. Sai devotees from all over the country rush to Shirdi to offer their prayers and take blessings of Sai Baba. On this day, a Pooja is organized at the Samadhi Mandir where devotees take blessings of Shri Sai Baba. The Shirdi Sai Sansthan has declared that this year’s Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 3rd July 2012. To avoid disappointment, book your accommodation this festive season in advance at Hotel Sai Sahavas, Shirdi.

Every year devotees start flocking to Shirdi a few days prior to the festival to get the blessings of Sai Baba. Guru Purnima is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and devotion. The Shirdi Sai Sansthan makes every effort to accommodate large number of devotees and make every arrangement to facilitate devotees for attending Pooja and other celebrations. Guru Purnima Pooja is performed to felicitate and honor the Guru as well as seek his blessing, who is your spiritual guide as well as teacher. The highlights of the first day of the Guru Purnima Utsav are early morning Kakad Aarti, followed by Palki procession, Sai satcharitra Akhand Parayan, Mangal Snan of Shri Sai Baba, Mid-day Aarti, Evening Aarti and Palki procession to Shiva temple. For convenience of the devotees, Sai temple in Shirdi remains open throughout the night. Except cooked food nearly all other things like money, precious metals are accepted as offerings to Sai Baba during Guru Purnima. Hotels in Shirdi and especially Hotel Sai Sahavas are ready to welcome the devotees for the forthcoming Guru Purnima Utsav.

Among hotels near Sai temple, Hotel Sai Sahavas is located at a central location close to the temple. The location of our hotel makes it more convenient for the devotees to take part in the Guru Purnima Utsav celebrations. We have many specious well furnished A/C rooms, a purely vegetarian restaurant providing delicious food as per the tastes of the devotees. Stay in Hotel Sai Sahavas and you will surely appreciate the amenities, facilities provided by our hotel. For getting the best accommodation of your choice at Hotel Sai Sahavas, book it online through our online booking facility available on the official website of Hotel Sai Sahavas.

Hanuman Jayanti Celebration in Shirdi, Maharashtra

Jai Sri Hanuman! This year the festival of Hanuman Jayanti "birth of Lord Hanuman" will be celebrated on 6 April 2012. Lord Hanuman is believed to be the most powerful and true disciple of Lord Rama. Hence, devotees perform pooja for both Lord Rama and Hanuman on this day. Shirdi attracts millions of devotees on Hanuman Jayanti, starting with an early morning Aarti the pooja is continued with bhajans and kirtans in the temple. All nearby Hanuman temples in Shirdi celebrates Hanuman Jayanti in full swing.

hanuman jayanti 2012 shirdi

Shirdi’s Sai Sansthan Trust was disbanded by Bombay High Court

On 13th March 2012, Bombay High Court disbanded Sai Sansthan Trust. According to orders of Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court, the Shirdi Sai Sansthan Trust was disbanded. This news was unbelievable and shocking because the trust was looking after every aspect of Shirdi Sai Baba temple and other temples attached to it since a long period.

Shirdi Sai Sansthan Trust had the responsibility of taking care of the day to day activities of the Saibaba Samadhi temple. Various facilities for the devotees like accommodation, Prasad (Lunch at very reasonable rate), refreshments etc. were provided by the trust. The trust was also looked after hospitals, blood banks, schools and industrial training institutes. Apart from these routine responsibilities the trust has funded Rs. 15 lacs towards improvement of Shidi’s drinking water facilities. The trust has already constructed Sai Baba Bhakta Niwas. The building of Bhakta Niwas can accommodate around 3500 devotees with 560 self contained rooms and two halls. The huge hall called Prasadalaya was also built by sansthan to provide lunch and dinner to the devotees. The trust managed everything very easily include managing more than one thousand devotees at same time.

The Sansthan was under observation when allegations of misuse of funds were received by the authorities. Based on these allegations, local court at Rahata village near Shirdi had advised the police to conduct investigation and register a case against the alleged trusties. The charge on the three accused trusties was submitting fake bills and consequently cheating the Sansthan for Rs 1.67 lacs. In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by some social activists the court has directed district collector to supervise the formation of a new governing body.

Celebrations of Sri Ram Navami festival 2012 in Shirdi

This year Sri Ram Navami festival will be celebrated at Shirdi from 31st March to 2nd of April. Ram Navami is celebrated because it is believed that Lord Rama was born this day. It is among the three major festivals celebrated at Shirdi with a great passion and devotion. During these three days, thousands of devotees flock to Shirdi to get immersed in the sea of grace and attend the celebrations of this grand festival.

Ram Navami festival 2012 at Shirdi

During these three days Shirdi gets rejuvenated with overflowing enthusiasm and the traditional decorations. The decoration and beautification of the area surrounding the Samadhi temple during Ram Navami Utsav in Shirdi is really awesome. Along with the normal celebrations, the special thing about Rama Navami celebrations in Shirdi is that two processions are taken around, one is the Ram Navami and the other is a Muslim procession for the celebration of Urus. The notable point is that both Hindus and Muslims are working together in both processions during entire festival and there have been no confrontations between them. This can be looked upon as impact of Shri Sai Babas teachings of respecting all the religions. In Shirdi, two locally historic rituals are carried out during the festival of Ram Navami. Sack of wheat kept in Dwarkamai is changed on this day and the old one is taken to prasadalaya to be used there. The second ritual is that Dwarkamai flags are replaced.

The celebrations of Ram Navami include puja, bhajan, public parayana or reading scriptures and devotional texts and spiritual processions with palanquin as well as the Chariot. During one of these days the Samadhi Mandir remains open all night while Dwarkamai remain open on the previous night. Bhajan & Qawali sessions are observed at various locations in the village. Make sure you observe the Ram Navami festival 2012 at Shirdi.

Gudi Padwa - Marathi New Year - 2012 celebration at Shirdi

Gudi Padwa (Marathi New Year) will be celebrated on 23 March 2012. Every year Gudi padwa festival is celebrated at Shirdi Sai Sanstha Temple with Gudi pooja followed by Samadhi Pooja and Pada Pooja.

Gudi Padwa is considered the very first holy festival in Hindu calendar. The festival is also known by different names in different states of India. People worship Gudi early morning within 5-10 minutes after sunrise.

This day people wake before sunrise, clean their house, decorate their doorway with toran and rangoli. Later they host the Gudi and perform ritualistic worship.

It’s a great time to visit Shirdi during Gudi Padwa, for more details on Gudi festival or for Shirdi hotels online booking visit

New Year celebrations at Shirdi, a totally enchanting experience

This year we thought of celebrating the New Year at Shirdi, the spiritual center of Maharashtra blessed by the great saint of Maharashtra Shri Sai Baba. As regular visitors to Shirdi we booked Hotel Sai Sahavas, from Mumbai itself, which suits our budget as well as our expectations. This time we observed increase in the already big numbers of devotees from the nearby cities rushing to Shirdi on the New Years Eve.

Normally Shirdi sleeps only for a little time since the devotees are pouring day and night through out the year. But during the New Years Eve Shirdi is awake throughout the night. The Sai Baba Samadhi temple is specially kept open on the New Years Eve. So the devotees can visit the Samadhi temple during day and during night. At Lendi garden thousands of devotees were present with a candle in their hand. The Bhajan Sandhya arranged by the sansthan was really a spiritual feast for the Sai devotees. Many of the devotees were observed reading Shri Sai Charitra in front of the temple. The place was filled with devotion and respect for Sai. The bhajans were sung in many different languages. The New Year was approaching in an atmosphere of devotion and trust.

As the clock struck 12.00 the bells started ringing in the Sai temple welcoming the New Year 2012. A big applause of Shri Sacchidanad Sai Maharaj ki Jay was heard and everyone was heard giving greetings of the New Year 2012. When we returned to the hotel, we observed a mixed atmosphere of prayers and greetings of the New Year. We left Shirdi with memories of a totally serene New Year celebration theme.