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.
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 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.