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.