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.