Shri Ramachandra is the 7th Avatar of Lord Vishnu. He was born in the month of Chaitra (March-April) Shukla Navami, to King Dasrath in Ayodhya. In other words, Celebration of His Birthday is called as Ram Navami Festival. Moreover, this celebration of Ram Navami Festival in Shirdi has a story associated with Sai Baba and His Devotees.
On 24th, after Kakkad Aarti a palanquin procession will begin. The Holy book, “Sai-Satcharita” and Sai Baba`s Padukas taken out in this procession. Afterward, the procession is from Dwarkamai to Samadhi Temple. Later, March 25th is the Ram Navami Day, the main function day of this celebration. Generally, Main Sai Temple is kept open whole night on this occasion. Devotees can get enough time in getting very good Darshan and Blessings of Sai Baba. Lastly, the 26th March is observed as the closing day of this three days long festival. As a result, Gopalkala is performed here by Sai Devotees.
As a matter of fact, there is a Story behind the origin of Ram Navami Festival Celebration in Shirdi.
There was an inspector named Gopal Rao Gund at Kopergaon Taluka, which is 15 Kms from Shirdi. With the Blessings of Almighty Sai Baba, he got a son to his childless home. For this reason, to show his gratitude, he wanted to organize a fair, (Urus). Sai Baba gave this permission to do so. First, The Urus festival began on Ram Navami Day in the year 1897. At the same time, the Urus Festival of Muslims was carried out on Ram Navami Day in Shirdi.
Day by day popularity and rush began to increase in this Urus Festival. Then, in the year 1911, there happened a dramatic change to this ongoing festival.
A devotee named Krishnarao Bhisma, writer of `Sai Sagunopasana` came to Shirdi one day before this Urus festival. He started to think and find out the connection of Urus festival being celebrated on Ram Navami Day in Shirdi. Similarly, he got an idea of why not to celebrate the birthday of Lord Shri Rama on This Urus Festival Day. Correspondingly, he put his thought before another devotee named Kaka Mahajani. Kaka Mahajani was very much impressed and appreciated this idea.
Coupled with this thought in their mind, duos came to Dwarkamai to meet Sai Baba for His Approval. Sai Baba was Omniscient. He was knowing beforehand the wish of His devotees. He never objects any such spiritual action of His devotees. On hearing these developments, Sai Baba gave permission to celebrate Ram Navami Festival on the Urus Festival Day.
Later this Urus Festival turned into Ram Navami Festival. Sai devotees celebrate this day as Sai Baba`s birthday ascertaining Sai Baba as an incarnation of Lord Shri Ram.