Celebration of Ram Navami Festival-2018 in Shirdi

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

This year Ram Navami falls on 25th March. Further, the Ram Navami Festival in Shirdi will start on 24th and will end on 26th March 2018.

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.

A New Day Begins of The Year 1940-Gudi Padva Celebration in Shirdi

Lord Brahma created this Universe on this day. In Hindu mythology, this day is observed as the new year day. A new day begins on this day. In most parts of India, this new year is celebrated in a Vedic and Spiritual manner but in different names.

Gudi is derived from the word `Gudhi, meaning a flag or silk piece of cloth adorning auspicious qualities. `Padwa` meansThe Pratipad day followed by Amavasya Day (Dark Moon Fortnight Day).

This year Gudi Padwa is being celebrated on 18th March 2018. Before performing this Puja, one has to take oil bath on this day in the early morning. Arrangements must be done for a heightened bamboo stick, a silk piece of cloth, some Neem and Mango leaves, a copper or silver vessel and a garland.

The silk flag type cloth is tied with neem and mango leaves on top of the bamboo stick. The vessel is kept in upturned position above and the bamboo is erected on the surface. A prayer to Brahma Deva is offered to bring all the good things to one`s life. Thus, The Gudi or Brahma Dhwaja is kept flying until next day morning. The person done Puja of Gudi must drink water from the vessel next day.

In Maharashtra, this festival is performed in every household. The peculiarity of this ancient festival is that once started, this to be carried on by some member of the family. In the same manner, if it is stopped for some years then again starting Gudi  Puja may not be beneficial.

Apart from Maharashtra, this day is celebrated as the beginning of a new year. In northern parts, people observe this as Navratra festival. They keep fasting for nine days, starting from this day. In eastern parts, in Odisha people celebrate this as the beginning of new life in this universe. They also offer puja to Goddess Durga. Thus, Durga Puja falls twice in a year. This time is celebrated as Basanti Durga as the puja falls in the Vasant (Spring) season.

In southern India, this day also celebrated as new year`s day and is named as Ugadi. People of these regions made donations to various temples on this day. Various types of dishes are prepared and offered to taste. As it is believed that, one should taste all the types of possible food on this day.

The Sindhi Community celebrate this day as, Cheti Chand as new year day. On this day Lord Jhulelal has appeared.

Therefore, with the above, all types of celebration on this day, mark it as very auspicious day. A very special day for Hindu Community.

Let us celebrate this day as a new beginning to our life and pray Sai Baba, to bring all good things to our life.

Happy Gudi Padwa-2018.


Shirdi Festival Celebrations

Rangpanchami being one of the oldest festivals in Hindu calendar. It begins with Holika-Dahan on full moon day evening in the month of February-march. The very next day Holi, the festival of colors is observed. Calculating Holi as day one, Rangpanchami is celebrated on the fifth day.

Rangpanchami Wishes

This year we celebrate Rangpanchami festival in Shirdi on Tuesday, 6th of March. Normally it begins around 10 O` clock near village area. However, Shirdi Sai Temple timings for this festival is different. Around 4 PM, in the evening, Rangpanchami festival will begin at Dwarkamai in Shirdi. Devotees interested may come and join at this time.

Rangpanchami festival has a very deeper meaning. Rang means Colors and Panchami mean five(fifth). It does not mean Rangpanchami as Five Colors Festival. Actually, there exist seven types of colors in this universe. In fact, the universe consists of five different elements. These Five elements get momentum and active while playing colors on Rangpanchami day.

Our universe is build up with five natural elements. These five elements are Earth, Water, Light, Sky, and Wind. Similarly, the human body also comprised of these five elements. There are only three qualities available in the human body when alive corresponding to these five elements. They are Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas.

As and where these five elements present in human body. The human body has three qualities. The five elements interact and do their obligation with these three qualities. This process develops human qualities.

In the first place, everything develops from the Earth element. Earth Element built and give shape to everything in this universe. Water Element nourishes and keeps alive the Earth Element. Light or Fire is the third element. This element protects the universe or mankind from eight sides. The sky is the fourth element and lastly, the Wind or Air is the fifth one.

Playing colors on Rangpanchami festival is about reuniting these five elements of the universe. These five elements are very much active on this day. Above all, these five elements are at work on this Rangapanchami day. When blends with colors, creates an atmosphere of spiritual significance.

The colors spreading over these five elements give rise to Sattva Guna. No doubt, good virtues overrides the bad one. Over body and mind, these colors will be having spiritual influence when mixed with above five elements. Playing colors on Rangpanchami will increase the  Sattva qualities in the human body.

As a matter of fact, the ranga-Panchami is not only observed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh but also in every state.