In ancient times, the educational system was that one had to stay away from his parents to get proper knowledge and wisdom. This was under the guidance of a more knowledgeable person. Pupils come and stay with that preacher or Guru. The Guru taught the practical lessons (Vidya). We believe Vyasa Deva as the ancient Guru. The pupils worship their Guru on this full moon day. Devotees celebrate Guru Purnima considering Shirdi Sai Baba as their preacher. Indian festival Guru Purnima 2018 celebrated in Shirdi of Maharashtra.
Indian festival Guru Purnima 2018 in Shirdi divided into three days. It will be observed from 26th to 28th July this year-2018.
On Thursday that is from 26th, the Puja begins after Kakad Aarti of Shri Sai Baba. Akhand Parayan (uninterrupted recitation) of Saisatcharita will start at Dwarkamai from 05:00 AM. Then, holy bath and regular Darshan throughout the day. Palanquin procession (Thursday Palki) festivity will be at 09:15 PM. Next, there will be Sayan Aarti when Palki returns. As Akhand Parayan was going on at Dwarkamai so will remain open throughout the night. On 27th July, the Guru Purnima day, Sai Devotees can do Kakkad Aarti at Samadhi Mandir. The recitation of Saisatcharitra, which was going on at Dwarkamai will be concluded. Procession of Sai Baba portrait and Pothi (Holy Scriptures) in Dwarkamai. In the evening at 09:15 PM, Sai Rath (Chariot) procession begins. Thereafter, the last puja for that day is Shej Aarti or Sayan Aarti. After returning of Sai Rath this Aarti is performed.
Sai devotees will find a change to this Indian festival Guru Purnima 2018, unlike celebration on earlier years when there were no Shej Aarti on Guru Purnima festivity day and Samadhi Mandir was opened for Darshan. Also, there were no Kakkad Aarti next day.
This is as because there will be a total lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) in the night of Guru Purnima on 27th July 2018.
Concluding day on 28th July 2018, there will be Kakkad Aarti of Sai Baba at 04:30 AM. Rudrabhisek at Gurusthan at 06:15 AM. On this festival day, the Samadhi Mandir is closed after Shej Aarti in the night due to Lunar Eclipse.
There are innumerable Sai temples in this world. Constructing replica Sai temple of Shirdi Sai Baba will attract Sai devotees to visit again and again. Thereafter, this place will become a place of worship for Sai devotees. Before visiting this replica temple most of the devotees have visited Shirdi Sai temple. They must be knowing the important places of worship and their fruitfulness. For an example, if inside a replica Sai temple a place called Gurusthan is there then there must be Neem tree beside it.
Samadhi Mandir: First of all, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan of Shirdi constructed Samadhi Mandir. This was actually aimed to dedicate to Lord Shri Krishna. Since Sai Baba desired to be kept His Mortal Body there, probably this Samadhi Mandir came into existence. Also, this temple is known as the Tombs of Sai Baba. Seems like only constructing replica Sai temple of Shri Sai Samadhi Mandir will complete the task.
One life-size statue of Sai Baba seating on a golden or silver throne and beneath a Samadhi. Designing and constructing exactly the same as in original posture will be made more attractive. Three steps to climb up to Samadhi will make perfect. Leg posture in Samadhi must be on the right side of the statue. The Lotus Feet of Sai Baba must be in pure marble marking four signs of Lord Vishnu at the four corners. The Samadhi should be of 6ft long and 2ft wide. In the night after daily Puja, must cover with a white cloth and a Rudraksha Mala upon It.
Gurusthan: Second important replica is constructing Gurusthan. This requires open space and a neem tree. Here the temple size is small as because of the temple will be on the shadow of the neem tree. A medium size photo of Sai Baba seating on a stone to be attached to the wall of the temple here. The other three sides of the temple should be kept open without any door. Placing a Shivling inside the temple creates originality of the theme.
The other two replicas are as similar as in our houses. These are photos of Sai Baba kept in Dwarkamai and Chavadi. This does not require any special effort in constructing replica Sai temple of Shirdi Sai Baba.
Two popular photos of Sai Baba found everywhere in all houses. One kept in Dwarkamai Sai Baba seating in front of Dhuni Maa and the other found in Chavadi in which Sai Baba seating on a stone.
Keep these photos inside Sai Baba temple. At the same time, offer special Puja and Prasad on every Thursday. Then, light a Ghee Lamp in front of Sai Baba in the evening which may eradicate all misfortune and calamities.
Nowadays, we found a lot of Sai temples in our areas and nearby places. The craziest thing is that they all try to construct the replica of Samadhi Temple, which is wrong. Rather, they must initialize in constructing Gurusthan instead whereby the assurance of Sai Baba will spread in right manner.
What should be your opinion about constructing this type of replica temple? Thus, Sai Samadhi Mandir is only one in this world and that is in Shirdi. Consequently, devotees should construct Gurusthan replica.
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Om Sai Ram. Fortunate are those devotees, who had been lived with Shri Sai Baba in Shirdi. Whose tombs built in Shirdi and are also being taken care of by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan in Shirdi? Shri Sai took every care of them, and even after leaving their mortal being, Baba kept their souls nearer and ever conscious of Him.
1. Nanavali (Shankar Narayan Vaidya): A true Sai devotee who took his last breath on the 13th day of Baba`s Mahasamadhi that is on 26th October 1918. He once asked Sai Baba to get up from His Gadi(Seat) so that he can seat on it. Sai Baba immediately got up and left the Gadi for him. Sai Baba showed no ego or pride with this act of Nanavali. After seating for a while Nanavali got up and fell down at Sai Baba feet. The relationship Nanavali had with Sai Baba like that of Hanuman and Lord Shri Ram. One will notice these tombs built in Shirdi inside Shri Sai Baba temple complex on the right side while going to Lendibagh. Nanavali tomb is in middle among these tombs.
2. Bhau Maharaj Kumbhara: Among other tombs built in Shirdi, Bhau Maharaj tomb is beside Nanavali`s tomb. This Sai devotee breathed his last on 27th April 1937. It is a mere surprise to know the works and deeds this Sai devotee was doing at that time. The Spiritual influence of Sai Baba had bestowed upon him. Bhau Maharaj had this vision that time about the very cleanliness and hygiene in Shirdi. As he came to Shirdi at a very young age, lived like a selfless and helpful person. Today mothers of young children pray for well being and a better future for their children near his Samadhi.
3. V P Iyer: This tomb is behind Nanavali`s tomb. He was an ardent devotee of Sai Baba. He had complete faith in Sai Baba. When Iyer Saheb transferred to Shirdi, his lifetime wish was fulfilled and remained in Shirdi. He breathed his last on 27th May 1944 embracing Photo of Shri Sai Baba. Shirdi villagers requested Shri Sai Baba Sansthan to built a Samadhi near other tombs built for Sai devotees.
4. Tatya Kote Patil: Sai Baba loved Tatya as His younger brother. Their bond of a relationship like two loving brothers. This made Sai Baba in protecting Tatya from every kind of mishappenings and danger. Thus, it is believed that Shri Sai Baba left His heavenly body for the shake of Tatya who was in bed for illness in the year 1918. Later Tatya Kote Patil breathed his last on 12th March 1945.
5. Haji Abdul Baba: The first tomb seen while going to Lendi Bagh is of this devotee of Shri Sai Baba. He was very close to Shri Sai Baba. Abdul Baba got the knowledge and wisdom of every action of Sai Baba. Then, He began writing the words and preachings of Sai Baba. Today this book is not available to the public for reading. This book had an in-depth meaning from Holy book of Quran. Haji Abdul Baba cured many types of diseases and maladies with the help of this Book. One can find a separate cottage specially dedicated to Abdul Baba in front of Chavadi, where Sai devotees visit with pure heart and love. At last, he left his heavenly body in the year 1954.
Are you planning to visit Shirdi in near future? Following are the important visiting places during your Shirdi pilgrimage journey. Again your spiritual knowledge will increase manifold while think back to these historical monuments and surroundings.
1. Panchmukhi Vishnu Ganapati Temple: This temple is around 3 Kms from Shirdi Sai Baba temple. One among important visiting places in Shirdi. Famous astrologer Mr. Bejan Daruwala, an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha inaugurated this temple in the year 2002. The temple opens at 07:00 AM and closes at 08:00 PM. Visiting this temple before going to Sai Baba temple will bring fortune to Sai devotees. Every month, on the 4th day of the dark fortnight (Sankast Chaturthi) devotees, come here in large numbers to get blessings from Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is the destroyer of evil things. Hence all your obstacles are removed during your Shirdi pilgrimage journey.
2. Upasni Maharaj Ashram: Named after renowned Spiritual Guru Upasni Maharaj of Sai Baba`s period. He was earlier staying with Sai Baba in Shirdi. He got God realization from Sai Baba.
Upasni Maharaj taught three principal things. Firstly, do not harm or trouble anyone. Secondly, suffer for others and become useful to others. Thirdly, to remain satisfied and happy in any given circumstances. He had written many verses in Sanskrit languages which are being recited during Sai Baba Aartis. The popular Sloka, “Sada Nimba Vrukshasya Muladhi Vasaath” was crafted and installed in Sai Paduka at Gurusthan by Him.
3. Khandoba Temple: Among other important visiting places in Shirdi, The Khandoba temple is very nearby. Khandoba temple in Shirdi is just very near to Shri Sai Baba temple. This temple is considered as of 700 years and might have been built in the 13th century. Lord Khandoba an Avatar of Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of this temple. Lord Khandoba is also considered as the savior and guardian angel of Shirdi village. Prior to the times of Sai Baba, This temple is the only one where regular Pujas done by villagers of Shirdi. A Goldsmith named Mhalaspati looks after this Puja regularly.
Sai Baba first noticed by Mhalaspati, when came to Shirdi with Chand Patil`s marriage party. The Banyan tree of that time where Sai Baba first gets down is also alive now. Upasni Maharaj also stayed in this temple for some years.
4. Baba`s Old Shirdi: This is around 4 Kms from Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. It is also called as Sai Heritage Village. While going towards Pune on Ahmednagar route, will find this place after passing Nisarga Cottage Hotel.
For devotees visiting Shirdi, must visit this place with their family and children. Presently, Rs. 100 only is charged as an entrance fee to this site. On entering, one feels going 100 years back and living in Shirdi village with Sai Baba. There, one finds the life-size statue of Sai Baba as well as the statue of Shirdi villagers of those periods. Here, the lifestyle of Shirdi villagers, their houses, clothes, and economic activities are depicted naturally. The ambiance and atmosphere of this place are peaceful and calm replicating Sai Baba`s old times. Inside there is a toy train and gaming activities which makes worth visiting.
5. Wet-N-Joy Water Park: If you have time to spend in Shirdi after having Darshan of Sai Baba than visiting this water park is in the last choice. Official timing for this park is 10 AM to 6 PM.
Om SaiRam. A new day begins. 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. Gudhi means a flag or a piece of silk cloth adorning auspicious qualities. Padwa means the day followed by Amavasya Day (Dark Moon Fortnight Day).
This year Gudi Padwa or the new day begins on 6th April 2019. Before performing this Puja, one has to take an 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 the 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 and this time is celebrated as Basanti Durga Puja 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, Chet-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 a very auspicious day. A very special day for the 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.
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.
We always give a donation to Shri Sai Baba whenever we visit Him. It is written in Holy Scriptures not to visit empty handed whenever visiting any King, God, or Saints. Shri Sai Baba being Saint of All Saints, thus visiting Sai Temple is a moment of signification.
The Life and Deeds of Shri Sai Baba are indigenous. With the passing of time Sai Leelas become very popular in every household. People started coming to Shirdi in large numbers.
Devotees coming to Shirdi than started giving the donation to Shri Sai Baba. At first, Shri Sai Baba did not accept any such donations. However, to make devotees happy and contented, Sai Baba approved such donations at a later stage.
Once Ratanji Wadia named a rich and famous man came to Shirdi for Sai Baba`s Darshan. Shri Sai Baba asked for Rs.5 as a donation from him. Then, also gave the advice to give only Rs.1.2 as balance amount had been already received.
Everyone present there were astonished along with Ratanji to know that how Baba had received the donation before this.
Ratanji returned home with the Udi and Blessings of Shri Sai Baba. Next, he started enquiring that how Sai Baba had already received Rs.3.14. Ratanji then calculated the expenses of one Holy ceremony held in his house. Surprisingly the sum is exactly the same amount that is Rs.3.14, which Sai Baba told to have received already.
Now devotees must have understood the meaning of the line donation to Shri Sai Baba. according to Vedic philosophy, no prayer is complete without the donation of a golden coin. So to say blessings of Almighty Sai Baba will be incomplete without a donation.
Sometimes it is understood that donation to Shri Sai Baba had a deeper meaning in surrendering. Whenever Sai Baba asked for two rupees as a donation, meaning one faith and the other rupee as devotion. Meaning of One rupee as the donation is termed as Brahma.
Woman and wealth are two main obstacles in the attainment of spiritual life. When any devotee come to Shirdi, at first he is being sent to Radhakrishnamai`s house for self-testing. Finally, comes the season of donation to Shri Sai Baba. If the devotees passed these two tests, then their progress in spirituality is must with the blessings of Shri Sai Baba.
Lord Shri Krishna narrated in Bhagwat Gita, “ Saints are My Human Body Form”. Saints are alike Spiritual Guru in this universe. Both are similar in service to mankind. Lord lives in Their Soul. God and the Saints are the same. Saints born in this world in a unique way.
Once Sathya Sai Baba told that they exert powerful and attractive influence over the mind and body of the followers. At the same time touch their inner lives and transforms them also.
Shri Sai Baba of Shirdiwas a Saint among all Saints. Devotees find their Spiritual Guru in Sai Baba. Sai Baba also respects the thoughts of His followers. He allowed His devotees to worship as per their choice and wish.
We all follow different religion and path to attain spiritualism. The Spiritual Guru led us to realize such a goal in our life. Shri Sai Baba ofShirdiwas such a Spiritual Guru of high esteem.
Following two such miracles enumerated how devotees saw their respective Spiritual Guru in Sai Baba. How their lives transformed by Almighty Sai Baba.
Mule Shastri of Nashik:-
Mule Shastri was a conservative Brahmin from Nashik. In addition, he was a master of astrology and palms reading. Actually, he once came to Shirdi to meet Bapusaheb Buti for some other reason. He wanted to use one of the properties of Bapusaheb for hisVedic studies.
When Mule wanted to leave Shirdi, Bapusaheb told him to meet Sai Baba then leave. Thus, it is decided that next day morning Mule Shastri will leave with the permission from Sai Baba. Accompanying with Bapusaheb, Mule went to see Sai Baba.
As a consequence, Sai Baba was on His way towardsLendi Bagh. Incidentally, Mule requested Sai Baba to show His palm to read, but Baba refused. Thereafter Mule Shastri came back to his lodging.
Mule Shastri was in the anticipation that Dwarkamai is an impious place. Thus he stood at a distance.
At the same time, he noticed Guru Gholap Swami in Sai Baba. Actually, Gholap Swami is the Spiritual Guru of Mule Shastri. Ultimately he falls down at Sai Baba`s feet. He started worshiping Sai Baba considering Him as Guru Gholap Swami. Everyone dumbfounded watching these miracles at Dwarkamai.
A story of A Doctor:-
Once one doctor came to Shirdi with one of the devotees of Sai Baba. At first, the doctor was not at all interested to visit Shirdi. He thought out Sai Baba as a Muslim.
For him, Lord Shri Ram is his Spiritual Guru. He will only bow to Lord Shri Ram, Who is his only God. For this reason, he was less excited about this Shirdi trip. Finally, Sai devotees persuaded him to accompany with them, telling no one will enforce him to bow down at Sai Baba.
Meanwhile, the devotees noticed the doctor seems to be in frontline while going for Sai Baba`s Darshan. Everyone got astonished to watch when Doctor started to bow down at Sai Baba at first. When asked about this to the Doctor. The doctor said he saw hisLord Shri Ram in Sai Baba.
The mind of the doctor is changed now. Finally, he had no doubt that Sai Baba is a Spiritual Guru. Next day also he saw the same vision in his dreams. This impression lasted 15 days in his mind. He returned his home with full satisfaction and memory of hisShirdi pilgrimage journey.
God incarnated in Human Form to fulfill their mission. We all know Lord Vishnu took Rama Avatar to destroy demon king Ravan and his kingdom. Likewise, Shri Krishna appeared to kill Kansa and taught us the meaning of our lives which we found in the teachings of Bhagwat Gita.
Above is the mission of God to punish the wicked and save the good persons. The mission of Saints is of different in nature. Shri Sai Baba is a Saint of all Saints. His nature of preaching, love, and care is out of line.
For Sai Baba wicked persons and good persons are same. Kings and beggars are same to Baba. Sai Baba loved them in the same manner and provided protection of the same layer of quality. Shri Sai Baba actually cares better the wicked one than the good devotees. Sai Baba drove the wicked persons wherever they are, to the right path of devotion in his life. The circumstances crush the wicked in such a manner to remember the Supreme Lord at the sticking point. That time the wicked person vowed to become a good devotee of Shri Sai Baba. Shri Sai Baba fulfilled His mission at this conjunction. Baba pulls this strings and brings to Shirdi to bestow upon him all the pious things of life.
Specifically, it is believed that no one can come to Shirdi and can get Darshan of Sai Baba without any preappointment. It is the Divine Will of Shri Sai Baba to bring His devotees nearer and bless him.
There are many such persons, who could not be able to come to Shirdi for His Darshan. If these individuals consistently bear in mind Sai Baba and His teachings, then all the hurdles on their way will disappear. Furthermore, they should listen to Sai Leelas intimately. Finally, they will come to visit Shirdi. The most important among all is believing in the miracles and advice of Shri Sai Baba.
That is to say, almighty Sai Baba only can make you prosper and grow in this ocean of worldly existence. Meanwhile, Devotees coming to visit Shirdi on Thursday must-see Palanquin Procession being held at Chavadi.
Devotees should bear in mind of one specialty of Shirdi pilgrimage journey. None could leave Shirdi without the permission of Sai Baba. On the contrary when any devotees got this permission to leave then he could not stay anymore in Shirdi. They reached their destination safely. While leaving, devotees went to Sai Baba to have last Darshan and blessings. Sai Baba used to give certain advice and instructions at that time. Devotees who obey these advice reach their destination safely, but others who disregard these face many calamities and sufferings.
Two main such incidents are described below:-
Tatya Kote Patil.
Once Tatya Kote was leaving for Kopergaon market in a hurry. Sai Baba told him not to out of the village and not to make so hast. But Tatya Kote disobeyed this advice of Sai Baba. He rode one Tanga and went suddenly. On the way after passing Savli Vihir, one of the horses attached to the Tanga was fast and furious. That horse ran frantically and got sprain in the waist. Thereby injured and fell down, thus injuring Tatya Kote also.
A European Gentleman.
Once one European gentleman come to Shirdi on a pilgrimage journey to have Shri Sai Baba Darshan and blessings. He got a reference letter written by Nanasaheb Chandorkar for giving assistance in Shirdi visit. The gentleman had a very good Darshan of Sai Baba at Dwarkamai. Though Sai Baba did not give permission to come nearer, still from a distance he did Darshan daily. One day the gentleman decided to go back. He came to Dwarkamai to take this permission. Sai Baba told him to depart next day. But the gentleman did not obey and in the same manner like Tatya Kote, he also meets with an accident on way near Savli Vihir.
Thus it is a true fact that while on a pilgrimage journey to Shirdi, one can not leave Shirdi without the permission of Sai Baba.