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.
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.
Gudi is derived from the word
`Gudhi, meaning a flag or silk piece of cloth adorning auspicious qualities. `Padwa` means
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Shri Sai Baba received the donation in many ways. This is best interpreted here. As a result, miracles of messages for His Devotees.
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 same. Saints born in this world in a unique way.
They show the right path to the mankind. They have the miraculous powers of altering and changing the ways of anyone`s life.
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 Shirdi was 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 goal in our life. Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi was 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 his Vedic 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 towards Lendi Bagh. Incidentally, Mule requested Sai Baba to show His palm to read, but Baba refused. Thereafter Mule Shastri came back to his lodging.
That time preparations were on the way to Noon Aarti. Afterward, during Noon Aarti, Sai Baba asked Bapusaheb to bring a donation from Mule Shastri. Mule Shastri on hearing this bewildered and came back to Dwarkamai with Bapusaheb.
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.
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 for 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 his Lord 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 his Shirdi 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.
Thanks for reading.
OM SAI RAM.
Pilgrimage Journey To Shirdi
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.
Almighty, Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi. The Saint of all Saints. Whose stories and teachings inspire us in our mission of life.
Almighty Shri Sai Baba in His human body form looks much the same as an ordinary man . The villagers of Shirdi were very fortunate to have this Saint. Shri Sai Baba made their life divine and spiritual. Converting them to pure blood human beings.
I try my best in unveiling the real life incidents of Almighty-Shri Sai Baba. It dates back to 1858 to 1918, when He was alive. I beg your pardon of attributing Shri Sai Baba as alive at that time only. I want to make correction of my speech that today also He is alive. Which we feel and experience in our everyday routine life in Shirdi.
Shri Sai Baba is not a Superman, Who can do miracles, whenever any devotee summons. But Sai Baba has supernatural power of having to perform for the adorning of villagers of Shirdi.
During the generation of Shri Sai Baba-The Almighty , Shirdi was a remote village. It was in Kopergaon Taluka of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra state of India. The nearest rail head was Kopergaon, which is 18 Kms away. Now Shirdi is well connected with train, air and bus services. With the passage of time , the devotees of Sai Baba had grown innumerable in numbers. So also Sai temples spearheading all over the globe.
Two things Shri Sai Baba-The Almighty taught to us. That is Shradha & Saburi means (Love & Patience). Combining of these two make the life of His devotees, divine and fascinating and not doing so make it inferior and secondary.
There are other things which have been inseminate by Shri Sai Baba-The Almighty. He allowed devotees to perform their Pujas and rituals as per their wish.The advice and assurance of Shri Sai Baba-The Almighty had been published in holy book SAISATCHARITA. This book originally written by Hemadpant later published by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan.
Om Sai Ram
Sai Baba`s Advice