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.
This is all about this year`s Guru Purnima Festivity schedule. Sai devotees should come and visit Shirdi during their pilgrimage journey only on 28th July 2018 that is after Chandra Grahan.
blessings from almighty sai baba. Jai Sai Ram