SHRI SHIRDI SAIBABA SAMADHI MANDIR
04:00 AM - 11:15 PM|
Ahmednagar (Dist) 423109
Chavadi procession (palanquin procession) is organized every Thursday at 9:15pm. In the evening, Baba’s satka and padukas are displayed in front of His sacred tomb from 7:30pm, until they are carried out at the beginning of the procession at 9pm. Devotees in Samadhi Mandir are allowed to pay their respects to these sacred objects, which are accessible only at this time.
- At about 9:15pm, the procession moves out of the Samadhi Mandir, to a flurry of horns, cries and waving fans. At the centre is the garlanded portrait of Baba from Chavadi carried reverently by the great-grandson of one of Baba’s dearest devotees, Tatya Kote Patil, and another of his relatives. They are preceded by one of the temple staff carrying the padukas and satka. The procession enters Dwarkamai and about ten minutes later, and the photo is placed on the decorated silver palanquin to the accompaniment of more exuberant bhajan. In about fifteen minutes, temple staff and locals then carry the palanquin to Chavadi.
- As the palanquin approaches Chavadi, procession reaches the climax of the evening. The palanquin is parked outside, and the picture, draped in gold embroidered red velvet, is carried inside Chavadi and greeted as if Baba himself were entering. Baba’s picture is then settled into place on a silver throne and arati is performed. Finally, the whole group returns to the Samadhi Mandir. Here, a local person receives the satka and padukas, and the Kote brothers hand back the picture and collect a coconut as prasad. The prasad is kept beside Baba’s statue until the final night arati is over. The picture is returned to Chavadi after morning arati the next day. Chavadi procession is taken along the path that Baba walked by foot nearly hundred years ago.
The Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust celebrates three major festivals, Sri Ramanavami, Guru Purnima, and Vijayadasami every year. These festivals are celebrated with great passion, verve and happiness. Several thousand devotees flock to bathe in the grace and to receive blessings from Sri Sai Baba.
- Temple organizes puja, bhajan, public parayana (reading of scriptures and devotional texts) and exuberant processions with the palanquin and the rath (chariot procession). The Samadhi Mandir remains open all night during these festivals.
- Other prominent Hindu festivals like Maha Sivaratri, Gudhi Padwa, Datta Jayanthi, and New Year are also celebrated.
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, is the authorized body to control and manage the day-to-day activities at the Shri Saibaba Samadhi Mandir and other temples in the premise. It also provides various facilities like accommodation, lunch (at economical rates), refreshments, railway reservations, and lot more.
- The Sansthan Trust also runs Kanya Shala (Girls School) and English Medium School, Hospital, Blood Bank, Industrial Training Institute (I. T. I.), Drinking Water supply, etc.
- The Sansthan Trust also participates in the development of Shirdi Village. Recently Sansthan Trust has paid money for the development of Drinking Water Scheme for Shirdi Village.
Ahmednagar (Dist) 423109