- 1 Shirdi Sai Baba
- 2 Facts about Sai Baba
- 3 Sai Baba Live Darshan
- 4 Sai Baba Aarti And Worship Methods
- 5 Sai Baba Samadhi Temple
- 6 Important Festivals in Temple
- 7 Sai Sanasthan
Shirdi Sai Baba
Shirdi Sai Baba was an Indian spiritual master who is regarded by his devotees as a saint, a fakir, a satguru and an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees during, as well as after his lifetime. Sai Baba is now revered as incarnation of Sri Dattatreya, and considered as Saguna Brahma. He is attributed to be the creator, sustainer and destroyer of this universe by his devotees. He is decorated with jewels and all forms of Hindu vedic deities as he is supreme God.
Shirdi Sai Baba Background
Sai Baba’s date of birth remains unknown and is debatable due to lack of evidence and no definitive information exists to prove it. Sai Baba’s real name remains unknown. The name ‘Sai’ was given to him by Mhalsapati when he arrived at Shirdi, a town now in the west Indian state of Maharashtra. The word ‘Sai’ refers to a religious mendicant but can also mean ‘God’. Thus Sai Baba denotes holy father, saintly father .Some of Sai Baba’s disciples became famous as spiritual figures and saints, such as Mhalsapati, a priest of the Khandoba temple in Shirdi, and Upasni Maharaj.
- It is not known with certainty whether he was born to Hindu parents or Muslim ones. However, his biographer Narasimha Swamiji claimed that Sai Baba was born as the child of Brahmin parents but was handed over to the care of a fakir who brought him up.
- Even though his date of birth is also not known with certainty, some sources claim that he was born on 28 September 1835.He is believed to have arrived at the village of Shirdi in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, British India, as a 16 year old.
- He lived an austere and simple life, meditating for most of the time, sitting motionless under a neem tree. Even though he spoke little, he eventually started discussing spiritual matters with the village elders and impressed everyone with his maturity and intelligence.
- Sai baba performed miracles and helped to solve the problems of the poor and the needy.
- After living in the village for three years, he left the place as quietly as he had arrived.
- It is also reported that he fought with the army of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
- Sai baba returned Shirdi permanently in 1858. Since no one knew the young man’s real name, the villagers started addressing him as “Sai Baba”.
- He started dressing in a knee-length one-piece Kafni robe and a cloth cap—articles of typical Sufi clothing. During this time many people identified him as a Muslim fakir and he even faced some hostility from the predominantly Hindu population.
- He was very uncommunicative during this time as he would become lost in meditation for long periods of time. He had no shelter and no belongings. The villagers were finally able to convince him to take up residence in a dilapidated mosque.
- Eventually he gained a reputation as a “Hakim” in addition to being a spiritual master. He maintained a sacred fire in the mosque from which he used to collect sacred ashes (‘Udhi’) which he gave to his visitors. He also treated the sick by application of the ash which was believed to possess miraculous healing powers.
- Even though he did not follow any specific religion himself, he advised his devotees to read sacred Hindu texts like Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, and Yoga Vasistha along with the Qur’an. He often expressed himself in a cryptic manner using symbols and allegories and stressed on the oneness of God. Some of his most well-known chantings were “Sabka Malik Ek” (“One God governs all”) and “Allah Malik” (“God is King”).
- He encouraged charity and stressed the importance of sharing. He was known to be kind to all creatures—he lived on alms which were given to him by his devotees and used to share his food with hungry animals. His teachings emphasized on the principle of universal love towards all living beings without any discrimination.
Teachings and Works
Sai baba is well known for transcending the barriers of religion . Sai opposed religious Orthodoxy.His teachings combined both elements of Hinduism and Islam. One of the famous epigrams given by Sai Baba is “SABKA MAILK EK “ which means One God Governs All breaked the barriers between Hindus and Muslims.He preached Hindus to study Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita and Muslims to study Quran. Further ,He emphasized on charity and stressed on importance of sharing.
Shirdi Sai Baba, leaning against the wall of his masjid, with devotees
Facts about Sai Baba
Sai baba as unique Doctor
Sai Baba was well known for his unique ability to cure the people of Shirdi. There are many miracles like bilocation, levitation, mindreading, materialisation, exorcisms,etc done by Sai Baba as told by his devotees.One among miracles were curing the eyes of women declared incurable by the doctors.
Sai baba love for children
Sai loved children a lot. Though there are not many leelas in Sai Satcharitra regarding Baba’s love for Children, we can read many such leelas in “Life of Sai Baba, Devotees Experience of Sai Baba and also from Sai Leela Masik.
Sai baba loved those who obey Him
Sai Baba always treated all the devotees equally there was no distinction based on Caste or creed or money in the Darbar of Sai Baba. Saibaba also treated animals as equal. Sometimes he came in the form of animals to accept the food prepared by his devotees. Here is one such story wherein Baba came both in the form of a animal and human. Damu Anna Rasane observed that Shri Sai always treated all creatures and men of low positions as HIS EQUALS OR AS HIMSELF. When Damia invited SHRI SAI for meals at his lodgings in Dixit wada. Sai Baba sent Bala Patel (of low caste) to be Damia’s guest. When Damu Anna prepared sumptuous meals, he kept a plate for Sai Baba and called ‘Sai’ , a black dog came from nowhere and ate the food .BOLO SHRI SAINATH MAHARAJ KI JAI!
Sai Baba Live Darshan
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Sai Baba Aarti And Worship Methods
Four Aarti’s are held daily (corresponding to the time of the day) inside the Samadhi Mandir.
- Kakad Aarti (The Morning Aarti) at 4:30 (am)
- Madhyan Aarti (The Afternoon Aarti) at 12:00 (pm)
- Dhup Aarti (The Evening Aarti) 6:30 (pm)
- Shej Aarti (The Night Aarti) at 10:30 (pm)
Sai Baba Samadhi Temple
Sai Baba’s Samadhi Mandir is the place where Sacred Body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. The articles handled by Baba are preserved & displayed here in a special showroom. All rituals consisting of Pooja. Abhishek & daily four Aratis are performed here. The Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was actually owned by a millionaire from Nagpur and a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao, also known as ‘Butti Wada’. He wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar there. However, according to the legends, Sai Baba manifested himself as Murlidhar and the temple became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba.
Important Festivals in Temple
Ramanavi is one of the most important festivals celebrated with great excitement and fanfare. In the year 1897 Goplarao Gund proposed holding in Urus in name of Saibaba in gratitude of a child which he was granted after so many childless years. Saibaba conceded to celebrate his urus on the condition that it be celebrated on Ramnavami. This was indeed an ingenious touch of Saibaba bringing together the Hindus and Muslims together. People may know Urus is a Muslim festival that is celebrated to honor a saint.
Gurupurnima or Full Moon is also a wonderful time to visit Shirdi. It is the time to honor the Guru and seek his special blessing. Quite a significant festival in Shirdi Guru Purnima was the only festival which Saibaba has asked his devotees to celebrate. This is the time devotees all across the world converge in Shirdi to seek Saibaba’s blessings. There is also Vyasa Puja that is held during Guru Purnima, in honor of Ved Vyasa who wrote the epic Mahabharata.
Vijayadashmi is a big festival in Shirdi, venerated as a holy day when Shri Saibaba left his mortal body for heavenly abode. The festival is also celebrated as Shri Sai Punyathithi in Shirdi attracting great number of devotees from all over the world. Various religious activities are arranged Great number of people flock to Shirdi during this Festival. During this festival ‘Brahman Bhojan’ is arranged with Dakashina (Donation to Guru). This year the festival is celebrated from 20th to 23rd October.
Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi was established in the year 1922 in the noble service of Shri Sai Baba. From the year 1922 to August of 1989 the establishment staff provided various facilities for the devotees. On May 4, 1990 Bhoomi Pujan of ‘Sai Baba Bhakta Niwas’ was performed. A building to accommodate 3500 devotees, having 560 self-contained rooms and two spacious halls has been constructed.The Sansthan runs a ‘Prasadalaya’ to provide lunch and dinner to the devotees. Nearly 1000 devotees can partake of Baba’s prasad at the same time. The kitchen of the Prasadalaya is equipped with modern cooking amenities. Food-packets are available to the devotees from 8:00 in the morning to 12:00 noon. There is a canteen service available to the devotees day and night.
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