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The three main festivals in Shirdi are
  • Ramnavami (March/April)
  • Guru Purnima (July)
  • Vijayadashami (September)

They are celebrated for two to four days with great reverence and Devotion. To get Baba’s blessings on these days, lakhs of people visit Shirdi. The program includes

  • A puja
  • Music – bhajan  
  • Public Parayana – Chanting / reading of scriptures and devotional texts
  • Processions with the palanquin and the Rath (cart)

During these festivals, Samadhi Mandir remains open over night while Dwarkamai is kept open the previous night and there are all night bhajan and qawali sessions at various locations in Shirdi.

Ramnavami

In 1897 Goplarao Gund proposed holding Urus (a muslim festival to honor a saint) for Saibaba in gratitude for he was blessed with his own child after a long wait. Saibaba agreed to celebrate his urus on the condition that it will be celebrated on Ramnavami. This was a clever touch of Saibaba bringing together the Hindus and Muslims.
At Shirdi, Ramanavami is celebrated every year in March or April. This displays the communal harmony that merges people of different faiths. Ramnavami has equal and enthusiastic participation of both Hindus and Muslims. Two rituals are carried out during this festival:

  • A sack of wheat kept in Dwarkamai is changed and the old wheat sack is taken to prasadalaya to be used there
  • Dwarkamai flags are replaced
Gurupurnima

An astonishing time to visit Shirdi is Gurupurnima. Devotees from all over the world converge in Shirdi to honor the Guru, Sai Baba and seek his special blessing. It is a significant festival in Shirdi because Guru Purnima was the only festival which Saibaba has asked his devotees to celebrate. Ved Vyasa, the sage who wrote the epic Mahabharata is also honoured by Vyasa Puja that is held during Guru Purnima.

Vijayadashmi

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).

 
     
           
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