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Shri Sai Baba Sansthan To Organize Free Plastic Surgery Camp - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed Media Persons through a Press Release on Wednesday, 11th Septemer 2019 that Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi in collaboration with Give Me Five Foundation from Aurangabad  is organizing a free Plastic Surgery camp from 9th December 2019 to 11th December 2019 at Shri Sainath Hospital, Shirdi.

Shri.Deepak Mugalika said that Shri Sai Baba Hospital and Shri Sainath Hospital are organizing various camps throughout the year. These include free Eye Check-up and Spectacle distribution Camp, Free Cataract and Obesity Surgery Camp, Mega Blood Donation Camp, Kidney Stone Camp as well as Free Artificial Foot Camp as well as Stroke Camp and other similar camps. Likewise, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi in collaboration with Give Me Five Foundation from Aurangabad  is organizing a free Plastic Surgery camp from 9th December 2019 to 11th December 2019 at Shri Sainath Hospital, Shirdi. In this camp, noted Plastic Surgeon from Aurangabad Dr.Ram Chilgar and his team will be performing free plastic surgery operations at Shri Sainath Hospital. In order to select patients for this Camp, Dr.Ram Chilgar will be conducting free Pre-examination at Out Patient Department, Room No.3, Surgery Section of Shri Sainath Hospital on second Saturday of every month from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. In this camp, patients will be treated for ailments such as Hands with Burns, Congenital diesases of Shoulder, Toes, Joints, Neck, Fingers, Hands and Foot & other diseases.

In order to participate in this camp, patients must register their names at Shri Sainath Hospital. For more information about the camp, patients can contact on telephone numer 02423-258555. For availing treatment patients should produce copies of Aadhar Card, Ration Card and Two Passport Size Photographs. Shri.Mugalikar urged that more and more patients should take advantage of this free Plastic Surgery Camp.

“Sai Seva – A Divine Blessing” Book Released - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

The Book “Sai Seva – A Divine Blessing” written by Dr.Suresh Haware, Chairman, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan was released at the auspicious hands of Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri.Devendra Fadanavis and Revenue and Public Works Minister Shri.Chandrakant Dada Patil at a function held on Monday, 9th September 2019 in Mumbai.

Since taking over the responsibility of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, Dr.Suresh Haware has implemented various devotee centric initiatives for the benefit of Sai devotees. These initiatives have been narrated in this book. During the period from 1st October 2017 and 18th October 2018, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Centenary Festival was organized with fervor and grandeur. Various religious, cultural and social programs were organized during this Centenary Festival.

Honorable President of India Shri.Ramnath Kovind, Honorable Vice President of India Shri.Venkaiah Naidu, Honorable Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi, Sarsanchalak of Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangha Dr.Mohan Bhagwat and other eminent personalities visited the place for Darshan of shri Sai Baba Samadhi during the Centenary year. The information about these visits has been presented in the form of photographs in this book.

This valuable book “Saiseva – A Divine Blessing” was released in Mumbai at the hands of Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri.Devendra Fadnavis and Revenue and Public Works Minister Shri.Chandrakant Dada Patil. On this occasion, Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware, Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure, former Minister Shri.Deepak Sawant and other dignitaries were present.

State Bank Of India Payment Gateway And Net Banking Facility Started On Sansthan Website - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

State Bank of India Payment Gateway and Net Banking Facility has been started on Shri Sai Baba Sansthan's official website. Accordingly, the E-Payment Agreement Ceremony was held on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019. The agreement was signed by Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan and G.Ravindranath, Chief Manager, State Bank of India.

On the occasion, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Chief Accountant Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Shri.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryaban Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, State Bank of India, Maharashtra Circle Manager Shri.Devendra Kumar, Sansthan's Information & Technology Department Chief Shri.Anil Shinde, All Department heads and Sansthan Staff Members were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri.Mugalikar said that Sai devotees from every nook and corner of the World and India flock to Shirdi to have a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi. In order to facilitate convenient Samadhi Darshan of Shri Sai Baba, Sansthan has made facility to avail online darshan/aarti passes, Advance Room Booking and Donation facility through its website www.online.sai.org.in and its mobile application. On many occasions, Sai devotees faced interruptions while making E-Payment using Sansthan's Website and mobile applications. To overcome this problem, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan started State Bank of India E-Payment Gateway and Net Banking facility on 7th June 2019 on Sansthan's Official Website and on 19th June 2019 on Sansthan's Mobile Application respectively. In the meantime, on Sansthan's Website, through 37,622 successful transactions, Rs.3,47,81,287 E-Payments were made to Sansthan. Likewise, using Sansthan's Mobile Application, through 4,988 successful transactions, Rs.39,63,702 E-Payments were made to Sansthan. With the contract for this facility officially signed today, from now onwards, the facility will continue to be operational.

Launching of this facility will provide yet another alternate option for online E-Payment facility and the subscribers can now avail the facility for hassle free online E-Payment Service. Shri.Mugalikar appealed to all Sai devotees to take advantage of this online E-Payment facility.

Well Known Sai Personality & President Of Shri Martand Mhalsapati Maharaj Trust Shri.Manohar Marthand Nagare Passes Away - Courtesy: Shri.Mahesh Joshi, Kopergaon

It is with deep regret we wish to inform that Shri.Manohar Marthand Nagare ji who was the Grandson of Sai Mahabhakta Mahalsapathi ji and President of Shri Martand Mahalsapathi Maharaj Trust passed away on Monday, 2nd September 2019 on the auspicious Ganesh Chaturthi Day in Shirdi. He was 76 year old at the time of demise. He was ailing for sometime now due to age related illness.

His funeral will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 at Amardham in Shirdi.

www.saiamrithadhara.com team condoles the demise of Shri.Manohar Marthand Nagare ji and prays to Lord Sai Baba to give strength to the family members to bear this loss.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Independence Day - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar hoisted the National Tri Colour to mark Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, 15th August 2019.

On the occasion, Interim Deputy Executive Officer and Administrative Officer Shri.Suryaban Game, Administrative Officers Shri.Akash Kisave, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, Medical Director of Shri Sai Baba Hospital Dr.Vijay Narode, Deputy Superintendent of Police Shri.Madhukar Gangwane, Heads of all departments and Staff Members as well as Teachers and Students of Sansthan run Educational Institutions were also present.

On the occasion, Security Department, Fire and Safety, Security Agencies, Students of Educational Institutions presented a Spectacular Parade. Later Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar and other dignitaries gave away Shri.D.M.Suktankar March 2019 Award to 16 meritorious first three 10th standard toppers from all Secondary Schools in Shirdi Town. The dignitaries presented K.Lahanubhai Amrutrao Gondkar Award to meritorious students of Sansthan run educational institutions  who secured first three top ranking at the 12th standard exams. Shri.Deepak Mugalikar felicitated 3 state toppers from Shri Sai Baba Industrial Training Institute and also felicitated Principal Shri.Shivaling Patane, Group Director Shri.Ramanath Choudhary and Shri.Dada Jambulkar who were instrumental in Shri Sai Baba Industrial Training Institute receiving first ranking by the State Government at Division Level.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri.Deepak Mugalikar expressed his feelings and wished everyone a happy independence day. After that, Music Teacher from Sansthan Educational Institution Shri.Sudanshu Lokegaonkar and students gave patriotic song performance. The programme was compered by Shri.Rajendra Kohakade, Shri.Vasant Vani, Shri.Vikas Patil and Shri.Sujay Babar.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Despatches Team Of 20 Doctors with Medical Aid To Flood Victims of Kolhapur & Sangli Disricts - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed Media Persons through a Press Release that Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has sent a Team of 20 Doctors with Medicines to assist the flood victims of Kolhapur and Sangli Districts of Maharashtra at 7:00 am on Wednesday, 14th August 2019.

On the occasion, Medical Director of Shri Sai Baba Hospital Dr.Vijay Narode, Medical Administrator Dr.Preetam Vadagave, Administrative Officer Shri.Ashok Auti, Vehicle Department Chief Shri.Prakash Ksheersagar, Medical Officer and Staff Members of Hospital were also present.

Shri.Mugalikar said that recent floods in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts of Western Maharashtra have disrupted the normal life of people and the situation has become very grim. Thousands of people have become homeless and many villlages have also been severely affected by floods. Also, many animals have lost their lives in these areas. At many places, due to contaminated water and sewage, there is highest potential for occurrence of epidemic diseases and crisis situation is likely to be created. Immediate help from State Government and non-governmental social organizations is very much needed to control the situation. On behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, a team of 20 Doctors along with one Ambulance and one Bus equipped with necessary Medicines worth Rs.10 Lakhs to assist the flood victims of Kolhapur and Sangli Districts of Maharashtra was despatched from Shirdi at 7:00 am on Wednesday, 14th August 2019.

Earlier, Chairman of Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware and the board of trustees had taken a decision to donate Rs.10 Crore to Chief Minister Relief Fund and the same was approved by honorable High Court. Shri.Mugalikar said that honorable High Court has directed the District Magistrate of Kolhapur and Sangli to provide additional Rs.1 Crore directly to affected districts towards purchase of Chemicals, spray and other things towards sterilization and purification in the flood affected areas to prevent possible potential harm to nature because of flood.

Eye Catching Shri Sai Satcharitra Granth Procession Marks Conclusion of Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan In Shirdi -  Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

An Eye Catching Procession of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra Granth was taken throughout Shirdi Town on Friday, 9th August 2019 to mark the conclusion of Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan started on Friday, 2nd  August 2019 and jointly organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), Natya Rasik Sanch (Shirdi) and Shirdi Villagers.

Around 7000 Parayanarthi's from Shirdi and five neighbouring villages participated in the Mahaparayan Ceremoney which will go on till Saturday, 10th August 2019. Today morning, reading of Chapter 53 (Avataranika) was done to mark the completion of Mahaparayan. After this, ritualistic worship of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra Granth was performed at the hands of Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware and his wife Smt.Nalini Haware. On the occasion, President of Jilla Panchayat Smt.Shalinitai Vikhe Patil, Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustee and President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Archanatai Kote, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Rahata Town Muncipality President Smt.Mamata Pipada, Smt.Kanchana Mandare, Smt.Nandatai Lokhande, Administrative Officers Shri.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryaban Game, Shri.Ashok Auti, Office bearers of Natya Rasik Sanch, Parayanarthi's, Shirdi villagers also participated in large numbers. After this, President of Natya Rasik Sanch Shri.Appasaheb Kote, Vice President Shri.Ashok Nagare, Secretary Shri.Ashok Kote, Shri.Bhausaheb Sable, Bhaskarrao Gondkar and other officer bears as well as Priests who participated in Mahaparayan Ceremony were felicitated.

Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware, District President Smt.Shalinitai Vikhe Patil, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar and Trustee and President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Archanatai Kote spoke on the occasion. Later, Shri.Mahesh Kudalkar from Kudal performed "Dashavatari" Drama.

Banquet (Sneh Bhojan) was arranged for all the Parayanarthi's in the morning. In the afternoon at 3.30 pm, Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra Granth was taken out in a procession amidst sounds of Drum, Tasha, Legim along with Live Tableaus throughout Shirdi town. Sambal, Shennai, Duff, Shing, Tutari, Shehnai, Chowghada from Kopergaon, Cymbal Troupe from Sanmitra Mandal, Shirdi, Mourya Drum Troupe from Mumbai, Live Tableaus from Kudal and Pune, South Indian Musical Instrument groups and others participated in the procession. Parayanarthi's and Shirdi villagers participated in large numbers in this procession. In the evening at 4:00 pm, Musical programme from Shri.Prabhanjan Bhagat was arranged at a specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap Stage next to Hanuman Mandir.

On the occasion of Mahaparayan Ceremony, various religious, Cultural, Keertan, discourses and other programmes were organized. On 10th August 2019 from morning 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Kalyachi Keertan by Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Mahesh Joshi from Beed was held at Sai Nagar Grounds. Afterwards, from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Sai Mahaprasad was distributed to all Sai devotees at Sai Nagar Grounds.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Donates Rs.10 Crore Aid To Maharashtra Flood Victims - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware informed Media Persons through a Press Release on Saturday, 10th August 2019 that Shri Sai Baba Sansthan is donating Rs.10 Crore to Maharashtra Chief Minister Relief Fund to help Maharashtra Flood Victims.

Dr.Haware said that heavy rains have created havoc in the State. Floods have specially disrupted the life of people residing in Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara districts of Western Maharashtra and day by day the situation is getting worse. Because of floods, thousands of citizens have become homeless and many villages have been devastated. This is a natural disaster and as national duty, the decision has been taken on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi to donate Rs.10 Crore towards flood relief. The fund will be donated to Chief Minister Relief Fund after due approval from Court. Also, a dedicated team from Sansthan will contiuously monitor the situation and send medical team along with medicines.

The State Administration is woking day and night to help the flood victims. Dr.Haware said that this is a very big natural disaster and hence praying at the lotus feet of Shri Sai Baba to bail the people of Maharashtra out from this natural disaster.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Brings Out "Sai Seva A Divine Blessing" Book - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed Media Persons through a Press Release on Friday, 9th August 2019 that "Sai Seva A Divine Blessing" book authored by Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware will be released on Sunday, 11th August 2019 at 7:30 pm in the presence of Maharashtra Public Works Minister Shri.Chandrakant Dada Patil, Housing Minister Shri.Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and other dignitaries.

Shri.Mugalikar said that information about various activities undertaken and implemented for the benefit of Sai devotees after Dr.Suresh Haware took over as Sansthan's Chairman has been mentioned in this book. Also, Shri Sai Baba Maha Samadhi Centenary Celebration was held from 1st October 2017 to 18th October 2018 with great enthusiasm. During the centenary year, various Cultural, Religious and Social programmes were organized. Similarly, Honorable President Shri.Ramanath Kovind, former Vice President Shri.Venkaiah Naidu, Honorable Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi, Sara Sanchalak of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh Dr.Mohan Bhagawat and other dignitaries had a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi during the centenary year. Information about these dignitary's visit to Shirdi along with photographs is given in this book.

The book "Sai Seva A Divine Blessing" will be released on Sunday, 11th August 2019 at 7:30 pm on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir. Shri.Mugalikar invited Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers to participate in large numbers in this programme.

Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Shri.Ajit Pawar Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri.Ajit Pawar and Member of Parliament Dr.Amol Kolhe visited Shirdi on Thursday, 8th August 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar was also present.

After the former Deputy Chief Minister Shri.Ajit Pawar and MP Dr.Amol Kolhe had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar felicitated them.

Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan Start Off On An Auspicious Note In Shirdi -  Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan organized jointly by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), Natya Rasik Sanch (Shirdi)  and Shirdi Villagers from Friday, 2nd  August 2019 to  Saturday, 10th August  2019 started off  today  on a very auspicious note. Around 4500 Female Sai Devotees, 2000 Male Sai Devotees with overall 6,500 Sai Devotees participated in today's Group Mahaparayan.

Today morning Holy Sai Satcharitra Pothi and Baba’s photograph were taken out from Samadhi Mandir to Parayana Place in a chariot procession via Hanuman Mandir and Dwarakamai. In this Procession Sansthan’s Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar carried Veena, Trustee and President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Archanatai Kote held holy Shri Sai Satcharitra Pothi, Smt.Nalini Haware held the Kalash, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre and Administrative Officer Shri.Akash Kisave held Shri Sai Baba’s Idol and participated in the procession. On the occasion, Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure, Administrative Officers Shri.Suryaban Game, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, Shri.Appasaheb Kote, Shri.Bhaskarrao Gondkar, Shri.Bhausaheb Sabale of Natya Rasik Sanch, Sansthan Emplooyees, local villagers and Sai devotees also participated in large numbers in this procession. Once the procession reached Parayan Mantap, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar and all the dignitaries performed Kalash Pooja and Pooja to the Holy Sai Satcharitra Pothi and officially commenced the Sai Satcharita Mahaparayan.  From morning 7:00 am to 11:30 am Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra parayan was held. Evening 5:00 pm, Female Parayanarthi's performed Traditional Haldi – Kumkum (Turmeric & Kumkum ) program. Night 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm cultural programme by the students of Shri Sai Baba Shikshana Prasara Mandal Primary School was held at Sainagar Grounds and from evening 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Shri.Shrikant Tatakare from Mumbai gave "Sai Baba The Universe" Drama performance on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir.

For the success of this Group Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan Programme, under the able guidance of Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mualikar and  All trustees, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, all Administrative Officers, all Department Heads, all office bearers of Natya Rasik Sanch, All staff members and Shirdi villagers have put in lot of efforts.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri.Devendra Fadnavis Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri.Devendra Fadnavis visited Shirdi on Wednesday, 31st July 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. On the occasion, Housing Development Minister of Maharashtra Shri.Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Rural Development Minister Smt.Pankaja Munde, Guardian Minister Shri.Ram Shinde, Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchaure, Shri.Vipindada Kolhe, Trustee and Shirdi Municipal Corporation President Smt.Archanatai Kote, Member of Legislative Assembly Smt.Snehalatatai Kolhe and other dignitaries were also present.

After the Chief Minister had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan, he was felicitated by Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchaure, Shri.Vipindada Kolhe, and Trustee and Shirdi Municipal Corporation President Smt.Archanatai Kote. On the occasion, Housing Development Minister of Maharashtra Shri.Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Rural Development Minister Smt.Pankaja Munde, Guardian Minister Shri.Ram Shinde and MLA Smt.Snehalatatai Kolhe and other dignitaries were also present.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Line Up Various Religious & Culturual Events Duiring 25th Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan – Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan’s Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed media persons through a  press release  on Monday, 29th  July 2019 that various religious and cultural events have been lined up during 25th Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan Ceremony from Friday, 2nd  August 2019 to  Saturday, 10th August  2019 jointly organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), Natya Rasik Sanch, Shirdi & Shirdi Villagers at Sainagar Grounds.

Shri.Mugalikar said that like every year this year also Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), Natya Rasik Sanch, Shirdi & Shirdi Villagers are jointly holding the Group Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan during the holy month of Shravana from Friday, 2nd  August 2019 to  Saturday, 10th August  2019 at Sainagar Grounds. This year marks 25th year of Mahaparayan Ceremony. During the Parayan days, everyday morning from 7:00 am to 11:30 am (Male Parayanarthi's) and afternoon 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Female Parayanarthi's) will be participating in Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan which will be held at Sainagar Grounds.

On the auspicious occasion of Mahaparayan, various religious and cultural programmes have been organized. Accordingly on the first day i.e, on Friday, 2nd August 2019, morning 6:00 am, Shri Sai Satcharitra Pothi and Baba’s Photograph will be taken out from Samadhi Mandir to Parayana place in a procession via Dwarakamai. Before the commencement of Satcharitra Parayana  Pooja will be performed to Holy Sai Satcharitra Pothi and Kalash. Evening 5:00 pm, Female Parayanarthi's will be performing Traditional Haldi – Kumkum (Turmeric & Kumkum ) program. Night 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm cultural programme by the students of Shri Sai Baba Shikshana Prasara Mandal Primary School will be held at Sainagar Grounds and from evening 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Shri.Shrikant Tatakare from Mumbai will be performing "Sai Baba The Universe" Drama on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir. On Saturday, 3rd August 2019, evening 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Shri.Anant Panchal, Mumbai will be performing Abhang/Devotional Music programme. Evening 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Sai Bhajan Sandhya from Shri.Manhar Udhas, Mumbai will be held on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir. On Sunday, 4th August 2019, evening 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Sai Vichar Katha by Shri.Narendra Nashirkar, Nagpur will be held and from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Shri.Vijay Sakharkar, Mumbai will be performing Sai Swar Dance Programme on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir.

On Monday, 5th August 2019, night 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Shri.Shardul Mahadik from Mumbai will be performing Maharashtra Desh Sundar programme on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir. On Tuesday, 6th August 2019, evening 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Shri.Sandip Gawhane from Shirdi will be giving dance programme and from night 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Sai Rishi from Calcutta will be enacting Sai Jeevan Charitra drama programmme on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir. On Wednesday, 7th August 2019, evening 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Sai Bhajan Sandhya programme by Shri.Harish Gwala, Mumbai will be held. Night 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Shri.Rahul Gupta (Arjun Sargam) from Delhi will be performing Radha Krishna Shiva Tandav Nrutya programmme on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir. On Thursday, 8th August 2019, from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Shri.Mahesh Kudalkar from Kudaleshwar Mitramandal, Kudal will be performing “Dashavatar” Drama on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir. On Friday, 9th August 2019, from morning 7:00 am to 8:30 am Male Parayanarthi's and from 9:00 am Female Parayanarthi's will be reading 53rd chapter as part of conclusion of Shri Sai Satcharitra  Mahaparayan. Afternoon 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm, mammoth procession of holy Shri Sai Satcharitra will be taken out throughout Shirdi village. Evening 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Shri.Prabhanjan Bhagat from Loni will be performing Keertan on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage next to Hanuman Mandir.

Also, on Saturday, 10th August 2019, from morning 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Kalyachi Keertan by Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Mahesh Joshi from Beed will be held at Sai Nagar Grounds. Afterwards, from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, Sai Mahaprasad will be distributed to devotees. Shri.Deepak Mugalikar appealed to all Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers to participate in large numbers in the Mahaparayan programmes.

Parayanarthi's who would like to participate in this Mahaparayan Programme must register their name in the following places: Amol Pharmaceuticals Nagar-Manmad Road, Indian Oil (Gondkar Petrol Pump) and Vatsla Hotel shojari, Amol Kote Shirdi, Shri Ramchandra Dattatraya, Hedgewar Nagar Shirdi, Lakshmi Anand Medical Stores near Shri Sai Baba Hospital, Shirdi Hotel Shri Sai Ram Lodge, behind MTDC, Shirdi, Shri Vitthal Temple Kanakuri Road Shirdi, All Mart Hosiery Kanifnathh Mandir Chowk Shirdi, Baba Printers Biregaon Road Kalikanagar Shirdi, Shri Gaurav Madhukar Upasani Nandurkhi Road Vitthalwadi Road, New Prasadalaya Office Shirdi, Shankar Parvati Coldrinks Sun and Sand Road Shirdi, Mayuri Kirani and General Stores, Ban Road, Veerabhadra Colony, Shirdi, Hotel Sai Seva, Behind Sai Complex, Shirdi, Surya foods (Bakery) near Shirdi Railway Station Gate, Komal Kirana, New Pimpalvadi Road, Varah Chowk Shirdi, Sairam Kirana, near Sai Shraddha Housing Society, Shirdi, and Shri Dattatreya Shivaji, Kote Nagarsevak Office, Vittalwadi Nandurki Road, Shirdi. Parayanarthi's should bring their own Holy Sai Satcharitra Book, Coconut and Buskers. School students below 18 years will not be allowed to perform Parayan. In addition to this, those who would like to do 2 hours continuous service can register their names at the registration office.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan's Meditation Temple (Dhyana Mandir) Inaugurated - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Inauguration of Meditation Temple (Dhyana Mandir) constructed at a cost of about Rs.40 Lakh on the first floor of Sai Satyanarayana Vrat Hall area inside Temple Complex was done at the auspicous hands of Sansthan's Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware on Friday, 26th July 2019.

On this occasion Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Deepak Muglikar, Trustees Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar, Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure, Trustee and President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Archanatai Kote, Smt.Nalini Hawre, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisve, Shri.Suryabhan Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, all departmental heads and staff were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr.Haware said that thousands of devotees from all corners of the World and Country flock to Shirdi everyday to have a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi. Because of this Shirdi always looks wonderful. In such a wonderful place Shirdi, there was no specific place where Sai devotees could sit peacefully and meditate for 10 to 15 minutes in order to get peace of mind, stability and divine experience of Shri Sai Baba. Hence, Sai devotees had been demanding since several days to set up a Mediation Temple (Dhyana Mandir). On the first floor of Sai Satyanarayana Vrat Hall area inside Temple Complex, a Meditation Temple (Dhyana Mandir) with an area of 2700 square foot has been constructed at a cost of about Rs.40 Lakhs. Everyday, hundres of Sai devotees can avail benefit of this Dhyana Mandir. Dr.Haware also said that this Meditation Temple (Dhyana Mandir) is totally sound proof and air-conditioned so that the needed peace is automatically created and helps the devotees to concentrate on meditation.

Union Minister For Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Shri.Aravind Sawant Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Union Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Shri.Aravind Sawant visited Shirdi along with his family members and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan on Friday, 26th July 2019. On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar was also present.

After the Union Minister had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan, he was felicitated by the Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Distributes Free Neem Plants To Sai Devotees - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware and other dignitaries distributed Neem Plants to Sai Devotees as part of the National Festival of Tree Planting (Van Mahotsav) at a function held on Friday, 26th July 2019.

On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustee and Shirdi Municipality President Smt.Archanatai Kote, Former Vice Chairman Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam, Smt.Nalini Haware, Deputy Chief Executive Officerf Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryaban Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Asho Auti, Deputy Superintendent of Police Shri.Madhukar Gangawane, Garden Department Chief Shri.Anil Banage, All department heads, employees, Students, Teachers of Sansthan run educational institutions, Sai devotees and local villagers were present in large numbers.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr.Haware said that Shri Sai Baba advocated the Mantra of Shraddha and Saburi to the entire mankind. Faith (Shraddhe) occupies the biggest part of human life. Similarly, Patience (Saburi) plays an equally important role. Shri Sai Baba advocated the technique of Service (Seva) along with this Mantra. Baba Himself used to beg and accumulate food. He also used to cook grains Himself and offered food to people around Him. He cleaned the place where Lendibaugh is present now with broom, planted sapplings and grew beautiful flowers there. We are working towards inculcating this Service of Shri Sai Baba in our daily life.

State Forest Minister Shri.Sudhir Mungantiwar has successfully completed his plan to plant 1 Crore trees in the first year, 2 Crore trees in the second year. Now he has decided to plant 33 Crore trees and has requested everyone to be part of this ambitious project of planting trees. As part of of its mite, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has taken up this tree plantation programme. Likewise, free Nee Plants is being distributed today to devotees. Dr.Haware appealed to all citizens, students fraternity to be part of this programme and plant sapplings.

Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustee and Shirdi Municipality President Smt.Archanatai Kote, former Vice Chairman Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam and other dignitaries also spoke on the occasion. Afterwards, Dr.Suresh Haware and other dignitaries distributed free neem sapplings to Sai devotees, students, employees and Shirdi villagers.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravidra Thakre offered the Vote of Thanks. Shri.Vasant Vani compered the programme.

Yuva Sena President Shri.Aditya Thakre Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Yuva Sena President Shri.Aditya Thakre visited Shirdi and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan on Monday, 22nd July 2019. On the occasion, Environment Minister of Maharashtra Shri.Ramdas Kadam, Minister for Water Resources Shri.Vijay Shivtare, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Member of Parliament Shri.Sadashiv Lokhande and Member of Legislative Assembly Shri.Narendra Darade and other dignitaries were also present.

After the Yuva Sena President had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan, he was felicitated by the Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar. On the occasion, Environment Minister of Maharashtra Shri.Ramdas Kadam, Minister for Water Resources Shri.Vijay Shivtare, Member of Parliament Shri.Sadashiv Lokhande and Member of Legislative Assembly Shri.Narendra Darade and other dignitaries were also present.

M/s.Reliance Industries Donates Security Materials Worth Rs.1,17,06,780 Towards Strenthening Sansthan Security System - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed media persons through a Press Release on Sunday, 21st July 2019 that M/s.Reliance Industries, Mumbai donated Security Materials worth Rs.1,17,06,780/- towards strengthening of Security Management System of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan.

Shri.Mugalikar said M/s.Reliance Industries, Mumbai donated Safety Materials worth Rs.1,17,06,780/- towards strengthening of Security Management System of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. This includes: X-Ray Bag Scanner- 4 Nos., Door Frame Metal Detectors - 15 Nos., Hand Held Metal Detectors - 40 Nos., Repeater WAP - 1 No., Walkie-Talky Controller - 1 No., Walkie-Talky (Hand Held Trans Receiver) - 75 Nos., Walkie-Talky Additional Bat - 75 Nos. and other Security materials. Amongst them, Sansthan has already received 4 X-Ray Bag Scanners. Rest of the security materials will soon be made available to Sansthan.

Earlier, Sansthan used to take these security materials on rental basis from a private security company. Shri.Mugalikar informed that with this donation from M/s.Reliance Industries, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan will be saving around 5 Lakh rental per month.

Record 4.25 Crore Donation Received By Sansthan During Guru Poornima Festival -2019 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed media persons through a Press Release on Thursday, 18th July 2019 that Sansthan received a record 4.25 Crore donation in the recently concluded Guru Poornima festival which was held between Monday, 15th July 2019 and Wednesday, 17th July 2019.

Shri.Mugalikar said that during the three days of Guru Poornima festival held between Monday, 15th July 2019 and Wednesday, 17th July 2019, a total amount of 4.25 Crore donation was received by Sansthan. This includes Rs.2,12,99,158/- through Donation Box, Rs,1,07,03,351/- through Cash Counters, Rs.1,03,08,180/- through Debit-Credit Card, Online Transfer, Cheque-DD and Money Order. 645.015 Grams of Gold worth Rs.18,87,000/-, 5032 Grams of Silver worth Rs.1,30,000/- and foreign currencies worth about Rs.8,94,444/- from 17 Countries.

During the 3 days of Guru Poornima Festival, 1,86,783 devotees had the benefit of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan. In the meantime, through Time Base, Public Relations Office, online and paid darshan and aarti passes a sum of Rs.67,45,000/- was received. Also, during the festival period, 2,00,541 sai devotees availed Sai Prasad Bhojan facility while free Boondi Prasad packets were distributed to 2,10,400 devotees in the darshan queue. During this period, 1,78,146 Laddu Prasad Packets were sold. Similarly, accommodation facility was made available to 49,554 devotees at Sai Prasad Niwas, Sai Baba Bhaktaniwas, Dwarawati, Sai Ashram and Sai Dharmashala. Also, additional accommodation facility was made available by erecting Tents to about 5,819 sai devotees. Shri.Mugalikar concluded by saying that accommodation facility was made available to 40 Palanquin groups at Sai Dharmashala.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Guru Poornima Festival - 2019 -  Concluding Day Report - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Guru Poornima celebrations organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, which began on Monday, 15th July 2019 at Shirdi was brought to a fruitful closure on Wednesday, 17th July 2019 with magical rendition of Kalyachi kirtanas by Hari Bhakt Parayan Shri.Gangadharbua Vyas from Dombivali, Mumbai.

On the concluding day of Guru Poornima Festival, trustees Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar and Shri.Bipindada Kolhe performed riutalistic worship in the morning and evening respectively to the lotus feet of Shri Sai Baba at Samadhi Mandir.

Also, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar performed Rudrabhishek Pooja at Gurusthan Temple.

Breaking of Dahi Handi was held at 10:30 am in the morning after the conclusion of Kalyachi Keertan. On the occasion, Sansthan Officials, Employees, Local Villagers and Sai devotees were present in large numbers.

Later at 12:10 noon, afternoon aarti of Shri Sai Baba was performed. Dhoop Aarti was held at 7:00 pm. At 7:30 pm, Pandit Shri.Raja Kale from Pune performed Abhang Keertan on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Shatabdi Mantap Stage next to Hanuman Mandir. Audience participated with utmost interest in all these programmes.

Under the able guidance of Sansthan’s chairman Dr.Suresh Haware, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar and all Trustees, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasheb Ghorpade, all the administrative officers, all departmental heads and all the staff members took special efforts to make this celebration a huge success.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Guru Poornima Festival - 2019 -  Main Day Report - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

On the main day i.e, Tuesday, 16th July 2019 of the Guru Poonirma celebrations organized by Sri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), lakhs of devotees from within the state and different corners of the country turned up to Shirdi and had a blessed darshan of Shri Sai Baba's samadhi.

Sai devotees came along with Palanquins from different States including Goa chanting the name of Sainath which reverberated entire Shirdi Town.

Today being main day of the festival, Kakad Aarti was held 4:30 am. Akhanda Parayan of holy Shri Sai Satcharitra ended at 5:00 am. On this occasion, procession of Shri Sai Baba's Idol and holy Shri Sai Satcharitra was taken out from Dwarakamai to Samadhi Mandir. Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware held holy Shri Sai Satcharitra, Trustee Shri.Bipindada Kolhe held Veena, Trustee and Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar and Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre held Shri Sai Baba's Idol and participated in this procession. On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustee and Shirdi Municipality President Smt.Archanatai Kote, Smt.Nalini Haware, Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure, Shirdi villagers and Sai Devotees participated in large numbers.

Holy Bath to Shri Sai Baba was held in the early morning at 5:20 am. Today morning on the occasion of Guru Poornima celebrations, Sansthan's chairman, Dr.Suresh Haware along with his wife Smt.Nalini Haware performed ritualistic pooja to the new flag and hoisted on the Dhwaj Sthambh at Lendi Garden. On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustee Shri.Bipindada Kolhe, Trustee and Shirdi Municipality President Smt.Archanatai Kote, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Shri.Amit Haware, Smt.Richa Haware and other dignitaries were also present. On the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima, philanthropic donor from Chindwada, Madhya Pradesh State Shri.Gopalakrishna donated Garbage Transportation Cargo Vehicle from M/s.Maruti Suzuki Company worth about Rs.5,50,000 to Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar performed pooja to the new vehicle. Sai devotees came along with Palanquins from Goa, Mumbai, Andheri, Palghar, Alibaugh, Koliwada, Nandurbar, Jalagaon, Dhule, Aurangabad, Sangli, Satana, Shrigonda, Paraner, Akole, Gowarai, Shevgaon, Lasalgaon and many other places chanting the name of Sainath which reverberated entire Shirdi Town.

At 12:30 pm, afternoon Aarti to Shri Sai Baba was held. From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Gangadharbuva Vyas from Dombivali, Mumbai performed Keertan. Dhoop Aarti to Shri Sai Baba was held at 7:00 pm. At 7:30 pm, Pandit Shri.Raja Kale from Pune performed Abhang Keertan on specially erected Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Shatabdi Mantap Stage next to Hanuman Mandir. There was spontaneous response from audience to this programme. At night 9:15 pm, a grand chariot procession of Shri Sai Baba was held throughout Shirdi town. In this procession, Sai devotees, Shirdi villagers and Band troupes participated in large numbers. Shej Aarti to Shri Sai Baba was held at 12.00 am.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Guru Poornima Festival - 2019 -  First Day Report - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Sri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) enthusiastically commenced the celebrations of the auspicious festival of Guru Poornima on Monday, 15th July 2019. On the occasion, the seekers and devotees were captivated by the wonderful lighting and flower decorations.

15th July 2019 being the first day of the celebrations, at dawn 05:00 am, Baba's idol and Holy Shri Satcharita were taken in a procession. Santhan's trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure participated by carrying Veena, trustee Shri.Vipindada Kolhe held holy Sai Satcharitra, Adv. Shri.Mohan Jaykar and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre held Shri Sai Baba's idol and participated in the procession. On this auspicious occasion, Sansthan's Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustee and Shirdi Municipal Corporation President Smt.Archanatai Kote, Smt.Nalini Haware, Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure, Smt.Smita Jaykar, Administrative Officer Shri.Suryaban Game, Shirdi residents and Sai devotees were present in large number.

After the procession reached Dwarakamai, the Akhanda Parayan of Holy Sai Satcharita began. Smt.Nalini Haware read the first chapter, trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure read the second chapter, Trustee and Shirdi Municipal Corporation President Smt.Archanatai Kote read the third chapter, trusee Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar read the fourth chapter and Sai devotee Smt.Anjalitai Dhabolkar read the fifth chapter respectively.

On this auspicious occasion, Sansthan's Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar performed ritualistic Pooja to Holy Padukas in Samadhi Mandir.

Also, Maharastra State Home Minister Shri.Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and President of District Council Smt.Shalinitai Vikhe Patil had a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi.

In the afternoon 12:30 Afternoon Aarti was performed. Evening 4 pm to 6pm Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Gangadharbuva Vyas from Dombivali, Mumbai sang kirtans. Night 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Smt.Ashwini Joshi from Nasik performed bhajans at Shri Sai Baba Shatabdhi Mandap's stage next to Hanuman Mandir. At night 09:15 pm Shri Baba's Palkhi procession was taken throughout the village. Sansthan's officials, staff members, local residents and Sai devotees participated in large number in the procession. Also, Dwarakamai was kept open throughout night for Akhanda Sai Satcharitra Parayan.

With the generous donation given by Sai devotee from America Smt.Jayashri Shankar specially for the Guru Poornima Festival, Samadhi Mandir and surrounding areas were beautifully decorated with flowers. M/s.Sairaj Decorators, Mumbai made eye catching lighting decoration. Sai devotees were impressed seeing these decorations.

Like every year, members from Shri Sai Baba Palkhi Festival Reception Committee, Pune participated in the festival.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan To Organize 25th Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan – Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan’s Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed media persons through a  press release  on Saturday, 13th  July 2019 that Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), Natya Rasik Sanch, Shirdi & Shirdi Villagers are jointly organizing 25th Group Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan Ceremony from Friday, 2nd  August 2019 to  Saturday, 10th August  2019 at Sainagar Grounds.

Shri.Mugalikar said that Sansthan's Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware will be inaugurating the 25th Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan jointly organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), Natya Rasik Sanch, Shirdi and Shirdi Villagers. Accordingly, Sansthan's Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware spoke with concerned persons and arranged a meeting in the presence of trustee Shri.Bipindada Kolhe in order to organize Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan. In this meeting, office bearers of Natya Rasik Sanch, Shirdi and Shirdi Local Villagers were present in large numbers. Like every year this year also Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), Natya Rasik Sanch, Shirdi & Shirdi Villagers are jointly holding the Group Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan during the holy month of Shravana from Friday, 2nd  August 2019 to  Saturday, 10th August  2019 at Sainagar Grounds. This year, it is estimated that around 8-10 thousand people will be participating in holy Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan. Hence, a super structure Pendal that can easily accommodate 10,000 people will be specially erected at Sainagar Grounds. A grand stage, Welcome Arch, Drinking water facility, Toilets, Power Supply, Sound System and Security Systems will also be made available at the venue. Also, tea and light refreshment for devotees participating in Maha Parayan will be arranged on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan.

This Mahaparayan will be held in two session everyday. Men will be participating in first session whilel Women will be participating in second session. Shri.Mugalikar invited Sai devotees to participate in large numbers in this Mahaparayan Ceremony.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate National Festival Of Tree Planting (Van Mahotsav) - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Dr.Suresh Haware planted sapplings as part of the National Festival of Tree Planting (Van Mahotsav) at a function held on Thursday, 4th July 2019 on the backside of Sai Nagar Grounds.

On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Trustees Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar, former Vice Chairman Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam, Trustee and President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Archana Kote, Smt.Nalini Haware, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryabhan Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, Horticulture Department Chief Shri.Anil Banage, all department heads, Principal, Teachers, Students of Sansthan run educational institutions, Sansthan Employees and Shirdi villagers participated in large numbers.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr.Haware said that we should be thankful to Government of Maharashtra as the Government had undertaken this ambitious project of planting 33 crore trees as part of National Festival of Tree Planting (Van Mahotsav). No other State has proposed such an ambitious project of tree plantation on such a large scale. State Forest Minister Shri.Sudhir Mungantiwar has successfully completed his plan to plant 1 Crore trees in the first year, 2 Crore trees in the second year, 7 Crore trees in the third year, 15 Crore trees in the fourth year and now decided to plant 33 Crore trees in the fifth year. As part of its share, Sansthan has undertaken this tree plantation programme.

We all need fresh air in order to survive. We get this fresh air from trees. However, if we do not plant trees, a day will come when we need to carry oxygen cylinders on our back while going to schools and offices. Therefore, if we do not want such a situtation to arise, each one of us should make an affirmation to plant atleast 5 trees every year. Fast growing urbanization is leading to decline in forestation. Increase in forestation is the need of the hour. Dr.Suresh Haware said that everyone should understand the importance of planting trees.

The tree plantation programme was organized by Professor Vikas Shivgaje.

Sansthan To Implement 7th Pay Commission - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

The management committee of the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has decided to implement 7th Pay Commission for its employees with effect from 1st January 2016 and to pay the difference in cash. This has been already implemented by the State Government for its employees. Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware said at a Press conference on Thursday, 4th July 2019 that action to pay the salaries according to the 7th Pay Commission will be effective from current month.

On this occasion Mr.Deepak Muglikar, Chief Executive Officer of the Sansthan, Trustees S/shri Advocate Mohan Jaykar, Bhausaheb Wakchoure, Bipindada Kolhe, Raja Bali Singh, Trustee and City Council Chairman Smt.Archanatai Kote, Dy.Chief Executive Officer Mr.Ravindra Thakare, Chief Accounts Officer Mr.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers S/Shri Dr.Akash Kisve, Suryabhan Game, Dilip Ugale, Ashok Auti and Dy.Executive Engineer Raghunath Aaher and others were present.

Speaking on this occasion Dr.Haware said that a proposal for implementation of 7th Pay Commission to permanent employees on the rolls of Sansthan was sent to State Government. The same has been signed by Hon Chief Minister. The letter about the same has been received today only and we have been informed that a decision is to be taken by the management Committee of Sansthan. Accordingly a decision has been taken today to implement 7th Pay Commission for permanent employees of the Sansthan with effect from 1st January 2016. The amount of difference will be paid in cash and the salaries as per 7th pay Commission will be activated from current month. The decision will place a financial burden of a total of Rs.57 Crores with Rs.37 Crores for payment of difference and Rs.20 Crores for the next year. The benefits will be accrued to 1,950 employees of Sansthan. At the same time a decision has been taken to make 63 employees permanent who have been demanding frequently for absorption in Sansthan services on compassionate grounds. A decision has also been taken to raise the salaries of Contract Nursing staff by 40%.

Government of Maharashtra has set a target to plant 33 Crore trees and organized a Forest Festival program. As a part of this the Sansthan has inaugurated Tree plantation program and today we have planted 200 trees. 3,000 more trees will also be planted during this period. The Management Committee has also decided to provide saplings FREE of charge on behalf of the Sansthan to Social organizations against their demand.

Ground breaking Ceremony for 4 projects was held at the hands of Prime Minister Hon Mr. Narendra Modi. Out of these the work on Rs.111 Crore Darshan “Q” is in progress and will be completed within one year. The area of the main building of this Darshan “Q” is 20,082 sq. mtrs. The building has 3 huge halls complete with Mobile and Chappal Lockers, Biometric pass counter, Paid pass counter, Ladu sales counter, Udi and clothes counter, Book stall, Donation Office, Tea and coffee counter, Independent wash rooms for ladies and gents, lifts, Pure drinking water through RO process, Air circulation system, Firefighting system from the point of view of security, and Security check etc.  The building will have a total of 12 Halls and all the halls together will be able to accommodate 18,000 devotees. The second project is for setting up an Educational Complex at an expenditure of Rs.158 Crores. The work is in progress. The third project of 10MW capacity Solar project for which the tender process is in progress. The fourth project is Knowledge Park. The process for tenders to establish the same on BOT basis is in progress. The work of erection of Dhyan Mandir will also be completed within a month.  

Dr.Haware further said that the Sansthan has taken the responsibility to keep Shirdi city clean and this is the only Sansthan to take up this responsibility. Sansthan is in the process of inviting tenders for erection of a 20 Ton Capacity Solid Waste Management project.

Hindi Film Star Shri.Sonu Sood Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Well known Hindi Film Star Shri.Sonu Sood visited Shirdi along with his family members and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan on Tuesday, 28th June 2019. Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary was also present on the occasion.

Shivsena Chief Shri.Uddhav Thakre And Public Works Minister Shri.Ekanath Shinde Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shivsena Chief Shri.Uddhav Thakre and Public Works Minister Shri.Ekanath Shinde visited Shirdi on Sunday, 23rd June 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Imposes Ban On Plastic Material And Bags Inside Samadhi Mandir - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed media persons at a Press Conference on Saturday, 22nd June 2019 that Sai Devotees should not use Plastic Materials and Bags while entering Sansthan's Security Area, Darshan Queue and other places. He appealed to Sai devotees to take proper care of Plastic materials and bags.

Shri.Mugalikar was speaking at a meeting held to discuss about taking stringent action againt use of Plastic Material and Bags in the meeting hall of Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir. Administratie Officer Shri.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryaban Game, Shri.Ashok Auti, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Security Officer Shri.Madhukar Gangwane, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher and Chief Accountant of Shirdi Municipality Shri.Desale and others were present at the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri.Mugalikar said that State Government has alrady imposed ban on use of Plastic and the implementation of the same has now been started by Sansthan. However, there are instances where Sai devotees are found using plastic materials and bags for carrying Prasad. He directed employees of Sansthan Security Department to take action against those carrying plastic materials and bags at darshan queue and other places. Also, Shirdi Municipal Corporation has already instructed shop keepers not to sell plastic materials and bags and that appropriate action would be taken against those who violate this policy of Government.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate World Yoga Day - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar inaugurated World Yoga Day jointly organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan and Swastishri Parivar, Rahata on Friday, 21st June 2019 in the garden in front of Dwaravati Bhaktanivas.

In this programme former Trustee of Sansthan Shri.Sachin Tambe, Administrative Officers Shri.Ashok Auti, Prinicipal, Teacher and Students of Sansthan run Educational Institutions, Sansthan employees and Shirdi villagers participated in large numbers. On the occasion, Yogacharya Dr.Tushar Sisodia guided everyone on various Yoga Postures. Women participated in large numbers in this programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri.Mugalikar said 21st June is observed everywhere as World Yoga Day. Yoga improves your health, enhances resistance power as well as increases brilliance. We get the energy that we spend in today's stressful life from Yoga. Everyone of us should practice Yoga in daily life. All the students in schools should perform Surya Namaskar along with different yoga postures. Likewise, people belonging to all age groups should practice Yoga. Shri.Mugalikar specially called on people aged 50 years and above to adopt Yoga to lead a healty and better life.

The programme was organized by Sports Teacher Shri.Rajendra Kohakade.

Sansthan Gets State Of The Art Fire Fighting Vehicle - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

A new fully updated State of the Art Fire Fighting Vehicle manufactured by M/s.Bharat Benz company costing around Rs.70 Lakhs and purchased by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan became operational from Thursday, 20th June 2019. Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar duly worshipped new fire fighting vehicle.

On the occasion, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryabhan Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, Fire and Safety Department Chief Shri.Pratap Kote, All department heads and employees were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri.Mugalikar said Shri Sai Baba Sansthan is already in possession of three Fire Fighting Vehicles, one foam tender, one mini tender and one fire bike. Now, Sansthan has purchased Bharat Benz Company's newly built state of the art water bowser fire fighting vehcile costing around Rs.70 lakhs. This fire fighter can accommodate 4 employees and equipped with 2 Hose, 4 Hose delivery lines and one updated remote operated monitor. This fire fighter has a capacity of ten thousand litres of water and 500 litres of foam. The fire fighter also has DCP and CO2 mini fold system, Lifting Bag 30 and 50 ton, BA Set, Aska Light, Aska Bag Pack, Hydraulic Cutter/Spreader, Wood Cutter and Bolt Cutter and other facilities. Shri.Mugalikar said for availing services of Fire Fighting vehicle contact Fire Control on 02423-258981, Helpline: 02423-256675 (110), Operator:02423-258500 and Fire Officer: 77200 77286.

Shri Sai Baba Senior College Gets Approval To Start B.Sc Computer Science Course - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed media persons through a Press Release on Thursday, 20th June 2019 that Shri Sai Baba Senior College run under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has got formal approval to start B.Sc Computer Science Course.

Shri.Mugalikar said that Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware and board of trustees had started Shri Sai Baba Senior College last year. The college is providing education in Arts, Science and Commerce branches. A proposal to start new course in B.Sc Computer Science from June 2019 had been submitted to the government through Savitribai Phule University Pune. Accordingly, the Government through its resolution dated 15th June 2019 has given its formal apporval to start two fresh courses namely, B.Sc - Computer Science and Bachelor of Computer Application. In this context, Shri Sai Baba Senior College is starting B.Sc Computer Science course from academic year 2019-20. Shri.Mugalikar called upon students of Shirdi and surrounding areas to take advantage of this golden opportunity and pursue the Course.

An appeal was made to students to approach Shri Sai Baba Senior College to avail admission to this course. On the occasion, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Administrative Officer Shri.Dilip Ugale and Principal Shri.Vikas Shivgaje were also present.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan And Its Employees Extend Helping Hand To Six Month Old Forsaken Girl Child - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

On 31st May 2019, a Six month old Gir Child was foresaken by some unknown persons near the donation box of Gurusthan Temple in Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Complex. Sansthan Officials, Employees and Employee Credit Society came forward to provide financial assistance to the Girl Child and pooled in One Lakh by way of Cheque and 62,891/- rupees by way of cash. Chief Excutive of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar handed over the financial aid to Shri.Sanjay Gugale, President of Snehalaya, Ahmednagar on Monday, 17th June 2019.

On the occasion, Chief Accountant of Sansthan Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryaban Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, Accounts Officer Shri.Kailash Kharade, Trustee of Snehalaya, Ahmednagar Shri.Jayakumar Munot, representative of Snehankur Shri.Babasaheb Varule, representative of Snehalaya Chaya Lad and Sansthan Staff members were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri.Mugalikar said that on Thursday, 31st May 2019, a Six month old Gir Child was foresaken by some unknown persons near the donation box of Gurusthan Temple in Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Complex. As per the policy of Sansthan Security Department, the abondend Girl Child was handed over to the custody of Shirdi Police Station. Afterwards, social service organization Snehalaya from Ahmednagar came forward and took over the responsibility of taking care of girl child. With a view to provide financial assistance for Girl Child's Care and Education, Sansthan had asked its Officials, Employees and Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Employee Credit Coop Society to voluntarily support this noble cause. Accordingly a sum of Rs.1,62, 891/- was collected. The amount is being handed over to Social Service Organization Snehalaya from Ahmednagar today. Shri.Mugalikar concluded by saying that the amount will be used for care and education needs of Girl Child.

Governor Of Jammu & Kashmir Shri.Satyapal Malik Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Governor of Jammu & Kashmir His Excellancy Shri.Satyapal Malik visited Shirdi on Monday, 17th June 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Darshan. Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar and Trustee Shri.Vipin Dada Kolhe were also present on the occasion.

After the Governor had Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Darshan, he was felicitated by Shri.Deepak Mugalikar, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar Felicitate Class 10 and Class 12 Students - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Sai Baba English Medium School and Shri Sai Baba Girls School run under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan have bagged 94% and 90% result respectively in 10th Standard Examination held recently. Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deepak Mugalikar felicitated the first three toppers of 10th and 12th standard at a function held on Saturday, 8th June 2019.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Commences Construction Work Of Meditation Temple (Dhyana Mandir) - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Inaguration for the construction work of Meditation Temple (Dhyana Mandir) on the first floor of Sai Satyanarayana Vrat Hall area inside Temple Complex was done at the auspicous hands of Sansthan's Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware on Thursday, 6th June 2019.

On this occasion Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Deepak Muglikar, Trustees Shri.Bipindada Kolhe, Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar, Trustee and President of Shirdi Municipal Council Smt.Yogitatai Shelke, Smt.Nalini Hawre, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisve, Shri.Suryabhan Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, all departmental heads and staff were present.

Speaking on the occasion Dr.Haware said that many initiatives have been implemented till now through Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust. Among these initiatives establishment of a Meditation Temple is truly unique. The abode of Shri Sai Baba is always crowded with devotees. Hence, a dedicated place where interested Sai devotees could carry out meditation peacefully for around 10-15 minutes was missing. Therefore there was a long pending demand from Sai devotees for establishment of a Meditation Center. Considering this demand the Trust has taken a decision to establish a Meditation Center in an area just by the side of Samadhi Temple. This Meditation Center can accommodate 125 Sai devotees. The Meditation Center will be totally sound proof and air-conditioned so that the needed peace could be created and the devotees would be able to concentrate on meditation. Dr.Haware said that this meditation hall will help Sai devotees leave Shirdi carrying devotion and peace along with them.

The expenditure for the establishment of this Meditation Center with an area of 2,700 sq.feet and a capacity to accommodate 125 Sai devotees is estimated to be around Rs.40 Lakhs. The work order contract for the construction work has been awarded to M/s. Bhanu Construction, Mumbai.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Observe World Environment Day - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

World Environment Day was observed on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan on Wednesday, 5th June 2019. On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Shri.D.M.Mugalikar planted saplings in Sainagar area. Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryaban Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Garden Department Chief Shri.Anil Bhanage, all department heads and staff members were also present on the occasion.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Launches Disaster Management Training Programme - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.D.M.Mugalikar inaugurated Disaster Management Training Programme which was imparted to the Staff Members of Vigilance Squad and Fire Department of Sansthan by Pune based organization YASHADA between 29th May 2019 to 30th May 2019 at a function held on Tuesday, 4th June 2019.

In this programme, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Chief Fire Officer Shri.Prathap Kote, Staff Members of Yashada, Pune and Sansthan Staff Members participating in the training programme were present in large numbers. On the occasion, staff memers of Yashada, Pune were felicitated on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan for providing training to its employees.

With a view to provide Zero Casualty Darshan facility to Sai Devotees, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan had appointed 12 Contract Teams under Fire Department since 14th February 2019 who are monitoring the Samadhi Mandir and surrounding areas round the clock. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan had taken a decision to invite Pune based Yashada to train Staff Members of its Vigilance Squad. Accordingly, between 29th and 30th May 2019, 12 contract employees of Vigilance Squad, 31 employees of Fire Department and 36 employees of Designated Vigilance Squad during Emergency period (Emergency / Festive period) - all in all a total of 79 employees were imparted training by Yashada.

In this training programme, Shri.Naidu from Yashada Pune trained the staff members of Vigilance Squad on how to lift and carry casualty, first aid, two head, three head lift, Bandage, Snake Bite Management, Fits, Heart Attack, Fire, Naut, How to do Bandage during first aid. Thereafter, Shri.Supanekar from Yashada, Pune gave information to all the trainees about measures to be taken during winter season. Also, information was provided to trainees on how to prevent potential threats in Samadhi Mandir Premises and its surroundings. He also provided information using projector about the incidents related to Mandhara Devi, Shabarimala Ayyappa Swami Temple and other pilgrim places and guided the trainess on measures to be taken during such crisis situations. Disaster Management Training provided by Yashada has been well utilized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan through the vigilance squad of fire and safety department, employees of Fire department, employees of Security Department in the recent past.

Also, during the training programme Sansthan's Chief Executive Officer Shri.D.M.Mugalikar imparted guidance to the team members of Vigilance Squad.

Sansthan Felicitate 27 Superannuation Employees - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.D.M.Mugalikar felicitated 27 Superannuation Employees of Sansthan who completed 60 years of service at a function held on Tuesday, 4th June 2019.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan had organized this felicitation programme to Sansthan Employees who completed 60 years of service during the month of May 2019 and retired from service. In this programme, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Administrative Officer and Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, Administration Department Superintendent Shri.Vishwanath Bajaj and Department heads of various departments were present.

The retired employees who participated in the programme included Superintendent of Stores Department Shri.Ashok Zurange, Senior Accountant from Accounts Department Shri.Vasant Jejurkar and 27 other employees from various departments of Sansthan. Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.D.M.Mugalikar felicitated all the employees. Senior Account from Accounts Department Shri.Vasant Jejurkar expressed his views while Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre and Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade also spoke on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri.Mugalikar congratulated the outgoing employees for the excellent work performed by them for many years and extended his best wishes to them.

Professor Vikas Shivgaje compered the programme.

Chief Coach Of Indian Cricket Team Shri.Ravi Shastri Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Coach of Indian Cricket Team Shri.Ravi Shastri visited Shirdi on Tuesday, 21st May 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.

After the Samadhi darshan of Shri Sai Baba, Shri.Ravi Shastri was felicitated by Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Deputy Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan.

Record Rs.4.16 Crore Donation Received During Shri Rama Navami Festival-2019 – Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Interim Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre informed media persons at a Press Conference held on Tuesday, 16th April 2019 that a record Rs.4.16 Crore was received as donation during Shri Rama Naavami Festival Celebration organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) between Friday, 12th April 2019 and Monday, 15th April 2019.

Shri.Thakre said that a sum of Rs.4.16 Crore was received by way of cash donation during Shri Rama Naavami Festival Celebration held between Friday, 12th April 2019 and Monday, 15th April 2019. In that Rs.1,92,76,527/- (Rupees One Crore Ninty Two Lakhs Seventy Six Thousand Five Hundred Twenty Seven only) was received through Donation Boxes; Rs.98,20,774/- (Rupees Ninty Eight Lakh Twenty Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Four only) was received through Donation Counters; Rs.1,11,58,978/- (Rupees One Crore Eleven Lakh Fifty Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Eight only) was received through Debit Card/Credit Card/Online Transfer/Cheque/DD/Money Order as donation during the festival. Similarly, 198.400 grams of Gold worth Rs.7.61 Lakhs; 4102.69 grams of Silver worth Rs.1.11 Lakhs; and Rs.4,98,860/-was received by way of Foreign Currencies from 14 countries during the festival.

1,80,670 Sai devotees had a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba’s Samadhi during Shri Rama Navami Festival. Rs.67,61,400/- (Rupees Sixty Seven Lakh Sixty One Thousand Four Hundred only) was received through Time Darshan, Public Relations Office, Online Services including Online Paid Darshan / Aarti Passes. Similarly, 1,94,527 Sai devotees had the benefit of Prasad bhojan at Shri Sai Prasadalya. Also, 1,95,400 Free Boondi Prasad Packets were distributed to Sai devotees at the Darshan Queue. During this period, 2,16,800 Laddu Prasad Packets were sold. Similarly, boarding arrangements were made to 45,833 Sai devotees at Sai Prasad Guest House, Sai Baba Bhakta Niwas (500 rooms), Dwaravati Bhaktanivas, Sai Ashram Bhakta Niwas and Sai Dharmashala. Also, additional boarding arrangements were made to around 5000 Sai devotees at the specially constructed Mantaps. Shri.Thakre also said that boarding arrangements were made to 56 Palanqin Groups at Sai Dharmashala.

Chief Administrative Officer Shri.Baba Saheb Ghorpade and Administrative Officer Dr.Akash Kisave were also present at the Press Conference.

Shri Rama Navami Celebration at Shirdi - Final Day Report - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Rama Navami Festival organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) which started on Friday, 12th April 2019 concluded with Kalyachi Keertan from Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Maharaj Nandedkar on a very enthusiastic note.

On the festival concluding day today, Superintendent of Sansthan's Publication Department Shri.Raj Tilak Bhagwe and his wife Smt.Mangala Bagwe performed ritualistic worship of Shri Sai Baba's Holy Padukas.

Deputy Executive Engineer of Construction Department Shri.Ragunath Aher and his wife Smt.Vandana Aher performed Rudrabhishek at Gurusthan Temple.

At 12:00 noon after Kalyachi Keertan from Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Maharaj Nandedkar, Dahi Handi programme was held. Later, Afternoon Aarti to Shri Sai Baba was performed.

Considering severe heat condition prevailing in Shirdi, Sansthan administration had made elaborate arrangement for supply of drinking water all along the darshan queue. Also, accommodation facility at nominal rates was arranged at Sai Dharmasnhala for Padayatris coming along with Palanquins to Shirdi. Likewise, in order to ensure smooth and pleasurable darshan of Shri Sai Baba, separate Biometric Pass Counters were specially opened for Padayatris coming along with palanquins. In order to facilitate Padayatris coming along with Palanquins from Mumbai and surrounding places to Shirdi, Water facility was arranged on behalf of Sansthan all along the Mumbai-Shirdi Highway. Similarly, medical squads were arranged to cater to any medical emergency during the festival.

In order to ensure Shri Rama Navami festival a grand success, under the able guidance of Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, all Sansthan Officials and Staff Members had put in special efforts.

Shri Rama Navami Celebration at Shirdi - Main Day Report - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

On the main day of Shri Rama Navami Festival i.e., Saturday, 13th April 2019 organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), the Samadhi Mandir was kept open throughout the night for darshan. Lakhs of devotees had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.

Today being main day of festival, after the Kakad Aarti, Akhanda Shri Sai Satcharita Parayan got completed. Procession of Holy Shri Sai Satcharita was held from Dwarakamai via Gurusthan Temple to the Samadhi Mandir. In this procession, Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Kashinath Haware, Truste Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Smt.Nalini Haware, Smt.Smita Jaykar and Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure participated. Deputy Superintendent of Security Department Shri.Madhukar Gangwane held Veena, Administrative Officer Shri.Dilip Ugale and Director of Purchase Department Shri.Avinash Kulkarni held Shri Sai Baba's Idol, and Medical Director Smt.Maithili Pitambare held Holy Shri Sai Satcharita Pothi and particicpated in the procession. On the occasion, Sansthan Officials, Staff Members, Shirdi Villagers and Sai Devotees were also present in large numbers.

Sansthan's Chief Accounts Officer and Administrative Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade and his wife Smt.Pratiksha Ghorpade performed ritualistic worship of Shri Sai Baba's holy Padukas at the Samadhi Mandir. Senior Accountant Shri.Vasantrao Jejurkar performed rirutalistic worhsip of Wheat Bag at Dwarakamai. Treasury Superintendent Shri.Ashok Zurange performed ritualistic pooja of Flag at Lendi Baugh.

Today Morning 10:00 am Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar performed Shri Rama Janma Keeertan at the Samadhi Mandir.

Just before Afternoon Aarti, Sai Mahabhakta Rasane family and Deshpande Nimonkar family members performed ritualistic pooja of new Flags at the Samadhi Mandir. On the occasion, Sansthan Trustee Shri.Bipindada Kolhe was also present. Later, the flag procession was taken out at 4:00 pm. Evening 5:00 pm, Shri Sai Baba's Chariot Procession was taken out throughout Shirdi Village. In this procession, Shirdi Villager and Sai Devotees participated in large numbers.

Evening 6:00 pm Mandir Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary and his wife Smt. Alka Choudhary performed riutalistic worhsip of holy Padukas at the Samadhi Mandir. Shri.Sai Baba's Dhoop Aarti was held at 6:30 pm. From Evening 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm, Shri.Sudesh Bhosle from Mumbai gave Light Music / Devotional Music performance. The audiance attended the programme in large numbers and applauded the performance. From night 11:00 pm to next day early morning 5:00 am, intended artists performed at the Samadhi Mandir. Taking advantage of Samadhi Mandir being open throughout the night, lakhs of Sai devotees had a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi.

Attractive Flower Decoration was made at Samadhi Mandir and surrounding places with the generous contribution from Smt.Rimpal Lohia from Nagpur. Dwarakmai Mandal from Mumbai had installed a huge and attractive display of Shri Sai Samartha's appearance in Shirdi based on Chapter 5 of Holy Shri Sai Satcharita. They had also created a display of Deepotsav at Lendi Baugh and Dwarakamai and attractive Electric Lighting Decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir. This was a center of attraction and a huge crowd of Sai devotees gathered to see this wonderful creation.

Shri Rama Navami Celebration at Shirdi - First Day Report - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Rama Navami Festival organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan began on Friday, 12th April 2019 on an auspicious note. The entire atmosphere in Shirdi was reverbarating as Padayatris came along with Palanquins from all over the State to have Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.

Today being first day of festival, after kakad Aarti, procession of Shri Sai Baba's photograph and holy Shri Sai Satcharita was taken from Samadhi Mandir to Dwarakamai. In this procession, trustee Advocate Shri.Mohan Jaykar, Smt.Smita Jaykar and Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure were present. Administrative Officer Shri.Ashok Auti, Superintendent of General Administration Department Shri.Vishwanath Bajaj held Shri Sai Baba's Idol, Mandir Incharge Shri.Sanjay Kumbar held Veena and ITI Principal Shri.Shivaling Patane held holy Shri Sai Satcharita and participated in the procession. Heads of all departments, Sansthan Employees, Shirdi Villagers and Sai Devotees also participated in large numbers in the procession.

Immediately after the procession reached Dwarakamai, Akhanda Parayan of holy Shri Sai Satcharita commenced on an auspicious note. Deputy Executive Engineer of Electrical Department Shri.Vijay Rohamare, Chief Public Relations Officer Shri.Mohan Yadav, Superintendent of Meeting Hall Shri.Navanath Kote, Superintendent of Prasadalaya Shri.Vishnu Thorat and Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher read the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Chapters of holy Shri Sai Satcharita respectively.

Morning 6:15 am Administrative Officer Shri.Suryabhan Game and his wife Smt.Shobhatai Game performed ritualistic workship of holy Padukas of Shri Sai Baba at Samadhi Mandir.

At 12:30 pm Afternoon Aarti of Shri Sai Baba took place. On the occasion, trustee Shri.Vipin Dada Kolhe was also present. Afternoon 4:00 pm Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar performed Keertan at the Samdhi Mandir stage. Shri Sai Baba's Dhoop Aarti was held at 6:30 pm. Evening 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm Shri.Ninad Ajgaonkar from Mumbai gave "Geeta Ramayan" performance. Night 9:15 pm, Shri Sai Baba's Palanquin Procession was taken out throughout Shirdi village.

Today being first day of Shri Rama Navami Festival, Dwarakamai was kept open throughout the night for Akhanda Sai Satcharita Parayan. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust had deployed sufficient staff members to ensure that Sai devotees have smooth and pleasurable darshan of Shri Sai Baba. Considering severe heat conditions prevalent in Shirdi, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan had made elaborate arrangement for drinking water all along the Darshan Queue.

Dwarakmai Mandal from Mumbai had installed a huge and attractive display of Shri Sai Samartha's appearance in Shirdi based on Chapter 5 of Holy Shri Sai Satcharita as well as attractive Electric Lighting Decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir. This was a center of attraction and a huge crowd of Sai devotees gathered to see this wonderful creation.

Similarly, Shri Sairam Guruji from Bharuch, Gujarat performed retropedalling from Bharuch to Shirdi covering a distance of 560 KMS in 14 days and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan. Shri Sairam Guruji who statys in an Ashram at Bharuch performs retropedalling 4 times a year during Shri Rama Navami, Guru Poornima, Vijaya Dashmi and Shri Datta Jayanthi to have Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. This is 44th year in succession.

All Sansthan Officers and Employees are working relentlessly under the able guidance of Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre to make this festival a grand success.

Stage Set For Grand Shri Rama Navami Celebration at Shirdi – 2nd Press Release – Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Deepak Mugalikar informed media persons through a Press Release on Monday, 8th April 2019 that all preparations for a grand Shri Ramanavami Festival from Friday, 12th April 2019 to Sunday, 14th April 2019 has been completed. He also informed that various cultural prorammes have been lined up during the 3-Day festival period.

Shri.Mugalikar said that Shri Ram Navami Festival was started with the blessings of Shri Sai Baba in 1911 and since then the Festival is celebrated with traditional fervor at Shirdi every year. On this occasion on Friday, 12th April 2019, there will be Kakad Aarti at 4.30 am. At 5.00 am a procession will be taken out with a Shri Sai Baba Photo and Pothi. At 5.15 am, there will be continuous recital of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra at Dwarakamai followed by Holy bath for Shri Sai Baba and darshan at 5.20 am. There will be Noon Aarti at 12.30 Noon followed by Teerth-Prasad and other programs. Keertan will be performed between 4 pm and 6 pm at the stage near Samadhi Temple. Dhoop Aarti will be performed at 6.30 pm. From evening 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm Shri.Ninad Ajgaonkar will be performing "Geeta Ramayan" programmme. A procession of Shri Sai Baba Palanquin from Chavadi will be taken out through Shirdi Town at 9.15 pm. After the procession returns, Shej Aarti will be performed at 10.30 pm.Dwarakamai will be kept open for throughout the  night on this day for reading the Holy Scripture.

On Saturday, 13th April 2019, Kakad Aarti will be performed at 4.30 am followed by conclusion of Akhanda Parayan at 5 am. After the completion of Akhanda Parayan, there will be a procession of Shri Sai Baba Photo and Pothi. Holy Bath for Shri Sai Baba will be held at 5.20 with the arrival of water filled vessels (Kavadi). Shri Ram Janma Keertan will be held at the stage near Samadhi Temple between 10 am and 12 noon. Noon Aarti will be held at 12.30 noon. At 4 pm there will be flag procession followed by procession of Shri Sai Baba Chariot throughout Shirdi Town at 5 pm. After the procession returns, Dhoop Aarti will be performed at 6.30 pm. Evening 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm Shri.Sudesh Bhosale ffrom Mumbai will be giving Light Music / Devotional Songs programme. A program by the intended artists will be held between 11 pm and 5 am next day in front of Shri Sai Baba. As this is also the main day of celebrations, Samadhi Mandir will be kept open throughout the entire night for darshan. Therefore the regular Shej Aarti on 13th April 2019 and early morning Kakad Aarti on the 14th April2019 will not be held.

On the concluding day of festival i.e., on Sunday, 14th April 2019, the holy bath for Shri Sai Baba and Darshan will be performed at 5.05 am. Rudrabhishek will be performed at Gurusthan Temple at 6.30 am. Gopal Kala Keertan and Dahi Handi will be held at 10.30 am. Noon Aarti will be held at 12.10 noon followed by Teerth Prasad. Dhoop Aarti will be held at 6.30 pm. Evening 7:30 pm to night 10:30 pm Shri.Kailash Harekrishna Das from Nagpur (International Artist and All India Radio Singer) will be enthralling devotees with Sai Bhajan Sandhya programme. Shej Aarti will be held at 10.30 pm.

In view of huge crowd expected during the festival, tents have been put up in and around Samadhi Mandir for smooth and pleasurable darshan. Also, additional accommodation facility has been arranged at Sainagar Grounds, Saibaba Bhaktaniwas and Sai Dharmashala by putting up about 55 thousand square feet of cloth tents. Electricity, Water, Toilets and Security Systems have also been set up at all these places. In order to facilitate Padayatris coming along with Palanquins from Mumbai and surrounding places to Shirdi, Cloth Tents with Water and Electricity facility has been set up on behalf of Sansthan all along the Mumbai-Shirdi Highway. Also, accommodation facility at nominal rates have been arranged at Sai Dharmasnhala for Padayatris coming along with Palanquins to Shirdi. Medical Teams have been set up on Sinnar-Shirdi route to cater to urgent medical needs of Padayatris coming along with Palanquins. Also, First Aid Centers have been set up in front of Gurusthan Temple, Darshan Queue, New Bhaktanivas (500 Rooms), Sai Ashram, Old Prasadalaya, New Prasadalaya and other places. Also, to make available Boondi Prasad Packets and Laddu Prasad Packets at the Darshan queue during the 3 day festival, additional Laddu and Boondi Prasad is being prepared with 190 quintals of Sugar.

Attractive Flower Decoration is being made at Samadhi Mandir and surrounding places with the generous contribution from Smt.Sneha Sharma from New Delhi. As always, Dwarakamai Mandal from Mumbai will be creating attractive Electric Lighting Decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir. Also, towards free Prasad Bhojan to all devotees during 3 days of festival, Shri.R.S.Hari from Trichi, Shri.Nitish Kumar and Shri.Nilesh Kumar, Shri.Venkat Ratan Kumar from Hyderabad, Smt.Priyanka and Shri.Ayush Potedar, Smt.Bharati Shiragurkar, Smt.Vrinda Sundaram from Delhi, Shri.Baburao Anakade from Nanded, Shri.Rajagopal Natarajan from Chennai, Shri.V.V.Raghavan from Mumbai, Shri.Shekar Bura from Hyderabad, Shri.Sunil Agarwal from Mumbai, M/s.Sainath Garments from Mumbai and Smt.Jyotirammi Pola from Bangalore have given generous contributions.

During the festival period, everyday evening from 7:30 pm to night 10:15 pm, performance from Invited Artists will be held. Sai devotees desiring to participate in the Akhanda Parayan at Dwarakamai may enroll their names at the temple stage in the Samadhi Mandir on 11th April 2019 between 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Participants will be selected by draw of lots at 5:35 pm on the same day. Also, artists desiring to present their programmes on 13th April 2019 may entroll their names in announcement room in advance. Shri.Mugalikar invited all Sai devotees to attend the 3 day celebration and enhance the festive atmosphere.

Gudi Padwa Celebrated in Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

On the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa on Saturday, 6th April 2019, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Deeepak Mugalikar and his wife Smt.Jayashri Mugalikar performed ritualistic worship of Golden Kalash. On the occasion, Trustee Shri.Vipindada Kolhe, Trustee & President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Yogitatai Shelke, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Deputy Superintendent of Police Shri.Madhukar Gangwane, Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, Shri.Gourav Mugalikar and employees were also present.

On the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa, Samdhi Mandir and its surrounding places were beautifully decorated with flowers from the donation received from American Sai Devotee Shri.Taresh Anand.

Shri.D.M.Mugalikar Takes Over As New Chief Executive Officer Of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan -Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri.Deepak Madhukar Mugalikar (IAS) took over as New Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan on Thursday, 28th March 2019 after he had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. After the Samadhi darshan, the new Chief Executive Officer was given a warm welcome on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan.

Ranga Panchami Celebrated In Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

On the auspicious occasion of Ranga Panchami on Tuesday, 26th March 2019, Shri Sai Baba's Chariot Procession was taken throughout Shirdi village.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Holi Festival - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

On behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, colourful festival of Holy was organized on Wednesday, 20th March 2019 in front of Gurusthan Temple. Deputy Collector Shri.Manoj Ghode Patil and Smt.Ashwini Ghode Patil performed ritualistic Holi Pooja. On the occasion, Administrative Officer Shri.Suryabhan Game, Smt.Saraswati Wakchoure, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, Temple Staff Members and Sai devotees were also present in large numbers.

Shri Ramnavami Celebration-2019 at Shirdi – Press Release – Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

The Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Smt.Rubal Agarwal  informed media persons through a press release on Saturday, 16th March 2019  that  Like every year  this year also Shri Ramnavami Festival  is being celebrated in Shirdi by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi  from Friday, 12th  April 2019 to Sunday, 14th April 2019. Saturday, 13th April 2019 being main day of festival, the Samadhi Mandir will be kept open throughout the night for darshan. Smt. Rubal Agarwal also informed that various programmes have been organized during the 3 day festival.

Smt.Rubal Agrawal said that Shri Ram Navami Festival was started with the blessings of Shri Sai Baba in 1911 and since then the Festival is celebrated with traditional fervor at Shirdi every year. On this occasion on Friday, 12th April 2019, there will be Kakad Aarti at 4.30 am. At 5.00 am a procession will be taken out with a Shri Sai Baba Photo and Pothi. At 5.15 am, there will be continuous recital of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra at Dwarakamai followed by Holy bath for Shri Sai Baba and darshan at 5.20 am. There will be Noon Aarti at 12.30 Noon followed by Teerth-Prasad and other programs. Keertan will be performed between 4 pm and 6 pm at the stage near Samadhi Temple. Dhoop Aarti will be performed at 6.30 pm. A procession of Shri Sai Baba Palanquin from Chavadi will be taken out through Shirdi Town at 9.15 pm. After the procession returns, Shej Aarti will be performed at 10.30 pm.Dwarakamai will be kept open for throughout the  night on this day for reading the Holy Scripture.

On Saturday, 13th April 2019, Kakad Aarti will be performed at 4.30 am followed by conclusion of Akhanda Parayan at 5 am and there will be a procession of Shri Sai Baba Photo and Pothi. Holy Bath for Shri Sai Baba will be held at 5.20 with the arrival of water filled vessels (Kavadi). Shri Ram Janma Keertan will be held at the stage near Samadhi Temple between 10 am and 12 noon. Noon Aarti will be held at 12.30 noon. At 4 pm there will be shooting of targets followed by a procession of Shri Sai Baba Chariot throughout Shirdi Town at 5 pm. After the procession returns, Dhoop Aarti will be performed at 6.30 pm. A program by the intended artists will be held between 11 pm and 5 am next day. As this is also the main day of celebrations, Samadhi Mandir will be kept open throughout the entire night. Therefore the regular Shej Aarti on 13th April 2019 and early morning Kakad Aarti on the 14th April2019 will not be held. On the concluding day of festival i.e., on Sunday, 14th April 2019, the holy bath for Shri Sai Baba and Darshan will be performed at 5.05 am. Rudrabhishek will be performed at Gurusthan Temple at 6.30 am. Gopal Kala Keertan and Dahi Handi will be held at 10.30 am. Noon Aarti will be held at 12.10 noon followed by Teerth Prasad. Dhoop Aarti will be held at 6.30 pm and Shej Aarti at 10.30 pm.

During the period of celebrations invited artists will present their talents between 7.30 pm and 10.15 pm daily. Devotees interested in continuous reading of Shri Sai Satcharitra to be held at Dwarakamai on the first day of the celebrations are requested to register their names at the stage near Samadhi Temple on Thursday, 11th April 2019 between 1 pm to 5:30 pm.  The names of the devotees will be decided through a DRAW and will be declared on the same day at 5.35 pm. For the last four years, the names of devotees are being announced at fixed time. Interested artists who wish to participate should register their names in advance and on the same day with Announcement Center staff. Smt.Rubal Agrawal has appealed to all the devotees to participate in this important occasion in large numbers and make it a memorable festival.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Offers Financial Aid Of Rs.2.51 Crores To The Families Of Martyred Soliders of 14th February 2019 Attack - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

As we are all very much aware, forty four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were martyred when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into their bus in Jammu and Kashimir’s Pulwama district on Thursday, 14th February 2019. Chairman of Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware informed Media Person through a Press Release on Saturday, 16th February 2019 that on behalf of all Sai devotees and Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, a financial helping fund of Rs. 2.51 crores will be given to family members of all soldiers martyred in this terrorist attack.

Dr.Haware said that 44 CRPF soldiers were martyred in a orchestrating attack by terrorists in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. This incident is being condemned at all levels. The soldiers of India and government will definitely teach lesson to terrorists responsible for this gruesome atttack. People across the Country have expressed sensitive feelings about this incident.  Shri Sai Baba Sansthan respects sensitive feelings of people of our Country. Dr.Haware said that he has discussed with all the trustees of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi with regard to giving financial helping hand of Rs. 2.51 crores to the families of martyred soldiers. Dr.Haware also added that this fund will be given after the decision of Honorable High Court and with due permission of Maharashtra government.

Well Known Sai Personality & President Of First Sai Baba Temple In The World Shri.Gajanan Dattatreya Pradhan Passes Away - Courtesy: Smt.Sheetal Pradhan and Smt.Shreya Nagaraj

It is with deep regret we wish to inform that Well known Sai Personality and President of first Sai Baba Temple in the world Shri. Gajanan Dattatreya Pradhan attained the lotus feet of Shri Sai Baba on Sunday, 10th February 2019 at 3.15 am. He was 80 years old at the time of demise.

Sri.Gajanan Dattatreya Pradhan was the Grand Son (3th Generation) of Sai Mahabhakta Sri.Ramachandra Pradhan to whom Shirdi Saibaba gave his photograph in the year 1916.

“Pradhan” is the Surname of the family and the family hails from Bhivpuri Village a place situated about 13 KMS Karjat-Neral Railway Station on the Mumbai Pune Railway Route and about 2 KMS from Bhivpuri Road Railway Station.

Sri.Gajanan Dattatreya Pradhan was born on 2nd September 1939 at Bhivpuri Village in the Raigad District of Maharashtra. His parents were Late Sri.Dattatreya Keshav Pradhan and Late Smt.Kamalai Dattatreya Pradhan. Sri.Gajanan Dattatreya Pradhan completed his high school education and served for 28 years in M/s.Hindustan Construction Company at Mumbai. After successful stint with the company and retiring from the organization, he was the President and Trustee of Bhivpuri Saibaba Temple Trust. He owned the ancestral house in Bhivpuri village which he inherited from his grand father. He was married to Smt.Manisha Pradhan and had two sons namely Sri. Yogesh Pradhan and Sri.Dhanesh Pradhan and was leading a happy and peaceful life at Bhivpuri Village till his last days.

www.saiamrithadhara.com condoles the death of Shri. Gajanan Dattatreya Pradhan and prays Shri Sai Baba to give strength to the family members to bear this loss.

Well Known Water Conservationist & Environmentalist Shri.Rajendra Singh Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Well Known Water Conservationist & Environmentalist Shri.Rajendra Singh visited Shirdi on Wednesday, 6th February 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.

Well Known Music Director & Singer Shri.Shankar Mahadevan Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Well known Music Director & Singer Shri.Shankar Mahadevan visited Shirdi along with his family members on Monday, 4th February 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. On the occasion, Deputy District Collector Shri.Dhananjay Nikam and Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade were also present.

M/s.Venkata Sai Enterprises From Karimnagar, Telangana State Donates Tractor Worth Rs.4,89,687 to Shri Sai Baba Sansthan - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

M/s.Venkata Sai Enterprises Private Limited from Karimnagar, Telangana State donated John Deere Company's Tractor model 5105 worth Rs.4,89,687 (Rupees Four Lakh Eighty Nine Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Seven only) to Shri Sai Baba Sansthan at a function held on Monday, 28th January 2018. Vice Chairman of Sansthan Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam received the keys of the tractor.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Officially Launches “Sai Baba Shirdi” Mobile Application On Republic Day (26th January 2019) – Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer Smt.Rubal Agarwal and Sansthan Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure jointly inaugurated facility to provide darshan passes to Sai Devotees who make E-Railway Reservation Ticket to Shirdi to have darshan of Shri Sai Baba’s Samadhi as well as various services offered by Sansthan through Internet and mobile application at a function held on the Republic Day on Saturday, 26th January 2019.

On the occasion, Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services Shri.V.Rajanna, IRCTC General Manager Shri.T.Padmamohan, Deputy District Collectors Shri.Dhananjay Nikam and Shri.Manoj Ghode Patil, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Shri.Akash Kisave, Shri.Ashok Auti, Chief of Information Technology Department Shri.Anil Shinde, All Department Heads and Sansthan Staff Members were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Rubal Agarwal said that through IRCTC’s E Railway Booking and Sansthan’s Online Service (online.sai.org.in) facility will be made available to provide darshan passes to Sai Devotees who make E-Railway Reservation Ticket to Shirdi to have darshan of Shri Sai Baba’s Samadhi. This facility will save the devotees time as they will get easy darshan of Shri Sai Baba and they will have more pleasurable Shirdi Yatra. This facility will be available to Sai devotees at Sainagar-Shirdi, Kopergaon, Nagarsol, Manmad and Nasik Railway Stations. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan is the first temple in the country to provide such facility to devotees through IRCTC. Through Sansthan Website, facility has been provided to make advance booking of  Aarti/Darshan Passes, Satyanarayana Pooja and Abhishek Pooja Tickets. Also, with the help of Sansthan’s mobile application, Sai devotes can book Satyanarayana Pooja, Abhishek Pooja Coupons, Darshan/Aarti Passes, Advance Room Booking, Donation, Publication and other facilities offered by Sansthan.

Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure, IRCTC General Manager Shri.Padmamohan and others also spoke on the occasion. Deputy Collector Shri.Manoj Ghode Patil welcomed the gathering as well as offered Vote of thanks.

Railways To Start Shirdi Darshan Passes For E-Railway Tickets from Republic Day - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Good News for Sai Devotees travelling by Train to Shirdi!!! Starting from 26th January 2019, Sai devotees who make E-Railway Reservation to visit Shirdi will also get darshan passes. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has taken initiative to execute this facility and it will be started from Saturday, 26th January, 2019. This information was disclosed by Chairman of Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware.

Dr.Haware had put this proposal before Union Railway Minister Shri.Piyush Goyal when the latter had been to Shirdi for Shri Sai Baba's darshan. Shri.Goyal responded to the proposal immediately, sanctioned this demand and instructed IRCTC accordingly. As and when devotees log in to book online railway ticket to Shirdi through this IRCTC link, immediately the website online.sai.org.in will appear and devotees can access this link for getting online darshan passes. This facility will save the devotees time  as they will get immediate darshan. This facility will be available from 26th January 2019 for devotees who will make their railway E-Ticket from Sainagar- Shirdi, Kopargaon, Nagarsul, Manmad and Nashik railway stations.

At present 60 trains from Howarh, Puri, Chennai, Mysore, Vishakhapattanam, Sikandarabad, Tirupati, Kakinada, Delhi, Mumbai etc.  will arrive within this week to Shirdi. Dr.Haware said that lakhs of devotees traveling by these trains will be benefited by the starting of this new service.  

Secunderabad Sai Devotee Offers Golden Tumbler Worth Rs.5,84,610 To Shri Sai Baba - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Secunderabad Sai Devotee Shri.Rameshwara Rao Narayana Sharma offered a Goden Tumbler weighing 195 grams worth Rs.5,84,610 to Shri Sai Baba on Tuesday, 22nd January 2019.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri.Ashok Chavan Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri.Ashok Chavan visited Shird on Sunday, 20th January 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.

Well Known Sai Personality and Grandson of Kaka Saheb Dixit Dr.Anilkumar R Dixit Passes Away - Courtesy: Shri.Dilip Pawar Kaka, Pune

It is with deep regret, we would like to inform you all that Dr.Anil Kumar Dixit, Grandson of Sai Mahabhakta Late Shri. Kaka Saheb Dixit left for the heavenly abode on Sunday, 13.01.2019 afternoon after a brief illness. He was known for his soft spoken nature.

Dr.Anilkumar R Dixit Grand Son of Kaka Saheb Dixit continued the legacy of his grandfather. He formed a trust called "Kaka Saheb Trust of Sai Baba" at Vile Parle (East) Mumbai next to the Ancestral house of Late Shri.Hari Sitaram Dixit. He started the noble work of building a "Spiritual & Meditation Center of Sai Baba" in 2010 with the guidance and blessings of Shri.C.B.Sathpathyji. This four storyed building is now complete and open for Sai Devotees. 2 original lifesize paintings of Sai Baba (world's 1st and 2nd painting) made a century ago by renowned artist Late Shri.Shamrao Jaykar with Lord Sai Baba Himself posing for the same has been installed in the Center. Out of these two paintings, the 1st one was blessed by Sai Baba and He instructed the painter Shri.Shamrao Jaykar to deliver the same to Kaka Saheb Dixit at his Ville Parle residence at Mumbai. This painting is in Dixit's family possession since 1913. Every Thursday Maha Aarti at 6 PM followed by Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayan is being held at this Meditation Center of Sai Baba.

Sai Mahabhakta Dr.Keshav Bhagawan Gawankar family had a very long standing association with Dixit family for many years. His Grandson Dr.Sainath Gawankar recalled that the families used to meet regularly during "Ganesha Festival" every year without fail.

www.saiamrithadhara.com Team condoles the demise of Dr.Anilkumar R Dixit and prays to Lord Sai Baba to give strength to his family members to bear this loss. (Photo Courtesy:Shri.Hemant Timande)

Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware Inaugurates Joint Water Supply Scheme worth About Rs.23.81 Crores – Courtesy:Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware inaugurated Water Supply Scheme – Stage 1 jointly organized by Shirdi Sansthan, Kopergaon Municipal Corporation and Shirdi Municipal Corporation worth about Rs.23.81 Crores at a function held on Tuesday, 8th January 2019.

On this occasion, Executive Officer Smt.Rubal Agarwal, Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure, Trustee & President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Yogitatai Shelke, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Dhananjay Nikam, Shri.Manoj Ghode Patil, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Deputy Superintendent of Police Shri.Anand Boite, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Suryaban Game, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Shri.Ashok Auti, Water Supply Department Head Shri.Rajendra Jagtap and others were also present.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) is currently supplying water through the storage lake situated at Kankuri-Shivara. This water purification center is 25 years old. The efficiency of this storage lake and water purification center becomes inadequate due to increased demand of water. Similarly, due to the depletion of all the pipelines in the storage area of Sansthan, water wastage is seen due to leakage of water. Also, sufficient water pressure is not maintained at all places in Sansthan because of decrease in water inflow. For this purpose, the Government has given its formal approval for Water Supply Scheme – Stage 1 to be jointly organized by Shirdi Sansthan, Kopergaon Municipal Corporation and Shirdi Municipal Corporation which is expected to cost about Rs.23.81 Crores.

Accordingly, the Water Supply Scheme – Stage 1 works for establishing Underground Water Purification Center, installation of pipelines at all places inside Sansthan premises, Water Tank, and Water Wells to be jointly organized by Shirdi Sansthan, Kopergaon Municipal Corporation and Shirdi Municipal Corporation was inaugurated at the hands of Chairman of Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware at a function held on Tuesday, 8th January 2019.  The Stage-1 work is expected to completed in 18 months time.

Maharashtra Guardian Minister Prof.Ram Shinde & BJP State President Shri.Raosaheb Danve Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Maharashtra Guardian Minister Prof.Ram Shinde & BJP State President Shri.Raosaheb Danve visited Shirdi on Saturday, 5th January 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Smt.Rubal Agarwal, Vice Chairman Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam, Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure and other dignitaries were also present.

After Prof.Ram Shinde and Shri.Raosaheb Danve had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan, they were felicitated by Chief Executive Officer Smt.Rubal Agarwal and Vice Chairman Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam. On the occasion, trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure and other dignitaries were also present.

Maharashtra Minister For Finance & Planning Shri.Sudhir Mungantiwar Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Maharashtra Minister for Finance & Planning Shri.Sudhir Mungantiwar visited Shirdi on Thursday, 3rd January 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.

Record 9.5 Lakh Sai Devotees Have Darshan and 14.54 Crore Donations Received between 22nd December 2018 to 1st January 2019 – Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Vice Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Chandrashekar Kadam informed Media Persons through a Press Release on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019 that a record 9.5 Lakh Sai Devotees had darshan of Shri Sai Baba’s Samadhi and about 14.54 Crore Donations was received in the recently concluded “Shirdi Mahotsav” which was organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan between 22nd December 2018 to 1st January 2019 on account of Chirstmas Holidays, year end and Welcoming of New year 2019.

Shri.Kadam said that during the occasion of “Shirdi Mahotsav” organized during Christmas Holidays, year end and New Year from 22nd December 2018 to 1st January 2019, 1,74,467 Sai devotees had darshan through paid darshan passes, 6,62,406 devotees had darshan through Biometric and 1,14,056 devotees had darshan through Mukh Darshan. All in all about 9.5 Lakh Sai Devotees had Shri Sai Baba’s Samadhi Darshan. Besides, Rs.8.05 Crore was received in the form of Donation, Rs.3.03 Crore Donation was received through Donation Counters and Rs.3 Crore Donation was received through Debit/Credit Card, Online Donation, Cheque/DD, Money Order and other forms. In addition, 507 Grams (Rs.14.28 Lakhs) Gold, 16.5 Kilogram (Rs.4.82 Lakhs) Silver and Rs.30.63 Lakh donation were received in the form of foreign currency from around 19 Countries. Besides, during this period, Rs.3,62,91,000 was received through paid and online darshan passes.

Also, during the Shirdi Mahotsav Festival, 6,07,484 Sai Devotees partook Sai Prasad Bhojan at Shri Sai Prasadalaya and 1,24,974 Sai Devotees took advantage of Food Packet Prasad. In addition to this, 6,34,758 Laddu Prasad Packets were sold and Rs.1,58,68,950 was received from the sale of Laddu Prasad Packets. Likewise, 9,41,200 free Boondi Prasad Packets were distributed to Sai Devotees at the Darshan Queue.

In Addition to this, Accommodation arrangements were made to 1,82,321 devotees at Sai Ashram Bhaktanivas, Dwaravati Bhaktanivas, Sai Dharmashala, Shri Sai Baba Bhaktanivas (500 rooms) and Sai Prasad Nivas and other Sansthan accommodation Complexes. Shri.Kadam also said that additional accommodation was provided to 21,097 Sai Devotees in specially erected tents. All in all accommodation was arranged for 2,03,418 Sai Devotees.  

Sansthan Chairman Dr.Suresh Haware Inagurates New 3-Tesla MRI Machine - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware inaugurated New 3-Tesla MRI Machine worth about Rs.15,60,51,597 (Rupees Fifteen Crore Sixty Lakh Fifty One Thousand Five Hundred Ninety Seven only) at a function held on Tuesday, 1st January 2019 at Shri Sai Baba Hospital in Shirdi.

On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Smt.Rubal Agarwal, Trustee Shri.Bhausaheb Wakchoure, Trustee and President of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Smt.Yogitatai Shelke, Smt.Nalini Haware, Deputy District Collectors Shri.Dhananjay Nikam, Shri.Manoj Ghode Patil, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Medical Director Dr.Vijay Narode, Medical Administrator Dr.Preetam Wadagave, Administrative Officer Shri.Ashok Auti, Radiologist Dr.Vyavahare and Dr.Nagare and other dignitaries were also present.

Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware inaugurated the New 3-Tesla MRI machine worth about Rs.15,60,51,597/- replacing the old 1.5 Tesla MRI Machine which existed at Shri Sai Baba Hospital. This MRI machine is the one and only machine in the entire Ahmednagar and Nasik District and is equipped with faster and latest technology than the previous machine. All tests will be performed at the existing old rates with this New MRI machine. The New MRI machine will be very useful for diagnosing disease related to Brain, Spine, Breast, Prostate and Liver. Also, the New MRI machine will help in accurate scanning of all the organs of human beings.

During last year, 100 different types of machines have been installed for the benefit of patients at Shri Sai Baba Hospital as well as Shri Sainath Hospital. These include Cathlab, CT Scan, MRI Machine, Color Doppler, Dialysis, OT Table, Multipara Monitor and other machines. A total of 10 New Machines including X-Ray, Mortuary Cabinet, Video Gastroscope and Sophisticated Surgery Table will be installed in the next couple of months at the hospital.

Maharashtra Minister Of State For Home, Finance and Rural Planning Shri.Deepak Kesarkar Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

On the occasion of New Year, Maharashtra Minister of State for Home, Finance and Rural Planning Shri.Deepak Kesarkar visited Shirdi on Tuesday, 1st January 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.

Former Chief Minister Of Madhya Pradesh Shri.Shivaraj Singh Chauhan Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri.Shivaraj Singh Chauhan visited Shirdi on Tuesday, 1st January 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware was also present on the occasion.

After the former Chief Minister had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan, he was felicitated by the Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Dr.Suresh Haware.

A Sea Of Sai Devotees Visit Shirdi To Celebrate New Year 2019 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

On the occasion of New Year a sea of Sai Devotees visited Shirdi on Tuesday, 1st January 2019 and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan.

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