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Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Shri Krishna Janmothsav - 2021 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 31st August 2021

On the auspicious occasion of Shri Gokulashtami Celebrations organized on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Santhan Trust (Shirdi), Shri Krishna Janmothsav was celebrated on the night of 30th August 2021 at 12 PM at Samadhi Mandir by way of singing Shri Krishna Janma Keertan. Also, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate broke the Dahi Handi after the traditional Kalyachi Keertan at 12 noon on 31st August 2021 marking the closure of Shri Gokulashtami Celebrations.

On the occasion of Shri Gokulakshtami Celebrations, Shri Krishna Janmothsav Keertan was held on Samadhi Mandir Stage from 10:00 pm to 12:00 pm on the night of 30th August 2021 by Mandir Employee Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Sambhaji Tukrane Maharaj. Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Shinde, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, priests and staff members were present on this occasion. After the completion of Janmothsav Keertan Shej Aarti of Shri Sai Baba was held.

Also, on 31st August 2021, as part of Shri Gokulakshtami Celebrations, Shri Krishna Janmothsav Keertan was held on Samadhi Mandir Stage from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon by Temple Priest Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Ulhas Walunjkar Maharaj. After the Keertan, at 12:00 noon, Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate broke the Dahi Handi. Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Security Officer Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, priests and staff members were present on this occasion.

This year's Shri Gokulashtami Celebrations were successfully held but without the presence of devotees and limited to Sansthan Officials and Temple Priests in the backdrop of dreaded Corona Virus Disease.

Sansthan Offers "Shri Saibaba Diary 2021" At Discounted Price of Rs.25/- Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 14th August 2021

Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi informed media persons through a Press Release dated 14th August 2021 that the Ad-Hoc Committee has decided to make available "Shri Saibaba Diary 2021" at a nominal discount rate of Rs. 25/- per copy.

Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate said, Shri Saibaba Diary and Calendar are published every year by the management of the Sansthan Trust. These different types of diaries and calendars are made available to the Sai devotees for a nominal fee. This year, the featured Shri Saibaba Diary of the year 2021 has been published independently in 4 languages (Marathi, Hindi, English and Telugu). In this diary, detailed information of Shri Saibaba Samadhi Mandir, various temples and important places in the temple premises have been mentioned. QR CODE have been given along with the information of each of these places. When these QR CODES are scanned, the information of the respective places or sections is available in audio-visual format (via Video Clip) along with various photographs. In addition, detailed information of all the festivals, religious and other events celebrated by the Sansthan Trust, books/photos published by the Sansthan Trust, online donations, residences and important information regarding registration of Darshan and Aarti are also included in the diary.

Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate said that this featured Shri Saibaba Diary 2021 will be sold to the devotees at a nominal rate of Rs. 25/- per copy. The Diary will be made available at Book Sale Counter in Sai Complex near the Samadhi Mandir, Book Sale Counter near gate no.4, Information Centre at Hyderabad and on https://www.sai.org.in/en website of the Sansthan Trust. Shri.Bagate appealed to all the Sai devotees to avail benefit of this offer from Sansthan.

Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan To Be Telecast Live - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 4th August 2021

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan’s Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate informed media persons through a  press release  on Wednesday, 4th  August 2021 that every year, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), Natya Rasik Sanch, Shirdi & Shirdi Villagers are jointly organizing Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan Ceremony from Shravana Shudda Pratipad. Like last year, this year's Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayan Ceremony which is being held from Shravana Shudda Pratipad will also be celebrated in a virtual manner in the backdrop of dreaded Corona Virus Disease.

Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate said that Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was closed last year due to the outbreak of Corona virus in the World and in the country. Later, as per the Government order dated 14th November 2020, the Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was opened for darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 with certain conditions/restrictions. However, in view of the increasing prevalence of Corona in the State again, the State Government has issued new guidelines. The Government has clearly instructed that religious places, social gatherings etc., should not allowed to be crowded. In the backdrop of this Government Order, Shri Saibaba Sansthan closed Samadhi Mandir for darshan of Sai devotees from 5th April, 2021. Due to this, like last year, the 27th Shri Sai Sachcharitra Parayan Festival will be celebrated in a virtual manner.

Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayan will be performed from Monday, 9th August 2021 to Monday,16th August 2021 from morning 07.00 am to 11.00 am on Shri Sai Samadhi Mandir stage by Sansthan. Shri.Bagate appealed to all Sai devotees to perform Parayan at their respective homes during this time adding that the Parayan will be broadcast live on YouTube (https://youtube.com/user/saibabasansthantrust), Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/shrisaibabasansthantrustshirdi) and Sansthan website (https://sai.org.in) at this time.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Organizes Kesar Mango Tree Planting Programme At Mauje Ko-Hale Near Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 29th July 2021

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate planted a Kesar Mango Plant and inaugurated the Kesar Mango Tree Planting Programme in about 4 Acres of land near Mauje Ko-Hale near Shirdi.

The event was attended by Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Rajendra Jagtap, Head of Horticulture Department Shri.Anil Bhanage, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary and other staff members.

At a function held on Wednesday, 28th July 2021 at 10:00 am, a Kesar Mango Tree planting program was organized in an area of about 4 acres (1 hectare 62 R) in Survey No.97 at Mauje Ko-hale (Kelvad Road) belonging to Sansthan. About 800 mango trees of Kesar Mango variety will be planted in the entire area and it has been renamed aptly as "Sai Kesar Mango Garden".

On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate planted a Kesar Mango Plant and inaugurated the Kesar Mango Tree Planting Programme. Likewise, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Rajendra Jagtap, Head of Horticulture Department Shri.Anil Bhanage and Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Chaudhary planted one Kesar Mango Sappling each and participated in the program.

Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad Personnel Trains Shirdi Sansthan Security Personnel In Temple Security - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 29th July 2021

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi's Security Personnel were trained in temple security by Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad in the presence of Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan at a programme held on Wednesday, 28th July 2021.

On the occasion, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officer Dr. Akash Kisave, Shri.Rajendra Jagtap, Temple Security Police Inspector Shri.Harshavardhan Gawli, Shirdi Traffic Branch Police Inspector Narayan Nyahalde, Security Officer Sub-Inspector of Police Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad Assistant Inspector of Police Shri.Rajesh Gholave, Inspector of Police of Shirdi Police Station Shri.Vikas Deore, Assistant Inspector of Police Shri.Dhatare, Assistant Inspector of Police of Rahata Police Station Shri.Khandale, Shirdi Municipal Corporation's Fire Officer Shri.Vilas Lasure, Fire Department Chief Shri.Pratap Kothe, Guards of Rapid Action Force, Sansthan Security Guards and firefighters were also present.

On 7th June 2021, Sansthan's security review meeting had been organized. And as per the decision taken at the meeting, it was decided to organize a training program for Sansthan Temple Security Personnel. Accordingly, on Wednesday, 28th July 2021 at 11.00 am in the open ground adjacent to Hanuman Temple, Bomb Detection and Dispoal squad, Shirdi, had organized a training program for the security personnel of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir in the presence of Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan.

During the training, various live demonstrations were presented by Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, Shirdi. With the help of various materials, information was given on how to detect a bomb with the help of a dog and what security measures should be taken during such a situation. The officers of Bomd Detection and Disposal Squad also gave a demonstration to all the employees on how to destroy the bomb after detecting it and also gave information about the materials required to diffuse it.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Guru Poornima Festival - 2021 -  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 Thursday, 22nd July 2020. On the occasion, amadhi Mandir and its surroundings were beautifully docorated with wonderful lighting and flower decorations .

22nd July 2021 being the first day of the celebrations, at dawn 05:00 am, Baba's idol and Holy Shri Satcharita were taken in a procession. Sansthan's Chief Executive Offier Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate participated by carrying Veena, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre held holy Sai Satcharitra, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade and Administrative Officer Shri.Rajendra Jagtap held Shri Sai Baba's idol and participated in the procession. On this occasion, Sansthan Temple Priest Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, Security Officer Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi and Temple Priests were also present.

After the procession reached Dwarakamai, the Akhanda Parayan of Holy Sai Satcharita began. Sansthan's Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate read the first chapter, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre read the second chapter, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade read the third chapter, Executive Engineer Sri.Sanjay Jhori read the fourth chapter and Security Officer Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi read the fifth chapter respectively.

On this auspicious occasion, Sansthan's Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate and his wife Smt.Sangeeta Bagate performed ritualistic Pooja to Holy Padukas at 6:00 am in Samadhi Mandir.

In the afternoon 12:30 Afternoon Aarti was performed. Evening 4 pm to 6 pm kirtans by temple staff Shri.Sambhaji Turkane was held. Evening 7:00 pm Dhoop Aarti was performed. Night 10:30 Shej Aarti was held. Also, Dwarakamai was kept open throughout night for Akhanda Sai Satcharitra Parayan.

With the generous donation given by Sai devotee from America Smt.Shubha Pai specially for the Guru Poornima Festival, Samadhi Mandir and surrounding areas were beautifully decorated with flowers. M/s.Sai Samarth Electricals from Shirdi made eye catching lighting decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir.

Guru Poornima Festival - 2021 News - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Like every year, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), is celebrating Shri Guru Poornima Festival from Thursday, 22nd July 2021 to Saturday, 24th July 2021 and this year's festival will be celebrated in a simple manner in the backdrop of Corona Virus disease. This information was disclosed by Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate through a Press Relase on Wednesday, 21st July 2021.

Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate said that Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was closed last year due to the outbreak of Corona virus in the World and in the country. Later, as per the Government order dated 14th November 2020, the Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was opened for darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 with certain conditions/restrictions. However, in view of the increasing prevalence of Corona in the State again, the State Government has issued new guidelines. The Government has clearly instructed that religious places, social gatherings etc., should not allowed to be crowded. In the backdrop of this Government Order, Shri Saibaba Sansthan closed Samadhi Mandir for darshan of Sai devotees from 5th April, 2021. Hence, Shri Guru Poornima Festival from Thursday, 22nd July 2021 to Saturday, 24th July 2021 will be celebrated in a simple manner.

On the first day of Shri Guru Poornima celebrations on Thursday, 22nd July 2021 at 4.30 am Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti will be held. Shri Sai Baba's photo and holy Shri Sai Satcharita procession will be held at 05.00 am. Akhand Parayan of Shri Sai Sacharita will be held in Dwarakamai at 05.15 am. Shri Sai Baba's Mangal Snan will be held at 05.30 am at Samadhi Mandir. At 06.00 am Shri Sai Baba's holy Paduka Pooja will be held. Shri Sai Baba's Afternoon Aarti will be held at 12.30 pm. Kirtan will be held from 04.00 pm to 06.00 pm in the evening. Dhoop Aarti to Shri Sai Baba will be held at 7:00 pm. Shej Aarti will be held at 10:30 pm. Dwarakamai will be kept open throughout the night for Akhanda Parayan.

On the main day of festival on Friday, 23rd July 2021 at 04.30 am Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti will be held. At 05.00 am after the completion of Akhand Parayan, Shri Sai Baba's photo and holy Shri Sai Satcharita procession will be held. Shri Sai Baba's Mangal Snan will be held at 05.20 am. Shri Sai Baba's holy Paduka Pooja will be held at 06.00 am. At 12.30 pm Shri Sai Baba's Afternoon Aarti will be held. Kirtan program will be held from 04.00 to 06.00 in the evening and Shri Sai Baba's Dhoop Aarti will be held at 07.00 pm. Shej Aarti will be held at 10:30 pm.

On the concluding day of the festival on Saturday, 24th July 2021, Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti will be held at 04.30 am. Shri Sai Baba's Mangal Snan will be held at 05.00 am, Shri Sai Baba's holy Paduka Pooja will be held at 06.30 am. Simultaneously, Rudrabhishek will be held at Gurusthan Mandir. At 10:00 am Gopal Kala Keertan and Dahi Handi Breaking Ceremonies willl be held at Samadhi Mandir. Shri Sai Baba's Afternoon Aarti will be held at 12:30 pm. Dhoop Aarti will be held at 07:00 pm. Shej Aarti will be held at 10:30 pm.

in order to prevent the outbreak of Corona virus (Covid 19), the Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate has appealed to all the Padayatri's to avoid coming to Shirdi along with Palanquin on the occasion of the upcoming Guru Poornima Festival and cooperate with Sansthan.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Restricts Padayatri's From Bringing Palanquin For The Upcoming Guru Poornima Festival 2021 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 10th July 2021

Considering the increasing prevalence of corona in the Country and the State, the State Government had issued new guidelines regarding Covid-19 on 4th April 2021 and falling in line with the guidelines of State Administration, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir has been closed for Darshan from 5th April 2021 08.00 pm till further orders. Thus, in order to prevent the outbreak of Corona virus (Covid 19), the Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate has appealed to all the Padayatri's to avoid coming to Shirdi along with Palanquin on the occasion of the upcoming Guru Poornima Festival which is being observed from 22nd July 2021 to 24th July 2021.

Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate said, Shri Kshetra Shirdi is a renowned temple in the Country and Devotees from all corners of the Country and the World flock to Shirdi to have a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi. Also, on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, major festivals like Shri Ram Navami, Shri Guru Poornima, Shri Sai Punyatithi and other festivals are organized every year. Padayatri's coming along with Palanquins is the major attraction during these festivals. Due to this, the number of Padayatri's coming along with palanquins from all corners of the Country and the State is extremely high. Hence, there is always a big commotion in the Temple and Temple surroundings.

Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was closed last year from 17th March 2020 due to the outbreak of Corona pandemic all over the World and in the Country. Later, as per the Government order dated 14th November 2020, the Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was opened for darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 with certain conditions/restrictions. However, in view of the increasing prevalence of Corona in the State again, the State Government has issued new guidelines. The Government has clearly instructed that religious places, social gatherings etc., should not allowed to be crowded. In the backdrop of this Government Order, Shri Saibaba Sansthan closed Samadhi Mandir for darshan of Sai devotees from 5th April, 2021. In the meantime, daily activities at the Samadhi Mandir is being continued without any interruption.

Due to the closure of Samadhi Mandir due to Corona pandemic, all the previous festivals have been celebrated in a very simple manner. Thus, in order to prevent the outbreak of Corona virus (Covid 19), the Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate has appealed to all the Padayatri's to avoid coming to Shirdi along with Palanquin on the occasion of the upcoming Guru Poornima Festival which is being observed from 22nd July 2021 to 24th July 2021 and solicits cooperation from all Padayatri's.

Oxygen Generator Plant Set Up By M/s.Reliance Foundation At Sainath Hospital Running Successfully - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 6th July 2021

Currently, the Corona Virus (Covid-19) has spread all over the World and the prevalence of this virus is increasing. To prevent the spread of this Corona Virus, Corona patients are being treated at Shri Sainath Hospital. These patients require a large amount of oxygen for treatment.

For this purpose, M/s.Reliance Foundation had donated an Oxygen Generator Plant which can produce 1200 litres of Oxygen per minute from natural air manufactured by M/s.Atlas Copco India, Pune to Shri Sainath Hospital run by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi. The plant was set up by the Company Engineers for a period of one month from 30th April 2021 to 30th May 2021. The oxygen produced by this plant is 93% pure. A sum of Rs.1,88,80,000/- (Rupees One Crore Eighty Eight Lakh Eighty Thousand only) has been spent for this Oxygen Generator Plant as per the supply order from M/s.Reliance Foundation, Mumbai.

The plant will be able to supply Oxygen to about 250 patients at Shri Sainath Hospital. Also, this Oxygen plant does not require any form of raw material whatsover for its operation.

The plant was inaugurated online by Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 18th May 2021. Since then, the plant has been operating satisfactorily. This Oxygen Plant readily provides Oxygen to the patients as per their requirement.

Well Known Pediatrician from Shrirampur Dr.Krishnakumar Chothani Guides Medical Officers of Sansthan - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 8th June 2021

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan had recently organized a discussion session on the measures to be taken considering the possibility of children being most likely to be affected in the third wave of Covid-19 in the State. Well Known Pediatrician from Shrirampur Dr.Krishnakumar Chothani Guided the Medical Officers of Sansthan on the occasion.

In this discussion session, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Administrative Officer Dr.Akash Kisave, Shirdi resident Shri.Vijay Kote, Medical Director of Shri Sai Baba Hospital Dr.Pritam Vadgave, Superintendent of Shri Sainath Hospital Dr.Maithili Pitambare, Child Specialists Dr.Ujwala Shirsath, Dr.Anant Bhanage, all the medical officers of Shri Sai Baba Hospital and Shri Sainath Hospital were present.

The second wave of Corona virus is currently underway and the infection is on the rise. Also, the third wave will be coming after this and various experts have expressed their opinion that children will be most affected in this wave. Also, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri.Uddhav Thackeray has set up a committee of pediatricians in this regard towards enhancing the health system in the State. In addition, Sansthan has already planned various measures for the prevention and treatment of Corona virus. This seminar was organized to address the issue of the third wave.

Speaking on the occasion, Pediatiricin Dr.Krishnakumar Chothani said that at present 2nd wave is currently underway in the Country and the State. The third wave is imminent with many experts predicting that children will be at greater risk during the wave. Dr.Chothani said that this matter needs to be taken seriously, special care should be taken for this and proper medicines and dosage needs to be administered.

In this discussion session, Pediatrician Dr.Ujwala Shirsath presented information about various remedies and treatment methods followed at Sansthan Hospitals. Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate thanked Dr.Chothani for attending the seminar and guiding the participants.

Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate Felicitates 21 Retiring Employees - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 8th June 2021

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate felicitated 21 retiring employees who completed prescribed 60 years at a function organized by Sansthan.

The Retirement felicitation ceremony was attended by the Chief Executive Officer Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officer Dr.Akash Kisave, all department heads, Staff Members, retired staff and their family members.

The 21 retiring employees included Deputy Executive Engineer of Construction Department Shri.Raghunath Aher, Shri.Mukadam Sanjay Patani of Security Department, Shri.Mukund Kapare of Temple Department, Smt.Lilly Vidyathil, Lab Technician of Shri Sainath Hospital and other employees of various departments who completed the prescribed 60 years in May 2021. All these employees were felicitated on behalf of Sansthan by the Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade and Administrative Officer Dr.Akash Kisave.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate said that with the retirement of 21 employees, a huge void has been created in Sansthan. Today, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has been ranked 2nd in the Country. Towards progress in this journey, the contribution of these retiring employees is noteworthy. While in service, the names of these employees never appeared on any stone. However, their work is definitely worth mentioning and has made a great contribution in enhancing the reputation of Sansthan. Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate said going forward, the work rendered by all these employees should be followed by the next generation of employees. Saying this, Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate congratulated all the retired employees for their excellent service rendered at Sansthan for many years and wished them all the best for their health and future endeavor.

Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray and Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade also spoken on the occasion. Also, on behalf of retiring employees Deputy Executive Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher expressed his views.

The programme was moderated by Professor Vikas Shivgaje.

Maharashtra CM Shri.Uddhav Thackeray & Deputy CM Shri.Ajit Pawar Jointly Inaugurates Oxygen Production Plant & RT-PCR Testing Lab At Sansthan's Hospital - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 19th May 2021

Maharashtra Chief Minister shri.Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Shri.Ajit Pawar jointly inaugurated through Online the Oxygen Production Plant and RT-PCR Testing Lab built at Sansthan's Hospital with the funding by M/s.Reliance Foundation and Shri.K.V.Ramani.

This online inaugural event was held on Zoom Meeting Platform at 12:15 pm in Sansthan's Sai Hall. State Revenue Minister Shri.Balasaheb Thorat, Rural Development Minister and Ahmednagar District Guardian Minister Shri.Hasan Mushrif, Public Health Minister Shri.Rajesh Tope, Water Conservation Minister Shri.Shankarrao Gadakh, Minister of State Shri.Prajakt Tanpure, State Chief Secretary Shri.Sitaram Kunte, Zilla Parishad President Smt.Rajshri Dhule, MLA Shri.Ashuthosh Kale, MLA Shri.Lahu Kanade, MLA Shri.Rohit Pawar, Divisional Commissioner Shri.Radhakrishna Game, District Collector Dr.Rajendra Bhosale, Donor Sai devotee Shri.K.V.Ramani,other office bearers of M/s.Reliance Foundation and other dignitaries were present online. Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate, MP of Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency Shri.Sadashiv Lokhande, MLA Shri.Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Zonal Officer Shri.Govind Shinde, Mayor of Shirdi Municipal Corporation Shri.Shivaji Gondkar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Chief Engineer of Construction Department Shri.Raghunath Aher, Dr.Pritam Wadgave, Medical Director of Shri Sai Baba Hospital, Dr.Maithili Pitambare, Superintendent of Shri Sainath Hospital and other staff members were also present in the hall.

During his introductory speech, Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate said that at Shri Saibaba Super Specialty Hospital and Shri Sainath Hospital run under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi as per the instruction of State Government and in the background of Covid-19, a 1) CCC, 2) DCHC 3) DCH are running successfully. Since March 18, 2020, the institute has treated about 6900 patients with COVID-19 symptoms and asymptomatic patients. Since 18th March 2020, Sansthan has treated about 6900 patients with COVID-19 symptoms and asymptomatic patients. Using Sansthan's infrastructure and Manpower, Sansthan has succeeded in controlling Covid-19 pandemic by providing excellent services to people. Also, due to increasing incidences of Covid-19 since March 2021, Sansthan is making continuous efforts to overcome this pandemic by providing much needed services to the needy people.

At present, due to second wave of Corona, there is acute shortage of medical oxygen. In order to overcome this, Sansthan has set up Oxygen Production Plant and RT-PCR Testing Lab built at Sansthan's hosptial with the donation of Rs.1,88,80,000/- offered by Shri.Anant Ambani of M/s.Reliance Foundation and Rs.44,94,000/- offered by Shri.K.V.Ramani totalling to Rs.2,33,74,000/-. The Oxygen Production Plant has a production capacity of 1200 Litres Per Minute and will supply oxygen to 300 beds at Shri Sainath Hospital. This project is environment friendly and will be operational 24 hours a day. Also, testing is the only way to find out if a person is infected with Corona virus. If the results of this test are obtained early, it will help in controlling the growing infection. There are various tests available to ascertain this. The RT-PCR Test can accurately tell whether a person is infected with Corona virus or not. The test examines the secretions from the nose and throat of individuals. The test makes it easier to diagnose the patient and treat it immediately without any delay. Patients from Shirdi and surrounding villages will immensly benefit from the above two projects. This will also help in saving many precious lives.

Addressing the online gathering, Chief Minister Shri.Uddhav Thackeray said that Maharashtra is the land of Saints. The legacy of Saint's help to the needy is being continued by many people. At the same time, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has continued the legacy of helping the poor. This can be seen from the excellent work done by the Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate even today. Also, during the first wave of Corona Pandemic, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan had provided assistance of Rs.51 crore to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. The Corona Virus Pandemic is at its peak in the State. Many people are volunterily coming forward to help in this regard and the Government is also trying very hard to contain this Corona Pandemic. The Oxygen Production Plant and RT-PCR Lab set up by Sansthan will be of immense help to the patients. After facing the first wave of corona, the second wave has started and there is huge shortage in healthcare services. During this time, the Government has set up a large number of healthcare services and this work is still going on. After the outbreak of this Corona virus Pandemic, testing will have to continue for many more years to come.

Also, the work done by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan during this time of crisis is highly commendable and if other temples follow the footsteps of Sansthan, a great healthcare service can be established in the State. Chief Minister Shri.Uddhav Thackeray congratulated both the generous Sai devotees who donated for both the projects and wished them well for their health and future.

During the programme, Deputy Chief Minister Shri.Ajit Pawar, Revenue Minister Shri.Balasaheb Thorat, Minister for Rural Development and Guardian Minister of Ahmednagar District Shri.Hasan Mushrif, Chief Secretary Shri.Sitaram Kunte and other dignitaries also expressed their views and congratulated Shri Sai Baba Sansthan for the commendable work done during this trying times of Corona Pandemic.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Offers Invaluable Gift Of Free Udhi To Sai Devotees Across The Country During The Corona Pandemic- Courtesy: Shri.Tanmay Mirane Shimpi & Shri.Sukrut Mirane Shimpi, Shirdi Today News, Shirdi

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust has given invaluable gift to millions of devotees across the Country during this Corona Pandemic period.

Lakhs of Sai devotees start their day by applying Sai's Vibhuti on their foreheads. However, as the stock of Vibhuti got exhausted many devotees were facing problems. Finally, Sai Baba seems to have heard their problems. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan's Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate has taken a wonderful decision to send Baba's Vibhuti and Prasad free of cost by post.

 

Since Sai Baba's Mandir in Shirdi is closed due to Corona Pandemic, despite their desire to come to Shirdi, devotees can neither come to Shirdi to have Sai's Darshan nor can get Sai Baba's miraculous Vibhuti.

Many devotees were relentlessly persuing with Sansthan to send Vibhuti and Prasad by post. In view of the growing demand by devotees, Sansthan Trust has taken this decision.

Sai devotees will have to provide their full name, address on Sansthan's official website sai.org.in, official Facebook page or Sansthan's WhatsApp helpline number. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan will make arrangement to send Vibhuti Prasad by post. Many Sai devotees across the Country have expressed happiness over this excellent decision of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust.

From the day of Sai Baba's sojourn in Shirdi, He personally used to distribute the sacred Vibhuti received from the ever burning Dhuni lit by Him at Dwarakamai in Shirdi.

Shirdi Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Closed For Darshan Until Further Orders - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 5th April 2021

Considering the increasing prevalence of corona in the Country and the State, the State Government has issued new guidelines regarding Covid-19 on 4th April 2021 and falling in line with the guidelines of State Administration, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir will remain closed for Darshan from 5th April 2021 08.00 pm till further orders. Acting Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Ravindra Thackeray informed media persons that daily activities of Mandir will however continue as usual.

Shri.Thackeray said that Shri Kshetra Shirdi is number two shrine in the Country and hence devotees from all corners of the Country and the World come to Shirdi to pay homage to the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. Due to this, there is a big commotion in the temple and its surroundings. Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was closed on 17th March 2020 due to the Corona virus pandemic that hit the World and the Country last year. Subsequently, on 14th November 2020, by the order of the State Government, the Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was opened for darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 with certain conditions / restrictions. However, in view of the increasing prevalence of corona in the State, the State Government has issued new guidelines. It has been instructed that religious places, social gatherings etc. should not be allowed to be crowded. Hence, falling in line with the guidlines, Sansthan has decided that Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir will remain closed for Darshan from 5th April 2021 08.00 pm till further orders. In the meantime, the daily activities at Samadhi Mandir will continue without any interruption.

Apart from this, Sansthan's Shri Sai Prasadalaya and Bhaktaniwas will also remain closed. Online darshan booking from Sansthan's official website has been discontinued. Information about this decision of Sansthan is being given to Sai devotees through e-mails, telephone calls and websites. All these rules will continue till the next orders from the Government. Shri.Thackray appealed to all Sai devotees to make note of this new guideline and cooperate with Sansthan Administration.

Change In Samadhi Mandir & Shri Sai Prasadalaya Timings Due To New Covid-19 Guidelines - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 29th March 2021

Considering the increase in Corona cases, the State Government has issued new guidelines regarding Covid-19 on 28th March 2021. Accordingly, the Samadhi Mandir will be open for devotees from 07.15 am to 07.45 pm. Also, all Sai devotees should note that Shri Sai Prasadalaya will operate from 10.00 am to 07.30 pm.

By the order of State Government dated 14th November 2020, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was thrown open for the darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 with certain terms/restrictions. Accordingly, various measures have been taken on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan to avoid over crowding of devotees in Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir. In view of the increasing prevalence of corona in the State, the State Government has issued new guidelines, according to which curfew has been imposed in the entire state from night 08.00 pm to next day morning 07.00 am. Therefore, Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba will be open for Sai devotees for darshan from 07.15 am to 07.45 pm but Kakad Aarti will be held as usual at 4:30 am and Shej Aarti will be held at 10.30 pm as held earlier. But, devotees will not be allowed to attend both the Aarti's. Also, Shri Sai Prasadalaya will be open for all devotees from 10.00 am to 07.30 pm.

Hence, all Sai devotees should make note of these changes and cooperate with Shri Sai Baba Sansthan by following all the rules pertaining to Covid-19.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Starts Laddu Prasad Sales From 20th March 2021 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 20th March 2021

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) has started sale of Laddu Boondi Prasad Packets to all Sai devotees who are coming to pay obeisance to Shri Sai Baba from Saturday, 20th March 2021. A Laddu Sales Counter has been started at Sai Complex near Hanuman Mandir and near Gate No.4.

On the lines of Tirupati Temple, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) is selling Boondi Laddu Prasad Packet prepared with Ghee, Raisins, Cashew and Almond since 1990 to all the sai devotees who come to take darshan of Shri Sai Baba. Due to the Corona virus pandemic all over the world and in the Country and the States, Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Mandir was closed for Sai devotees from March 17, 2020 as a precautionary measure. Hence, the sale of paid Laddu Prasad packets was completely stopped.

By the order of State Government dated 14th November 2020, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was thrown open for the darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 with certain terms/restrictions. Also, production of Laddu Prasad was resumed on a purely experimental basis by following all the rules and guidelines pertaining to Covid-19. Accordingly, from Saturday, 6th March 2021, devotees after taking darshan of Shri Sai Baba were being distributed one Boondi Laddu Prasad packet weighing about 50 grams free of cost at the darshan queue.

Accordingly, as per the demand from Sai devotees, the sale of Laddu Prasad has been started from 20th March 2021. A packet containing 3 Laddus will be sold for Rs.25/ - on no-profit no-loss basis. The Laddu Sales Counter has been started at Sai Complex near Hanuman Mandir and near Gate No.4. The laddu is prepared on daily basis and kept for sale and can be bought by the devotees as long as stock is available on that day.

This laddu is being prepared in a very hygenic manner and devotees should consume it immediately as prasad. Devotees should note that the Laddu Prasad needs to be consumed within 24 hours. Boondi Laddu Prasad which is currently being distributed has been prepared in an improvised manner and has been much awaited and demanded by devotees for a long time.

Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate Celebrates Women's Day and His 53rd Birthday In Exemplary Manner - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 12th March 2021

Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate celebrated Women's Day and his 53rd Birthday in exemplary manner by way of distributing 53 Tulsi and other tree Saplings to Women workers of Shri Sai Prasadalaya.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave,Shri.Dilip Ugle, Medical Superintendent Dr.Maithili Pitambare, Assistant Inspector of Police Shri.Pardeshi, Head of Shri Sai Prasadalaya Department Shri.Vishnu Thorat and other staff members were present on the occasion.

The event was organized at the behest of Shri Sai Prasadalaya Department Head Shri.Vishnu Thorat on the occasion of 53rd Birthday of Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate and Women's Day. On this occasion, women employees celebrated the birthday of Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate. For making this event possible, Shri.Bhausaheb Thorat, Shri.Ravindra Chaudhary, Shri.Ramesh Gondkar and other Shri Sai Prasadalaya employees were actively involved.

Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate inaugurates Intensive Care Unit at Shri Sainath Hospital - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 12th March 2021

Work at the third floor of Shri Sainath Hospital run under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has been completed. Sai devotee from Mumbai, Shri.Haresh Uttamchandani has donated various equipments worth Rs.1,43,98,164/- (rupees One Crore Forty Three Lakh Ninety Eight Thousand One Hundred Sixty Four only) towards setting up of full fledged Intensive Care Unit in this floor. Accordingly, the newly upgraded Intensive Care Unit was handed over to Sansthan and Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate inagurated the facility.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Donor Sai Bhakt Dr. Jaikishan Mordani, Shri.Bhushan Shah, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisve, Shri.Dilip Ugle, Medical Superintendent of Shri Sainath Hospital Dr. Maithili Pitambare, Medical Officers Dr.Paurwal, Dr.Kadu, Dr.Tambe, nurses and staff members were present on this occasion.

The construction of the third floor of the hospital building was undertaken due to shortage of beds for patients in Shri Sainath Hospital. Also, additional ICU's are being set up here since 2015. The construction work for Intensive Care Unit was accordingly being proposed and it was also approved. Now the work on the third floor of the hospital building has been completed and a total of 300 beds will be available in this hospital. Also, state-of-the-art 10 bed intensive care unit has also been set up here. Donor Sai devotee from Mumbai, Shri.Haresh Uttamchandani has donated beds, ventilators, Monitors and other medical equipments worth Rs.1,43,98,164/- (rupees One Crore Forty Three Lakh Ninety Eight Thousand One Hundred Sixty Four only) towards setting up of full fledged Intensive Care Unit. Also, for the newly constructed wards in the floor, Shri.Bhushan from M/s.Qualisurge Surgicals, Pune has donated beds, mattresses, lockers and other materials worth Rs.5,75,000/-(rupees Five Lakh Seventy Five Thousand only).

Earlier, due to shortage of intensive care beds, many patients were forced to be shifted to other hospitals. Now with the start of this new facility, it will benefit more and more needy patients.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Starts Covid Vaccination Centre At Sai Dharmashala - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 12th March 2021

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate inaugurated Covid Vaccination Centre at Sai Darmashala premises and set the ball rolling for vaccinating persons above 45 years and suffering from various ailments as well as for all persons above 60 years.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Accounts Officer Shri.Babasaheb Ghorpade, Administrative Officers Dr. Akash Kiswe, Shri.Dilip Ugle, Medical Superintendent of Shri Sainath Hospital Dr.Maithili Pitambare, Medical Officers, Nurses and staff were present on this occasion.

The Covid Vaccination Centre has been started in Shirdi for people of Shirdi and its surrounding places who are suffering from diabetes, blood pressure, heart ailments etc beyond the age of 45 years and for all persons above the age of 60 years. Those interested in taking covid vaccine should register their names at this covid vaccination center. The vaccine will be made available at the rate of Rs.250 fixed by the government. Also, the government has allowed 100 people to be vaccinated every day in this centre.

Hence, more and more people should register their names in advance at this Covid Vaccination Centre and be present at the specified date and time which will be given to them in order to avail the benefit of the vaccination.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Restarts Laddu Prasad Production On Experimental Basis - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 7th March 2021

By Complying with alll the rules and directions due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) has started production of Laddu Prasad purely on experimental basis and devotees after taking darshan of Shri Sai Baba will be distributed one Boondi Laddu Prasad packet weighing about 50 grams free of cost at the darshan queue.

On the lines of Tirupati Temple, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) is selling Boondi Laddu Prasad Packet prepared with Ghee, Raisins, Cashew and Almond since 1990 to all the sai devotees who come to take darshan of Shri Sai Baba. Also, since 15th August 2013, Sai devotees coming to pay obeisance to Lord Sai Baba are given free Boondi Laddu Prasad packet weighing about 50 grams. Due to the Corona virus pandemic all over the world and in the Country and the States, Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Mandir was closed for Sai devotees from March 17, 2020 as a precautionary measure. Due to this, the sale of paid Laddu Prasad packets as well as distribution of free Boondi Laddu Prasad packets at Darshan queue were completely stopped.

By the order of State Government dated 14th November 2020, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was thrown open for the darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 with certain terms/restrictions. Also, production of Laddu Prasad has been resumed on a purely experimental basis by following all the rules and guidelines pertaining to Covid-19. Accordingly, from Saturday, 6th March 2021, devotees after taking darshan of Shri Sai Baba will be distributed one Boondi Laddu Prasad packet weighing about 50 grams free of cost at the darshan queue. This laddu is being prepared in a very hygenic manner and devotees should consume it immediately as prasad. Devotees should note that the Laddu Prasad needs to be consumed within 24 hours.

Boondi Laddu Prasad which is currently being distributed in Darshan queue has been prepared in an improvised manner and has been much awaited and demanded by devotees for a long time.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Issues Public Notice Regarding Darshan In The Backdrop of Covid-19 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 23rd February 2021

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) has issued Public Notice on Tuesday, 23rd February 2021 regarding Darshan of Shri Sai Baba in the backdrop of Covid-19 restrictions.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi informs to all the devotees that as per the order of State Government, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir has been opened for darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 Diwali Pratipada day with certain terms/restrictions. In view of the increase in number of Corona cases at present, the rules laid down for entering the temple vide earlier public notification shall continue to be in force as usual. Also, due to the limited number of darshan facility in the temple, upto 15000 devotees are permitted per day to have darshan of Shri Sai Baba. Therefore, Sansthan has appealed to all the devotees to come for Sai Baba's Darshan by making online booking (paid and free) on the website of Sansthan online.sai.org.in.

By the order of State Government dated 14th November 2020, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was thrown opoen for the darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 with certain terms/restrictions. Since the Corona Pandemic is not over yet and considering the current increase in corona infected cases, all Sai devotees need to take care of their health. Due to Corona Pandemic, only a certain number of people are being allowed to enter the temple to pay obeisance to Shri Sai Baba. Accordingly, in order to avoid heavy rush in the temple, devotees who are visiting Shirdi for a period more than two days or two consecutive days as well as on Thursday, Saturday/Sunday and on other festivals and public holidays should visit the Sansthan website online.sai.org.in and obtain a free/paid darshan pass/aarti pass. The devotees should make their travel plans to Shirdi only after confirmed online pass. Through the website online.sai.org.in, the reservation facility for the paid darshan passes will be available for the next 5 days from the date of reservation and free darshan pass reservation facility for the planned darshan will be available for the next 2 days from the date of reservation. (kindly note that this does not include darshan day). For more information, please visit Sansthan's website www.sai.org.in.

Also, Sai devotees who do not wear masks, children below 10 years, pregnant women and persons above 65 years will not be allowed to enter the temple. Apart from this, it is strictly forbidden to bring flowers, garlands and other worship materials inside the temple. Sai devotees who are sick are advised not to come for Shri Sai Baba's darshan. In order to avoid any inconvenience, all Sai devotees should visit the temple at the allotted time by showing online darshan passes.

M/s.Mahindra & Mahindra Udyog Donates The-All-New Mahindra Thar Jeep Worth Rs.8,34,000/- To Sansthan - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 6th February 2021

M/s.Mahindra & Mahindra Udyog Limited donated the-all-new Thar series Jeep worth Rs.8,34,000/-(rupees Eight Lakh Thirty Four Thousand only) to Shri Sai Baba Sansthan at a function held on Saturday, 6th February 2021. On the occasion, Chief Executive Officer of M/s.Mahindra & Mahindra Shri.Vijay Nakra handed over the keys of the vehicle to Shri.Ravindra Thakre, acting Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan.

On the occasion head of Nasik division of M/s.Mahindra & Mahindra Shri.Pradeep Deshmukh, Shri.J.S.Prasad, Administrative Officers of Sansthan Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Vehicle Department Chief Shri.Prakash Kshirsagar, Chief of Temple Department Shri.Ramesh Choudhary and others were also present.

Earlier M/s.Mahindra & Mahindra Udyog has donated a total of 14 vehicles which includes Voyager, Bolero, Scorpio,Camper, Logan, Xylo, Maximo, Yuvaraj (Tractor), XUV 500, XUV 300, Marazo and others. This time the company donated Mahindra Thar series of Jeep worth Rs.8,34,000/- to Sansthan. Sansthan acting Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre and Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra & Mahindra Udyog Shri.Vijay Nakra jointly performed ritualistic pooja to the vehicle on the occasion.

Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate Inaugurates Corona Vaccination Drive - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 29th January 2021

Chief Executive Officer Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate launched the Corona Vaccination Drive at a function held on Thursday 28th January 2021. Speaking on the occasion Shri.Bagate said that the services rendered by Shri Sai Baba Hospital and Shri Sainath Hospital run under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) at Covid Center in the event of Corona virus outbreak are appreciated by one and all and the hospitals will continue to render excellent service in future as well.

The Corona Vaccination drive ceremony was held on Thurday, 28th January 2021 at Sansthan's Sai Dharmashala Accommodation Complex. Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Zonal Officer Shri.Govind Shinde, Taluk Level Medical Officer Dr.Pramod Maske, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Dilip Ugle, Chief Engineer Shri.Raghunath Aher, Medical Director of Shri Sai Baba Hospital Dr.Pritam Wadgave, Shri Sainath Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr.Maithili Pitambare, Dr.Vijay Narode, nurses and staff members and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

On the occasion the Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate congratulated the Medical Officers, Nurses, Wardboys, Sanitation Staff of the Hospital for rendering excellent service at the Covid Center of Sansthan. He expressed the feeling that the patient service from the hospital will continue like this in future as well. He said that even though the launch of Vaccination Drive is a matter of joy but still it is everyone's responsibility to wear Mask, use Sanitizers and maintain social distance in future as well as a precautionary measure.

At the beginning of the program, Dr.Maithili Pitambare, Medical Superintendent of Shri Sainath Hospital through a presentation informed the august audience about the measures taken by Sansthan post the Corona Pandemic outbreak and also disclosed that more than 4450 patients have benefitted till date from the Covid Center. Covishield Vaccine would be administered to Corona Warriors who served at Shri Sai Baba Hospital, Shri Sainath Hospital and Covid Center during the Corona outbreak period. This includes Doctors, Nurses, Ward Boys, Ayyahs, Ambulance Drivers and Sanitation Workers.

Shri Sainath Hospital & New Sound Hearing Aid Private Limited, Delhi Jointly Organizes Free Ear Check-up Camp - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 26th January 2021

Shri Sainath Hospital run under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) and New Sound Hearing Aid Private Limited, Delhi have jointly organized a free Ear Check-up (Audiometry) and free hearing aid distribution Camp for the deaf patients on 30th January 2021 and 31st January 2021 in Shirdi.

At present, due to inflation and lack of information, many patients residing in rural areas are deprived of access to modern hearing aid machines. For the benefit of such patients, in collaboration with New Sound Hearing Aid Private Limited, Delhi, Shri Sainath Hospital has organized a free Ear Check-up (Audiometry) and free hearing aid distribution Camp for the deaf patients. The company intends to freely distribute about 500 hearing aids to the needy patients in the camp. Medical Officers of Shri Sainath Hospital's ENT department Dr.Shobhana Kolhe, Dr.Amol Joshi, Dr.Yogesh Gete and Dr.Shirish Shelke will be participating in the camp on behalf of Sansthan.

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shri.Kanhuraj Bagate has requested large number of patients to make use of this camp. For more information and registration contact the reception department of Shri Sainath Hospital on telephone No.02423 258555.

Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan Rings Fraud Alarm About Fake Darshan/Aarti Passes - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) in a Press Release on Wednesday, 20th January 2021 has advised Sai devotees to take darshan/aarti passes from official website of Sansthan and from the darshan pass distribution counters only and not from private persons and any other websites in order to avoid being deceived by Fraudsters. Sansthan stated that it is inappropriate to take such passes and they are not valid. Free passes or online passes are accompanied by either identity cards or photograph of devotees and hence there is every possibility that devotees will get cheated by fraudsters. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust has appealed to all devotees that incase they come across such brokers they should immediately inform Sansthan control room and Helpline Numbers.

Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Mandir has been opened for Sai devotee's darshan on certain terms/conditions. Due to the onset of dreaded Covid-19 pandemic, only a certain number of people are being allowed to have darshan on a daily basis. Sai devotees should book online darshan pass on Sansthan's official website online.sai.org.in order to have darshan of Shri Sai Baba. Many Sai devotees are arriving in Shirdi without taking online dashan passes. Such Sai devotees should enter the temple by availing offline darshan passes. Offline Darshan Passes are available at Shri Ram Parking next to Gate No. 02, Sansthan's Sai Ashram-1, Shri Sai Baba Bhaktanivas (500 rooms), Dwaravati Bhaktanivas and Shirdi Bus Stand. Also, paid darshan passes can be availed from Public Relations Office Pass Distribution Counter situated next to Gate No.1 Darshan Queue.

For complete information about accommodation, food, medical services, donation and darshan before and after their arrival in Shirdi and in order to avoid fraud, Sai devotees should contact Sansthan's helpline numbers: 7588374469/7588373189/7588375204, Control Room Numbers: 7588371245/7588372254 and Whatsapp Number: 9403825314. Also visit Sansthan's Official Website: http://online.sai.org.in/ for more information.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Issues Public Notice Regarding Darshan In The Backdrop of Covid-19 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) has issued Public Notice on Monday, 11th January 2021 regarding Darshan of Shri Sai Baba in the backdrop of Covid-19 restrictions.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi informs to all the devotees that Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir has been opened for darshan of devotees from 16th November 2020 Diwali Pratipada day. Due to the limited number of the darshan facility in the temple, upto 15000 devotees can be permitted per day in the backdrop of Covid-19. Therefore, all the devotees coming for Sai Baba Darshan without any pre-planning and by making online booking (paid and free) on the website of Sansthan online.sai.org.in will not be inconvenienced. Sansthan administration has made continuous efforts about spreading this information to make the public aware through various platforms, social media, TV, publications and news.

However, even after the call from Sansthan, it has been observed that due to large number/huge crowds of devotees for Darshan of Shri Sai Baba, especially on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and other festivals or holidays, the darshan system is put to enormous stress than the actual planned capacity. Against the above background, due to Covid-19, restrictions have been issued by the State Government and the District Magistrate under the National Disaster Prevention Act, 2005 and the Epidemic Diseases Control Act, 1897. In addition, a new type of Covid-19 (Strain) has been reported in England. Devotees from all over the country and abroad flock to Shirdi to have a glimpse of Shri Sai Baba. Therefore, as a precautionary measure the Sansthan administration has taken the following decision as it is necessary to control the crowd and number of devotees to be allowed for Darshan from Thursday, 14th January 2021 till the government restrictions on Covid-19 are relaxed:-

1.Devotees can visit Shri Sai Baba every Thursday, Saturday/Sunday as well as on other festivals and holidays at Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi by visiting the website online.sai.org.in and reserving a free/paid darshan pass/aarti pass. It is impossible for the Sansthan administration to fecilitate darshan without a reserved pass.

2.Due to huge crowd/large number of devotees on Thursdays, Saturdays/Sundays and holidays and festivals, the pass distribution centres at Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Shirdi will be closed for crowd control.

3.The number of foot palanquins processions arriving in Shirdi are also increasing at an unprecedented rate. Therefore, all palanquin groups should avoid bringing palanquins to Shirdi. This request of Sansthan administration should be strictly complied with. Other restrictions on Covid-19 will continue as it is in existance. All devotees should take note of this and cooperate with the Sansthan administration.

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