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Government Advocate Shri.Ujwal Nikkam Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 9th May 2022

Government Advocate Shri.Ujwalo Nikkam visited Shirdi along with his family members and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan. Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Rahul Jadhav was also present on the occasion.

Honorable Union Minister Of State For Panchayat Raj Shri.Kapil Moreshwar Patil Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 5th May 2022

Honorable Union Minister of State for Panchayat Raj Shri.Kapil Moreshwar Patil visited Shirdi along with his family members and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan. Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat, Member Of Parliament Shri.Sujay Vikhe Patil, Trustee Shri.Sachin Gujar and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Rahul Jadhav were also present on the occasion.

After the Honorable Minister had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan, he was felicitated jointly by Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and Trustee Shri.Sachin Gujar. Member of Parliament Shri.Sujay Vikhe Patil and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Rahul Jadhav were also present on the occasion.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Maharashtra Day and Labour Day on 1st May 2022 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 1st May 2022

On behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Maharashtra Day and Labor Day was celebrated on 1st May 2022. Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat performed flag hoisting and felicitated Role Model Staff Members and retired employees on the occasion. Trustees Shri.Sachin Gujar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Rahul Jadhav, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Dilip Ugle, Chief Security Officer Shri. Annasaheb Pardeshi, Heads of all departments, Sansthan staff members, faculty and students were also present on the occasion. On this occasion Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat wished Officers and Sanstahn Staff Members a happy Maharashtra Day and Labor Day and also appreciated the work done by the staff during the Corona period. Also, on this occasion, Sansthan Trustee Shri.Sachin Gujar wished Sansthan Officers and Staff Members a happy Maharashtra Day and Labor Day.

On the occasion of May Day, General Administration Clerk and Typist of Sansthan Shri.Baban Bhadange, Security Department Assistant Shri.Paraji Pokle, Assistant of Defense Department, Assistant Shri.Parameshwar Gosavi, Sanshtan Contractors Shri.Madhukar Hoan, Shri.Sandeep Bhawar, Shri.Bapusaheb Shelke, Contract Security Staff Member Shri.Santosh Gujar, Shri Sai Baba Bhaktaniwas Assistant Smt.Surekha Thakur, Temple Department Assistant Shri.Ambadas Gondkar, Canteen Department Assistant Shri.Dattu Sulakhe, Contract Staff of fire and safety department Shri.Valmik Game, Contract Staff of Property Department Shri.Mahadev Davkhar, Kanya Vidya Mandir Clerk cum Typist Smt.Indumati Shivade, Construction Department Assistant Shri.Vilas Raut, Telegraph Officer of Electricity Department Shri.Santosh Deokar, Health Department Assistant Shri.Uttam Chabukaswar, Director of Industrial Training Institute Shri.Prashant Pardeshi, Mechanical Department Welder Shri.Chandrabhan Gorde, Vehicle Department Driver Shri.Mukund Thorat, Shri Sai Prasadalaya's female assistant Smt.Indubai Nimbalkar, Assistant Shri.Janardhan Thorat, Accounts Department Clerk cum Typist Shri.Dattatreya Shinde, Medical Officer of Shri Sainath Hospital Dr.Devaram Tambe, Sweeper Shri.Parashuram Salve, Contract Nursing Staff Shri.Riaz Shaikh, Water Supply Department Assistant Shri.Machchindra Tandale, Medical Officer of Shri Sai Baba Hospital Dr.Sachin Bagade, Nurse Smt.Vaishali Surve, Laddu Prasad Production Department's Shri.Jayaram Kandalkar - all in all 29 employees were felicitated on behalf Sansthan by handing over certificates of appreciation, Shri Sai Baba Photograph, Shawl and Coconut by Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and Trustee Shri.Sachin Gujar.

Also, Employees who have completed Superannuation (60 years) during the month of April 2022 were felicitated by Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and Trustee Shri.Sachin Gujar. Smt.Vimal Bachche of Security Department, Smt.Sujata Joshi of Shri Sai Baba hospital, Shri.Madhav Inamke of Canteen Department, Shri.Pramod Kharat of English Medium School, Shri.Haribhau Bachne of Health Department, Shri.Ashok Divekar and Shri.Pandarinath Pawar of Prasadalaya Department were among the superannuation employees who were felicitated on the occasion.

The program was coordinated by Vasant Vani, Professor, Shri Sai Baba Kanya Vidya Mandir.

Minister For Public Works, Maharashtra State Shri.Ashok Chavan Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 29th April 2022

Honorable Minister for Public Works, Maharashtra State Shri.Ashok Chavan visited Shirdi and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. Sansthan Chairman Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Trustees Advocate Shri.Suhas Aher, Shri.Avinash Dandavate, Shri.Sachin Gujar, MLA Shri.Sudhir Tambe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Rahul Jadhav and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

After the Honorable Public Works Minister Shri.Ashok Chavan had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan, he was felicitated by Sansthan Chairman Shri.Ashutosh Kale. Trustees Advocate Shri.Suhas Aher, Shri.Avinash Dandavate, Shri.Sachin Gujar, MLA Shri.Sudhir Tambe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Rahul Jadhav and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

Honorable Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Council Dr.Neelamthai Gorhe Visit Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 16th April 2022

Honorable Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Council Dr.Neelamthai Gorhe visited Shirdi on Saturday, 16th April 2022 and had Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Darshan. Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat, Trustee Smt.Anuradhatai Adhik, Shri.Sanjay Dhivare, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Nasik and others were also present on the occasion.

After the Honorable Deputy Speaker Dr.Neelamthai Gorhe had Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Darshan, she was felicitated by Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and Trustee Smt.Anuradhatai Adhik.

Shri Ram Navami Celebration 2022 In Shirdi – A Report – Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)

Shri Ram Navami Festival organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi started on a very auspicious note on Saturday, 9th April 2022. The entire Shirdi town reverberated with huge Sai Naam Jaykar from lakhs of Sai devotees who came along with Palanquins from various places in the State and took Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan in this festival.

On the first day of the festival, after the morning Kakad Aarti at 5:15 am, procession of Sai Baba's Portrait, Idol, Veena and the holy Sai Satcharitra were taken out upto Dwarkamai. Sansthan’s Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale carried the holy Shri Sai Satcharitra Pothi, Sansthan Vice Chairman Advocate Shri.Jagadish Sawant and Trustee Advocate Shri.Suhas Aher carried Baba’s photograph and Trustee Shri.Avinash Dhandawate carried Veena and participated in the procession. Trustees Shri.Sachin Gujar, Shri.Rahul Kanal, Shri.Suresh Wable, Shri.Mahendra Shelke, Dr.Eknath Gondkar, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Babaaheb Shinde, Security Officer Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, Temple Priests, Sansthan Staff members, local villagers and devotees participated in large numbers in the procession. After the procession reached Dwarkamai, Akhanda Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayan was started. Sansthan Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale read the 1st Chapter, Smt. Shobhatai Gondkar read the 2nd chapter respectively, Trustee Shri.Sachin Gujar read the 3rd Chapter, Smt.Surekhatai Shelke read the 4th Chapter and Kum.Avantika Dhandawate read the 5th Chapter respectively.

Earlier in the morning at 7:00 am Baba’s Pada Pooja was performed with due religious custom and tradition by Sansthan Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale and his wife Smt.Choutalitai Kale.

Afternoon Aarti was held at 12:30 pm. At 4:00 pm Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar's Keertan was held on Samadhi Mandir Stage. After the completion of Keertan, Dhoop Aarti was held at 6:30 pm. From evening 7:30 pm to night 9:50 pm Shri.Ninad Group, Smt.Padyavati Parekar, Pune performed Devotional Music programmme on Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap Stage. After the completion of the programme, the Artists were felicitated on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. At 9:15 pm Shri Sai Baba's Palanquin Procession was taken throughout Shirdi village. Today being first day of the festival, Dwarakamai was kept open throughout the night for Akhanda Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayan. As Sansthan Administration had made elaborate arrangements in view of the possible huge crowd turning up for the festival, Sai devotees were able to have darshan of Shri Sai Baba with ease and comfort. Considering the intensity of heatwave, Sansthan Administration had arranged for Drinking Water facility at various places along the darshan queue.

Also, on the occasion of Shri Ram Navami, Principal Secretary, Department of Law and Justice, Shri.Neeraj Dhote, attended the Afternoon Aarti. Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and Vice Chairman Advocate Shri.Jagadish Sawant were also present on the occasion.

On the main day of Shri Ram Navami festival i.e., on Sunday, 10th April 2022, Samadhi Mandir was kept open throughout night for darshan. Lakhs of Sai devotees got the benefit of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Darshan.

Attractive Flower Decoration and Electrical Lighting Decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir Complex caught the eye of Sai devotees.

Today, being main day of the festival, after Kakad Aarti at 5:45 am, Akhanda Shri Sai Satcharitra Parayan got completed. A procession of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra was taken from Dwarakamai through Gurusthan Temple to Samadhi Mandir. Sansthan’s Trustee Smt.Anuradhatai Adhik carried the holy Shri Sai Satcharitra Pothi, Sansthan Trustee Shri.Sachin Gujar and Shri.Mahendra Shelke carried Baba’s photograph and Trustee Shri.Suresh Wable carried Veena and participated in the procession. Sansthan Vice Chairman Advocate Shri.Jagadish Sawant, Trustees Advocate Shri.Suhas Aher, Shri.Avinash Dandawate, Shri.Jayawantrao Jadhav, Dr.Eknath Gondkar, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Babaaheb Shinde, Security Officer Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, Temple Priests, Sansthan Staff members, local villagers and devotees participated in large numbers in the procession.

Sansthan Vice Chairman Shri.Jagadish Sawant and his wife Smt.Janhavitai Sawant performed Baba's Pada Pooja at Samadhi Mandir.

 

Earlier in the morning, Trustee Smt.Anuradhatai Adik and Smt.Shobatai Gondkar performed Kavadi Pooja.

Today being the main day of the festival, Pooja of Wheat Bag was performed at Dwarakamai and Samadhi Mandir by Sansthan Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale.

Also, Flag Pooja at Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Shatabdi Pillar at Lendi Baugh was performed by Sansthan Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale.

On both occasions, Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat, Vice Chairman Advocate Shri.Jagadish Sawant, Trustees Advocate Shri.Suhas Aher, Shri.Avinash Dhandawate, Shri.Sachin Gujar, Shri.Rahul Kanal, Shri.Suresh Wable, Shri.Jayawantrao Jadhav, Shri.Mahendra Shelke, Dr.Eknath Gondkar, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Babasaheb Shinde, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary and other dignitaries were also present.

In the morning at 10:00 am, Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikaram Nandedkar performed Shri Rama Janma Keertan. After the completion of Keertan, Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat celebrated Shri Rama Janmotsav.

Before Afternoon Aarti, Sai Mahabhakt Late Shri.Nana Saheb Rasane family and Late Shri.Nana Saheb Nimonkar (Deshpande) family performed new flag pooja. And at 4:00 pm in the evening, flag procession was taken out.

At 5:00 pm, Shri Sai Baba Chariot Procession was taken out throughout Shirdi village. In this Chariot Procession, Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers participated in large numbers.

From 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Shri.Vijay Sakharkar, Mumbai performed on Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap stage.

Also, today being the main day of festival, Samadhi Mandir was kept open throughout the night for darshan. Lakhs of devotees took adavantage of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Darshan.

On the occasion of Shri Rama Navami Celebration, Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat welcomed distinguished Sai Palanquin Groups from Mumbai.

Also, on the occasion of Shri Ram Navami festival, Samadhi Mandir and its surroundings were beautifully decorated with attractive flowers from the generous donation from philanthropic Sai devotee from Bhubaneshwar, Orissa Shri.Sadashiv Das.

Likewise, Shri.Nilesh Narode, M/s.Om Sai Lighting Decorators, Shingwe, made attractive electric lighting decoration in and around Samadhi Mandir which was the highlight of the festival.

Shri Ram Navami festival organized by Sansthan and started on Saturday, 9th April 2022 concluded on Monday, 11th April 2022 in a spirited atmosphere with the Kalyachi Keeertan by Hari Bhakta Parayana Shri.Vikram Nandedkar at 10:30 am.

Sansthan Trustee Smt.Anuradhatai Adhik performed Pada Pooja at Samadhi Mandir along with her family members at 7:15 am. Sansthan Vice Chairman Advocate Shri.Jagadish Sawant and Trustee Shri.Sachin Gujar were also present on the occasion.

Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and her husband Shri.Sanjay Dhivare, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Nasik performed Rudrabhishek at Gurusthan Temple at 7.00 am. Sansthan Vice Chairman Advocate Shri.Jagadish Sawant, Trustees Shri.Sachin Gujar, Smt.Anuradhatai Adhik, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary and Temple Priests were present on the occasion.

After the completion of Kalyachi Keertan by Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar, Dahi Handi Breaking Ceremony was held at 12:00 noon at Samadhi Mandir. Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat, Vice Chairman Advocate Shri.Jagadish Sawant, Trustees Advocate Shri.Suhas Aher, Shri.Avinash Dandawate, Shri.Suresh Wable, Dr.Eknath Gondkar, Shri.Mahendra Shelke,Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Nasik Shri.Sanjay Dhivare, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Babasaheb Shinde, Administrative Officers Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Choudhary, Sansthan Employees, Sai devotees and villagers were also present.

Noon Aarti was held at 12.10 noon followed by Teerth Prasad. At evening 6:00 pm, Trustee Shri.Jayawant Jadhav and his wife Smt.Janhavi Jadhav performed Padya Pooja at Samadhi Mandir. Dhoop Aarti was held at 6.30 pm. Evening 7:30 pm to night 9:50 pm Shri.Akshay Ayre from Mumbai enthralled devotees with "Suswagatam Ramarajya" Dance Drama on Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap Stage. Shej Aarti was held at 10.00 pm.

During Shri Ram Navami festival, about 1,75,000 devotees took the benefit of Shri Sai Prasad Bhojan in Shri Sai Prasadalaya. Likewise, about 2,20,00 Laddu prasad packets and about 1,15,000 breakfast packets were distributed to devotees. Apart from this, accommodation for about 18,500 devotees was arranged at Shri Sai Ashram, Shri Sai Baba Bhaktanivasthan, Dwaravathi, Shri Sai Prasad Niwassthan and other guest houses. On the occasion of the festival, about 10,000 Padayatris from 53 palanquins from Mumbai and other parts of the State were accommodated at Shri Sai Dharamshala at nominal rates.

Considering possible heavy rush of devotees during the festival, with a view to provide smooth darshan and in order to protect devotees from heat, about 97,000 square feet Mantap was erected inside temple area, new Pimpalwadi road, Gate No.4 to Dwarakamai and Chavadi area, Sai Udyan Guest House as well as Shri Sai Prasadalaya and other places. Drinking water facility was provided at various plaes all along the darshan queue. Also, in order to provide additional accommodation to Sai devotees, about 32,000 square feet Mantap had been erected at Sai Bhaktaniwas Guest House and Sai Dharmashala by providing all amenities like water, electricity, Toilets and Security arrangements. In addition to this, in order to fecilitate accommodation for Padayatris who come along with Palanquins from Mumbai and surrounding areas to Shirdi, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan had set up about 1,17,000 square feet Mantap all along Mumbai Shirdi highway by providing amenities like water and electricity. Shri.Valmikrao Kathkade from Kopergaon had provided 10 free wanter tankers along with drivers for which fuel was being taken care of by Sansthan. Also, after the Padayatris arrival in Shirdi, accommodation for Padayatris was provided at Sai Dharmashala at nominal rates. In order to provide emergency medical care to Padayatris on the way from Mumbai to Shirdi, a mobile medical team had been deployed to provide emergency medical facilities.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat, Vice Chairman Advocate Shri.Jagadish Sawant, all trustees have specially thanked all department heads, employees and Shirdi Villagers for putting hardwork in order to make Shri Ram Navami Celebration a grand success.

Preparation Complete For Shri Rama Navami Festival 2022 - Courtesy : Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 4th April 2022

Preparations have been completed for the upcoming Shri Rama Navami Festival Celebration which will be held from Saturday, 9th April 2022 to Monday, 11th April 2022 on behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi). During the three day period various religious and cultural programmes have been organized.

Shri Rama Navami Festival was started way back in 1911 with the permission of Shri Sai Baba. Since then, this festival is celebrated in Shirdi with great enthusiasm. Considering possible heavy rush of devotees during the festival, with a view to provide smooth darshan and in order to protect devotees from heat, about 97,000 square feet Mantap have been erected inside temple area, new Pimpalwadi road, Gate No.4 to Dwarakamai and Chavadi area, Sai Udyan Guest House as well as Shri Sai Prasadalaya and other places. Also, in order to provide additional accommodation to Sai devotees, about 32,000 square feet Mantap has been erected at Sai Bhaktaniwas Guest House and Sai Dharmashala by providing all amenities like water, electricity, Toilets and Security arrangements. In addition to this, in order to fecilitate accommodation for Padayatris who come along with Palanquins from Mumbai and surrounding areas to Shirdi, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has set up about 1,17,000 square feet Mantap all along Mumbai Shirdi highway by providing amenities like water and electricity. Shri.Valmikrao Kathkade from Kopergaon has provided 10 free wanter tankers along with drivers for which fuel is being taken care of by Sansthan. Also, after the Padayatris arrive in Shirdi, accommodation for Padayatris will be provided at Sai Dharmashala at nominal rates. In order to provide emergency medical care to Padayatris on the way from Sinnar to Shirdi, a mobile medical team has been deployed.

In addition, First Aid Centres will be set up in front of Gurusthan Temple, Dixit Wada, Darshan Queue Area, New Bhaktaniwas (500 rooms), Sai Ashram, Shri Sai Prasadalaya, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap near Maruti Mandir and other places along with Ambulances deployed at these places to provide medical services. Extra Buses have been arranged for devotees to commute from Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir to Shri Sai Ashram, Shri Sai Baba Bhaktaniwas Guest House, Shri Sai Dharmashala and Shri Sai Prasadalaya. In order to make Prasad Laddu Packets easily available to devotees during the festival period, Laddu Sales Counters have been set up at Sai Mangal Karyalaya, Open Air Theatre in front of Dwarakamai, Sai Complex adjacent to Maruti Mandir, Shri Sai Prasadalaya and all other guest houses. Plans are afoot to set up additional Laddu Sales Counters as and when required. Also, on the occasion of Shri Rama Navami Festival, Samadhi Mandir and its surroundings will be beautifully decorated with attractive flowers from the donation received from Philanthropic Sai devotee Shri.Sadashiv Das from Bhubaneshwar. Also, Eye Catching Electrical Lighting decoration will be done by Shri.Nilesh Narode, M/s.Om Sai Lighting Decorators, Shigaon.

On the occasion of Shri Rama Navami Celebration on Saturday, 9th April 2022, there will be Kakad Aarti at 5.15 am. At 5.45 am a procession will be taken out with a Shri Sai Baba Photo and Pothi. At 6.00 am, there will be continuous recital of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra at Dwarakamai followed by Holy bath for Shri Sai Baba and darshan at 6.20 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 by Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar from Srimad Sadguru Shri Dasganu Maharaj Pratishtan, Gorte, Nandad at the stage near Samadhi Temple. Dhoop Aarti will be performed at 6.30 pm. From evening 7:30 pm to night 9:50 pm Shri.Ninad Group, Smt.Padyavati Parekar, Pune will be performing Devotional Music 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 10.00 pm. Dwarakamai will be kept open for throughout the  night on this day for reading the Holy Scripture.

On the main day of festival on Sunday, 10th April 2022, Kakad Aarti will be performed at 5.15 am followed by conclusion of Akhanda Parayan at 5.45 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 6.20 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 by Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar from Srimad Sadguru Shri Dasganu Maharaj Pratishtan, Gorte, Nandad. 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 10:00 pm Shri.Vijay Sakharkar from Mumbai will be peforming Sai Swar Dance programme. A program by the intended artists will be held between 10 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 10th April 2022 and early morning Kakad Aarti on the 11th April 2022 will not be held.

On the concluding day of festival i.e., on Monday, 11th April 2022, the holy bath for Shri Sai Baba and Darshan will be performed at 5.05 am. Rudrabhishek will be performed at Gurusthan Temple at 7.00 am. Gopal Kala Keertan and Dahi Handi will be held at 10.30 am by Hari Bhakta Parayan Shri.Vikram Nandedkar from Srimad Sadguru Shri Dasganu Maharaj Pratishtan, Gorte, Nandad. 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 9:50 pm Shri.Akshay Ayre from Mumbai will be enthralling devotees with "Suswagatam Ramarajya" Dance Drama. Shej Aarti will be held at 10.00 pm.

During the festival period, everyday evening from 7:30 pm to night 9:00 pm, performance from Invited Artists will be held on the stage of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir Shatabdi Mantap near Maruti Mandir. Sai devotees desiring to participate in the Akhanda Parayan at Dwarakamai may enroll their names at the donation counter No.1 on 8th April 2022 between 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Participants will be selected by draw of lots at 5:35 pm on the same day on Samadhi Mandir Stage. Also, artists desiring to present their programmes on 10th April 2022 may entroll their names in announcement room in advance with the temple staff. Chief Executive Officer Smt. Bhagyashree Banayat has invited all Sai devotees to attend the 3 day celebration and enhance the festive atmosphere.

In order to ensure Shri Rama Navami festival a grand success, under the able guidance of Sansthan Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and all Trustees, Sansthan Chief Accounts Officer as well as Acting Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Babasaheb Shinde, Administrative Officer Dr.Akash Kisave, Shri.Dilip Ugale, Security Department Chief Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi all Department Heads, all Sansthan Officials and Staff Members are putting special efforts.

Mumbai Sai Devotee Donates Golden Crown Weighing 552 Grams Worth Rs.26,05,440/- to Shri Sai Baba - Courtesy : Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 4th April 2022

Philanthropic Sai Devotee from Mumbai Shri.Sandip Kumar Gupta offered Golden Crown weighing 552 Grams worth Rs.26,05,440/- (Rupees Twenty Six Lakhs Five Thousand Four Hundred Forty only) at the lotus feet of Shri Sai Baba.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Gudi Padwa - The Maharashtra New Year - Courtesy : Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 2nd April 2022

On this auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa festival today,  Gudi was erected on the top of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Chief Executive Smt. Bhagyashree Banayat and her husband Shri. Sanjay Dhivare, Joint Commissioner, Income Tax Department, Nasik performed the rituals. Sansthan Trustees Smt.Anuradha Adik, Shri. Avinash Dandavate, Shri. Sachin Gujar, Shri.Suresh Wable, Shri. Mahendra Shelke, Dr. Eknath Gondkar, Head of Temple Department Shri. Ramesh Chaudhary, Priests, staff and Shirdi villagers were present on this occasion.


Shri Sai Baba Sansthan To Start Shri Sai Satyavrat, Abhishek Pooja from 1st April 2022 and Re-Start Parayan Hall for reading Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra from 2nd April 2022- Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 30th March 2022

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) has decided to start Shri Sai Satyavrat, Abhishek Pooja from 1st April 2022 and Re-Start Parayan Hall for reading holy Shri Sai Satcharitra from 2nd April 2022.

As mentioned in holy Shri Sai Satcharitra, Sai devotees were insisting on starting of Shri Sai Satyavrat Pooja and Abhishek Pooja. For this, Sansthan has set up Shri Sai Satyavrat Hall in the backside of Shani Mandir. Also, Shri Sai Baba Abhishek Poja has been arranged in front of Samadhi Mandir. In order to participate in both these Poojas, Sai devotees can book the tickets online or at the donation counter and participate. Donation of Rs.100/- has been fixed for performing Shri Sai Satyavrat Pooja. Everyday morning Shri Sai Satyavrat will be perfomed in 3 batches from 7:00 to 8:00, 9:00 to 10:00 and from 11:00 to 12:00 respectively. Mandir Priests will perform the pooja and one Shri Phal (Coconut) and Shira Prasad will be given as prasad to devotees. Donation of Rs.101/- has been fixed for performing Abhishek Pooja. Everyday morning Shri Sai Abhishek Pooja will be perfomed in 2 batches from 7:00 to 8:00 and 9:00 to 10:00 respectively. Mandir Priests will perform the pooja and one Shri Phal (Coconut) and one Laddu Prasad will be given as prasad to devotees.

Also, Shri Sai Satcharitra is considered as the best books in literature related to Shri Sai Baba. This book was written by Late Shri.Govind Raghunath Dhabolkar alias Hemadpant with the grace of Shri Sai Baba and Sai devotees consider this holy book as literary idol. A collection of wonderful Leelas and Teachings of Shri Sai Baba is mentioned in this book. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan has brought out this book in 16 languages besides Marathi language. Sai devotees who come to Shirdi to pay obeisance to Shri Sai Baba are eager to get acquainted themselves with the wonderful Leels and Teachings of Shri Sai Baba. For this, Sansthan has started an Independent Parayan Hall in the backside of Datta Mandir inside Lendi Baugh to enable Sai devotees to do Parayan of holy Shri Sai Satcharitra in private.

However, two years ago, due to the outbreak of Corona Virus in the World and in the Country, Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir was closed from 17th March 2020. In the last two years, the State Government has imposed Lockdown twice due to the outbreak of Corona Virus. Later, when the Samadhi Mandir was opened for darshan by Sai Devotees, a single queue was formed and devotees were allowed to have darshan of Samadhi Mandir, Dwarakamai, Gurusthan, village deities Ganapati, Shanidev, Mahadev and Shri Datta Mandir and Nanda Deep at Lendi Baugh. However, at this time, Shri Sai Satyavrat Pooja, Abhishek Pooja and Parayan Hall were not opened for Sai Devotees.

Now, due to the reduction in active Corona Cases in the State, the Government has relaxed Corona Rules and one facility after another is being opened by Sansthan for the benefit of Sai devotees. At the same time, in the recently held meeting of Sansthan Management Committee under the Chairmanship of Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and Trust Members, it was decided unanimously decided to re-start Shri Sai Satyavrat Pooja, Abhishek Pooja and Parayan Hall as before. Accordingly, Shri Sai Satyavrat, Abhishek Pooja will start from 1st April 2022 and Parayan Hall for reading holy Shri Sai Satcharitra will commence from 2nd April 2022 respectively. Parayan Hall will be open for Sai devotees from morning 5:00 am to night 9:00 pm. Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra in all languages will be available for Sai devotees for the purpose of Parayan. Sansthan Management Committee Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and Trust Members have appealed to Sai devotees to take maximum advantage of Shri Sai Satyavrat Pooja, Abhishek Pooja and Parayan Hall.

"Walking Encyclopedia on Shirdi Sai Baba" Vinny Chitluri (Vinny Maa) Passes Away -Courtesy: Shri.Sada Ghode, Shirdi dated 24th March 2022

It is with deep regret we wish to inform you all that "Walking Encyclopedia on Shirdi Sai Baba" Dr. Vinny Chitluri passed away peacefully at 10.15 am in Chennai on 24th March 2022 on an auspicious Thursday. She was 79. She was ailing since last month due to age related issues.


Her mortal remains will be taken to Shirdi on Friday evening and her last rites will be performed on Saturday, 26th March 2022 in Shirdi as per the information provided by reliable sources.

Biography :

Vinny Chitluri was a multi faceted Sai Personality. She was an eminent Writer, Researcher and Social Service Activist who was popular amongst Sai devotees around the world as “Walking Encyclopedia on Sai Baba.”  She was very unassuming in nature and loved and treated Sai Baba as her “Best Friend”.

Vinny Chitluri was born in Arvankadu ( Nilgiris ) on 10th March 1943 and was educated in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.  She did her Post Graduation in Paediatrics from Kalawati Seren Hospital, Delhi. She then went to the US and was conferred the “Diplomat of the American Academy of Paediatrics “ on passing the board examination.

While in the US, she reflected on her karmic bonds with her family . As her father worshipped Baba, She too had been doing so for over 61 years.Her father took her to Parama Poojya Shri.B.V. Narasimha Swamiji in the year 1949 when her mother was sick. She was fortunate to have  sat on Shri.Narasimha Swamiji ‘s lap. Her relationship with Baba was that of “ Best friend” who loved her unconditionally.

While she was doing her Post Graduation, she had undertaken a vow to serve Sai Baba. But after some time she forgot her vow. Later when she was in the US, she remembered her vow, decided to quit everything. Accordingly, she retired from the medical profession at the age of 50 , came to Shirdi in 1994 and settled there. Initially she tried to become a doctor and tried for that position  at Shri Sainath Hospital, Shirdi hoping to serve Sai devotees by serving in the Medical field. But,  she did not get any position in Shri Sainath Hospital.  She realized that Baba had different plans for her and hence she offered her Doctorate Degree Certificates to Sai Baba’s Samadhi in Shirdi and then she set about trying to know more about Baba. She had met many Sai Mahabhaktas like Das Ganu, Lakshmi Bai Shinde, Dattatreya Nimonkar, Uddhav Deshpande (Shyama’s Son), Ramachandra Adkar (Madhav Adkar’s Son) and many more. After meeting many a Mahabhaktas and their descendants and after personally interviewing them she soon realized that “ the more she learned about him the more ignorant she was” . it would take many lives to understand this inscrutable god, So her quest was ongoing till her last breath and will continue forever!!

Books by Vinny Chitluri:

She had done extensive research and had written many authenticated Books on Sai Baba. She brought out her first Book titled “Ambrosia in Shirdi” in the year 2000. Her second Book titled “Ambrosia in Shirdi-Part I-Baba’s Leelas before 1918” was published in the year 2002. Then she kept herself busy in doing extensive research on Sai Baba. During this time she visited the houses of many Sai Mahabhaktas, interviewed their descendants and collected lots of information on Sai Baba and the Mahabhaktas. Then after a long gap of 5 years, she brought out another masterpiece titled “Baba’s Rinanubandh-Leelas during His sojourn in Shirdi” in the year 2007. This was followed by “Baba’s Vaani-His Sayings and Teachings” in the year 2008. This Book was so much in demand by the Sai devotees that it got reprinted again in the same year. “Baba’s Gurukul-Shirdi” was her next book which got released in the year 2009. This book was followed by “Baba’s Anurag – Love for His Devotees” in the year 2010. Then again after a gap of 4 years and after extensive research she brought out “Baba’s Divine Symphony” -  A collection of some very rare Leelas of Sai Baba in the year 2014. She brought out another master piece "A Divine Journey with Baba" in 2015.
Then again after a gap of almost 5 years she brought out "Shirdi Sai Baba - His Divine Manifestations" in the year 2020.

Baba’s Gurukul, Baba’s Anurag and Baba’s Rinanubandh have been translated into Hindi language. Her books Baba’s Divine Symphony, A Divine Journey with Baba and Baba’s Rinanubandh have been translated into Kannada language.

Photo Exhibitions and Slide Shows:

After her return from the US, she kept her self busy in doing extensive research on Sai Baba and collected lot of original photographs of Sai Baba, Mahabhaktas, Shirdi and other places connected with Shri Sai Baba. With this rare collection of photographs, she travelled across the length and breadth of India and even abroad and did many Photo Exhibitions and Slide Shows on Shri Sai Baba at various Sai Baba Temples.

Documentary on Sai Baba and Sai Mahabhakta's

During the later part of her life, She also narrated beautifully on the life and teachings of Sai Baba and Sai Mahabhakta's through YouTube Documentaries which were well received by Sai devotees across the globe.

Social Service Activities of Vinny Chitluri:

Vinny Chitluri was one of the key members who were responsible for building a Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Korhale village near shirdi ( about 10 kms west of Shirdi). The specialty of this temple is that there is no Baba’s murthy installed in the mandir. Instead only Sai Baba’s life size photograph has been installed in the mandir.

Shri Sai Baba has advocated that “Manava Seva is Madhava Seva” – meaning Service to Sai Devotees is Service to Sai. Keeping this in mind the Temple Trust is carrying out lot of social service activities throughout the year.
Every year during special festival occasions like Sri Ramanavami, Guru Poornima, Vijayadashmi there is a steady stream of Padayatris from Mumbai,Pune and other places. The Padayatris have to pass through the Korhale Sai Baba Mandir situated in  this route only. They take a break and stay in this beautiful temple.  A big hall named after Sai Mahabhakte Radhakrishna Mayee namely “Radhakrishna Mayee Hall”  was built and got inaugurated in the year 2014 by another Sai Mahabhakta Late Shri.Dattatreya Nimonkar.   

The highlight of this temple is that there is an original padukas of Shri Sai Baba.  On the 6th of May 2004, Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan set about widening the “ Palkhi Road ”. The front portion of Narasimha Lodge was slated to be broken. In that portion the Padukas were partly embedded in the wall. The Padukas are over a hundred years old. Unlike most Padukas they are not raised, but etched in the stone. It looks as though when Baba stood on the stone, the sculptor etched the contour of his feet on the stone. They are the original Padukas of Baba. In front of the Padukas, there is a small hollow cup like structure. It is said that Baba during his Bhiksha rounds stood there and fed the birds, crows and dogs, from the food collected. He then poured the liquid collected in that hollow cup. Sometimes he poured water in it so that the birds could drink it. Vinny Chitluri took these holy Padukas with the permission of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. The holy padukas were finally installed on the auspicious day of Guru Poornima in the year 2004.

Some of the Social Service Activities carried out by the Korhale Temple Trust under the able guidance of Vinny Chitluri are:

• The Trust celebrates every festival, without religious bias. The three main festivals of Baba are celebrated, as it's done in Shirdi.

• The Trust help the villagers e.g. take the sick to the hospital often the patients are brought to the Sai Baba Hospital Shirdi.

• Blood donation drive is carried out twice a year when all the youngsters donate blood.

• Medical camp is held by the Trust. The doctors comes once a month and give free treatment and medicines to the needy patients.

• Eye Camps are held occasionally when Baba devotee Ophthalmologists does free service. This facility is not done on a regular basis as it is hard for the doctor to bring all the heavy equipments.

• The Trust is doing exceptional Pad Yatri Seva. Many pilgrims walk to Shirdi with or without Palkhis stop at the temple to have a bath. They are given tea and snacks before proceeding to Shirdi.

• The Trust Members go personally to Mumbai during Ram Navami every year with First Aid, medicines, and an Ambulance and render service to those pilgrims walking from Mumbai to Shirdi.

• The village has a lot of snakes and scorpions Those patients bitten by the reptiles are brought by the temple volunteers to be admitted at Shirdi. They also help in getting the anti venom vaccines for these patients.

• The Trust works closely with The Primary Health Center. Many villagers suffer from Tuberculosis. The volunteers take them to the D O T S. Center collect the medicines, and see that it is taken on time, they also bring the patients for their check-ups if they are unable to do so.

• There are many children of migrant workers and labourers. Often the parents work as labourers. Hence many children are undernourished and not looked after properly by their parents.  The young lads are encouraged by the Trust Members to take courses at the Shirdi ITI so that they can graduate as Electricians, Welders & Plumbers.

• In keeping with Baba's Teachings, there is emphasis on Annadaan. School children are often given milk and snacks on many occasions.

Vinny Chitluri’s love towards Baba was something unique and extraordinary which cannot be expressed in words.

Even though Vinny Chitluri had crossed Seventy years, still if any Sai devotee who was truly interested wanted to know and understand more about Shri Sai Baba, she welcomed them with open heart and gave authentic information about Shri Sai Baba. At the same time, if any devotee went to her with false prestige and ego, they were not  entertained by her as she believed in “Unconditional Surrender to SAI BABA with No EGO” as the basic qualification to become a Sai Devotee.

The information provided by Vinny Chitluri in her Books is completely authenticated as she cross checks the information with many sources, verifies them thoroughly and then only puts them in writing.

We Sai devotees should be proud and fortunate to have had an a Sai Personality like Vinny Chitluri amongst us because she had dedicated her entire life for doing extensive research on Shri Sai Baba and guided all of us in right direction. 

To conclude we would like to say that Vinny Maa will live forever through her wonderful books filled with authentic information which will surely be the guiding light to New Generation of Sai Devotees.

Shri Sai Baba Rath Yathra Held On The Occasion of Rangapanchami Festival in Shirdi - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 23rd March 2022

On behalf of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shri Sai Baba's Chariot Procession around Shirdi village was taken out on the auspicious occasion of Rangapanchami Festival. On the occasion, Sansthan Trustees Advocate Shri.Suresh Aher, Shri.Avinash Dandwate, Shri.Sachin Gujar, Dr.Eknath Gondkar, Shri.Mahendra Shelke, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thackeray, Chief Security Officer Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi, Temple Department Chief Shri.Ramesh Chaudhary, Priests, Staff, Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers were present in large numbers.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Starts Corona Vaccination For Children In The Age Group 12 To 14 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 22nd March 2022

As per Government Orders, Hospitals run under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi started administering Corona Vaccines for Children in the age group of 12 to 14. Chief Executive Officer of Sansthan Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat inagurated the vaccination drive by offering pooja to the image of Shri Sai Baba at Kanya Vidya Mandir, Shirdi.

In the Corona Vaccination launch programme, Superintendent of Rural Hospital Smt.Dr.Ghogare, Medical Director of Shri Sai Baba Hospital Dr.Pritam Wadgave, Medical Superintendent of Shri Sainath Hospital Dr.Sunita Kadu, Headmaster Shri.Asif Tamboli as well as faculty, students and staff members of Kanya Vidya Mandir were present.

As per Government Instructions, in the backdrop of Corona, the CCC, DCHC and DCH hospitals were under the auspices of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. Since 18th March 2020, around 10,000 patients with Corona symptoms and asymptomatic patients have been treated free of cost. Considering the lack of Oxygen for Corona patients, through the donation from donor Sai devotees, Sansthan has set up an Oxygen generator plant with a capacity to generate 1200 Litres Per Minute (LPM) and RT-PCR Lab with a testing capacity of 1300 tests per day with about 1,25,000 free tests have been conducted so far. Also, through Sansthan Hospitals, an important task of vaccinating about 35,000 people with first and second dose has been completed so far and is still going on.

In addition, in the backdrop of possible outbreak of Corona Virus, as per Government Order Vaccination Drive for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years has been started from 3rd January 2022. Also, as per Government Order, Vaccination has geen started for Chidren in the age group of 12 to 14 years and it will be available from morning 10.00 am to evening 5.00 pm at Kanya Vidya Mandir. Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat requested more and more citizens to take advantage of this facility offered by Sansthan.

Shri Sai Baba Rath Yathra To Restart From Rangapanchami Festival - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 22nd March 2022

Due to the restraining orders from Ahmednagar District Collector in view of the Law and Order situation, Shri Sai Baba's Palkhi taken out on Thursday and Rath Yathra taken out on Rangapanchami Day were stopped. However, considering the faith of Sai devotees and due to repeated demands from them and also with a view to continue the tradition of Sansthan, Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat had immediately contacted the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police by telephone and demanded to start the Rath Yathra procession. After receiving due permission from them, Shri Sai Baba's Rath yathra procession will be taken out around Shirdi village on 22nd March 2022 at 05.00 pm on the occasion of Rangpanchami festival.

A restraining orders under section 37(1) of the Maharashtra Police Act, 1951 had been passed in the backdrop of Corona from 17th March 2022 to 22nd March 2022 by Ahmednagar District Collector. As per this order, displaying the figures or images of any person as well as making public announcement, singing, playing musical instruments playing the instruments, using instruments that amplifies voice such as usage of Loudspeakers or usage of listening devices, usage of record players are strictly prohibited. Accordingly, Shirdi Police Station had issued a letter to Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) ordering for stopping of Thursday Palkhi Procession as well as Rath Yathra procession on the occasion of Rangapanchami festival. Considering the restraining orders from Ahmednagar District Collector and letter from Shirdi Police Station, it was necessary to obey the restraining order in view of the law and order situation and hence, Palkhi Procession as well as Rath Yathra were stopped from 17th March 2022 to 22nd March 2022 until further orders. Also, immediate decision had to be taken to cancel Thursday's Palkhi procession from 17th March 2022.

However, considering the faith of Sai devotees and due to repeated demands from them and also with a view to continue the tradition of Sansthan, Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat had immediately contacted the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police via email as well as telephone and requested to start the Rath Yathra procession from 22nd March 2022 on the occasion of Rangapamchami festival. Ahmednagar District Collector had given his oral approval for the same. Also, the Chief Executive Officer had a telecon with Superintendent of Police, Ahmedngar on the issue and discussed in detail. He had promised to do his level best towards starting of Rath Yathra. He promised extra police protection to maintain law and order during Rath Yathra.

Accordingly, Shri Sai Baba's Rath Yathra will be taken out around Shirdi village on 22nd March 2022 at 05.00 pm on the occasion of Rangpanchami. Devotees should take advantage of this rath yathra by adhering to the rules of law and order. Chairman of Shri Sai Baba Santhan Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashsree Banayat and all the trust members have solicited cooperation from Sai devotees in this regard.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate International Women's Day - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 15th March 2022

To mark the International Women's Day (8th March 2022) Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat took the intitative on beahlf Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) and had organized various competitions and cultural programmes to showcase the talents of female officers and staff members of Sansthan on Sunday, 13th March 2022. These programmes were held in enthusiastic atmosphere.

In this programme presided over by Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat, Smt.Rashmitai Avinash Dandwate, Smt.Surekhatai Mahendra Shelke, Smt.Smitatai Suhas Aher, Smt.Poornimatai Sachin Gujar, Smt. Kasturabai Dhivare, Smt.Madhuritai Shinde, Smt.Diliptai Karan Sasane, Smt.Pranajatai Bhujbal, Smt.Anuradha Khot and other dignitaries were presen on the occasion. A large number of women officers and female employees of Sansthan were present on this occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat said that till date this kind of programme for women have never been organized by Sansthan. Even though, 365 days belongs to women, yet this day is being celebrated as a special occasion exclusively for women. Also, I am also a women and I can very well understand your feelings. All the women here are now excited about the event. Smt.Banayat called on all women employees to carry out the work in their respective departments with same enthusiasm and enjoy work. Chief Guest Smt.Bayanat was overwhelmed by the presence of all women and various cultural programmes present by them.

8th March is celebrated as International Women's Day. However, keeping in view of the convenience of all, Sansthan had organized this programme on Sunday, 13th March 2022. In the first ever International Women's Day organized by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan with great enthusiasm, various art competitions (like dance, drama, singing, musical instruments, jokes, food stalls, handicrafts stalls, funny games stall, Lemon and spoon games, Upside down walkiing, running, Essay Competition, Poem writing, devotional songs, rangoli competition, role play, fashion show and other competitions were organized. About 400 female Sansthan employees comprising of permanent, contract and outsource participated in the program. Food stalls, handicraft stalls, funny games stalls were also set up at the event by women from various self help groups. First, second and third prize as well as consolation prizes were distributed to the participants of the competition. During the prize distribution of the program, the participating staff and officers shared their thoughts. On this occasion, Principal Smt.Shilpa Vaidya thanked the organizers, councilors, contestants and dignitaries present.

To carry out this program successfully, under the able guidance of Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Administrative Officer Dr.Akash Kisave, Medical Director Dr.Pritam Wadagave, special efforts were made by Medical Superintendent Dr.Sunita Kadu, Principal Smt.Shilpa Vaidya and women staff members of all the departments.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Celebrate Maha Shivaratri Festival 2022 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 2nd March 2022

Like every year, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan celebrated Maha Shivaratri Festival and temple and its surroundings were beautifully decorated with eye catching flowers. Also, around 50,000 Sai devotees took the benefit of tasting Sai Prasad in the form of Sabudana Kichadi.

Due to the change in Kakad Aarti timings from the auspicious Maha Shivaratri day and in view of the decision to admit devotees, Sai devotees and villagers were admitted to Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti at 5:15 am. Sansthan Trustees Dr.Eknath Gondkar, Advocate Shri.Suhas Aher, Shri.Avinash Dandavate, Mahendra Shelke, Temple Incharge Shri.Ramesh Chaudhary, Chief Security Officer Shri.Annasaheb Pardeshi along with Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers were present on the occasion. Holy bath to Shri Sai Baba was held at 5:50 am followed by Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur Aarti. Later from 6:25 Shri Sai Baba's darshan commenced. Afternoon Aarti was held at 12:00 noon. Dhoop Aarti was held at 6:30 in the evening. Keertan Programme was held from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Samadhi Mandir Stage. Shej Aarti was held at 10:00 pm. Also, at night from 12:26 to 1:15 am, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and her husband Shri.Sanjay Dhivare, Joint Commissioner, Income Tax Department, Nasik performed Rudrabhishek Pooja at Gurusthan Mandir.

On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, attractive flower decoration were made at Samadhi Mandir, Gurusthan, Dwarakamai, Chavadi and other places with the donation from Smt. Jayashree Shankar, a devotee from USA. These attractive flower decoration caught the eye of sai devotees. Around 50,000 Sai devotees took the benefit of tasting Sai Prasad in the form of Sabudana Kichadi at Sai Prasadalaya. About 58 bags of Sabudana as well as 2800 kgs of groundnuts were used to prepare this Kichadi. Also, around 25,000 sai devotees took advantage of Breakfast packets.

Also, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, Smt.Rupali Chakanakar, Chairperson of Maharashtra State Womens Commission visited Samadhi Mandir at 11:45 in the afternoon and had Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi Darshan. Chief Executive Officer Smt. Bhagyashree Banayat felicitated her on the occasion. Shri.Mahendra Shelke was also present on the occasion.

Sai Devotees To Be Allowed To Attend Kakad Aarti & Shej Aarti from 1st March 2022 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 28nd February 2022

The Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat informed media persons through a Press Release on 28th February 2022 that Sansthan Management Committee in its meeting held recently had decided to revert back to old Aarti timings with effect from Mahashivatri Festival i.e.,1st March 2022. Accordingly, like earlier days, Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti will be held at 5:15 am and night Shej Aarti will be held at 10:00 pm and that Sai devotees will be allowed to attend both Kakad Aarti as well as Shej Aarti along with other Aarti's. It may be noted here that due to curfew restrictions by the Government from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am devotees were not allowed to attend both Kakad Aarti as well as Shej Aarti.

Smt.Banayat said that last year the State Government has imposed lockdown twice due to Corona virus pandemic in the World and in the Country. Later, when the temple of Shri Sai Baba was opened to the devotees for darshan, the State Government had laid down some guidelines from health point of view in order to control the spread of Corona virus. Also, in the backdrop of possible waves of Corona virus, traffic curbs as well as Curfew orders were issued from time to time. As per Government Order dated 8th January 2022, since night curfew was imposed from 11:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Sansthan Chairman Advocate Shri.Ashutosh Kale and other trustees had decided not to allow devotees for Kakad Aarti at 4:30 am and Shej Aarti at 10:30 pm. However, with the change in Kakad Aarti and Shej Aarti timings like earlier days to 5:15 am and 10:00 pm respectively,Sai devotees can be allowed to attend both Kakad Aarti as well as Shej Aarti. Also, Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers were repeatedly demanding that they be allowed to attend Kakad Aarti as well as Shej Aarti.

Accordingly, considering the demand of devotees for admission to Kakad Aarti and Shej Aarti, from 1st March, 2022, Sai devotees will be allowed to attend Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti as well as Shej Aarti on behalf of Sansthan. However, in the backdrop of Corona pandemic and as per the prevailing rules of the State Government, the devotees will be allowed to enter Samadhi Mandir by strictly following social distance norms. Hence, only a limited number of devotees will be able to take advantage of these rituals. As per the previous rules, passes for all the four Aarti's can be booked from the official website of Sansthan online.sai.org.in . Smt. Banayat also said that offline passes will not be available and that all Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers should make note of this. Sansthan Chairman, Trustees and Sansthan Administration solicited cooperation from Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers in this regard.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Reverts Back To Old Aarti Schdule From 1st March 2022 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 22nd February 2022

The Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat informed media persons through a Press Release on 22nd February 2022 that Sansthan Management Committee in its meeting held recently has decided to revert back to old Aarti timings with effect from Mahashivatri Festival i.e.,1st March 2022. Accordingly, like earlier days, Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti will be held at 5:15 am and night Shej Aarti will be held at 10:00 pm.

Smt.Banayat said that various Pooja's are being peformed at particular timings at Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir. These include Kakad Aarti, Afternoon Aarti, Dhoop Aarti and Shej Aarti and these Aarti's are attended by a large number of devotees and local villagers. Also, these Aarti's are of paramount importance to devotees and hence these Aarti's continues uninterruptedly in Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir even to this day. From Gudi Padwa festival in 2008 onwards, it was decided by the then Management Committee to change the time of Kakad Aarti to 4:30 am and Shej Aarti to 10:30 pm respectively. Accordingly, there were changes in daily programme schedule due to the change in Shri Sai Baba's Aarti timings. But Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers were repeatedly demanding that timings of Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti and Shej Aarti should be changed as before. Accordingly, in the management committee meeting held on 24th January 2022 under the Chairmanship of Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Banayat and the Board of Trustees, it was unanimously decided to revert back to old Aarti timings for Kakad Aarti and Shej Aarti respectively.

Due to the change in the timing of Kakad Aarti and Shej Arati, the schedule of daily programmes at Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir is slighly changed in between. As per new schedule, the Samadhi Mandir opens at 4:45 am. The Bhoopali record will be played at 5:00 am. Shri Sai Baba's Kakad Aarti will be held at 5:15 am. Shri Sai Baba's Mangal Snan (holy bath) will be held at 5:50 am and immediately after the Mangal Snan Chota Aarti Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur will be held. Darshan will commence at 6:25 am. Afternoon Aarti will be held at 12:00 noon. Dhoop Aarti will be held at Sunset. Shri Sai Baba's Shej Aarti will be held at 10:00 pm. Samadhi Mandir will be closed at 10:45 pm.

As mentioned above, the change in Shri Sai Baba's Aarti timings and daily programmes at the Samadhi Mandir will be effective from 1st March 2022. Smt.Banayat appealed on behalf of Sansthan Management Committee to devotees and shirdi villagers to make note of change in timings and solicited their cooperation with Sansthan in this regard.

Shri Sai Baba Museum & Dhyana Mandir (Meditation Hall) To Be Open For Sai Devotees from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm From 15th February 2022 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 17th February 2022

The Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat informed media persons through a Press Release that with effect from 15th February 2022, Shri Sai Baba Museum and Dhyana Mandir (Meditation Hall) have been kept open for Sai devotees from morning 6:00 am to night 9:00 pm.

Smt.Banayat said that a Museum has been set up at Dixit Wada inside the temple complex to provide information to Sai devotees about various articles used by Shri Sai Baba. In this Museum, various articles like Padukas, Kafni, Chillum, Pillows, Mattress, Chariot, Palanquin and many other articles used by Shri Sai Baba are on display. Likewise, in order to enable devotees who come for Shri Sai Baba's darshan to meditate, Sadhana and do Naama Smaran, Sansthan has constructed a new Dhyana Mandir (Meditation Hall) on the first floor of the Sri Sai Satyavrat Hall. Around 250 to 300 devotees visit this Dhyana Mandir every day to perform meditation. But last year, due to the outbreak of Corona virus in the World and in the Country, the Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was closed from 17th March 2020. In the last two years, the State Government has imposed lockdown twice due to Corona virus pandemic. Later, when the Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was thrown open for darshan to devotees, they were allowed to have darshan of Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi, Dwarakamai, Gurusthan, Village Dieties Ganapati, Shanidev, Mahadev, Shri Dattatreya and Nanda Deep situated at Lendi Baugh in a single line. However, at that time, Shri Sai Baba Museum and Dhyana Mandir (Meditation Hall) were not opened for devotees. But, there was repeated demand from Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers to open Shri Sai Baba Museum and Dhyana Mandir (Meditation Hall).

As per the demand of Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers, with effect from 15th February 2022, Shri Sai Baba Museum and Dhyana Mandir (Meditation Hall) have been kept open for Sai devotees from morning 6:00 am to night 9:00 pm. After Shri Sai Baba's Samadhi darshan, devotees will be allowed to both the places as per the prevailing Corona guidelines. Devotees must observe strict social distance, use hand Sanitizers and face Mask as per Covid guidelines. Also, afer entering Dhyana Mandir (Meditation Hall) devotees can meditate for about 10 to 15 minutes only. At the same time, all devotees and villagers should take note that devotees will not be allowed to read or do Sai Satcharitra Parayan in this Dhyana Mandir.

However, Sai devotees should strictly follow all Covid-19 guidelines and take darshan of Shri Sai Baba Museum and Dhyana Mandir. Sansthan CEO Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat solicited cooperation from all Sai devotees and Shirdi villagers in this regard.

Sansthan Chairman Felicitates Two Sansthan Outsource Employees For Their Honesty - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 26th January 2022

Two Sansthan outsource employees Shri.Vikas Pagare and Shri.Sandeep Arne who found Rs.24,500 development salary while cleaning a room at Dwarawati Bhaktaniwas and sincerely handed over the same to Sansthan were felicitated by Sansthan Chairman Shri.Ashutosh Kale for displaying honesty in the presence of Sansthan Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and all Sansthan Trust Members.

On 18th January 2021 sai devotee who had taken room no.255 vacated the same at 2:00 pm. After that,two Sweepers belonging to outsourced contractor M/s.Sumit Facilities, Pune Shri.Vikas Pagare and Shri.Sandeep Arne cleaned the room. They found some money under the mattress on the bed. They immediately brought the matter to the notice of the Assistant and Supervisor. After that, the supervisor contacted the devotee who had taken the room and when asked about it, he informed that he had not forgotten any o luggage or cash. Later, the amount was handed over to Security Department. It was mentioned that the amount of Rs.24,500 was handedover to Accounts Department on 19th January 2021.

Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chairman, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Management Committee felicitated the outsourced Sweepers Shri.Vikas Pagare and Shri.Sandeep Arane for their honesty. Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and all the members of the Board of Trustees appreciated the honesty of Sansthan Staff Members.

Shri Sai Baba Diary & Calendar 2022 Launched On the auspicious Makara Sankranti Day On 14th January 2022 - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 14th January 2022

Release Ceremony of “Shri Saibaba Diary and Calendar 2022” being published annually by Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi was held on the auspicious Makara Sankranti day on 14th January 2022 in the august presence of Sansthan Chairman Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat and other Sansthan Trust Members.

In the release ceremoney which was held at 11:00 am today at Sansthan Meeting Hall, Sansthan Chairman Shri.Ashutosh Kale, Chief Executive Officer Smt.Bhagyashree Banayat, Trustees Smt.Anuradhatai Adhik, Advocate Suhas Aher, Shri.Avinash Dandawate, Shri.Sachin Gujar, Shri.Suresh Wable, Shri.Mahendra Shelke, Dr.Eknath Gondkar, Deputy Executive Officer Shri.Ravindra Thakre, Administrative Officer Dr.Akash Kiswe, Publication Department head Shri.Vishwanath Bajaj and other Sansthan staff members were present.

Speaking on the occasion Sansthan Chairman Shri.Ashutosh Kale said that Shri Sai Baba's Diaries and Calendars are published every year by Sansthan management. Various types of Diaries and Calendars are made available to Sai devotees for a payment. Accordingly, for the year 2022, Shri Sai Baba Diary has been published independently in 2 types and in 4 different languages ​​(Marathi, Hindi, English and Telugu). In this diary, detailed information about Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir and various temples and important places in the temple area have been mentioned along with all QR Codes giving detailed information of these locations. When this QR CODE is scanned, , the information pertaining to respective places or sections is available in audio-visual format (via Video Clip) along with various photographs. Also detailed information of all festivals, religious and other events celebrated by Sansthan, books / photos published by Sansthan, online donation, Important information about accommodation and registration for Darshan and Aarti has been included and the diary has been published in both large and pocket sizes. Also, Shri Sai Calendar has been published in 9 different types with Calendars in simple and 3D format, Table Calendars in simple and 3D format as well as Office and Home Calendars have been published.

These publications will be sold at reasonable prices to Sai devotees through Sansthan Books and Photo sales counters. Also, abundant supply will soon be made available through online sales at Sansthan's official website www.sai.org.in . Sansthan Chairman Shri.Ashutosh Kale appealed to more and more Sai devotees to take advantage of these Sansthan publications.

Sansthan Contemplates various Measures To Be Taken In The Backdrop Of Possible 3rd Wave Of Covid-19 Omicron Variant - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 6th January 2022

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Smt.Bhagyashree Banayt informed media persons through a Press Release dated 6th January 2022 that in accordance with the suggestions made in the recent review meeting held under the Chairmanship of Nasik Divisional Revenue Commissioner Shri.Radhakrishna Game, Sansthan is contemplating on various measures to be taken in the backdrop of possible 3rd Wave Of Covid-19 Omicron Variant and in order to procure Ventilators, Liquid Oxygen Plant as well as Dura Cylinders and other medical equipments seeks assistance from devotees. Smt. Banayat appealed to those who would like to donate these materials to contact Sansthan run Shri Sai Baba Hospital and Public Relations Office.

Smt.Banayat said that on 22nd December 2021, a meeting was held at Sansthan Meeting Hall under the Chairmanship of Nasik Divisional Revenue Commissioner for contemplating on various measures to be taken in the backdrop of possible 3rd Wave Of Covid-19 Omicron Variant. After the first review meeting on Corona, Shri.Game proposed to increase the capacity of RT-PCR testing up to 5,000 persons per day, to set up a genome sequencing lab, to set up two liquid medical oxygen plants on rental basis, Setting up of 300 oxygen beds for patients at Sai Ashram Phase 2, Dura Cylinders, two liquid oxygent plants and ventilator as well as medical equipments and necessary infrastructure and provide various other facilities by way of donation from philanthropic donors. It was also suggested that both Shri Sai Baba and Shri Sainath Hospitals should be functioning as non Covid hospitals and that Covid Hospital should be started at Sai Ashram Phase 2 (Sai Dharmashala) in order to handle possible third possible wave of Corona.

Accordingly, construction work of Covid Hospital for the third possible wave at Sai Ashram Phase 2 (Sai Dharmashala) is underway. The hospital requires 50 Ventilators, 10 Pediatric Ventilators, 2 Liquid Oxygen Plants, 100 Dura Cylinders, 100 Jumbo Cylinders, Genome Sequencing Lab Construction and Oxygen Pipeline for Oxygen Beds and various other medical equipments. Interested donors who wish to contribute to procure the above medical equipments should contact Shri Sai Baba Hospital on Mobile No.87884 38491 and Public Relations Department on Mobile No.94045 92599. Smt.Banayat also appealed to maximum number of donors to come forward and donate generously.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Starts Corona Vaccination For Children In The Age Group 15-18 At Sai Dharmashala - Courtesy: Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Press Release dated 4th January 2022

Chief Executive Officer of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Smt.Bhagyashree Banayt informed media persons through a Press Release dated 4th January 2022 that as per the orders of State Government, Hospital run under the auspices of Sansthan has started Vaccination drive for Children in the age group of 15 to 18 at Sai Dharmashala.

Smt.Banayat said that on behalf of Sansthan, in the ground floor of Sai Dharmashala Bhaktaniwas in 8 halls with 10 to 12 beds in each hall a total of 100 bed separation centre and Covid care hospital have been set up. Also, CCC, DCHC and DCH were run as per the instructions of the Government in the backdrop of Corona under the supervision of the hospital. On bhealf of the hospital, since 18th March 2020, about 10,000 patients with corona symptoms and asymptomatic patients have been treated free of cost. Considering the lack of Oxygen for Coronary Artery Disease, with the generous donation of Rs.2,33,74,000 by Sai devotees, an Oxygen Generation Plant with Oxygen generation capacity of 1200 LPM (Liter Per Minute) and RT-PCR lab with capacity of conducting about 1300 tests in 3 shifts per day has been set up by Sansthan with about 85,000 free trials have been conducted in this regard. Also, through the hospital, an important work has been done to vaccinate 23,000 people in and around Shirdi with first and second dose of covid vaccine till date.

Also, efforts have been made on behalf of Sansthan to increase the capacity of RT-PCR testing up to 5,000 persons per day, to set up a genome sequencing lab, to set up two liquid medical oxygen plants on rental basis, Setting up of 300 oxygen beds for patients at Sai Ashram Phase 2, two liquid oxygent plants and ventilator as well as medical equipments and necessary infrastructure and provide various other facilities by way of donation from philanthropic donors.

In addition to this, Children in the age group of 15 to 18 years are being vaccinated free of cost through the hospital of Sansthan as per the Government Orders in the backdrop of possible outbreak of Corona virus. Smt.Banayat said that this free vaccination will be available at Sai Ashram Phase 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and requested maximum number of citizens to avail this facility.

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