Shirdi, the seat of Sai Baba, the most worshipped sage in India is a widely known pilgrim place located in Maharashtra. Myriads of devotees of Sai Baba from every corner of the country alight here to take the Darshana of this miraculous saint. Devotees believe that even after his death, Sai Baba is still with us and the entire worldly crisis will be solved with his blessings. Shirdi, a widely reckoned religious destination in Maharashtra is developed in the same accord. The Sai Baba Sansthan manages the heavy rush of devotees and provides them food and shelter.
Major Festivals celebrated at Shirdi are: Ramnavami, Guru Purnima and Shirdi Vijayadashmi (Punyatithi of Sai Baba).
Ramnavami: In 1897, Goplarao Gund, a follower of Sai Baba was blessed with a child. To express his gratitude, he proposed to hold a ‘Urus’ in the honor of Sai Baba. Sai Baba agreed but put forward a condition that it should be celebrated on the day of Ramnavami, so as to bring both Hindus and Muslims together. From that time till today, a Urus procession is held on Ramnavami at Shirdi and both Hindus and Muslims take part in it with ultimate zest and enthusiasm. Ramnavami, the festival portraying communal harmony of Shirdi is celebrated in the month of March or April every year. The two rituals performed at the time this festival are replacing the flags of Dwarkamai and changing the sack of wheat kept there and taking the old one to Prasadalaya to be cooked.
Guru Purnima: This is the only festival that Sai Baba had asked his devotees to celebrate in his honor. This is the festival of honoring the Guru and seeking his blessings. Thousands of Sai Baba’s followers gather in Shirdi to seek Sai Baba’s blessings on the day of Gurupurnima.
Shirdi Vijayadashmi (Punyatithi of Sai Baba): Vijayadashmi is the day when Sai Baba took Samadhi. That’s why; this festival is celebrated in Shirdi as Sai Baba’s Punyatithi. 'Brahman Bhojan' is arranged in the temple and a great number of devotees of Sai Baba flock at Shirdi on Vijayadashmi. The Dasara of 2018 is going to be the 100th anniversary of Sai Baba’s Punyatithi. So the Sansthan is preparing for a grand celebration.