Om Sai Ram

Shri Sai Baba's life and teachings are well documented in Sai Satcharitra by Shri Hemadpant in Marathi which was personally blessed by Shri Sai Baba.
Shri Hemadpant got Shri Sai Baba's blessings in 1910 to write this work. Said Shri Sai Baba "Let him make a collection of stories and experiences, keep notes and memos; I will help him. He is only an outward instrument." Subsequently SaiSatcharitra has been translated into a number of different languages. The one in English is called Shri Sai Satcharitra by Shri Nagesh Vasudev Gunaji.
The following is a very short summary on the life of Shri Sai Baba to serve as an introduction. We recommend that you read one of the more authoritative books to really understand the life and teachings of Shri Sai Baba.
Chandbhai, the headman of a village called Dhoopkhede (in Aurangabad, India), once lost his horse and was looking for it. Suddenly he heard a voice say "You look tired. Come here and rest a while". He turned around and saw a young Fakir (Baba). The fakir smiled at him and said "What are you looking for in this jungle, Chandbhai". This surprised Chandbhai and he wondered how the fakir knew his name.
Slowly, he said "I have lost my horse. I have looked for it everywhere, but cannot seem to find it". The fakir told him to look behind a clump of trees. Chandbhai was pleasently surprised to find his horse grazing peacefully behind those trees. He thanked the fakir and asked his name. The fakir said "some people call me Sai Baba."
Sai Baba then invited Chandbhai to have a smoke with him. He got the pipe ready, but there was no fire to light it with. Sai Baba thrust a pair of tongs into the ground and brought out a burning coal. Chandbhai was wonderstruck. He thought "this is no ordinary person" and invited Baba to come to his house and be his guest for a few days.
Next day Baba went to Chandbhai's house and found everybody in a very joyful mood and festivities going on all around. He found that Chanbhai's wife's nephew was getting married. The bride was from Shirdi and the marriage party was going to Shirdi. Chandbhai invited Baba to accompany the marriage party to Shirdi. At Shirdi they camped in a field next to Khandoba's temple.
After the wedding, Saibaba stayed on at Shirdi. At first he lived under a neem tree and begged for food whenever he needed it. He then went to Khandoba's temple, intending to stay there, but the temple priest met him at the entrance and told him to go to the mosque. That is how Baba, started staying at the Mosque which was later called Dwarkamayi.
Baba preached at Shirdi all his life and performed numerous miracles to convince people that God exists. He healed people's diseases, provided moral and material comfort to his Devotees. Baba helped bring Unity and Harmony between all communities. He said that God is one, but called by different names. He said follow your own religion and seek the truth.
One day a rich millionaire named Booty came to Sai Baba and said he was going to construct a stone building for Shri Krishna. Baba helped him plan the building. Before the building was completed Baba fell very ill. On the 15th of October 1918, he breathed his last. His last wish was to be buried in Booty's building.
Booty's stone building came to be known as Samadhi Mandir. Shri Sai Baba was buried here and a beautiful shrine was built over it. To this day, people flock to Shirdi to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba.




Sai Dham Kaithal

We have tried our level best to give Baba and his devotees – a feel of Shirdi, his actual home. The Murti and the backdrop of the Mandir give you a glimpse of mini Shirdi. So many people around us have got attached to Baba and each one is serving him in their own special way. All the 4 artis are duly performed daily – Kankad arti and Snan at 5:00 am, Madhyaanya Arti at 12:00 pm, Dhoop Arti at 6:00 pm and Shej Arti at 10:00 pm. Regular Bhog and Prasad is served after each arti. Thursdays are special as it is Baba’s day. In the morning at 5a.m there is Mangal Snan in which all devotees take part and scrub and bathe Baba and later dress him up and do his Shringar. Thursday evenings are special too, as  langar prasad is distributed among 200-300 devotees present, in the Mandir and also to the poor and needy outside the mandir. Apart from this, devotees come in the mornings to meditate in the peaceful presence of Baba, read Sai Charitra, pray and get rid of their tensions. Not only their worries, people also come to the mandir to share their joys and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries with Baba by distributing sweets and other foods items that they have prepared up for Him. In turn, they get blessings from Baba in the form of the ‘Haar’ (garland), ‘Chola’ (dress). Being able to perform the arti themselves, they get so close to him,  serving him food-all this gives the devotees immense joy and overwhelms them with emotion. Thus a special bond is formed between the bhakt and Baba.

 

  • Devotees can directly take part in all the 4 arties performed daily.
  • Perform Special Mangal Snan with Panchamrit on Thursday morning arti, dress up Baba with their own hands, decorate mandir stage with flowers / rangoli and on Thursday evenings volunteer to distribute special langar prasad being served and also help in controlling crowd of devotees, taking care of shoes outside the mandir etc.
  • Festivals of all religions be it Diwali, Ram-Naumi,Gurupurnima,JanamAschtami,Shiv Ratriti are celebrated with dedication in the presence of Baba and special programs/ arrangements are made for this.
  • Sai Bhajans are organized on Thursday by different singers, volunteer devotees .
  • Saptahik  Sai Satcharitra is done by different devotees especially on 18-24 Dec,Sthapna Diwas.
  • Special Sai Sandhya is held on a larger scale once a year to attract as many devotees as possible around the neighbouring areas, towards Baba on Sthapna Diwas ie.  24 dec  
  • Shobha Yatra is being done on every year on Sthapna Diwas ie.  24 dec  
  • Group tours are organized  to Shirdi especially for the elderly who are unable to travel alone or others who are facing problems to get Baba’s darshan, attend arti, showing where and how he lived at Dwarkamai, his museum so that devotees get a feel of Baba, thereby many desires and wishes are fulfilled.
  • In this way, once devotees are ready to move towards the higher goals of life meditation classes are given to interested devotees in the morning. Daily ‘Dhyan’ and ‘Simran’ are done in Baba’s presence which gives the bhakts mental peace and happiness.