Shirdi:03.07.18-On behalf of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)and as per annual traditions GURUPOURNUMA UTSAV will be celebrated this year between 26thJuly and 28th July 2018. Due to Moon Eclipse on 27th July that is the main day of celebrations Samadhi Mandir will be closed after Shejarati and in lieu of the same the Mandir will be kept open for the entire night on the conclusion day of the celebrations that is on the 28th July 2018. This information has been provided by Shrimati Rubal Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer of the Sansthan.
Shrimati Agrawal said that the Mentor-disciple tradition is ancient. For expressing gratitude for our teacher/mentor GURU POURNIMA is celebrated on Ashadhi Pournima. Even while Shri Saibaba was living GURU POURNIMA was celebrated with much fervor at Shirdi. Therefore the event has an enormous importance for the disciples. Innumerable devotees of Shri Saibaba visit Shirdi every year for Samadhi Darshan and attend the celebrations religiously.
This year as always various programs have been organized on the occasion of GURU POURNIMA celebrations. On the first day of the same on the 26th July 2018, Kakad Aarti will be performed at 4.30 in the morning. There will be a procession of Shri Saibaba Photo and Pothi at 5.00 am. Continuous reading od Shri Sai Saccharit will start at Dwarakamai at 5.15 am. Holy bath and Darshan for Shri Saibaba at 5.30 amand Shri Saibaba Padya Pooja will be performed at 6.00 am. Madhyanha Aaarti will be performed at 12.30 Noon and keertan will be performed between 4 pm and 6 pm. Dhooparati will be performed at 7 pm. Invited artists will perform between 7.30 pm to 9 pm and 9.30 pm to 10.30 pm.At 9.15 pm a procession of Shri Saibaba Palanquin will be taken through the city and after the procession returns Shejarati for shri Saibaba will be performed at 10.30 pm. Dwarakamai will be kept open for reading of Sai Saccharit for the entire night on this day.
On Friday the 27th July 2018 being main day of the celebrations, Kakad Aarti will be performed at 4.30 in the morning. There will be conclusion of continuous reading of Shri Saibaba Pothi and procession of Photo and Pothi at 5.00 am. Holy bath and Darshan for Shri Saibaba at 5.20 am and Shri Saibaba Padya Pooja will be performed at 6.00 am. Madhyanha Aaarti will be performed at 12.30 Noon and keertan will be performed between 4 pm and 6 pm. Dhooparati will be performed at 7 pm. Invited artists will perform between 7.30 pm to 9 pm and 9.30 pm to 10.30 pm. At 9.15 pm a procession of Shri Saibaba Palanquin will be taken through the city. Due to Moon Eclipse on the day Samadhi Mandir will remain closed after Shejarati for Shri Saibaba performed at 11.00 pm.
On the conclusion day of the celebrations Saturday the 28th July 2018, Holy bath and Darshan for Shri Saibaba will be held at 4.00 in the morning. Shri Saibaba Padya Pooja will be performed at 6.00 am. Rudrabhishekl will be held at Gurusthan Temple at 6.15 am. Gopalkala Keertan and Dahihandi will be held at 10.30 am. Madhyanha Aaarti will be performed at 12.10 Noon with Dhooparati at 7 pm. Invited artists will perform between 7.30 pm to 9 pm and 9.30 pm to 10.30 pm.
The Samadhi Mandir will be kept open for the entire night. Shejarati for 28th July and Kakad Aarati for 29th July will not be held. On this day interest artists will be able to perform SAI BHAJAN (Hajeri) between 11 pm and 5 am next morning at the stage set near the temple.
Shrimati Agrawal further said that Shri Sai devotees interested for continuous reading of Shri Sai Saccharit to be held at Dwarakamai Temple on the first day should register their names at the stage near Samadhi Mandir on the 25th July2018 between 1 pm and 6 pm. A draw will be held to select the devotees for the same at 6.10 pm. Similarly artists interested for the Hajeri program on the 28th July should register their names in advance with Temple staff at Announcement Cell.
Under the guidance of Sansthan Chairman Dr Suresh Haware, Vice Chairman Chadrashekhar Kadam, all the Trustees and Chief Executive Officer Shrimati Rubal Agrawal, officers such as Dhananjay Nikam and Manoj Ghode Patil, Deputy Collectors, Dy Chief Executive Officer Babasaheb Ghorpade, all Administrative Officers, all Heads of Departments and staff are making efforts in order to make the Celebrations this year successful.