Sai Baba trust in Shirdi prepares for Guru PurnimaThe Hindu festival of Guru Purnima in 2022 falls on Wednesday, July 13. On the anniversary of his birth, the great saint Veda Vyasa is remembered on this day.
While Guru Purnima is observed in several states, it is essential to the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust of Shirdi in Maharashtra. Sai Baba, supposed to have lived all of his life in this tiny village, is why Shirdi is famous. Sai Baba is honored on this day as a spiritual guru who is worshipped through holy occasions that include aartis, palki yatra, and readings from Sai Satcharita, his biography.
Western India’s Maharashtra state has the town of Shirdi. It is well-known as Sai Baba’s former residence and an important pilgrimage site. In this location, Sai Baba’s grave is next to an elaborate marble statue of him at the Samadhi Mandir temple. At the Sai Baba Temple complex, devotees congregate daily to pay tribute to his legacy. Sai Baba once resided at Dwarkamai, a mosque, and the Lendi Garden, surrounded by trees. After a two-year hiatus caused by the nationwide implementation of Covid restrictions, the Shri Saibaba Sanstha Trust in Shirdi is getting ready to celebrate Gurupounima.
Tuesday through Thursday will be dedicated to Gurupournima. The trust has made every preparation necessary to enable visitors to the temple town to seek Sai Baba’s blessings. The administration claims that although Gurupournima ceremonies were performed each year, visitors were prohibited from entering the temple during that time due to state government directives.
“The temple trust saw that the rites were performed on time and according to plan. After the Covid limitations, visitors can access the temple for the first time without registering in advance. However, according to sources with the trust, those who want to use a special “pass” will also be permitted. Following a complete closure for pilgrims on March 17, 2020, the temple reopened on November 16, 2020, although only to a limited number of visitors, by government directives. On April 5, 2021, it was once more shut down. On October 7, 2021, it was reinstated with restrictions.
The trust anticipates 2.5 and 3 lakh pilgrims visiting the temple during the three-day festivities. The average daily visitor count is around 70,000, mainly during weekends. But it multiplies during celebrations, according to the officials.