Om Sai Ram – Shirdi Sai Baba’s Punyatithi 12th & 13th Oct, 2013

  • Om Sai Ram – Shirdi Sai Baba’s Punyatithi 12th & 13th Oct, 2013

Dear Sai devotees,

As you all must be aware that on the 13th of October, 2013 is ‘Vijayadashami’, also known as Dussehra. Dussehra can also be interpreted as “Dasa-Hara”, which means the cutting of the ten heads of Ravana. Dussehra is the tenth day after Navratri. It marks the end of the nine days of Navratri.

For Sai devotees, it is venerated as the holy day that their beloved Gurudeva (Saibaba) attained Mahasamadhi (also known as Punyatithi) and is a big festival in Shirdi.

Shital by Baba’s grace will endeavour to follow Baba’s Punyatithi as closely to Shirdi as possible, and would urge your active participation for the Festival.

Baba’s Punyatithi will start on Saturday 12th Oct and finish on Sunday 13th Oct. The temple will remain open from 8am on Saturday 12th Oct right through to 11pm on Sunday 13th Oct.

Below is the schedule for Baba’s Punyatithi (London & Leicester):

Saturday 12th Oct 2013:

Time Program
08:00 am Temple Opens
08:15 am Kakad Aarti of Shri Sai Baba
09:00 am Pothi (Shri Sai Satcharitra) Palki procession
09:05 am Shri Sai Satcharitra Akhand Parayan begins (Continuous reading of Shri Sai Satcharita)

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09:10 am Mangal Snan (Holy Bath) of Shri Sai Baba
09:45 am Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur Aarti
10:00 am Stavanmanjari Recitation
12:00 pm Madhyan Aarti Of Shri Sai Baba
12:30 pm Maha Prasad Distibution begins
06:00 pm Dhoop Aarti of Shri Sai Baba
06:30 pm Maha Prasad distribution continues

Sunday 13th Oct (BABA’S PUNYATITHI)

Time Program
12:00 am Shri Sai Satcharitra Akhand Parayan ends Click here to Participate
12:05 am Pothi (Shri Sai Satcharitra) Palkhi procession
12:30 am Rudra Abhishek Pooja
02:00 am Shri Sai Maha Mantra dhoon chanting
06:00 am Mangal Snan (Holy Bath) of Shri Sai Baba
07:00 am Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur Aarti
08:30 am Bhiksha Jholi Programme
09:15 am Aaradhana Vidhi
10:00 am Flower Samadhi i.e. covering Shri Sai Baba till neck with fresh cut flowers & Petals, (On 16th Oct, 1918 early morning, Baba appeared to Das Ganu at Pandharpur in his dream and said to him “The Masjid collapsed, all the oilmen and grocers of Shirdi teased me a lot, so I leave the place. I therefore came to inform you here, please go there quickly and cover me with ‘Bakkal’ flowers “Plentiful of Flowers” Ref. Shri Sai Satcharitra Marathi, chapter 42 verse 70 and 71; English, page 222, by Govind Raghunath Dabholkar alias “Hemadpant”).
11:45 am (Leicester ONLY) Felicitations to all the walkers who walked nearly 100 miles carrying Baba in ‘Walk for Sai- London to Leicester’ by Baba’s grace.
12:00 pm Madhyan Aarti of Shri Sai Baba
02:00 pm Shirdi Sai Kirtan
04:00 pm Dahi handi / Gopal Kala. (An earthen pot containing a mixture of milk, dry fruits, ghee is tied up at a height of around 20 30 feet in the air, with supporting ropes which are used to move the pot to different heights, as the participants (blindfolded) try and break the earthen pot with a wooden stick. Silver coins are also added to the mixture, which are then later distributed as prize to the winners).
04:30 pm Seemollanghan
06:00 pm Dhoop Aarti of Shri Sai Baba
06:30 pm Bhajan Sandhya
09:15 pm Palkhi Procession
10:00 pm Shej Aarti of Shri Sai Baba
11:00 pm Temple Closes

MAHA PRASAD (Food) – Will be continuously Served from Saturday 12th Oct 12.30 pm right through to Sunday 13th Oct 11 pm.

You can contribute/Donate for Flower Samadhi by following ways:

  • Visit www.justgiving.com/walkforsai
  • Text BABA09 <£amount> to 70070 from your mobile (eg. BABA09 £10)
  • Transfer/deposit to Bank HSBC, Sort Code 40-02-13 Account Number-31742914 (please use our Reference “FS13” when you deposit or transfer)
  • Donate by CASH/CHEQUE/CARD/DD FORM at our temples or centers.

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Please contact us for any queries or concerns.Kind Regards,

SHITAL (Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Association of London)
Ph: London 0208 902 2311
Ph: Leicester 0116 367 1833
email: sai@shirdisai.org.uk

Baba Malik

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