Some important tips
one must bear in mind while planning a visit to Shirdi
All formal worship of Shri Sai like Mangal
Snan (Holy bath), Abhishek, Aarti are performed in
the Samadhi temple only. The temple opens at 5.00 a.m.
but the devotees make the darshan queue before 4.00 a.m..
No offerings like garland, flowers,
coconut, cloth etc. are accepted during Mangal
Snan (Holy bath), ceremonial worship (Shodashopachaar)
and aartis (all four aartis).
The first ‘darshan’ of the day, begins
after the morning programme of worship (Morning aarti, Mangal
Snan, Shodashopachar ) at around 7.00 AM. The offering
are accepted only during 'Darshan'
Any offering like any ceremonial gift or cloth
are registered in the Donation Office of the Trust before being
offered in the temple. In case, devotees wish to take back the
offered cloth as a token of blessing they need not to register
the same in the office. The offered cloth and articles come
for sale at sale counter of the trust. The public auction takes
place on Thursday and Sunday around 10.00 a.m. near Satyanarayan
If devotee wishes to donate cash, should either
deposit it in the Donation Office (with due receipt) or put
it directly into one of the donation boxes, placed at all important
places of temple complex.
The main temple (Samadhi Mandir) is open from
5.00 AM to 10.30 PM, where as Dwarkamai masjid, Chawri, Gurusthan
are closed around 8.30 PM.
On the main day of celebrations on
important occasions like Ram Navami, Dussehra, Guru purnima
the temple is open throughout the night for darshan.
On such occasions special programmes of devotional songs are
organised by the Trust. On the days when the temple is open
through night, the ‘Shej aarti’ (Night aarti) is not
offered and the daily programme of the following day begins
without the morning aarti (from Mangal Snan onwards).
On every Thursday ‘Palki’
procession takes place at around 9.15 p.m. from Samadhi Mandir
to Dwarkamai and then to Chawri. On important
occasions like Ram Navami, Dussehra, Guru purnima,
Shivratri and Ekadashi (Ashaad / Kartik) ‘Palki’ goes around
the Shirdi village. Shej aarti (Night aarti) is offered
only after the ‘Palki’ returns to the Samadhi temple.