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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous festivals celebrated in Shirdi?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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Festivals are the cultural spirit and flavour of any region. A religious place like Shirdi then is certain to have a rich tradition of celebrating Indian festivals with an inspiring gusto. Here is a look at the important festivals that mark the celebrations' calendar in Shirdi.


  • Ramanavami

    Celebrated in the months of March or April, Ramanavami is chiefly famous the unique integrating factor that serves to bring Hindu and Muslim devotees on the same platform of homage to the spirit of compassion and brotherhood propounded by Sai Baba.
    Pujas, music, public processions mark the flavour of this festival. The Samadhi Mandir remains open all night during one of these days, while Dwarkamai is opened the previous night.
    Two locally historic rituals are performed during this festival- the flags at
    Dwarkamai are replaced with the new ones; the wheat-sack placed at Dwarkamai is re-moved to the Prasadalaya and used there.
    The fanfare and zest displayed by the locals at this time is worth noticing. Do not hesitate to join in, and you will assuredly have a gala time.

  • Gurupurnima

    Gurupurnima happens to fall in July annually. The festival, which originated during Gautam Buddha's time, is especially relevant because Sai Baba supposedly himself asked his followers to celebrate this festival only. Ved Vyasa, the great author of the epic Mahabharata is honoured during this festival through Vyasa Puja. Various religious processions and bhajans are organized.
    Interestingly, devotees from all the corners of the world throng Shirdi at this place to be a part of the elaborate celebrations.

  • Vijaydashmi/ Dasera

    Though the festival is celebrated all across India with immense zest, Shirdi has its own local myths and traditions attached to it. For the devotees of Sai, the festival is hailed as that holy time when the great Sai of Shirdi attained Mahasamadhi and departed for his heavenly abode. In Shirdi, Sai Punyatithi is celebrated along with Vijaydashmi celebrations. Even Brahman Bhojan is arranged.


Understandably, the festival season is the most apt and ripe time to get involved in and explore the rituals and beliefs in Shirdi. However, do keep in mind the religious intricacies involved while performing certain rituals and avoid hurting any local sentiments. For example- enter barefooted inside a temple, do offer the
prasad wherever necessary and behave obligingly when offered.

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