I had the Darshan of Sai in Shirdi on Thursday November 18, 2010.
The Darshan commenced with depositing my Guru Dakshina to Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi Dist.Ahmednagar Maharashtra India. I first went to see Dwarkamai where Saibaba was staying; giving discourses and worshiped by his devotees in his life time. Dhuni: the sacred fire lit by Saibaba is kept ever burning here. The ash from this fire is called Udi; and it is distributed to the devotees attending his holy place in Shirdi.Then I proceeded to see Chavadi. Saibaba in his life time was being taken in a procession by his devotees in the late evening on alternate days from Dwarkamai to Chavadi and worshiped there during his stay. Saibaba used to sleep in the Dwarkamai and in the Chavadi on alternate days till his Maha Samadhi. I then had Darshan of Saibaba in the Samadhi Mandir.The Samadhi Mandir has been built by installing his statue in the Samadhi sthala and Baba is worshiped here by his devotees after his Maha Samadhi.
On the day of my first Darshan and following two days, I joined the gathering of Sai devotees in attending Dhoop Arati and Madhyana Arati at Samadhi Mandir Campus. I had Darshan of Gurusthan, where the young Yogi later named as Saibaba was first seen in Shirdi meditating under a Neem tree which still exists; when he was about sixteen years old. I also visited Khandoba Mandir,where the priest of the temple Mhalsapati addressed the young Yogi Fakir as ‘Aao Sai’ seeing him in the open courtyard of Khandoba`s temple on his reappearance in Shirdi after about four years of his disappearance. Others also addressed him as ‘Sai’ and thenceforth, he became ‘Sai Baba’.I also visited Lendi Baug, the garden grown and nurtured by Saibaba now well maintained by Saibaba Sansthan . I saw the articles and clothes used by Saibaba in his life time preserved in the Museum by Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi. I had the privilege of partaking Anna Prasad of Saibaba in Sai Prasadalaya at a nominal cost during my Shirdi trip.
Shirdi is the Karma Bhoomi of Saibaba.It is the place where the biography of Saibaba was written by Hemadpant during the life time of Baba depicting his wonderful life and teachings in ‘Shri Sai Satcharita’ which spread Sai Spirituality not only in India but in the whole World. After Darshan of Sai in Shirdi, I have the feeling that I have grown up my existential, intellectual, emotional and devotional clarity in Sai Spirituality.
Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja Parabrahma
Shri Satchidananda Samartha Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee