Ram Navami celebration in Sai Spirituality

Sai Ram

As described in Chapter VI of Shri Sai Satcharita, in the year 1897 the idea of celebrating a fair or Urus ( celebrated for Muslim Holy men ) occurred to one Mr.Gopalrao Gund, a great Hindu devotee of Sai Baba and he placed it for consideration before other Shirdi devotees, viz. Tatya Patil, Dada Kote Patil and Madhavrao Deshpande (Shama).They all approved of the idea, obtained Sai Baba`s permission and blessings for it. The day for the Urus was fixed on Ram Navami, after having consultation with Sai Baba. It seems He had some purpose behind this, viz. the unification of the two festivals, the Urus and the Ram Navami and the unification of the two communities – the Hindus and the Mohammedens. As future events showed, this end or object was duly achieved.  During the fair two flags were taken in procession through the village and finally fixed at the two corners of the Masjid, which is called by Sai Baba as Dwarkamai. There was another procession in this fair known as Sandal procession originated by one Mr. Amir Shakkar Dalal, a Mohammeden bhakta.  Sandal i.e. Chandan paste and scrappings are put in a Thali ( flat dishes ) with incense burning before them and carried in procession to the accompaniment of band and music through the village and then, after returning to the Masjid, the contents of the dishes are thrown on the Nimbar ( niche ) and walls of the Masjid by hand.

Things were going on this way and the fair was gradually increasing in importance till 1912, when a change took place. That year one devotee Mr. Krishnarao Jageshwar Bhishm (the author of Sai Sagunopasana) who came to attend Urus fair that year with Dadasaheb Khaparde and staying in the Dixit Wada suggested Mr. Laxmanrao alias Kaka Mahajani that “There is some providential arrangement in the fact that the Urus or fair is celebrated in Shirdi on Ram Navami; Ram Navami is very dear to all the Hindus; then why not begin the Ram Navami festival – the celebration of the birth of Shri Ram here on this day?” Kaka Mahajani liked the idea, and it was arranged to get Baba’s permission in this matter. So they immediately went to the Masjid to get Baba’s permission. Baba Who knew everything and aware of what was happening there, asked Mahajani, as to what was going on in the Wada. Being rather perturbed, Mahajani could not catch the purport of the question and remained silent. Then Baba asked Bhishm, what he had to say. He explained the idea of celebrating Ram Navami festival and asked for Baba’s permission and Baba gladly gave it. From this time onwards, the ‘Urus of Baba’ was transformed into the Ram Navami festival. Since 1912, this festival began to grow gradually year by year.

Ram Navami is still a major festival celebrated in Shirdi and in many Dham, Mandir and Ashrams of Shri Sai Baba throughout the world. This year Ram Navami is celebrated on April 12, 2011.

Om Sai Ram

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

Shirdi Sai devotee

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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20 Responses to Ram Navami celebration in Sai Spirituality

  1. I attended and participated in celebration of Ram Navami in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore on April 12, 2011 .The ritual of Abhisheka of Sai was done with Puja, Archana & Arati and the earthen pot was fixed for Gopal-kala ceremony in the Purbahna .It was followed by Madhyana Arati.The program of fixing of Flag and Sandal paste;and breaking the earthen pot as Gopal-kala is scheduled to be followed by Sandhya Arati.

  2. Vinod Varma says:

    Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti!
    I hope celebration flourish, and help people realize the oneness unifying all into a single family of universal brotherhood (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam).

  3. Chandra Kumar Panda says:


    Your article on the beginning of Ram Navami festival in Shirdi and in all the temples of Sai Baba in and around the country is a great holy article for the Hindus.

    You have mentioned here that how the Urus of Baba is converted to the festival of Ram Navami since 1912.The holy festival promotes the sense of spirituality and gets the devotees in touch & feel with the eternal world.

    Yesterday I had the pleasure to spare some of my time in the Shirdi Sai Mandir of Bargarh where large devotees were gathered just after the Nagar Kirtan on the occassion of Ram Navami festival.

    Sai & Ram loves every Hindu and vice-versa.
    Let us devote every thing in the feet of that Sai & Ram.
    “Jai Jai Sai Ram”

    Yours Sincerely
    Chandra Kumar Panda

  4. Nice article.
    Om Sai Ram

  5. Santhosh says:

    Sai Ram Uncle 🙂

    A very nice article.. Sri Sai is our Sri Ram :)).
    “Sri Raama Raama Raamethi, Rame Raame Monorame, SaharsaNaama Thathulyam, Sri Raama Naama Varanane”

    Jai Sai Ram :))

  6. Susanta Kumar Panigrahi says:

    Very Interesting Topic.

    Several Hindu festivals were observed by both Hindu and Muslim during medieval age. Because it was the need of time and both Hindu & Muslim wanted to live in harmony. Thus both used to observe several festivals like Diwali ,Dasera etc. by different names;but It was the English men who created a wall of separation between two.

    So both Saibaba & Ramji is the different name of same GOD.

  7. Taking the community towards healthy, peaceful, pleasant and truthful living is a complex task which can be performed only by persons of high integrity and devotion.

    Sai Baba set in a tradition of sorts which is now a full fledged religion of cult, where people find a lot of peace and inspiration.

    I salute the greatness of God or gods or excellent individuals or saints or by whatever name we call it.

    Thanks for the nice information as well as a nice lesson in ‘Art of Living’.

  8. Sri Ram Navami celebrations &the 20th Anniversary of Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi (Regd.) were held in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore on April 1, 2012.

    The renovated Sri Sai Dhyana Mandir & Sri Sai Galleria and the new Sri Sai Vision were inaugurated and opened for devotees by the Samithi before Madhyana Arati. After Madhyana Arati Gopalakala was celebrated followed by Prasada distribution.In the evening Sai Bhajan Sandhya was followed by Urus procession.

    I had the privilege to participate in the programmes as a Shirdi Sai devotee.

    • Santhosh says:

      Dear Uncle,
      Om Sai Ram.

      We are really blessed to have come in touch with the BTM Sadhguru SaiNath Seva Samithi. Sai is making the trust as an instrument and allowing all the devotees to take the advantages and enjoy as a Sai Devotee, the Sai Vision is not there anywhere in Bangalore temples, the devotees can see the Sai Films on weekends. They will announce the timings on the board outside.

      I am very happy :).
      Jai SaiNath
      Kind Regards,
      San 🙂
      Santhosh KV
      Senior Process Associate
      Hewlett Packard India Global Operations,

  9. Tapas says:

    Dear All,
    Before seeing this post, I have read Panda Sir’s recent article named ‘Spiritual Quest’ published on 1st April, 2012; where he has described to achieve the goal of spirituality.More or less all the religions are of same concept to get the Spiritual Quest. Sai Baba used to say “Sabka Malik Ek”; that’s why He had been trying to integrate the people from all religions. Moreover the current post depicts the sign of His axiom.

    By the way a nice photo is being posted.

    // Om Sai Ram //

  10. I have the pleasure to inform the readers and viewers that the article ‘Ram Navami celebration in Sai Spirituality’ authored by me has been published in Shri Sai Sumiran Times New Delhi; internationally circulated printed monthly magazine both in Hindi and English medium on Shirdi Sai; in its Year No.7 Month No.7 April 2012 issue in English Section.

  11. Thank you for this wonderful information ….
    “Mr. Krishnarao Jageshwar Bhishm” was my great grand father …..
    Please note that the spelling of surname is BHISHMA and NOT BHISHM as given above …
    thank you….

    Pratik Pramod Bhishma

  12. Ram Navami celebration 2013 says:

    Ram Navami will be celebrated in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore on Friday April 19, 2013. On the occasion of Ram Navami, Gopalakala will be observed in noon and Urus procession will be held in evening as rituals.

  13. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Every spiritual function is an energy given to performers those who obey and maintain the ritual discipline otherwise ends with disasters that we have experienced and also seen in News paper and TV channels. So now-a-days at places it becomes a habit of fancy and farces. But it is quite different, unique and special seen at Shirdi particularly Rama Navami Uttchava that had been granted as ritualistic performance by Avatar Sai Baba since 1912 and is in force by both communities viz. Hindu and Mohammedan with peace and harmony. It is a majestic teaching to human society beyond religion, caste, creed and even nations at present. See and imagine how glorious it is which brings brother-hood of man. It is maintained so because of declaration of Sai Baba.

    Thanks for your detailed story of initiation of Ram Navami message to Internet readers of world wide for better understanding to progress in spiritual field.

    With regards,
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

  14. Ram Navami celebration 2014 says:

    Ram Navami will be celebrated in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore on Tuesday April 8, 2014. On the occasion of Ram Navami, Urus procession will be held in evening.

  15. Ram Navami celebration 2015 says:

    Ram Navami will be celebrated in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram BTM Layout Bangalore on Saturday March 28, 2015. On the occasion of Ram Navami, Gopalakala will be observed in noon and Urus procession will be held in evening as rituals.

  16. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Dr. Panda,
    Namaste & thanks for the lucid & detailed account of how “Urus of Baba” has come to be celebrated as Sri Ram Navami.

  17. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    A very nice article which contents a great message to the society that after all diversity when it comes to religion we all are united. Whether we come from Hindu or Muslim community, whatever may be the religion, caste we all are the children of one God. I am glad to know that both the communities celebrating the festival unitedly for one holy reason.

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