As described in Chapter 43 & 44 of Shri Sai Satcharita, Sai Baba attained Maha Samadhi and left His mortal coil on the day of Dasara dated 15th October 1918. Thirty-two years before i.e. in 1886 Baba had made an attempt to cross the border line by attaining Samadhi for three days. On a Margashirsha Pournima (Full moon) day, Baba suffered from a severe attack of Asthma. To get rid of it, Baba decided to take His Pran high up and go into Samadhi. He said to Bhagat Mhalsapati, “Protect My body for three days! If I return, it will be all right, if I do not, bury My body in that open land (pointing to it ) and fix two flags there as a mark !” After saying this, Baba fell down at about 10 p.m. His breathing stopped as well as His pulse. It seemed as if His Pran left the body. All the people, including the villagers came there and wanted to hold an inquest and bury the body in the place, pointed by Baba. But, Mhalsapati prevented this. With Baba`s body on his lap, he sat full three days guarding it. After three days passed, Baba showed signs of life at 3 a.m., His breathing commenced, the abdomen began to move. His eyes opened and stretching His limbs, Baba returned to consciousness (life) again.
Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja Parabrahma
Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee