As described in Chapter 42 of Shri Sai Satcharita, Sai Baba left His mortal coil on the day of Dasara dated 15th October 1918. Two years before this, i.e. in 1916, Baba gave an indication of His passing away, but nobody understood it then. It was as follows:
On the Vijayadashami (Dasara) day, Baba, all of a sudden got into wild rage in the evening, when people were returning from ‘Seemollanghan’ (crossing the border or limits of the village). Taking off His head-dress, kafni and langota etc. He tore them and threw them in the dhuni before Him. On being fed this offering, the fire in the dhuni began to burn brighter and Baba shone still brighter. He stood there stark naked and with His burning red eyes shouted, “You fellows, now have a look and decide finally, whether I am a Muslim or a Hindu.” Everybody was trembling with fear, and none dared to approach Baba. After some time Bhagoji Shinde, the leper devotee of Baba, went boldly near Him and succeeded in tying a Langota (waist-band ) round His waist and said, “Baba, what is all this ? Today is the ‘Seemollanghan’, i.e., Dasara Holiday.” Baba striking the ground with His Satka said, “This is my ‘Seemollanghan’ (crossing the border).” Baba did not cool down till 11-00 p.m., and the people doubted, whether the Chavadi procession would ever take place that night. After an hour Baba resumed His normal condition, and dressing Himself as usual, attended the Chavadi procession as described before. By this incident Baba gave a suggestion that, Dasara was the proper time for Him to cross the border of life, but none understood its meaning then.
Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jaya.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Shirdi Sai devotee