by Suman Gupta

Considering the Christmas vacation, bidding good-bye to current year and welcome to the New Year and resultant huge crowds of Shri Sai devotees expected for Shri Saibaba Darshan during the period, Shri Saibaba Samadhi Mandir will be kept open for the entire night on the 24th December and 31stDecember 2017. The decision was taken on behalf of the Shri Saibaba Sanshan Trust, Shirdi. This information was provided by Shrimati Rubal Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer of the Sansthan.

Shrimati Agrawal said that with the Christmas vacation, good-bye to the current year and welcome to the New Year between 25th December 2017 and 01stJanuary 2018, lakhs of Shri Sai devotees attend Shirdi for darshan of Shri Sai Samadhi.   

Considering the expected crowds additional residential accomodation has been organized on behalf of the Sansthan with 500 Rooms at Shri Sai Ashram New Bhakta Niwas and around 3,000 sq. ft cloth Shamiana at Sai Dharmashala and other places. The arrangements for Tea, Snacks, drinking water, Toilets, Security and other facilities will be provided at all these places. In order that all the Sai devotees can receive LADU Prasad, additional LADU Counters will be started in front of Sai Niwas Guest House and near Natya Griha at Dwarakamai Temple.

In order to make it easy for the Sai devotees to have darshan Shri Sai Samadhi Mandir will be kept open for the entire night on the 24th and 31stDecember 2017. Due to this the 10.30 p.m. Shejarti on the 24th December and the early morning Kakad arti on the 25th December as well as 10.30 p.m. Shejarti on the 31st December and the early morning Kakad arti on the 01 January 2018 will not be held.  

Similarly the Second Global Sai Temple Trustee Summit of Sai Temples from the country and abroad will be held on the 23rd December 2017 for planning of the Shri Saibaba Samadhi Centenary Celebrations. The Summit conference will be inaugurated at the auspicious hands of Hon Vice President of India Mr. Venkayya Naidu on the 23rd December 2017.

Shrimati Agrawal also said that as Hon Vice President of India will be visiting Shri Sai Mandir for darshan, the Mandir will be closed for Sai devotees from9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. for security reasons.


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