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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Pushva Vrushti at Shridi on eve of Ramnavami

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune, New Delhi

New Delhi, 14 April, ( On the eve of Ramnavami, a day observed as the birth day of Saibaba, his abode, Shirdi, wore a festive look with the entire township decorated with floors and buntings. Flowers were showered on the Saibaba temple by helicopter.

The OSS Aviation company of Bhopal undertook the flower shower to the thrill of thousands of devotees who have arrived from all over the country and abroad. According to the PRO of the Sai Sansthan, Sahebrao Dawange, aerial showering of flowers is not new at Shirdi but this year it was on a much larger scale.Flowers were showered on the Saibaba temple by helicopterFlowers were showered on the Saibaba temple by helicopter

Ramnavami is celebrated as Lord Ram's birth day across India. In some parts of India, notably, Andhra Pradesh, the day is observed as Sita -Rama Kalyanam – marriage of Ram and Sita. Bhadrachalam on the banks of River Godavary has a temple dedicated to Ram and Sita and by tradition that dates back to the Nizam rule, the government offers new clothes and new pearls to the deities at the time of 'Kalyanam' which is telecast live. Keeping with the tradition, the chief minister carries the 'royal gift' to the 'divine couple' on his head and reverentially hands them over to the head priests at the appointed time.

At Shirdi, Ramnavami has a special significance because the day is observed as the birth day of Sai Baba, though no one knows from where he was born and when he had come to Shirdi and how. Nor did Sai Baba speak on this subject during his life time, according to local folklore. Ramnavami festivities continue till April 14 at Shirdi.

Special "Pada Puja" was performed on Sunday at the temple. Chairman of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Jayant Sasane and hid wife Jayashri Sasane led the Puja.

Sunday also heralded the New Year for Tamils all over the world.Special "Pada Puja" was performed on Sunday at the templeSpecial "Pada Puja" was performed on Sunday at the temple

To cater to the rush of devotees, the Sai Santhan has made elaborate arrangements for accommodation, food, drinking water and security. "We have decided not to issue VIP darshan passes till April 15", Shirdi Sansthan Executive Officer, Kishore More said in a statement.

"Temporary pandals have been erected at Sainagar ground, Saiudyan building and new Bhaktaniwas. In addition, Shri Saibaba English Medium School and Upper hall of Shirdi Nagar Panchayat have also been converted into temporary shelters," according to More.

He said the Sansthan is paying special attention to the needs of many Sai devotees who are expected to come on foot from Mumbai and surrounding areas. "We have set up temporary pandals along the route from Mumbai to Shirdi so that devotees coming on foot and palanquins can take rest in the night. We are also making drinking water arrangements. Ambulances with doctors are also deployed. Flying squads are also constituted to keep a close watch on the situation", the executive officer stated.

Valmikrao Katkade, Kopargaon Municipal Councillor, has provided 10 water tankers for 15 days at the free of cost. He is providing this service since last three years.

-Asian Tribune -

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