On Aswin Shudha Ekadashi, the Sai Baba’s Nirvan (Mahasamadhi) took place, According to English Calendar it was on 15th October 1918 at around 02.35 PM. His beautiful body was buried in the Buti Wada, popularly known as the “Samadhi Mandir”, Shirdi.
BABA, unlike common man, was not born to a mother. His birth year is calculated to be approximately 1838 AD. He lived in Shirdi for a continuous period of 60 year
It was Ninth day of the Muslim month of Moharram, and that night was the “Night of Slaughter [killing of animals for food.]”.
The Dashmi had entered into Ekadashi, when Baba’s Seemolanghan occurred. Seemolanghan is journey to cross the border in procession during Dasara Festival.
Punyatithi of Sadgurus is performed in memory of the kind-hearted and worthy deeds done by Sai Baba. So it is believed that a devotee should participate in the Aradhana Pooja. This is also an excellent way of performing Seva to the Sadguru.
The Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan performs this Aradhana Vidhi in the following method.
Akhand Sai Satchritra Parayan
Rath Yatra procession takes place throughout the village Shirdi.
Dwarakamai is open throughout the Night.
Second Day: “Biksha”
One day before the names of participating devotees in the Biksha are decided taken by Lucky draw. The devotees gather in the Samadhi Mandir in the morning at 08.00 AM. They are garlanded and Geru Jolies are given to them. They walk with procession to Dwarakamai. After Lalkari they go to the five houses, which believed that Baba took Biksha from five houses. On their returning way they accept Biksha from the devotees and in return give some of the contents from their Jholies to devotees as Baba’s prasad.
In evening around 5 PM the Seemolanghan ritual takes place. Seemolanghan means Seema Ullanghan (Crossing the Border).
Lord Rama crossed the border on Dasara day and killed Ravana.
This is the day on Devi Durga killed the demon Mahishasura.
Samadhi Mandir priest along with huge devotees performs Seemolanghan. They carry garlanded ochre colours Nishan on a pole, Aarti is performed to this Nishan at Dwarakamai. This procession then crosses the border of Shirdi Village to enter in the Khandoba Mandir. There Aarti and Pooja is performed in Khandoba Mandir.
After pooja the Shami Leaves (Sona) is exchanged to each other. The procession returns back with the Nishan to the Dwarakamai. The Nishan is hoisted on the grill of the Sabhamandap.
Devotees and special invited artists sing the Bhajans in the Samadhi Mandir throughout the night. Samadhi Mandir will remain open throughout the night.
Third Day: No Kakad Aarti is performed only the Gopal Kaala is took place and followed by Noon Aarti.