Which are the famous festivals celebrated in Shirdi?
Posted on Dec 17, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Festivals are occasions that bring together people from different castes and communities and Indian cities celebrate such festivals with a lot of energy and vigor. Shirdi being a religious destination has all the more reason to celebrate such wonderful and joyous occasions with more grandeur than other cities.
This festival is celebrated in March or April usually and it is one occasion which Muslims and Hindus celebrate together in this amazing place. Pujas and processions are held in most parts of the city and the Samadhi mandir is open all night for devotees on one day while the Dwarkamai is opened a night before. The rituals that you would behold during this time are the replacement of the old flags at Dwarkamai with new ones and the wheat sack at Dwarkamai is shifted to the Prasadalaya and utilized for making the Prasad.
Gurupurnima usually falls in the month Of July and this festival which has its origins from the time of Gautam Buddha holds special significance as apparently Sai baba told his followers to celebrate this particular festival only. During this festival the author of the epic Mahabharata, Ved Vyas is given tribute and locals here carry out a Vyas puja in his honor along with several processions.
This is one festival that is enjoyed all over the country but Shirdi celebrates it in its own unique way. People who follow Sai baba treat this festival as an occasion when Sai Baba attained Mahasamadhi and left for his heavenly retreat. This is why it holds great significance for the followers of Saibaba who celebrate Sai Punyatithi on this day. The festival season is always a great time to visit the holy city of Shirdi but you should also be well aware of the complexities at these times so that you do not end up hurting the sentiments of the followers or the locals.