Daily routine at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

August 9th, 2010| In India.

Daily routine at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Daily routine of Baba

Shirdi Sai Baba

Baba used to brush his teeth for a long time after waking up in the morning.  After cleaning his legs, hands and face he  used to put some sticks in the Dhuni and sat on a stone in front of Dwarakamai, facing east and staring in to the sky.  Baoji shinde used to  lit Huqqa and hand it over to Baba.  At the breakfast time Baba went to collect alms from five houses.  He used to eat two rotis and gave the remaining to his devotees.  Baba used to go to Lendivanam from there.  He used to water the plants with two  undried pots, which were given to him by his devotee Vaamantaatyaa. Then he used to perform a difficult procedure ‘Dhouthi’, in which all the intestines were brought out, cleaned and sent them to the original place. Baba then took bath and went to the mosque.  He spent his time with his devotees and went to collect alms again in the afternoon.  Alms collected were kept in two pots. One pot was placed in the open for birds and animals.  The food from the second pot was taken by devotees as prasaadam.  The mosque was closed for a short period of time.  Nobody was allowed into Dwarakamai at that time.  Baba again spent some time at the Lendivanam in the evening.  Then he used to stay with the devotees at the mosque.  A wooden plank was tied with cloth pieces and made like a cradle.  Lamps were lighted on the four sides of the cradle.  Baba used to sleep on this cradle. This was the daily routine of Baba according to the devotees who stayed with him.

Daily rituals and worships

Not only on festive occasions but throughout the year grand rituals and worships are performed at Baba temple.  The doors of the temple are opened at 04.00 a.m. Kakada Aarthi is sung by priests to wakeup Baba.  Devotees stand in queues from morning 03.00 am to have a darshan of Baba.  Holy bath is given to the statue of Baba after Kakada Aarthi.  Then traditional puja rituals are performed.  Devotees are allowed into the temple from 07.00 a.m.  Morning 09.00 is is the time for Abhisheka Puja.  Aarthi is given again between 12.00 and 12.30 noon.  The temple is closed at 11.15 pm after dhoop aarthi at the time of sunset and Shej Aarthi at 10.30 p.m. Baba’s paadukalu are kept for the devotees to have a darshan of them.