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Raghunathan

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2 reviewsPosted 2 years ago
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Shirdi visit, a life time experience

The overall experience of our maiden visit to the holy shrine of Sai Baba at Shirdi was quite exhilarating and spiritually enhancing. The entire place is calm and quite, befitting a spiritual visit. The queue regulation inside the shrine is superb and highly laudable. However, when the queue gets nearer to the sanctum sanctorum chaos breaks out. Because the so-called regulators or security personnel let open all the entry points, mingling all the queues. Such mindless action of certain persons put children and the aged to much inconvenience. As the devotees are rushing through the entry points the family members, who come in groups, get separated, causing anxiety. Once inside the sanctum sanctorum, the security personnel act as thugs, as they rudely push and pull the devotees. For instance, on the night of January 15, 2016 we went as a family to offer worship at the time of Aarti. A man in uniform used strong arm tactics. He laid his hand on the head of my daughter-in-law to her consternation and pushed her forward. I had to interfere and tell the brute that this was not the way to behave with a woman, a young lady at that. Since, the Aarti had already started we had very little time to lodge a complaint with the authorities.

The next day (January 16), dawned pleasantly till we booked a cab and bound for Shani shrine at Shingnapur. Enroute, to our surprise we saw quite a number of sugar cane juice shops where a single bull is yoked to run the juice mills. Such a wooden juicer is a novel thing for us from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. We asked the cab driver to stop the vehicle at a well equipped one such juice stall, but he bluntly refused to oblige use. Without uttering a word he through his sign language asked us to keep quiet, conveying the message that he knows where to stop.

We chose a particular juice stall because it is tastefully decorated and having good many number of swings. We thought the stall would regale the children we took along with them and more over would provide the best photo opportunity. But were were deeply disappointed by the discourteous behaviour of the cab driver. He justified his action by stating that the cab operators had a tie up with particular juice stalls and therefore, they would not stop the vehicle only at those places and not elsewhere. When we insisted that it was the prerogative of the visitors & devotees to choose the juice stall of their choice, another tough looking man joined the cab driver to say that we could not dictate terms to them because were were on a single day trip. With whatever little Hindi I know I tried to impress upon them as follows: It may be a day's trip to them, but for us it is a life time experience. It will form a deep impression in our mind for our life. But nothing would convince them.

Above all, the cab driver was also quite adamant that he would not stop at the way-side fruit sellers, displaying guava, pomegranate and grapes, of our choice. It seems a strong clique is operating in the region, taking the visitors virtually for a ride. Politeness is a term unknown to the cab drivers, juice stall owners and the fruit sellers.

We had to return without taking sugar cane juice and buying the fruits, however fresh they might look. Thus, we had a very bitter experience which had marred out otherwise soul fulfilling visit to Shirdi. It is our considered view that the cab drivers and other service providers should be oriented towards offering courteous services to the devotees/visitors without hurting their sentiments. Maybe, political bigwigs are behind the entire scene but if the situation is not remedied it would mar the image of Shirdi and Shingnapur. Hence, we could say that our first visit to Shirdi is a mixture of joy and unhappiness. Human agents are out to spoil the show as they are absurdly promoting rabid commercialism. We hope the things would make a better turn.

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Moumita biswas

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4 reviewsPosted 6 months ago
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The Sai temple

Leave your Mobile phone at hotel if you want to go for Darshan and Aarti.
Mid April - begin May is the off season due to the Summer heat, but ideal time to visit Baba as it is less crowdy (The hotel discounts are the best indicators of the off season)
The Darshan pass and Aarti tickets (P. Are. O office) counters are at the opposite of gate no. 1.
For Darshan free passes are available at the pass counter, if accompanied by senior citizen then there is a separate queue and 1person is allowed along with.
But during season it is recommended to get the online pass for Darshan 1 or 2 days advance, which would allow entry from gate no. 3 and could avoid the long waiting to get the tickets as there will be long queue and waiting for Darshan.
There are 4 Aarti timings :
Kakkad (4. 15 am)
Mid day (1 pm)
Evening Aarti (6. 30 pm)
Shej Aarti (10. 30pm)
If you want to see a specific Aarti then it is highly recommended to book ONLINE tickets at 1 or 1 and half months prior to your visit, during off season you can get ticket for available Aarti slots at PRO office.
For Baba's prasad (free meal) is available at bhojanalay which is a ride of Rs. 40 from the temple. (Mobile is allowed).
All shops are open till 11 pm.
Palki procession : on every Thursday at 9. 30 pm. Need to be there bit early to book a space for a better view of the procession.
It is better to stay overnight, otherwise it would be hectic.

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