Pick a Date/Time for Free Darshan at Sai Temple, Shirdi via Official Website/Mobile App

After months of State lockdown and places of worship – closed gates due to COVID-19, finally, opened.

After 10 plus years, I planned to re-visit Sai temple (resumed from November 16, 2020), Shirdi, Maharashtra.

Knowledge was enhanced by official website of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi – due to covid-19 pandemic restrictions, requested to book Arti / Darshan pass in advance through Sansthan’s official website or via Shri Saibaba Sansthan, Shirdi App available on Google Play or App Store before arriving to avoid inconvenience.

I immediately opened website and was ready to proceed.

Via website one can avail Darshan, Aarti, Donation, Accommodation, Pooja and Publication services.

One has / have to register (in English) and fill details such as Add Photo (max. 1 MB), Full Name, Mobile number, Address, Photo ID details, Username and Password.

Once you SIGN UP, a One Time Password (OTP) you will receive on your mobile for verification and an email in order to complete the account activation.

Next, you have to pick a date, time slot and number of persons (max. 4 persons allowed) for the FREE darshan.

Note: only 7 days booking date is available currently and time slot available from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm.

All done?

Take a print-out to be shown along with government recognized photo id at Sai temple, Shirdi to enter the temple-area.

Note: Children below 10 years, Elders above 65 years, Pregnant Ladies are not allowed in the booking. Flowers, Sweets, Mobile, Laptop, Camera, Electronic items are not permitted inside the temple-area. Wearing face mask is mandatory. One has to follow social-distancing rules – 6 feet distance.


My Appointment was on 07.01.2021 / 7:00 am. I reached exactly at appointment time at Gate No. 2. The queue wasn’t long though it was Thursday – said to be the best day to worship Sai Baba.

Knowledge was further enhanced in the queue. There were three more options for Darshan.

  1. Free pass available near the temple-area. One has / have to show government recognized photo id to have free pass.
  2. Rs. 200 pass/per person is also available by showing government recognized photo id. The queue to enter temple is separate.
  3. There is also a separate pass counter for local villagers.

Within half an hour I had blessings of Shri Saibaba.

Very nice disciplined arrangement by the temple authorities and the police. Appreciated.

Social distancing was maintained. Sanitiser was present. Face-mask was checked.

Temple opens at 7 am and close at 9 pm. All days open.

After Darshan each devotee was given Udi (sacred Ash for FREE in a pouch) as a blessings of Shri Saibaba.

Hope you too will visit soon in this New Year (specially after 2020) for the blessings of Shri Saibaba. The journey continues..

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