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.
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.
- Free pass available near the temple-area. One has / have to show government recognized photo id to have free pass.
- Rs. 200 pass/per person is also available by showing government recognized photo id. The queue to enter temple is separate.
- 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..