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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thousands turn out to worship Padukas

Share Author: Manisha.Rautela.Bisht on 12:04 AM

HERALD REPORTER
PANJIM, FEB 22

Over one lakh devotees thronged the Panjim Gymkhana Grounds, Campal today to pay their respects to the Padukas (sacred footwear) of Sai Baba.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who received the Padukas at Patradevi, was the first to offer pooja at 5.45 am.

“Over 1 lakh people from Goa and neighbouring States of Karnataka and Maharashtra including politicians, industrialists and aam aadmi visited the “paduka darshan sohala”, said an organiser.

The day started with the traditional Sai aartis that included kakad aarti, sanj aarti and shej aarti, besides making available mahaprasad (holy meal) and laddoos from Shirdi to the visiting devotees.

Sai bhajans were also sung by well-known groups at the venue.

The teachings of Sai Baba are very much relevant even today and go well with the secular nature of Goa. Sai Baba taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace and finally, devotion to God and Guru.

The sage has a large following of devotees from every religion.

Seating arrangements for senior citizens, volunteers to accompany the visiting physically challenged persons, drinking water facility, security, etc were managed well by the organisers.

The Sai Baba Saunsthan Trust, Shirdi, has organised this sammelan in Panjim with a view to commemorate the centenary of the weekly tradition of Sai Baba’s Palakhi (ceremonial palanquin procession) from Dwarkamai temple to the Chavadi (city gate) in Shirdi every Thursday.

Source : http://oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=17634&cid=2

CM promises yatri niwas at Shirdi

23 Feb 2009, 0416 hrs IST, TNN

PANAJI: Chief minister, Digambar Kamat, promised a yatri niwas for Goan devotees in Shirdi, speaking at the Sai Baba Paduka darshan on Sunday.

Thousands began thronging to the pandal at Bandodkar stadium at Campal from 5.45 am on Sunday when the silver paduka of Shirdi Sai Baba arrived at the venue.

Digambar Kamat and his wife Asha Kamat, performed abhishek and pooja and offered their prayers, thereafter opening the paduka that had travelled all the way from Shirdi.

A large idol of Sai Baba towered over the stadium as faithfuls kept queuing up all day long at the Bandodkar stadium. The pandal set up to contain 25,000 devotees at a time did not seem big enough to accomodate the large number of people.

As twilight spread across the city, the area outside the stadium was converted into a pilgrimage with footpaths taken over by vendors with flowers and agarbatti for sale.

Among those present at the pooja in the morning were health minister Vishwajit Rane and businessmen Shrinivas Dempo, Dattaraj Salgaonkar and Anil Counto.

NRI commissioner, Eduardo Faliero, former MLA Pandurang Madkaikar and Pale MLA Pratap Gawas were among those that came to pay their respects at the silver paduka. Police personnel were seen lining the stadium boundaries through the day and vehicular traffic were finding it harder by evening to pass through the area outside the Bandodkar stadium.

At the Sai Melava 2009, held at 7 pm Anil Counto asked the chief minister to set up a yatri niwas at Shirdi for the benefit of devotees. And Kamat extended his support to the proposition.

"I will back the proposal if the Shirdi Sai Saunsthan helps us in the acquisition of the land. I will also see that the devotees are provided all the facilities at Shirdi. Bringing the paduka to Goa has given the aam aadmi here a rare opportunity. And I appreciate the organizers without whose support this was not possible."

Jayant Rao Sansane of the Shirdi Saunsthan said that an online service will be provided all the information on accomodation at Shirdi. He also promised to acquire land at Shirdi for the yatri niwas for Goans.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Goa/CM-promises-yatri-niwas-at-Shirdi/articleshow/4171915.cms

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