On the occasion of centenary year of Saibaba's samadhi, the Saibaba Sansthan Trust of the Shirdi Temple is going to organise a year-long festival from October 2017 to October 2018.
The trust has planned to arrange top class programmes in Shirdi to make the centenary celebration a life-time event for generations.
Dr. Suresh Haware, the Chairman of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has declared the festival claiming that it would be the biggest Sai movement in the world.
On October 18, 2018, Sadguru Shri Saibaba's Samadhi Embrace at Shirdi will attain 100 years. On this auspicious occasion, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust is organising religious, cultural and social performances by nationally and internationally famed, highly reputed and renowned artistes. These devotional performances will be 'Service in the Lotus Feet of Shri Saibaba', with no charges.
"This auspicious occasion is of extra ordinary significance and lifetime memories, for Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, as well as Sai devotees all over world. Hence, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has decided to celebrate this holy event as a grand festival, starting October 1, 2017 through October 18, 2018," Dr. Suresh Haware, President, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi said in a press release issued from Shirdi, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra on Friday.
There are over 3,000 big Saibaba temples in India and over four hundred globally, according to the numbers provided by the trust.
The trust is inviting representatives from all the Saibaba temples across the globe for the same. The trust will be spending Rs. 3,000 crore during the festival to introduce several facilities for the devotees, according to reports.
It is presumed that the footfall will be more than the Kumbh Mela organised in Nagpur. On a regular day, the temple welcomes over 30,000 devotees; however, over 50,000 people are expected during the festival.