Concept of Shirdi Rasayatra –
To receive and realize the Rasaraj Parmeshwar’s existence, consistently in shraddhavan’s daily life, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu organized the first rasayatra to Shirdi. The ‘Shirdi Rasayatra’ was organized for two days, 22-23 September 1996 under the auspices of Shree Sai Samarth Vidnyan Prabhodini. Total 100 devotees had registered for this Rasayatra.
Features of Shirdi Rasayatra –
According to Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu, ‘Amrit manthan worship’ is the feature of this Rasayatra. The first day of the Rasayatra was marked by the day when Gods and the demons started the ‘Amrit manthan’ (churning of the ocean). As Gods took help of demons during the time of ‘Amrit manthan’, it also produced poison along with the Amrit. Only Shiva shankar had the power to drink and digest this poison. In our life, we rage a constant war with our bad deeds. Hence this Rasayatra was organized for churning out bhakti from the hearts of all the shraddhavans (Amrit manthan) so as to let them enjoy the nectar produced.
Upasanas conducted during the Rasayatra –
In the beginning, Shree Sai Gayatri Mantra was chanted. Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu described the importance of Gayatri Mantra and glorified Shree Sai Gayatri Mantra. Further, clay mud brought from the Yamuna valley was given to all the devotees on a piece of banana leaf. From this clay mud the devotees were asked to make the Padukas of Sainath, in whichever best shape they could. Later, the Sai Gayatri Mantra was chanted for 108 times and kasturi gandh etc. were offered. The mantra was as following:
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥa | Om Saianathaya Vidmahey | Purna Purashaya Dhimahi | Tano Sadguru Prachodayat |
Everyone chanted this mantra along with Sadguru Bapu. Also, there were Sai Padukas made out of white butter that were worshipped by Shri Chaubal Ajoba and Chaubal Aaji by offering 108 Tulsipatras. Further, all the padukas made by the devotees were offered on top of Padukas made from white butter along with the musk etc. All these padukas were immersed in the Godavari River the following day.
Later in the evening at 7, the upasana of Shiv Gayatri Mantra was performed. This upasana was done to drain the poisons present in our life. Shri Appasaheb and Mrs. Meenatai Dabholkar had made a Shivling out of soil. Then the Shiv Gayatri Mantra was chanted by all devotees along with Bapu for 108 times. The mantra is as follows:
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha| Om Tat Purshaya Vidmahe | Mahadevaya Dhimahi | Tanno Rudraha Prachodayat |
After this some aartis were performed. A small composition by Bapu for the devotees immersed in Sai’s Bhakti was recited with joy by everyone along with Bapu. The verse is as follows:
Dikshit, Shama, Hemad, Baijabai, Nana, Ganu, Meghasham |
Hyanchi Vaat Pusta Pusta Milela Amha Sai Ram|
The dinner program and Shree Sai Baba’s darshan concluded by night 11 o’clock. Again after it, ‘Om Krupasindhu Shree Sainathaya Namah” mantra was chanted by all. Post which once again Bapu enjoyed a satsang along with all the shraddhavans
Shirdi Rasayatra 2nd Day –
On the second day, Parampujya Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu visited the following holy places in Shree Kshetra Shirdi with fellow
shraddhavans. He conveyed the importance as well as the information about these.
- Samadhi of Mhalsapati
- Shani Mandir (Shani Temple)
- Maruti Mandir (Maruti Temple)
- Nanavali’s Samadhi
- Samadhi of Bhau Maharaj Kumbhar
- Abdullah’s Samadhi
- Tatya Kote Patil’s Samadhi
- Lendi Baug
- Datta Mandir
- Horse Shyamsunder’s Samadhi
- Khandoba Mandir
- Kanifnaath Samadhi
Conclusion of Shirdi Rasayatra –
After Shirdi’s Yatra, Bapu himself served food to all Bhakta’s and distributed prasad of Gauva. Five Coconuts were placed at Dwarkamai and the Shirdi Rasayatra concluded.