Devotees who come to Sai Darshan offer flower garlands, bunches of roses at the feet of Sai Baba. However, after Corona, the temple was closed for devotees. Since then, taking flowers to the temple has been banned. Corona rules were relaxed. Again the devotees were allowed entry to the Sai temple for darshan.
Shirdi : In the Sai Mandir of Shirdi (Sai temple) Sai Sansthan has banned taking flower garlands and prasad to devotees. The Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to ban flower garlands, claiming that flower garlands rob the devotees and create uncleanliness in the temple. This decision is being strongly opposed by flower sellers and flower producing farmers from Shirdi. Against this backdrop, social activist Sanjay Kale has launched a unique movement to demand that devotees be allowed to take puja materials to the temple.
Walked 18 km from Kopargaon to Shirdi with a basket of flowers and offered them in front of Baba’s Dwarkamai and made announcements in the name of the CEO. Flower sellers and farmers participated in the protest. Two years before Corona, there was no ban on devotees taking flowers, garlands and offerings to the Samadhi in the Sai Mandir. However, Sai Sansthan’s sudden decision to ban has spread anger among businessmen.
Devotees who come to Sai Darshan offer flower garlands, bunches of roses at the feet of Sai Baba. However, after Corona, the temple was closed for devotees. Since then, taking flowers to the temple has been banned. Corona rules were relaxed. Again the devotees were allowed entry to the Sai temple for darshan. Everything in Shirdi came back to normal. However, flowers were not allowed to be offered at Saibaba Samadhi. Due to this, it is being said that the flower sellers, Prasad traders are in financial trouble.
Big flower market in Shirdi
Flowers are offered at Shirdi Saibaba Temple. So there is a big market for flowers here. In Panchkroshi, flowers are cultivated in nearly hundred acres. It consists mainly of small farmers, who earn their living by selling flowers to the market every day. Every morning a flower auction is held where professionals buy flowers. It is made into necklaces and bunches and sold to devotees. Flower sellers are also a big business and many families like those who pick flowers, sell garlands and bunches depend on this. There is a large chain of interdependent small and large traders here.
Role of Institute
The Sai Sansthan has clarified its position regarding the full-garment ban. The Sansthan has received many complaints that devotees are being robbed on the basis of their sentiments on the occasion of flowers and garlands. By selling flowers worth two hundred rupees for two thousand, this was deceiving the devotees. Also, the flowers placed on the mausoleum were trampled by the devotees in the crowd as they fell into the temple. This is in a way creating flower mud. This causes impurity and takes more time for cleaning and as this affects the darshan time of devotees, Sai Sansthan Trustee Dr. Eknath Gondkar has explained.