maharashtra-news

Now, pay extra for VIP aartis at Shirdi temple

Shirdi (Maharashtra), Nov 17 : From Monday, devotees opting for VIP passes at the Shirdi Saibaba Temple here will have to pay extra for attending all the four 'aartis' of the day, an official said.


"Starting Monday (Nov 18), the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) has decided to levy Rs.500 per head for the morning (4.30 a.m.) Kakad Aarti from those devotees who prefer to skip the general queue," an official told IANS Sunday.

Similarly, each devotee will have to shell out Rs.300 for the Madhyan Aarti (12 noon), Dhoop Aarti (sunset) and Shej Aarti (10.30 p.m.).

People opting to await their turn in the general queues would be allowed free access to the aartis -- the prayers -- the SSST official Ajay More.

In 2010, the trust implemented the paid pass system for the aartis only on Saturdays and Sundays, which now will be extended to all weekdays from Monday.

Besides the VIP passes for aartis, the SSST levies Rs.100 per devotee for VIP darshan on Saturdays and Sundays, which will not change, More added.

He explained that the new daily VIP aarti passes are being implemented on experimental basis to reduce the rush of devotees inside the Saibaba temple premises and to avoid the risk of stampede.

With a likely fall in the number of people availing the VIP aartis passes and consequent reduced rush, the trust management hopes more commoners will get a chance to see participate in the four aartis.

Revered by followers of all religions, Saibaba, who lived and preached in Shirdi and surrounding regions during the late 19th and early 20th century, took "Samadhi" Oct 15, 1918, 95 years ago in Shirdi, the small town near Nashik.

Ranked among the top three richest temple trusts in the country, the SSST earns around Rs.5 million daily in offerings and donations.

On an average, around 60,000 devotees visit the temple daily, and the crowds are more than double on weekends, and five times during festivals and special occasions.

--IANS (Posted on 17-11-2013)

maharashtra-news headlines

Moderate voting in Maharashtra, Mumbai disappoints

Poll tales from Mumbai: Celebs, power cuts and ambulance

Woman election officer dies on duty in Thane

Celebs, commoners in same queues to vote

BJP upset at Mumbai principal's 'anti-Modi' advice

Pawar busy playing cricket when farmers are committing suicide: Modi

LS: BJP moves EC against Mumbai college principal

338 candidates to vie for Maharashtra's 19 LS seats

Mumbai's multi-corner contests spell uncertainty (Election Special)

NMIFF partners with European film fests

Kadam's remarks on Muslims, Pakistan his personal view: Shiv Sena

27 cricketers selected for special training in Mumbai

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top