Shirdi Saibaba lived in Shirdi for more than 60 years. He was not roaming in forest or meditating in mountains like other saints of ancient India but he followed the rule laid for saints.
Saints are not supposed to stay in one place for more than one night as a philosophical indication that nothing is permanent in life.
So Sai used to stay one day in holy Masjid – Dwarakamai and the other day in Chavadi. After 1910, Devotees of Saibaba used to organize Sai’s walk from Dwarakamai to Chavadi as an auspicious event. The Chavadi Procession is described beautifully in Chapter 37, Sai Satcharitra.
Today (Feb 6th 2015) being Holy festival, I remember the glory of Sai during the Chavadi procession.
Sai used to stop opposite to the Maruti temple in between Dwarakamai and Chavadi. Sai has a huge love and respect on Lord Hanuman. Sai will be shaking his hand up and down in sync with the music being played by devotees.
A devotee would throw Gulal powder (Holy powder) over Sai’s face. During this time, Sai’s holy face will be shining and glittering vibrantly in shades of Pink and Red color. Devotees consider this darshan of Saibaba as the most auspicious one.
I could imagine how ardent Sai devotees would have celebrated holy with Saibaba himself every alternative day. What a gift is it? They would have enjoyed Sai’s darshan in several colors. Let us keep chanting Sai’s holy mantra or simply Sai, Sai, Sai in our mind remembering the radiance of Shirdi Saibaba during Chavadi Procession.
Little Servant of Shirdi Saibaba