"Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan Sohala`2011" and Sai BhajanSandhya was held from 15th Dec`2011 to 18th Dec`2011
at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai`Maharashtra. This Mahaparayanfestival was held by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan`Shirditogether with the Shirdi Gramastha, Sai Palki Nivara`Shirdi (Nighoj-Nimgaon) and all the "Sai Padyatra Mandal's" of Mumbai, Thane,Kalyan, Vasai and Virar.The Entry was free for all but registration was required for those whowanted to participate in the recital of "Shri Sai Satcharitra"which began every morning. Those registered received a copy of ShriSai Satcharitra, Baba's Arti Book, a Photo of Baba and Baba's Udi.For this festival a replica of the Shirdi Temple was made with thehighlight being a 24-feet-tall Idol of Sai Baba,the biggest ever created so far in Mumbai. It took 60 workers whoworked day and night for 21 daysto construct this replica of the Shirdi Temple including the 24-feet-tallIdol of Sai Baba.Sai Baba's Original Padukas, which were last brought from Shirdi toMumbai in 1993,were again brought to Mumbai, after a gap of almost 19 years, for thisfestival.Also brought from Shirdi for Darshan was Sai Baba's Palki & the GoldFramed Photo of Baba.The main grand entrance to the venue was also built like the actualone in Shirdi together with Baba's Neem tree & the Samadhi Shrine.Spread out on 7 acres of land, this festival recreated Shirdi in Mumbaiwhere Idols of various Gods & Goddesses could also be seen.
In all 3 different beautifully decorated Tents were put up forthis festival:1)
The First Tent had sets showcasing the life, times & spiritual journey of Sai Baba and his disciples with the help of Mannequins.
The Second Tent, having a capacity to accommodate around 7,000people,was where the Shri Sai Satcharitra Mahaparayan was held.
The Third Tent was where the Meals were served for the devoteesduring breaks.