Palki Yatra

INVITE BABA IN PALKI TO YOUR HOME

SRI SAI DEVA PALKI YATRA


What is Sri Sai Deva Palki Yatra

Sri Sai Deva Palki Yatra is the ceremonial travel of Sai Baba in the Palki.

Why is this event being organized?

The event is being organized to invoke Lord Sainath’s grace and bring peace and happiness to the devotees and the community at large.

What is the Concept of this Event? 

Since, Palki is a sign of regal paraphernalia, and Sai Baba is ‘Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka’, Raghuvir Bhaskar Purandare, an ardent devotee, wished that Baba should be taken in a majestic palanquin procession, fit for the Master of the Universe, from Dwaraka Mai to Chavadi. So, he prepared a Palki and requested Baba to board it. Baba never liked this pomp and splendor and touted it strongly. But, all the other devotees also, supported Purandare and endeared upon Baba to board the Palki. And, Baba strongly disagreed. Finally, as a compromise, it was agreed that Baba’s Padukas, picture and Satka would be taken in the Palki as a procession. Since then, it has become customary to celebrate Palki Seva at Shirdi. On every Thursday, Baba is taken around the Shirdi village in Palki before the Shej Aarati providing darshan to the multitude who could not come to Samadhi Mandir or Dwaraka Mai to see Him. Incorporating the same theme to benefit all the Sai devotees,  Sai Samsthan  USA embarked upon this novel project – ‘Sri Sai Deva Palki Yatra’ and is facilitating this with the support of the Sai devotees. The program starts with Puja to Baba & Palki at the mandir and culminates with Shej Aarati at the mandir amidst Baba visiting various devotees’ homes in His majestic Palki.

How can one participate in this Yatra? 

One can participate in Sri Sai Deva Palki Yatra either as a local coordinator, as a host, or as a volunteer. Every one can participate in this unique event.

What does a Local Coordinator do?

Any devotee willing to invite Baba’s Palki to their home coordinates amongst his/her local community with other Sai devotees and identifies at least five other devotees willing to participate in this Yatra. Then, the local coordinator would coordinate with the mandir to check the availability of the priest and other schedules, as required.Once, the local coordinator gets the approval of the schedule from mandir management, the Palki Yatra schedule will be publicized for the benefit of other devotee’s participation. A local coordinator can be a host also and coordinates with other hosts and volunteers. The local coordinator accompanies the Palki starting from the mandir to all the other host’s homes till it again reaches mandir for Shej Aarati. Also, he/she provides any feedback as necessary to the mandir. If possible, the local coordinator can take pictures of the Yatra at different host’s homes and send them to Mandir to post them on the web site periodically.

What does a Host do?

A host is one of the Sai devotees who want to invite Palki to their home. If an individual can’t coordinate or find out the required number of homes, they would work with the local coordinator and enlist themselves as one of the five homes to have Baba’s Palki on the designated day.

What does a Volunteer do?

A volunteer can participate in the Yatra either right from the beginning at the mandir or can join the Yatra at any designated point i.e. one of the host’s homes. Also, they can volunteer to drive Baba from one host’s home to another, in case of non-availability of anyone, distribute flyers and posters in their respective areas to spread the word for the benefit of the community.

What does the host do/What happens at a host home when Baba arrives at their home in Palki?

The host receives Sri Sai Baba with Purna Kumbham and offers Swagatam (traditional welcome). When the pot is filled with water or rice, it is known as Purna Kumbha. This represents the inert body, which when filled with the divine life force, gains the power to do all the wonderful things that makes life what it is. The water in the Kumbha symbolizes the primordial water from which the entire creation emerged. It is the giver of life to all and has the potential of creating innumerable names and forms, the inert objects and the sentient beings and all that is auspicious in the world from the energy behind the universe. The leaves and coconut represent creation. The thread represents the love that “binds” all in creation. The Kumbha is therefore considered auspicious and worshiped. The waters from all the holy rivers, the knowledge of all the Vedas and the blessings of all the deities are invoked in the Kumbha and its water is thereafter used for sanctification purposes and all the accompanying rituals. After seating Baba in a comfortable pre-designated place, Punyaha Vachanam is performed with the water sanctified in the Kalasa. This is followed by Astotra & Aarati to Baba. The program completes with the Prasad distribution to the Yajman. If the host’s home is the final destination before the Palki reaches the Mandir, Satsang is performed there with Abhishek, Archana, devotional singing and Aarati.


Are there any charges or fees to participate in this Yatra?

No, there are no fees or charges to participate in this Yatra.  This is purely spiritual activity. Any donations to mandir are purely voluntary and are tax deductible.


Is this event organized only during specific times of the year?

No. This event can happen any time whenever any devotee earnestly feels to invite Baba in His Palki to their home and starts coordinating amongst the local devotees in his/her area.

Is this event organized only in specific communities?

No. This would occur wherever devotees invite Baba’s Palki. For organizing Palki Yatras in vicinities more than 50 miles from Mandir, please contact the mandir in advance to work out the schedules and other details.

Is this event organized on specific dates?

No. This is organized on a date mutually convenient to the devotees as well as the mandir depending upon all the other modalities.


When is the first ‘Sri Sai Deva Palki Yatra’?

The first Palki Yatra was organized on Saturday March 17, 2007.

General Guidelines

Do’s

  • The Coordinator/Volunteer would call you at least 15 minutes ahead of time to inform that they are in the vicinity and Palki could be reaching your home anytime within the next 10 minutes.
  • Please be ready to receive the Palki with full jest and fervor.
  • Please keep a place ready for Baba’s Palki. The size of the Palki is 8ftX2ft.
  •  Please arrange for Puja Samagri – turmeric, vermilion, turmeric mixed white rice (Akshtas), ghee, wicks, lamp stand, incense sticks, camphor, bell, loose flowers, 2 coconuts, glasses and spoons, fruits and dry nuts (to offer to Baba) .
  • Any other decoration – tying mango leaves to the main entrance, arranging for Nadaswaram cassette/CD – is optional.
  •  Please be time conscious and bear in mind that there are other devotees like you waiting eagerly to receive Baba at their homes.
  • Please invite all your near and dear to take Baba’s blessings and enjoy the whole program.
  • If possible, please join the Satsang in the evening and Shej Aarati at the mandir.
  • Please communicate any other special request(s) to the coordinator/volunteer in advance.
  • Please be conscious that you have chosen Sri Sai Baba to come to your home in His majestic Palki. Attune yourself totally – in body, speech and mind – to receive the Master of the Universe.

Don’ts

  • Please don’t try to socialize with the devotees/volunteers accompanying the Palki.
  • Please don’t offer any kind of drinks/eatables to devotees/volunteers accompanying the Palki other than at designated places as this would delay the moving of the Palki to next home.
  • Please don’t deviate from the planned program schedule.