A 100 years back, in 1911 Shri Ram Navami was celebrated for the first time in Shirdi by Sai Baba himself. And now in 2011, to commemorate the Centenary year of Shri Ram Navami Celebrations @ Shirdi, a 100 Palki Processions of Sai Baba reached Shirdi from all over India. All the streets in Shirdi were filled with Baba's Palki processions. Lakhs of Devotees carried Sai Baba's Palki's all the way from several places in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Punjab. All walked for days and days all the way from Mumbai to Shirdi and some walked bare-foot all the way in the Padh-yatra. Devotees smeared with Gulal (Pink Color powder) danced all the way chanting Baba's name to the beats of the drums & claps. Two Padh Yatra groups from Mumbai consisting of only ladies also reached Shirdi carrying Baba's Palki. 25 Non-resident Indians from Dubai & a few from USA also walked all the way from Mumbai to Shirdi with Baba's Palki processions. A few devotees from Shirdi ran carrying a "Sai Jyot" (Burning Torch) all the way from Dhupkheda village to Shirdi for Ram Navami. Mumbai's Sai Devotee Shri.Manoj Mhatre donated a 920 gram Gold Crown worth Rs.21 lakhs. This crown studded with Diamonds in a "Om" shape was placed on Baba head during the Arati. On 12th April`2011, Ram Navami day around 4 lakh devotees reached Shirdi to have Baba's darshan and offer their love to him. Shirdi Sansthan had to use additional man-power to coordinate the crowds. Cine actor Shri.Manoj Kumar, Shri.Prem Sagar (Son of Shri.Ramanand Sagar), Shri.Sudhir Dalvi ( Played the role of Sai Baba in Shirdi Ke Sai Baba) and Shri.Subhash Rao Butty (Grandson of Shri.Gopalrao Butty) also came to Shirdi for Baba's darshan and were felicitated by the trustees for their efforts to spread the name of Sai Baba's Shirdi nationally & internationally. Several other Bollywood personalities & Celebrities too reached Shirdi on Ramnavami. In the Temple premises near the Main Entrance of the Temple, a beautiful Statue of Sai Baba was made by Mumbai's Dwarkamai Mandal, who were later felicitated by the Sai Sansthan.
To see the Pictures of Ramnavami festival 2011 in Shirdi go to https://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/new/picturegallery/2011/RamNavami2011Gallery/index.html