The day was Tuesday, the 15th of October
It was the last day for Baba's physical body. The sun had
risen as usual. That day was Vijayadashami
(Dusshera). Baba became bodily very weak. For ordinary persons,
it would have been difficult even to get up and sit. But,
Baba got up as usual and sat in his place. Devotees came
for his Darshan as usual. Shama stopped some devotees from
coming inside the mosque, as Baba was unwell and advised
them to have Darshan from outside.
But Baba did not agree to this and asked all the devotees
to come inside and have his Pada Darshan.
The devotees did so. Baba put his Abhaya Hastha on their
heads, blessed them and gave them udi prasad. For unknown
reasons, even the close devotees of Baba who were always
with him, fell at his feet one after another.
Baba gave them necessary advice as per their need. They
took them as usual advice which Baba used to give, but failed
to think that they were Baba's last ones to them while in
physical body. Baba asked Laxman Mama, who was an
astrologer and devotee, to do God's Naamasmarana for some
The time was eleven in the morning. Tatya
vomitted blood frequently and went into unconscious state.
His pulse also became weak. Ramachander Patil and Bala Shimpe
feared that Tatya would die that day as per Baba's prediction.
They brought Shama and showed him the condition of Tatya.
Thinking that Tatya would die in a few moments, Shama came
running to Baba. He explained the condition of Tatya to
Baba and prayed him to come to Tatya's house immediately
and save him. Baba consoling Shama told him not to worry
and assured him that Tatya would escape death as soon as
Ekadashi set in that day. But Shama again requested Baba
to come once and see Tatya.
Then Baba told Shama, "All of you have the tie of
friendship only with Tatya. But for me there is also the
responsibility for his welfare. I gave word to his mother
Baija Bai at the time of her death, that I would look after
Tatya equal to my life. The service rendered by that mother
and the word given by me to her cannot be forgotten. So
you do not worry at all. To save Tatya, I need not go there,
and I can do it sitting here," After hearing this
Shama calmed down.
The time was noon. Preparations were being
made for noon Aarti. It appeared as if some divine light
entered Baba. Aarti was started. Throughout the Aarti Baba's
facial features were changing every moment. Those who looked
at him had peace of mind and felt like looking at him continuously.
During that period Baba appeared in different forms to the
devotees present there. He appeared in the forms
of Maruthi, Vittal, Dattatreya, Rama and to Muslim devotees
as Mecca and Medina. For one Christian devotee, he appeared
For Booty he appeared as Sri Krishna playing the
flute in the Wada built by him. One devotee brought
his little son for initiating him to education by Baba,
that being Vijayadashami day. To him Baba appeared as Vigneshwara
and writing the Sanskrit alphabet "OM" showed
it to the boy and blessed him. In this manner Baba, during
Aarti time that day, had shown his divine form to the devotees
as per their thoughts.
Aarti was over. The time was one hour past noon.
Baba ordered all the devotees to go away quickly. With joy
at Baba's divine Darshan, all of them went away to their
houses and Wadas. Suddenly Baba had a severe cough and he
vomitted blood. There, Tatya recovered and his pulse came
to normal. Some new strength entered his body. He stood
up and could walk also. He cried out of joy. He could not
understand from where he got this new energy all of a sudden.
The onlookers were also surprised. Before he recovered from
his surprise, he remembered Baba. Thinking that Baba had
given him another lease of life, he went running to the
By that time Baba leaned on Baija Appaji Patil and was telling
him something secretly. Saying this, he warned him not to
reveal this to others, otherwise, he would die. Tatya heard
these last words. Baba was getting severe cough and was
heaving. Whenever he coughed, blood poured out through his
mouth and fell all over Dwarakamayi. Beforehand Baba had
asked his devotees to be without fear and sent them for
their meals. But a few devotees refused to leave Baba. Lakshmi
Bai, Bhagoji, Appaji, Laxman, Bala Shimpe were sitting near
Baba. When Tatya saluted Baba, he asked Shama to take Tatya
and leave him in his house. Shama returned after leaving
Tatya in his house. The time was two O' clock in the afternoon.
Baba sent away the others also for meals.
Charity of Nine Coins
Shinde and Bayyaji were the only ones remaining.
She was near Baba's feet. Baba put his right hand in his shirt
pocket twice, took out Rs.5 and Rs.4 and gave them as charity
to Lakshmi Bai. Baba explained the significance of
these nine rupees as the nine qualities a devotee should have:
1. Absence of egoism
2. Absence of jealousy
3. Untiring service
4. Absence of worldly desires
5. Complete faith in Guru
6. Peaceful nature
7. Desire to know the truth
8. Absence of envy, and
9. Absence of self-boasting and finding faults in others.
Unless a devotee improved these nine qualities, he could not
have true devotion to reach God. Thus Baba taught to Lakshmi
Bai even in his last moments.
and Ekadashi came. The time was 2:30 in the afternoon.
Baba told Bayyaji that he was leaving this world and his body
was to be kept in Booty Wada, assuring him that from there,
he would be protecting his devotees at all times. So saying,
Baba leaned on the body of Bayyaji. He did not fall on the
floor, or his bed. He breathed his last giving charity and
teaching Jnana to his children.
This is the way the king of yogis - Yogi raja - attained
Lord Shiva who is capable of commanding death, and who was
born as human, invited death. The divine light which came
out of the body of Baba, joined Gurudhan, Dwarakamayi and
Venkusa, who were already in the form of divine lights (Jyothis)
and all the four Jyothis combined into one as Sai's divine
It is again divided into four parts. One part went
to Gurusthan. The second part when to Chavadi and settled
there. The third part merged in Dwarakamayi, and the fourth
part went into Booty Wada.
These four powers represent the four Vedas. These are the
proofs of Sai Power, which can command, and control the whole
world. The Sivasakthi from Kailas came and stayed in Shirdi.
In this way Shirdi became a holy place. The body of Sai who
exhibited supernatural powers and saved several devotees,
was lying in Dwarakamayi.
The physical body of Sai Baba, lying in Dwarakamayi, cannot
be seen again. So let us imagine ourselves to be in Dwarakamayi
and touch the holy feet of Sai Baba and make our life meaningful.
The news of Baba's Samadhi spread throughout Shirdi and the
neighboring villages in minutes. People came along with women
and children to Dwarakamayi. They wept uncontrollably as Sai
Baba, who was God to them, was no more. They became speechless
when they saw the lifeless body of Sai Baba, and felt as if
the entire world had come to standstill. There was not a single
family either in Shirdi or the neighboring places, which had
not experienced Baba's Leelas and greatness. They cried loudly,
recollecting the good things Baba had done to them. Some fell
down unconscious after seeing Baba's body.
Some were seen weeping and running in the streets. There is
none who did not shed tears. They now understood the "Seemollanghana".
incident of two years back and how Baba had taken on himself
Tatya's death and give his life to him. Several people were
recollecting Baba's strange actions and words. Some said that
Baba had indicated that he would be born again after eight
years, in Madras State.
Some imagined that what Baba had told Appaji secretly must
be about his future birth. Since he had warned Appaji not
to reveal anything to others, he kept silent in spite of so
many people questioning him.
After a few hours, the question as to what to do with Baba's
mortal remains arose. Some Muslims requested that the body
of Sai Baba may be kept in Samadhi, outside the mosque in
the open space. Khushal Chand and Amir Shakkar also supported
this. But the village Munsiff, Ramachander Patil took a firm
decision that Baba's Samadhi should be in Booty Wada and nowhere
else. This way two groups formed in Shirdi and began arguing
over the matter. By Tuesday evening, the Sub- Inspector of
Police from Rahata, Chakranarayan, came to Shirdi. When he
searched Baba's body he found seven rupees in his pocket.
The whole night discussions and arguments went on regarding
the location of the Samadhi.
In the early hours before daybreak on Wednesday the 16th ,
Baba appeared to Das Ganu in his dream and told him that the
mosque came down, and the merchants were angry with him, so
he left his body. He asked him to proceed immediately to Shirdi
and cover his body with jasmine flowers.
Das Ganu, along with his disciples, started for Shirdi immediately.
Pradhaan's wife at Bombay had a dream on the night of 15th.
She dreamt of Baba's life was leaving his body and she cried
that Baba was dying. Baba told her in the dream that one should
not say dying in the case of saints, but say "attained
He again appeared in her dream on the 16th night and
requested her to give him all the money she had in her box.
Next day she sent all the money in her box to Shirdi for utilising
for the last rites of Baba. The same night Baba appeared
in the dream of Pradhaan's sister and asked her to send silk
clothes to put on his Samadhi. She sent the clothes to Shirdi.
In the early hours of Wednesday, Baba appeared in the dream
to Laxman Mama Joshi and said, "Bapu Saheb, Jog is thinking
that I am dead. I only left my body and I am alive.
Get up and give Kakad Aarti." Laxman Mama, who had
full faith in Baba, went to the mosque taking with him the
Puja items required for Kakad Aarti.
Even though the police and village servants tried to prevent
him from entering the mosque, he forcibly entered inside and
gave Kakad Aarti to Baba's body. Seeing his determination
none could stop him. Bapu Saheb Jog gave the noon arathi.
This was the last Aarti given in Dwarakamayi.
On Wednesday morning the Tahsildar of Kopergaon Taluk came
and gathered the views of both the groups regarding the place
of Samadhi and asked them to express their views in writing
along with their signatures. The majority wanted that Baba
should be laid to rest in Booty Wada. Even then, the Tahsildar
had no courage to take a decision, but wanted to act according
to the orders of the District Collector, Ahmednagar. But in
the meantime, the other group reconciled to the situation
and agreed for the Samadhi inside Booty Wada.
In the evening of Wednesday at 4:00 PM they wanted to bathe
the body of Baba. When they tried to remove the Kafni (long
shirt) the hands bent as usual. In ordinary cases the limbs
cannot be bent as they stiffen. Baba's body was laid on a
big table before Dwarakamayi, and potfuls of water were poured
on the body with devotion. After that they spread a white
cloth on the body. The put flowers, sandal and Akshatas (rice)
over the cloth. For the last time everyone had the Darshan
of Baba's body to their hearts content. A grave, 6 feet in
length was dug in Booty Wada's underground structure, enough
for keeping his body.
The body was taken into Booty Wada in procession to the sounds
of various musical instruments. First, the broken brick of
Baba was broken into smaller pieces and put in the grave,
over that soft beds were spread. Dixit, Booty, Shama and Mahalasapati
slowly lifted the body. The thought that in a few moments
the body would be hidden from their view, gripped the devotees
present there and all of them burst into tears. There was
complete silence except for snifflings. Due to sadness, the
devotees felt weak and all of them together could not lift
Baba's body. A few of them got into the grave and from below
caught the body and it was slowly lowered . The head side
went down first . Someone cried aloud that Baba was going
away. The devotees surrounding the grave tried to catch a
glimpse of the body for the last time. The entire body was
lowered and rested on the soft beds. Rose water and perfumes
were sprayed on the body. When they started putting earth
on the body, the people wept and rolled on the floor, crying.
Even God, if He is born on this
earth, has to be buried under the earth. This is a fact.
life was blessed. The Wada built by him became Baba’s
Samadhi. At five o’ clock in the evening, after
the Samadhi, Bapu Saheb Jog and Laxman Mama gave Sandhya Aarti
in Booty temple for the first time on 16 October 1918.
From that day onwards till date, four Aarti are given to Baba
daily. Nanavalli, who was like Baba’s life, watched
the Samadhi from a distance. He stopped taking food from that
day and died on the 13th day.
Das Ganu, after reaching Shirdi on Thursday
morning, did sankeertan for two days near the Samadhi of Baba.
In the name of Baba, he fed a large number of people.
Baba Saheb Bhate and Upasani Baba of Sakori Ashram performed
the last rites of Baba. Where Booty wanted to install
the idol of Sri Krishna, Baba’s Samadhi came up. This
way Baba became Muralidhar. The Booty
temple with Baba’s Samadhi in it had become the holiest
of the holy places, giving millions of devotees peace and