Courtesy Marina Chand

ON 8 July the streets around Virginia were abuzz with dancing, drumming and singing.  To celebrate Guru Poornima, Sai Saileshwara Temple organised a high energy and joyous palki celebration. More than 550 people enjoyed the festivities, carried the palki and danced for their beloved Shirdi Sai Baba.  The beautiful program included qawali singing, bharatnathyam dancing, bhajans and of course, aarti.

In Shirdi, Maharashtra in India, palki is performed every Thursday and is reminiscent of the grand processions which took place when Shirdi Sai Baba was alive.  Shirdi Sai Baba was one of India’s greatest saints who taught by example that there is only one God and the Shirdi Sai Baba bhakti movement is the biggest bhakti movement in the world today.

The organisers are gearing up for an evening bigger and better palki festival next year; to mark the centenary of Shirdi Sai Baba’s passing away (mahasamadhi). In fact, a year long program of exciting activities and events will soon be released, including some very special visitors from Shirdi.  Stay tuned!  If you would like to stay in touch, please connect on Facebook ( or better still, come along to the weekly aarti programs at Virginia State School Hall on Thursdays at 7.30pm.


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