Devotees who wish to visit Shirdi can now book they need online, starting with darshan and accommodation and if they wish can also donate online to the Sai Baba Sansthan or sponsor one days free Prasad bhojan. Users can visit the single website at online.sai.org.in to access all the above services.
There are two types of darshan’s you can reserve before hand. One is for normal darshan which is free. A total of 8 persons will be allowed per pass. The second type of darshan is Arati (or Aarti). This pass will take you to the Sai Samadhi Mandir at the time of the Arati chosen by you. As you may know, there are 4 types of Arati’s, Kakad (morning, 4-5am), Madhyan (Noon, 11.30 amto 12.40pm), Dhoop (Evening, 6.15 pm to 7.30pm) and Shej (night, 10pm to 11pm).
Normally, if you had luck, you would reach Samadhi mandir during these times and experience Arati for free. But if you don’t want to take chance, you can pay and be sure to be in the Samadhi mandir by booking the service online.
Fee for Arati is Rs.500 for Kakad and Rs.300 for remaining 3 arati’s per person. There is no fee for children under 12 yrs of age.
Similarly, you can also book accommodation at various Sansthan approved rooms.
A convenience charge of Rs.10 will be levied for every transaction carried out through the internet portal.