Here is an update to this post If you want to book a room or get darshan passes or aarti passes Click >>>>> Website for booking passes for Darshan Aarti and rooms in Shirdi for details, written after this website was launched.
However those visiting Shirdi, mostly face the problem of finding a suitable cheap and convenient place to stay, and they have to stand for hours together in queue, until they reach the Samdhi of Shirdi Sai Baba and take darshan.
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust offers many places to stay at very affordable and cheap rates. But, for new visitors of Shirdi it becomes difficult as the rooms have to be booked in person after reaching there. Many of the good services for accommodation provided by Sansthan Trust are scattered around in Shirdi.
Although, for devotees and pilgrims of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Temple, very good arrangements are made during there wait in queue. Arrangements like benches for sitting, video view of Samadhi Temple, refreshments like tea, coffee, milk, water, cold drinks, toilets. Still the time taken on the way to Samadhi Darshan is quiet long. It becomes more stressful during the festivals, on weekends and on Thursdays.
According to a press release, with the help of Rs. 22 crore Sai Tech project, devotees and pilgrims will be able to book their darshan online. This means devotees with advance plans to visit Shirdi can get their tokens online. With this facility they will have to wait relatively very less time for darshan of Sai Baba Samadhi Temple.
Another major problem for pilgrims and devotees in Shirdi is booking accommodation provided By Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (you can have a look here). The range that Pilgrims have to pay is from INR 21per person to INR 400. Through this upcoming facility devotees will be able to book rooms online:)
One thing not mentioned in the press release is online sale of publication books, pictures, audio CD and video DVD. This is one thing most devotees find missing. If Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust also comes up with online sale of their books, CDS, DVDS and pictures, it will be just great.
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