The Sansthan has been providing accommodation to 40,000 devotees coming from across the country to Shirdi and another Ashram to give accommodation facilities to devotees is being constructed at 25 acres near Shirdi, the construction work would be completed in January next year.In the new ashram 1,500 rooms about 2,000 big halls are being constructed to provide accommodation to 15,000 more devotees.
Besdies the Sansthan’s own Accomodation, also there are hundreds of Hotels/Lodges/Dormitory/Dharamsala of different ranges/classes and features at Shirdi. In the ordinary days, one can easily get accomodation there after arriving but in case of special festive occassions like Ram Navami, Guru Poornima, Dussera, New Year, the accomodations should be booked in advance to avoid the Non-Availability.
In the year 1980 when Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Shri Sankarrao Chauhan had inaugrated Sai Prasad – 1, the first Prasadalay of Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan. In the same fashion, another Prasadalay with modern solar facilities was started on 8/1/2009. It was inaugrated by Honourable President of our country Shrimati Pratibha Patil with remote control. Features of the New Prasadalay are:-
Approximately Rs. 40 crores were spent to build this prasadalay.
About 5000 devotees can be fed in this spacious prasadalay at a time. About 550 helpers are working from morning 7 till 11 at night.
Prasadalay serves prasad meal from morning 10 till 10 at night. Devotees are provided hygienic and fresh food between this time at a nominal charge of Rs. 5 (May Vary).
It is well equipped with modern solar technologies. It has a built up area of over 7 acres. Machinery worth Rs. 36,95,128 was imported and more machinery worth Rs. 62,59,056 has been bought from various parts of the county. About Rs. 5,50,000 were spent for customs clearance and installation of the imported machinery.
For preparation of Prasad meal, vegetables, onions, potatoes, pulses, wheat, lentil, flour, ghee, oil, etc are procured from Rahata, Kopargoan, Puna, Nasik and other places by tankers. Prasad meal is prepared for about 40,000 to 50,000 devotees and this figure rises upto 1 lakh during festival or peak seasons.
Cleaning and chopping vegetables is done by automated machines. Onion chopper machine, onion peeler, dish washers are few automatic machinery used apart from solar cookers. Rice to feed 1000 devotees is prepared only in 25 minutes with the help of solar cookers. This prasadalay has got approval and appreciation certificate from Food and Drugs Department of India.
Devotees who want to donate for Providing free Meals to Devotees at the Prasadalay can contact the Sansthan Authority.