In every area of Shirdi, the use of Shirdi Ke sai baba wonder’s can be seen. That’s why, since the last 150 decades baba’s dhuni is kept perpetually burning daily in Dwarakamayi.
Fire is manifestation of energy of which the whole universe is made and the whole galaxy is created and flame compromise appears for the cosmic attention in which any doubt generation is estimated and regularly modified. Hence, ‘Dhuni’ is outstanding for home the sins to ashes, for those who search for finish sanctuary in this peerless expert.
Shirdi Ke sai baba gurusthan was below a neem tree. When sai baba came to Shirdi, he got the ground beneath this neem tree dug up and found four miraculously burning earthen lamps buried under neath along with a rudraksha mala. Baba regarded these 4 burning earthen lamps each symbolic for Satya, Dharma, Peace and Love respectively. In his previous lifetime, baba had done his tapasya here at this point where the four burning lamps were found. Hence, the name “Gurusthan”, then baba sai that the time for the 4 lamps to continue burning was now over and it should be shifted from the gurusthan to “Dwarakamayi” his karmsthan, now they would continue to burn as his “Dhuni” till the time this world exists and it was placed in a 7’ by 5’2” place in Dwarakamayi, having wooden pillar on both the sides and padukas near the dhuni is that place where baba used to spend time in solitude everyday at 5a.m. There is an iron door which is opened to offer fuel. Surprisingly the wooden pillars are not charred or ever burnt or no body is ever burnt while cleaning it from inside.
In an incident related by pujya sivanesan swamiji, looking at the bellowing smoke in 1974, a test performed by a group of Russian scientists for pollution and they surprised to find only minimal carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide. Through udi, baba conveyed that all the visible phenomena in the universe are as transient as the dhuni’s ash. Our bodies composed of the five elements will be reduced to ashes.
The udi also cured many physical and mental maladies, but Shirdi Ke sai baba wanted to din into the devotee’s the principles between the unreal and the real, non attachment for the unreal, and asking for dakshina and giving udi. The udi taught “Discrimination” and the dakshina taught “Non-Attachment” and without these two it is not possible to cross over the sea of the mundane existence. So baba asked for and took dakshina, and while the devotee’s took leave, he gave udi as Prasad, besmeared some of it on the bhaktas’ foreheads and blessed them. When baba was in a cheerful mood he used to sing.”Oh, playful rama, come, come, and bring with you sacks of udi.”