Sai Baba is also known for his birthday celebrations, called Nirjalotsavam, or Nirjalotsavam, which is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary (Niranthula) of his second incarnation, Shri Sai Baba. Devotees from all over the world attend up to fifty or more nirjalotsavam festivals. Bharadwaja is in charge of the Nirjalotsavam. During the celebration, an aarti is usually held in which a common man or woman who has been selected, bathes Baba's feet, which at that time are in the form of a doll made of clay and dressed in a variety of dresses. The visarjan of the doll is done by a special purpose group from the devotees in a huge tempos or march-in which everyone helps to carry the doll in a beautiful procession. Nirjalotsavam occurs at Bhadrachalam, where Baba collected water for the first time. After meeting Bhadrachalam, Shri Baba started to make short trips from Chitoor to Shirdi. Nirjalotsavam is celebrated every year at his birthplace, Shirdi, as well as at other places where he has established or visited. The best-known nirjalotsavam is at Shirdi on January 11. The Nirjalotsavam traditionally marks the date Baba was born according to some Hindus, particularly in the state of Maharashtra.
In the year 2000, on January 26, at various places in India, women were asked to take off their gold jewelry and often would lift their saris revealing red silk saris underneath. Newspapers printed photographs of women, draped in saris, lifting their saris to reveal not just gold jewelry, but raw silk saris under their clothing. This ritual was performed to worship Sai Baba, because of His red silk saris and the belief that He came physically as a human being and wasn't born as a god. The red saris that women are to wear are called laathi-sare. In the Tamil tradition (where the lakshmi is said to be in charge of the sacred thread) the sacred thread is made of pure gold and is itself a tribute to Sai Baba. d2c66b5586