means reading of sacred text - Shri Sai Satcharitra
continuously for one week and finishing it
at the end of the week i.e. seventh day.
of all the place where you wish to do parayan
must be cleaned and made tidy.
must be lit in front of Sai Baba's idol or
photograph. Lighting a lamp marks Sai Baba's
presence. Also it is desirable to light incense
stick (agarbatti) and/or dhoop, thus purifying
3. It is
general practice that while doing any worship,
devotee do not sit on floor directly. It is
advised to first place a small mat or cloth
on the floor to sit on it. The same applies
4. It is
upto devotee's discretion to offer any food
5. In Hindi
Sai Satcharitra published by Shri
Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi
particular chapters are advised for each day
of parayan as under :
||1 - 6
||7 - 13
||14 - 22
|| 23 - 28
||29 - 35
||36 - 42
||43 - 51
reading of each day (if devotee wishes) two
coins can kept in Sai Baba's feet. Coins can
be of any denomination, but they can be considered
as "Shraddha" and "Saburi".
At the end of parayan the amount thus gathered
can be donated or kept in Sai temple's hundi
(donation box) or prasad can be distributed
which is purchased from the same money.
day's reading can be concluded by arti in
the evening. If it is not possible then at
least arti must be sung on last day.
8. If devotee
wishes he/she can offer sweet dish or any
desirable naivedhya to Sai Baba for all seven
days. Otherwise naivedhya can be offered on
last day of parayan. If this is not possible
at least ready made sweets from market can
be offered as prasad. Even if sugar or jaggery
is offered as prasad, it will do.
9. It depends
on devotee how he/she reads chapter allocated
for each day. Chapters can be divided as per
convenience. But every time you sit to read
points 4 and 5 in this heading can be followed.
Also lighting incense stick (agarbatti) and/or
dhoop can be avoided.
can be read out to sick or old devotees, if
they are not in condition to sit by themselves
and read. Also if it is read out before children
and stories are explained to them in simple
language, seeds of devotion can be sown in
tender age only.