Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat – Nine Thursdays Sai Baba Vrat – FAQ’s

Shirdi Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat

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Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat

Following is Sai Baba Nine Thursday Vrat Story in English with rules and miracles:

Rules to be followed for Shirdi Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat

1. Any woman, man, or child can do this vrat.

2. This vrat can be done by any person without any difference of caste and creed.

3. This is a very miraculous vrat. Desired fruits are obtained by doing it for 9 Thursdays according to the rules.

4. This vrat can be started on any Thursday by taking Sai Baba’s name. One should pray to Sai Baba with complete devotion for the fulfillment of the desire for which the Vrat is done.

5. Sai Baba should be worshiped in the morning or in the evening. Sai Baba’s photograph should be placed on a yellow cloth. Clean the photograph with clear water. Tilak of Chandan (sandalwood) and Kumkum should be applied to the photograph of Sai Baba. Yellow-coloured flowers or garland should be offered to Sai Baba, incense sticks and lamps should be lighted, and then the main story of the vrat must be read. Sai Baba’s name should be remembered and then prasad should be distributed (prasad may consist of some sweets or fruits).

6. This vrat can be done by eating only fruits ( it may also be done by consuming milk, tea, sweet, etc) or it may also be done by having lunch or dinner. But it should be remembered that the vrat should not be done by not eating anything.

7. If possible one should go to Sai Baba temple and if it is not possible then Sai Baba should be worshiped at home only with complete devotion.

8. This vrat can be continued even if one is out of his/her own town.

9. During this vrat if women are going through menses or if by any reason one Thursday is missed, then that Thursday should not be taken into consideration for 9 Thursdays. Another Thursday should be taken into consideration and then the concluding ceremony should be performed.

Procedure for Concluding Ceremony for Shirdi Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat

1. On the 9th Thursday the vrat is concluded. Five poor people should be fed (as per economic condition)

2. To increase the importance of Sai Baba and vrat 5, 11 and 21 (as per economic conditions) Sai Baba Vrat Books should be distributed among family and friends. In this way, the vrat is concluded.

3. In the concluding ceremony, distributing the Sai Baba Vrat Books increases the Mahima of Sai Baba and we get His blessings.

4. On the 9th Thursday the books, which are to be given to our family members and friends, should be kept in pooja and then it should be distributed so that others and our desires are fulfilled.

Sai Baba devotees have a strong belief that anyone who does this vrat according to the above procedure and concludes it in the same manner as stated here, Sai Baba fulfills all their desires.

Shirdi Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat Katha

A woman named Kokila lived in a city with her husband Maheshbhai. Both of them had love for each other. But Maheshbhai’s nature was quarrelsome. He did not have sense of speaking. Neighbours were fed of Maheshbhai’s such nature, but Kokila was religious woman. She had immense faith in God and she suffered everything without uttering a single word. Gradually her husband’s business declined and the earnings were also negligible. Now Maheshbhai did not go anywhere and stayed back at home. Moreover he was drawn to wrong path. Now his quarrelsome nature increased two fold.

It was afternoon time. An old man came and stood in front of the house of Kokila. He had a strange glow on his face. He demanded dal-chaval (lentil-rice). Kokila gave to the old man what he demanded and folded her hands before him. The old man said May Sai bless you with happiness. Kokila said there is no happiness in my fate and narrated everything about her unhappy life to the old man.

The old man explained the Vrat for 9 Thursdays. The vrat can be done by eating fruits or by taking lunch or dinner. If possible go to Sai Temple or otherwise worship Sai Baba at home for 9 Thursdays, observe fast and donate food to the hungry people and distribute 5, 11 and 21 Sai Vrat Books according to your economic condition. If you increase the importance of this Sai Vrat, Sai Baba will fulfill all your desires. But you should have deep faith in Sai Baba and have patience in your mind. If anybody does this Vrat and duly performs its concluding ceremony, Sai Baba fulfills his/her desires.

Kokila did the Vrat for 9 Thursdays, distributed Sai Vrat books and fed the poor on 9th Thursday. Now all the quarrels in her home had disappeared. There was complete happiness as Maheshbhai’s nature had changed. His business now came back on track. In a short period, their economic condition also improved and everything became fine. Both husband and wife started living their life happily. One day Kokila’s brother-in-law and his wife came to their home from Surat. Casually talking they told Kokila that their children do not study well. They have failed in exams. Kokila told them about the importance of Sai Baba Vrat for 9 Thursdays and said that by worshipping by Sai Baba their children would be able to study well. But for that you should have deep faith in Sai Baba. Sai Baba helps everybody. She explained the procedure for the vrat which is as follows:

– This vrat can be done by eating fruits or by taking lunch or dinner.
– If possible go to Sai Baba temple for all 9 Thursdays.
– Any woman, man or child can do this vrat. Worship of Sai Baba photograph should be done for 9 Thursday.
– Offer flowers, light incense sticks and lamp, chant Arti and remember Sai Baba’s name and distribute prasad.
– On 9th Thursday feed poor people.
– On 9th Thursday distribute Sai Baba Vrat Books among family members and friends.

After few days Kokila received a letter from her brother-in-law’s wife that her children does Sai Vrat and have started studying hard. She herself did Sai Baba Vrat and distributed the books in her husband’s office. She added that due to Sai Baba Vrat her friend’s daughter’s marriage was fixed in a very nice family. Moreover her neighbour’s ornament box was lost somewhere. As a result of Sai Baba Vrat someone came and returned the box after two months. In this way such miracles happened.

Now Kokila came to know that Sai Baba is really very great.

O Sai Baba please shower Your blessings on us as You have showered on others.

You might like to read: Sai Nav Guruwar Vrat miracles

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Shirdi Sai Nav Guruvar Vrat – FAQ’s

Sai Vrat for Nine Thursdays is becoming popular day by day. Many devotees have been benefited by it and the list goes on increasing day by day. But there are many doubts regarding this vrat. I am receiving mails regarding such doubts from Sai brothers and sisters, so i decided to post them on blog instead of answering to all questions individually. I have tried to club as many questions as i could. Still if any of your questions are unanswered or not covered in this post, you can ask by commenting under the post. Please be noted that i am answering to questions/doubts to the best of my knowledge and experience but leave it to Baba to decide whether they right or wrong. Also please pardon me if any of the answers are wrong. Suggestions and corrections are readily welcomed. I request devotees to post their queries/suggestions/corrections as comments to this post only.

Where do I get Sai Vrat Katha book?

Many devotees have got desired fruits from this Vrat. By word of mouth it is becoming very popular and it has won trust of many devotees. Every devotee desiring to do the vrat has this foremost question in his/her mind. Well now a days Sai Vrat Katha book is easily available in shops nearby Sai Baba temples in India. Please be noted that Sai Vrat Katha books are not published by Shirdi Sai Baba Sanshtan.

This question will certainly arise in a devotee’s mind who has read Sai Satcharitra. I too agree with the same. But also on the other hand i have experienced miracles by doing this vrat. More than materialistic things for which i started the vrat, i got to see spiritual aspects. It seemed as a chance to me get more close to Baba. It is not unknown that Baba pulls His devotees by fulfilling all their wishes and then make them His forever. I request devotees not to do this Vrat just to test Baba. Only thing needed is full faith on Baba and He is sure to sail us across. In the end i leave it to reader’s discretion to observe this fast or not.

Who can do this Vrat?

Anyone whether male, female and even children can do this Vrat. Old and Sick persons can avoid it. Still if its devotee’s wish to do Vrat, Baba will take fullest care! Devotees of any caste/religion/creed can do Vrat only full faith on Baba is required.

Should i start this Vrat from any special day?

There is no such rule. It can be started from any Thursday by taking Baba’s name and seeking His help and grace for desire for which the Vrat is taken up.

What is the procedure of Vrat?

Sai Baba must be worshipped in morning or in evening. Sai Baba’s photograph must be placed on a yellow cloth. Clean the photograph with clear water. Tilak of Chandan (sandalwood) and Kumkum must be applied to the photograph of Sai Baba. Yellow coloured flowers or garland must be offered to Sai Baba, incense sticks and lamp must be lighted and then the main story of the vrat must be read. Sai Baba’s name must be remembered and then prasad must be distributed.

What else should be read/chanted apart from Vrat story and Sai Baba Arti?

Again there are no hard and fast rules in this. Sai Baba Arti is sufficient, still if you wish you can chant Sai Chalisa and Sai Bavani given in Vrat book.

What can be given as Prasad?

Prasad may consist of some sweet, dry fruit or fruits.

What can be eaten in this Vrat?

Vrat can be done only by eating fruits, sweets or drinking milk, tea or coffee. It can also be done by taking one time meal in evening. It should not be done by not eating anything. A devotee had asked me whether she can eat potatoes, cucumber and tomatoes during this vrat. The answer is yes.

Is it compulsory to visit Sai Baba Temple?

No it is not. But it is preferred. If any unavoidable circumstances exist then Baba can be worshipped at home only. Only thing required is full faith!!!

Can i do Vrat if i am not at home or when I am travelling?

Yes you can. Baba has not laid any compulsions for worshipping Him. This applies in this Vrat also. Again only thing required is full faith!!!

What if i miss any Thursday(s) due to unavoidable circumstances?

That Thursday(s) should be skipped and following Thursday(s) can be considered in counting Nine Thursdays. The same applies for women if they are going through menses.

Is it compulsory to conclude Vrat on nineth Thursday?

Yes it is.

How Vrat is concluded?

Vrat is concluded by visiting Sai Baba temple on nineth Thursday, feeding five poor people and distributing 5,11 or 21 Sai Vrat Katha books to your friends and relatives to increase Sai Mahima.

What if Sai Vrat Katha books are not available for distribution?

As said earlier they are easily available in India. For devotees residing abroad they can mail scanned copies of books. Before giving/sending Sai Vrat Katha books please make sure from the recipient that he/she will do Vrat.

What if I cannot feed poor people?

Devotees residing abroad generally face this question. In such cases devotees can request their relatives to feed poor people in India on their behalf. If they wish to do the same themselves then they can keep food articles in any nearby Sai temple and request temple authorities to offer these food articles as prasad. They can also give food donation to any Sai temple or directly to Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan Easy Donation Facility

This is Nine Thursday’s Baba’s Vrat, so it cannot be done on any other day. The reason is quite logical and i dont think i need to explain. Well, in this case, it can be advised that if the lady cannot do Vrat on Thursdays, being a working day, she do vrat by eating recommended food in point 8 above and take one time meal in evening, thus not being hungry whole day!!! If this also does not work, she can avoid doing Vrat. Baba has never advised fasting in adverse circumstances, she can pray Him whole heartedly to fulfill her wish. It is not true that Baba fulfills wishes and desires of only those who do Vrat.

What if there is some tragedy in my family and if i need to do the Vrat?

I received this mail from devotee of Nasik – India

Om Sai Ram Hetal Ji, I want to be a true Sai Devotee and at the holy feet of Baba all the times. I will be very grateful to you if you solve my one query. Unfortunately I have lost my mother in last month on 6th July, 2009. Now from next Thursday (13.08.09) I want to start Sai Vrat of 9 Thursdays. Is it correct to start to the Vrat. My friends are saying to wait for 1 year. But I want to do something for Sai as early as possible. Please tell me a way out. !! Om Sai Ram

After consulting my mother in this regard, i answered as thus:

Since it has been more than one month for the tragedy, the devotee was allowed to do the Vrat and there was no need to wait for one full year. Only the time period to wait is about 13-16 days as per Hindu tradition. For other castes, it depends on their traditions and practices.

What can be used if you do not get Kumkum or Sandalpaste?

I received one mail asking the above question. There are no hard and fast rules for Vrat so it is fine if these things are not used.

This list of questions is includable. As and when any new question comes my way, it will be posted here. Please feel free to ask your question and i will try to answer them.

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  1. Dear Madam,
    I m a bit confused.It is mentioned above to keep the asan & sai photo & do the pooja. But after we finish the pooja we have to remove the asan & sai photo & everything used for pooja on the same day or next day or it should be kept same place until i finish the 9 thursday? Can i use the statue which i have kept in my temple at home or we should use photo which is not being worshipped before? Thank you & Please clear my doubts asap since i want to start this vrat immediately after receiving your response.

  2. Sai Ramji Rakhi ji,

    First of all thanks for putting your question here.

    After you finish pooja of one particular Thursday, you can remove asan and Sai Babaji photo/idol next day. No need to keep until you finish 9 Thursdays Vrat.

    You can use photo/idol kept in temple at your home.

    I hope i have cleared your doubts.

    If any doubt still persists, please do feel free to comment here.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  3. hello mam,
    im starting my fast but i have a doubt. my question is can have fruit as well as sweet as well as 1 day meal every day ? or we can have only one day meal or only fruits,juice,fruits,sweet any one of the 2 opinion we can have?

  4. Hi Madam,

    I am on my 5th week vrat, I planned to eat only liquids, fruits and sweet on all the 9 Thursday's. but accidentaly today i ate sweet with egg after my puja. What should i do, Do i count this week in the 9 Thursday's Vrat.Please let me know, [email protected]

  5. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Since you have consumed egg (although by mistake) you will not be able to count this week's fast in 9 Thursday Vrat. So till date you have completed only 4 weeks (or say 4 Thursdays) and 5 more weeks are pending.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  6. Madam,

    I started the vrat in June and did not continue due to some reasons. I started the vrat again. Do u want me to count that Thu which i have done before in June in the 9 weeks thu vrat, or do u want me start from the beginning. Please advice. Thank You

  7. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    It is upto to you if you wish to consider that thursday, you can, otherwise you can start from very beginning now.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  8. Hi,
    its my 9th and last sai vrat today.I dont know how finished the vrat. Like when some1 keeps shiv vrat, on the 17th vrat he eates something salty to open and finish the vrat. Do weve to eat salty on 9th sai fast, or we keep that 9th fast with fruit only, and next day we can eat salty?
    im waiting for ur reply.

  9. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    You can have one time meal to open your vrat, which includes salt.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  10. ok, so it means exactly like in shiv vrat? in shiv vrat on 17th day, one eates salty food to finish vrat
    For now ive always eat fruit instead of meal in a day. But tday on my 9th fast I HAVE TO eat somethng salty to open and finish my vrat IN TDAY DAY ONLY, RITE, will my vrat thn be complete. I live in europe and its 4pm now, so at what time i shud do the pooja, after what i cn eat normal indian rotti foor or rotti with achaar?bcoz i dont hav any1 here who can help me ,ive to make sure exact way to open the vrat.Also i have done puja already nce at mring.

    tday I did drop fruits, chokolates to kids and biscuits to poor white skin and dark peoples and other in need of food.

    This is my 2nd or 3 vrat of sai. i alwys did complete 9 thu by eating fruits, i didnt open vrat by eating salty food.So can it mean tht my vrat was adhura then,or that was fine also? abt feeding peoples , ill feed peoples whn im in india for my ex vrats.
    thnks, jai sai raam di jai.
    jai sai ram.

  11. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    I am again referring point from the post above :

    13. How Vrat is concluded?

    Vrat is concluded by visiting Sai Baba temple on nineth Thursday, feeding five poor people and distributing 5, 11 or 21 Sai Vrat Katha books to your friends and relatives to increase Sai Mahima.

    So it is not at all compulsory to open your fast by eating anything salty. It solely depends on your wish to eat roti or achar or eat only fruits.

    Your earlier vrats are not incomplete because i hope you have followed concluding rituals. I will again say here that Sai Babaji only wants firm faith and patience and there are no hard and fast rules of fasting or anything with regards to His worship. Chanting only "Sai, Sai" will solve your problems and gives fruits of your devotion.

    I hope i have cleared your doubts 🙂

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  12. thnk you.

    ok im going to open my vrat in way i opened my shiv vrat. Ill do pray, light lamp and eat salty food. and then ill eat next day if im hungry.ok.thnks

    om sai ram sai nath ki jai. May sai always hav hand on us.

  13. hi ,
    i have heard about this vrat in a book and wish to do due to serious financial problems, i am not an adrent sai devotee, can i do this fast. i concieved 4 months back, cn i do this fast, hope it is fine. what to eat?

  14. Sai Ramji Mitashi,

    I dont think you should do this vrat at this stage. Baba has never asked to keep fast by unnecessarily troubling ourselves. I would only request you to keep faith in Sai Baba for the time being and hope for the best. Once you are physically fit, you may go for fasting but not right now. For observing fast, it is not necessary that you should be an ardent devotee of Sai Baba. I hope what i mean to say. Please take care of yourself and your baby. Baba will do the best for you.

    Best of luck !!!

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  15. Hetal ji,

    I'm planning to start this vrat this thursday….I'm in serious trouble…only baba can help…I have doubt madam..on 9th thursday we have to give vrat katha books to 5 or 11 people but what if they are not interested to do this vrat. Please clear this doubt madam. To whom I can give and what I have to do

    Thanks in advance

  16. Sai Ramji Swapna ji,

    If nobody is willing to take Vrat books do not give instead, you can do food of the equivalent amount of the books.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  17. Om Sai Ram Hetal ji,

    I have a question.If both husband and wife would like to do the vrat during same time, can they do the pooja for the same photo/idol with one yellow cloth,one yellow garland and read the story individually? or do they have to do the pooja different times with 2 diff photos , yellow cloths and 2 garlands as 2 saperate poojas?

    Please let me know.
    Om Sai Ram

  18. Sai Ramji,

    Yes, husband-wife can do pooja of same photo/idol with one yellow cloth,one yellow garland and read the story "jointly", no issues in that.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  19. Hetal ji,

    Please clear one point for me:
    1.can I be eating fruits(i mean fruits,veggies, milk, sweets) all day till I finish my pooja and then once I finish my pooja and offer naivedya to Sai, I can eat my regular meal?


    2.should I be eating fruits(i mean fruits,veggies, milk, sweets)only all day till friday day morning without any regular meal?

    thank you very much.

  20. Hetal ji,

    Yesterday it was my 2 week vrat..and after pooja I had 2 times tea,some fruits and night 7.00 I had rice(heavy dinner). Is it ok or do I need to cancel because I am feeling that I did mistake by eating this much food…Please tell me

    Thanks in advance

    November 14, 2009

  21. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Sorry for delay in replying.

    Generally Sai vrat pooja is done in morning and again in evening. If time does not permit, then only pooja in morning can be done.

    You can eat fruits (fruits, milk, sweets) all day till I finish you pooja and then once I finish my pooja and offer naivedya to Sai, you can eat my regular meal.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  22. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Any type of sweets can do provided they are not make of coco (chocolate) or any other food which is prohibited during fasts.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  23. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    It is perfectly fine if you eat in the manner you have specified "Yesterday it was my 2 week vrat..and after pooja I had 2 times tea, some fruits and night 7.00 I had rice(heavy dinner). Is it ok or do I need to cancel because I am feeling that I did mistake by eating this much food…Please tell me".

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  24. Hi Hetalji,

    I have one more question, can we wash and use the same yellow cloth for all 9 Thursdays or do we have to use new one every Thursday?

  25. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    You can use same cloth and it can be re-used by washing.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  26. Sai Ramji Priya ji,

    Yes you can count these Thursdays in your Nine Thursdays Vrat.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  27. hii friends i m doing 9 thursday vrat ..and 2moro wil do my 3rd thursday vrat.but i take roti or rice in lunch..and entire day i take only fruits n dat ok? or is der ny mistake?pls tell me…

  28. Om Sai Om Hetalji,

    I am not an adrent sai devotee but I belive when I heared about Sai Baba's vrat's Mahanta from my mom (She in India) So I started Sai baba's Vrat 3 months ago. My question is can my mom or sister do "Udaypan" in India on my behalf because I work on Weekday so I'm not able to do "Udaypan" over here (distributes the books & feed to poor people & birds).

    Kind regards

    Akriti Renu

  29. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    There is no mistake on your part, please do the vrat as you are doing and making 'Shraddha' and 'Saburi' main rule to this.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  30. Sai Ramji Akriti ji,

    Yes, your sister or mother can do "Udaypan" in India on your behalf.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  31. Sai Ramji Sai ji,

    Please can you explain me what is "oats porridge" in simple words?

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  32. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Please count first four days and not three days.

    In the example above which you have referred, you can do vrat on next Thursday, since Thursday happens to be fifth day. I hope i have made myself clear. For any further query you can mail me on admin(at)shirdisaibabastories(dot).org

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  33. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    When did you ate biscuit, during your one time meal or in between?

    If you have eaten in between then it is a mistake.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  34. sai ram ji hetal ji ,i ate sweet bisuits in evening time..not during one time meal..wat should i do now? can i count this thursday?

  35. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    You cannot count that Thursday and but can continue your vrat.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  36. okey.wil continue..pls pray 4 me hetal ji dat i can do the vrat .perfectly..4m ur sweet sis(nibedita).sai ram..

  37. Sai Ramji Nibedita ji,

    I shall pray for you. Please keep this vrat with utmost faith and patience.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  38. Sai Ram Hetalji,

    My wife and I are going to start the 9 vart from tomorrow.
    1. She will do puja in the morning and I in the Evening at 22 hrs. Is it ok or there is a time we have to follow.

    2. Can I use the same cloth, flower and Picture of baba as she used in the morning to do my prayers or do i have to add my own flower?

    3. I have lots of Indian friends do we each have to give 5 books or together on the 9th day we give 5 books.

    4. Feeding the poor can be any one any age in the house or poor people on the road. ( I live in Africa)

    5. Do we nee all the whole vart book or just one store per week?

    Awaiting your responce and Thanks for all the answer above it really helps.
    You may reply me on [email protected]

    Raj Mirpuri

  39. Sai Ramji Raj ji,

    Here are answers to your questions in order as they are placed :

    – You and your wife can do pooja in the morning itself. One can read the story and make another listen. In the evening you can do Sai Baba's arti. So need to do pooja individually two times a day.

    – As answered in first point, you both can do the pooja in the morning. Everything can be common, but you can offer flowers again to Baba which is a matter/fact of devotion and not compulsorily a procedure of the vrat.

    – Both of you will have to distribute the books – 5, 7 or 11 your wife will give and another 5, 7 or 11 you will give.

    – Any of the either will do for feeding of the poor. If it is difficult for you to feed the poor on the road, you can make them comfortable in your house. All depends on your convenience and feasibility of circumstances.

    – I am having a bit difficulty in understanding your last question i.e. question no. 5, but i am answering you as i have understood – The Vrat books can be bought on last Thursday to conclude the vrat and no need to buy one for each Thursday. I hope i have answered this question of yours. If not, then please, free to put it again in the comment box. (This applies to other questions too)

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  40. Jai Sai Ramji Hetalji,

    Can we have whole wheat cereal w Raisins and almonds with milk for the one time meal?

    Can I do the vrat pooja in the morning and read 108 Namavali or any other slokas of Sai baba in the evening.

    While doing the Vrat which stories should we actually read.There is a main Vrat story and then other stories.

    Please advice.


  41. Jai Sai Ramji Anonymousji (Comment no: 50),

    You can have whole meal for one time meal and other things mentioned like raisins, almonds and milk can be had during the day which provides you instant energy to carry on your routine work.

    Yes you can read slokas in evening.

    The main story of Kokila ji has to be read while doing the vrat.

    I hope i have answered all the question question of yours. If not, then please, free to put it again in the comment box.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  42. Jai SaiRamJi HetalJi,

    The whole wheat cereal I am talking about has the raisins and almonds in it already.Is it ok to have them?

    SO I can read Kokika ji's story and proceed to Datta bavani,Sai bavani,Sai chalisa and Sai Ashtothram right.Finally finish off with offering prasad and Arati.

    In tne evening,I read other slokas. I dont perform arati in the evening . is that ok?

    Thanks for your kind help and support

  43. Jai Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 52),

    Referring to the first point, yes it is ok if you have whole wheat cereal which contains raisins and almonds for one time meal during vrat and as said earlier you can have other things excluding wheat cereal at other time of the day since they are permitted food for fasts.

    In the morning you can read Kokila ji's story followed by Arti and prasad necessarily.

    Other slokas like Datta bavani, Sai bavani, Sai chalisa and Sai Ashtothram can be read out in evening and you can then finally finish off with offering prasad and Arati.

    If you are reading other slokas in evening then you should conclude it by arti.

    You are welcome 🙂

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  44. Jai SaiRamji Hetal Ji,

    If we read slokas in the evening,should we take bath again.

    ALso I make wheat halwa as prasad in the morning,Can I eat that anytimeand not count it in meal?

    Awaiting your reply

  45. Jai Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 54),

    No there is no need to take bath again.

    No you cannot take wheat halwa prasad at any time, it can be consumed only during one time meal.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  46. Jai SaiRamJi HetalJi,

    I eat the wheat halwa in the morning after doing the vrat as prasad and distribute it to all people.I keep a little bit in a small silver cup near Baba's picture. I eat that one in the evening so that I dont waste it.But other than this,I do not eat anything else as a meal.Its only fruits and milk. I offer Badam Kheer as prasad also and I would have that.

    Hereafter,I will make sure that I eat wheat halwa only once.I did not know that as I thought prasad can be eaten at any time. Is that ok till now as I did this by mistake and did not know.

    Also Can I have the wheat halwa prasad and roti/Dal during my one time meal?

    Please let me know.

    Thanks a lot!

  47. Jai Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 56),

    Since wheat cereal halwa is not allowed during fasting, i replied to you that you can have it only once during your one time meal. But if it is done mistakenly please ask for forgiveness from Babaji and take care in future. But it does not mean that all your previous vrats are of no use now.

    If you wish to have prasad in the morning, then you can offer allowed foods like fruits, dry fruits as prasad in morning and yourself have them too. In the evening, before one time meal, after concluding your slokas and arti, you can offer halwa or anything not necessarily made up of only allowed foods, and have it during your one time meal.

    You can have anything in one time meal as per your suitability except non-vegetarian food.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  48. Jai SaiRamJi Hetal Ji,

    Thanks a lot for your patience and support in answering all my questions. I really appreciate your kind help.

    One final clarification,Is Badam Kheer,Kaju/Badam Kathli and Peda in the list of allowed foods for fasting?

    Once again Thanks for all your help.

  49. Jai Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 58),

    Please pass on your thanks to Sai Babaji. In fact while answering your questions i have also learned a lot and i hope the same will follow for other devotee readers who will be reading these comments.

    Yes Badam Kheer, Kaju/Badam Kathli and Peda are in the list of allowed food for fasting.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  50. can we have onion garlic?because baba himself ate garlic and bread, i thought that its ok to eat so i do this vrat but i eatonion and garlic in my meals…am i wrong?

  51. Jai Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 60),

    Yes you can have onion and garlic during one time meal of the vrat.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  52. sai ram ji hetal ji,,nibedita here..i hav litle prob.bcos on 11 feb wil do my udyapn.i wil do the pooja in the same way but the prob is i m oriya n i m now in bagalore here i dnt know any oriya how can i giv vrat books ?can i give the print out of vrat other my friends??otherwise my parents disribute books in orissa.if they wil disribute books n prasad to poor people. they hav to do fast or what?

  53. Sai Ramji Nibedita ji,

    You can give print outs of vrat books in understandable language to your friends. If you go for the other option, there is no need for your parents to do fast, they can feed the poor and distribute vrat books.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  54. sai ram ji hetal ji..can u pls tell me wat should we take in between during vrat.bcos i take only my one tym meal.can i take coldrinks,or semia kheer,in between?or we can take these only in our ne tym meal?

  55. Jai Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 64),

    As far as i know semia kheer is not in the list of allowed food for fasting. You can take fruits, milk, tea, coffee, potato, etc at any preferable time.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  56. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 66),

    Yes buttermilk is allowed.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  57. sai ram ji hetal ji, nibedita i completed my 8th thursday.. n on 11th feb its my 9th thursday.. wat should o do?i will do the udyapan on 11th or the nxt thursday(on 9th thursday or 10th thursday)??

  58. Sai Ramji Nibedita ji,

    Since this vrat is for Nine Thursdays, you will have to conclude vrat on next Thursday i.e. February 11, 2010.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  59. sai ram ji hetal ji,thanx for ur help.can u pls send me the procedures n vrat katha in english den i wil giv the print outs to my friends on my nxt thursday.n hetal di if u cen send dat den pls reply me wil giv u my email id.bye dee

  60. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 70),

    Download link of Vrat katha in four different languages is provided in the beginning of the post. If there are any problems in downloading it, then please mail me your mail id on admin(at)shirdisaibabastories(dot)org.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  61. hii dee .. nibedita here.. i sent u my email id just now.. pls dee send me the vrat katha in english if possible..

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  63. Jai Shri Sai Ram hetal ji,

    Please answer the following questions regarding what we can eat during the fast:

    1) I am confused. Which of the following is the correct thing to do:

    Either we can eat just one vegetarian meal during the whole day or we can have fruits, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, milk, coffee etc as many times as we want during the day.

    Or we can eat both, a meal in the evening and fruits, potatoes, milk etc. throughout the day?

    2) Is there any limit to how many times we can eat fruit, potatoesetc or drink milk, water etc during the day?

    3) You have mentioned that we can eat potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber anytime during the vrat. Can you also tell me, is it ok if I eat salt and other spices such as cumin, red chili, black pepper, coriander powder etc along with them. For example: Zeera Aloo, Tomato Sabzi, cucumber with salt etc

    4) Can I have lime, lemon juice and green chili along with potatoes, tomatoes and cucumber?

    5) Can I have yogurt (curd) or Buttermilk (Lassie) anytime during the day, if “yes” then can you also answer if I can add salt and black pepper to yogurt or buttermilk?


  64. Sai Ramji Shweta ji,

    Here are the answers:

    A 1: You can have both.

    A 2: No there are no such limits.

    A 3: Yes you can have.

    A 4: Yes you can have.

    A 5: Yes you can have salt and black pepper to yoghurt and buttermilk.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  65. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji (Comment no: 79),

    Yes miss, you can count this week since your pooja is concluded.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  66. jai shri sai ram ji,
    i had been fasting on thrusday since last 11 thrusday , as i had been wishing something for my family n had wish that i will do 12 thrusday fast of shri sai baba ji, now all the thrusdays has been done, so i wanted to know the procedure of udyapan, thanks

  67. Jai Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    If it is fourth day then you can do the vrat.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  68. Jai Sai Ramji,

    Im completed 4th week of the vrat today…but I have forgotten to read Sai Ashtothram today…Would today count as 4th week. I would read Sai Ashtothram tomorrow to make it up for today…would this help.

    Please advice.

  69. Jai Sai Ramji Jyothi ji,

    There is not hard and fast rule to read Sai Ashtottra Namavali. You can certainly count this week.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  70. Jai Sai RamJi Hetal Ji,

    Can I send a copy of Sai Vrat by email to someone and consider that as giving out a copy and count it as a book that I gave.Please let me know.


  71. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Yeah you can follow this method.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  72. Om Sai Ram,

    Pls tell i would like to start 9 thursday sai baba fast.
    1. I started from yesterday i ate banana in the afternoon time and in the evening after finish my pooja i ate one time meal chapati and curd with sugar.
    2. can i do fast on the fourth day of my mensual.
    3. on the ninth day also i have to do the fast or i can eat anything after udyapan.

    Pls clear
    Om Sai Ram

  73. Sai Ramji Negiimannu ji,

    Here are answers to your questions:

    1. Yes you followed perfect method.

    2. Yes you can do.

    3. Yes you have to do fast on nineth thursday also.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  74. Jai Sai Ram Hetalji,

    Request you to kindly clear my 2 doubts:

    1) I started with my vrat today and followed exactly what was written in the vrat procedure of vrat katha…that is we can have either one time meal or fruits,milk etc…..I opted for fruits,sweets and milk….but during afternoon by mistake I had a sweet made of "Chana"….is my fast still good??

    2)I followed the procedure of pooja in the morning and since I had no idea that we have to again perform pooja in the evening I removed Sai baba's aasan soon after my pooja,also I didnot perform the evening pooja and its night in Singapore now….so is my vrat good?? Can I still perform the pooja for today??


  75. Sai Ramji Neha ji,

    1. Sorry to say, but now your fast is not good. Chana is prohibited to be eaten during fasts.

    2. There is an option to do pooja in morning or in evening. Also if you wish and circumstances allow, you can again perform pooja in evening even if you have already done in morning.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  76. Hi,

    Om Sai Ram

    I have just found out I am pregnant but worried I may lose my baby. I have always wanted to do the sai vrat. Is it ok to do the vrat whilst you are pregnant?

  77. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    I would request you not to do any fast during pregnancy. Please remember Sai Baba every moment and remove the fear from your mind.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  78. thank you for doing this for all of us and wrijtg this informative blog!
    I am thinking to do the vrats and iam planning to visit Shirdi Sai baba on June 5th, I live in US and was thinking to start the vrats this thursday.My question is it necessery to visit sai baba temple on 9th Iam not very sure if I will be able to go.

  79. Sai Ramji Seema ji,

    Thanks for appreciation.

    It is not at all compulsory to go to Sai Babaji temple during vrat, so you can start your vrats.

    May Babaji bless you always.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  80. Can we offer 'KHICHDI' IN PRASAD to BABA and eat thet in evening? Can we add vegetables to that Khichdi and Salt?please help as I want to start this Thursday.
    Jai Sai Ram!

  81. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Yes you can offer Khichdi with vegetables and salt, offer it to Babaji and eat yourself.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  82. Sai Ram,

    I need a help from you. I have downloaded the version Sai Vrat book that is telugu version but it is in tamil. Can you please help me in getting the telugu version print. please i want start the pooja next thrusday.

    With Regards,

  83. I dnt have new yellow cloth was planning to start this it absolatly required ?

  84. is it ok fo rme to do a monetary donation instead of feeding 5 poor people on the 9th thuirsday as i am living overseas and it is very difficult to find such people. And is it ok to do monetary donation to Sai Baba Sansthan Trust? Or do i have to specifically have to donate food? thank you

  85. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Yes yellow cloth is required. It has been specifically narrated in the book to keep yellow cloth.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  86. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Please refer point no. 15 above for donation.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  87. Sai Ram Hetal.

    No.15 does not talk about donation… Im just wanting to know if i can donate money instead of food directly to Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan Easy Donation Facility on my 9th thursday. thank you.

    Sai ram

  88. Jai Sai Ram

    Hello Hetalji,

    I wanted to start this Sai vrat as soon as possible.
    My mother tounge is Telugu.
    When i am clicking the link "Sai Vrat Katha in" as specified in this webpage ,the katha is in tamil script.

    Could you please post the full vrat katha links for Telugu script.

    Please post the links of katha in Telugu as soon as possible.

    Thank you.

  89. Jai Sai Ram,

    Hello Hetalji,

    I have started sai vrata puja and i generally have sabudana and fruits for lunch and rice/sabji for dinner.But last thrusday which was my third thrus i made a mistake as i offered Sooji halwa to baba and had the same for lunch and had rice for dinner. Should i omit last thrus (the 3rd ) from my 9 thrusdays and do one more thrusday.Also please let me know what foods can be taken for lunch other than fruits,vegetables,sweets and tea….is it o.k. to take sabudana? Is there anything else that i can eat as i hve acidity and gas prob and cannot take only fruits for lunch…….and i eat rice and veg for dinner.
    Thank You.

  90. Sai Ramji Kakoli ji,

    Yes please omit this thursday and do one more thursday.

    Yeah sabudana (sago) is o.k. if you take it in lunch alongwith fruits, milk sweet and/or milk/tea/coffee.

    Do let me know if you want any further suggestions.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  91. Sai Ramji Hetalji,

    I wish to keep the Sai Vrat for 9 Thursdays. But i have one question in mind, can you please help me solve that. As per the vidhi written for the completion of the fast on 9th Thursday we are supposed to distribute 5,11 or21 Sai Vrat Ktha Books to our relatives or friends and make sure that they will do the Vrat too.

    I want to know what if i distribute the books and the person doesnt do the Vrat. Will it affect my Vrat and the completion of my wish for which i have kept the Vrat?
    Is it going to affect in anyway?

    Please do help me out for the same.
    Thank You.


  92. Sai Ramji Hetalji,

    I have started the vrat from today i.e. 20th May. Actually i have some questions regarding the Vrat. I would be highly obliged if you answer my questions.

    1) As i was supposed to start the Vrat today the panditji at our place said tat its Adhik Mass going on so i cant start the Vrat but as per the things mentioned in the book that u can start the Vrat from any thursday so i started it because i felt so that i should start so i did. So is it wrong wat i hve done?

    2) While doing the pooja i was supposed to do the 'Vrat Sankalp' I tried my level best to do it properly but i feel that i have made some mistakes for which i have asked forgiveness from Baba. I want to know that if the Sankalp is not done properly then will the Vrat not be successful and can i consider my Vrat started from today?

    3) Me and my cousin sister we both started the Vrat today. Is it ok if we both did the pooja together one one common cloth and one picture of Baba?

    Please Hetalji answer my questions as soon as poosible because i am feeling very heavy by thinking about these problems.

    Thank You for your help and may Sai Baba shower his blessing on u and each and every Sai Bhakt..

    Om Sai Ram.

  93. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    Answers to your questions:
    1. You have not done wrong by starting vrat from today.

    2. Please do not bind your in mistakes and misdeeds. Please pray to Sai Baba whole heartedly and forget about the mistakes. He only demands Patience and Devotion.

    3. Yes it is ok if you and your cousin do the vrat together and do the pooja in common.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  94. Sai Ramji Hetalji,

    Thank you very much for the instant reply. I was feeling very heavy because of the Sankalp thing. Now i feel bit relaxed. I will ask for forgiveness and do the pooja with full dedication and devotion. Hope Baba forgives me for this mistake and fulfills my wish for this Vrat.

    Thank you once again. May Baba bless you and every Sai Bhakt and fulfill their wishes too.

    Om Sai Ram

  95. Hi Hetal ji,

    It was nice to see ur comments…just have a small query…I thought of starting the vrat very just want to know if I can eat fruits, take sweets (made of sooji) during the day and after 6..can I have chappathis made of wheat flour and complete the vrat..(I have a 3 month old baby..and I feed him) it would be nice if you could give me ur suggestions withj regards to this….

    Swetha Nair

  96. Om Sai Ram Hetal ji,

    I have done this Vrat before. I started it again but this time I did the vrat for 2 weeks but for the next two weeks for some reason I haven't done the vrat. NOw I want to start it whole heartedly from next thursday counting it as the first thursday. Is that o.k?

  97. Sai Ramji Shwetha ji,

    You can eat fruits and sweets made of Mava (milk). After 6 you can take full meal.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  98. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    It is ok if you again continue the vrat and count it as third thursday and not the first thursday.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  99. Hello Hetalji
    i have completed my 9 vrats of saibaba and as i live abroad my mother has done udhyapan on behalof of me .but saibaba has not fulfilled my wish.i hv faith on him bt jst want to know ki aisi kya mistake ho gayi mujhse y he is not fulfilling my wish and it was not uneccessary wish jst i want a job over here

  100. Sai Ramji Mansi ji,

    Please read the write up once again, it is always repeated many times here, that only faith and preservance are important virtues in devotion to Sai Babaji. If your wish is not fulfilled please do not allow your faith to tremble, because He must have planned something better for you. Keep patience and hope to hear good news from your side soon.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil

  101. Om sai Ram

    Can your please let me know what can we offer as prasad on the 9th Thursday.Can I offer Semia Kheer and fruits to people.Also is it necessary to distribute Vrat Books or I can only offer food and distribute small sai photo calenders etc.

    Thank you

  102. Jai Sai Ram

    At the time of Pooja i keep one mango infront of Baba and in the evening i give that too a poor man. Pls advise do i need to give this to poor man or should i or my family eat that prasad.

  103. Sai Ramji Pariksha ji,

    Anything can be offered as prasad on nineth thursday. Yes it is necessary to distribute books and offer food, distributing small sai babaji photo calenders is optional.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  104. Sai Ramji Anonymous ji,

    As per my view if you have offered mango to Sai Baba, you, your family and all others should consume the same.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  105. Om Sai Ram,

    I have completed 6 Thursdays and want to know how many days after menstrual period can this fast be done. Also I want to know whether I can eat normally on the Thursday of the menstrual cycle or I should continue with the fruits and milk and just abstain from puja. Thirdly I take a little off Baba's prasad everyday in the form of chana and sugar candy (that I obtain from mandir) I have been doing this during the 9 fasts also. Are all 7 of my fasts now redundant? I have opted for the option of sweets milk and fruits all day.

  106. @Anonymous

    Sai Ramji,

    I would request you to skip your fast and pooja too. Do not count that Thursday and continue counting of 9 Thursdays from next Thursday.

    Anything eaten in the name of Baba does not make your fast redundant.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  107. HI
    this is my 4th thursday and i have taken some chips without knowingly. can i count this thursday or omit it.
    i would appreciate for ur reply

  108. Om sai ram,

    1.I have been doing the vrat by fasting the whole day and eating only fruit and milk..On one occasion i visited the temple in the evening and had the prasad offered after the pooja which done at around 9 pm…can i still include that as one day of vrat or should i be doing an extra day…the prasad had some sweets and a piece of poori and aloo etc.

    2. I havent been able to get a yellow cloth nor yellow flower during my fasting…..i have lited the lamp and offered some prasad to SAI does that mean that the fasting that i did does not hold good ….

    Please advise.. i have done 8 days of vrats so far..

    Thank you

  109. @swetha

    Sai Ramji,

    If you have eaten potato or banana chips unknowingly, then it is doesnt matter as these are not restricted to be eaten during fasts.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  110. @Praneeta

    Sai Ramji,

    Ans. 1 You can include that day of vrat.

    Ans. 2 Anything done with devotion is sufficient for Sai Baba, so please do not think that your fast does not hold good if you commit any mistake. We, humans, see mistakes, but for Baba there are no mistakes, he rests where there is devotion.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  111. Can we eat "EVERYTHING" in evening after Pooja ? Can we have onion & garlic,Or we can only eat sweet mael not salty?please help .
    Jai Sai Ram!

  112. @Anonymous

    Sai Ramji,

    I do not know about 54 Thursdays vrat. In fact i heard this first time from you.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  113. Jai Shri Sai Ram hetal ji,

    It was 3rd vrat. I take milk/fruits during the day and take one time meal in the evening. Today, I had done pooja in the morning and took milk/banana. But, on my way, I went to sai mandir. After my prayer, when I was coming out of mandir and outside the mandir, a lady was distributing prasad and she gave me prasad. It was of yellow colour, I dont know whether it was of suji or something else. I ate it by mistake. My question is whether I have to count this prasad as a one time meal or I have to count in allowable things that can be taken during the day. I have read your answers on this blog also. For such like situation, you have answered that your bhakti (shardha) matters and if anything has been eaten by mistake, pray to sai baba for forgiveness.
    I am little bit confused. Kindly help me and reply whether I should take meal in the evening as a one time meal or only take fruits/milk so that my vrat is not wasted.

    Please reply by today evening.

  114. @Anonymous

    Sai Ramji,

    Again i would answer that mistakes ought you to ask for forgiveness for Babaji and only your Shraddha matters. So dont worry and continue your vrat.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  115. In my office there is a lady with bad nature, all the time she finds mistakes in every one's work, What can we do for that.

  116. @Anonymous

    Sai Ramji,

    Please do not post out of subject comments here. Pray to Sai Baba whole heartedly with full devotion and patience.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  117. I am doing sai vrat. Tommorow will be my 4th Thursday.I have kept 5 books in my temple on first day of vrat,so as to distribute them on 9th thursday. I also thought in mind that i will give these 5 books to my 5 relatives, but if it is not possible to give book to those whom i have thought, can book be given to some other person or can we give book after two three days when we met that person.
    If i didn't distribute all the book on my 9th thursday will my fast not be considered completed?

  118. @Anonymous

    Sai Ramji,

    The vrat books will be given to those whom Sai Baba has decided to give. So dont worry if you have changed your mind to give vrat books to somebody else.

    Your vrat will be considered completed only if you do with Shraddha and Saburi.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  119. Hello Hetalji,

    I have just started off with Sai Vrat..and have come across with the following doubts…It would be great if you guide me in this regard:

    1) I bought a Sai Vrat Book which is in Hindi…but the stories in this are different from the ones mentioned in your version…So, my quesion is: Is it that we can read any version of stories? or is there an ORIGINAL VRAT KATHA which is to be read?

    2) After reading vrat katha, i read out Sai Chalisa and Sai Leelamrut which was given in that book; I DIDN'T READ THE OTHER SHLOKAS WHICH WAS GIVEN IN THAT BOOK(SAI BHAVANI, DATT BHAVANI AND SAI ASTOTHAR); My question here is, what are the compulsory shlokas we should read out on the Vrat day (other than vrat katha)?

    3) I did pooja, read vrat katha, read sai chalisa and sai leelamrut in the morning. In the evening, i just did Aarati to Saibaba, but i didn't sing the Aarati song…(I didn't know it was compulsory)…I just did the aarati by spelling "Om sai namo namah, sri sai namo namah, jai jai sai namo namah, sadguru sai namo namah"
    So, can i count this thursday's vrat or not? IS SAI AARATI compulsory to be sung?

    4) Also is Vrat katha is to be read only one time, right? i.e, suppose we read vrat katha in the morning, evening we can just do the aarati and end up, Right? Or Wrong?

    Kindly guide me in this regard…


  120. Iam doing sai vrat this is the first thursday i completed. when my feelings are relieved within one month my feelings are taken and relieve me before 9 thursday. kindly guide me

  121. @Rash ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Here are answers to your questions:

    1. As far as i am aware original vrat katha consists of story of a devotee named Kokila. Now that this vrat has become much popular other authors may also be coming up with other stories.

    2. There is no compulsion to read any other slokas.

    3. Chanting arti is also not compulsory, you can play audio of arti too.

    4. You are correct in this case.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  122. Om Sai Ram Hetalji,

    First of all thanks a ton on clarifying all the questions that we devotees have. I have a question myself. I started to do Sai vrat for 3 thursdays and then I came to know that I am expecting. In your previous comments you have noted that a pregnant woman should not fast. I have missed about 4 thursdays already without doing the vrat since I feel hungry all the time and also eat a lot outside becoz I'm unable to cook at home. Is it ok if I do start the vrat after I am fully capable of fasting. I hope Sai pardons me. Thanks

  123. after doing pooja i used to eat potatoes and for prasad i used to keep sweet which i used to eat after the pooja will it be counted

  124. Om Sai Ram Hetalji,

    I am doing Sai Vrats and tomorrow is my 5th vrat. I am reading the sai katha from a book given to me by my known. The story in this book is different from that is available in your answers. On sai vrat day, the story of kolika is to be read, but in the book that is with me is the same but with different name. Is that ok? I can continue with the story book that is with me? Please reply as early as possible.

    With regards,

    Om Sai Ram

  125. @Anonymous,

    Sai Ramji,

    Do the vrat with utter faith and devotion. Do not worry if you feel that wrong vrat story is being read by you. Do your actions and leave it to Sai Babaji to do the rest.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  126. Your search – is it necessary to place 1.15Rs. in a cloth that is coloured with HALDI. this is given in the new book of Sai Vrat Katha. If yes then at the time of Udhyapan where it is to be kept. Anu

  127. Jai Sai Ram Hetal Ji,

    I am keeping 101 (hundred and one) vrat. But lately because of some personal family problems, I am not able to concentrate on the vrat very well. Even when I am reading katha, my mind is not stable and in one corner, it’s thinking about other things.

    Also I feel that am filled with negativity and hatred right now. I don’t like anything around me. I know Sai Baba will not listen to my prayers if I have such bad vibes towards others and hatred inside me.

    I have tried so hard, but I just can’t think positive. Please guide me what should I do.

    Should I stop doing vrat? Please help.


  128. @Anonymous

    Sai Ramji,

    There is no connection between having negativity in mind and doing vrat. But a common thing is required for both – strong undivided faith in Sai Baba and patience. By only saying this, i presume that your doubt is cleared and you can now yourself decide what you need to do further.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  129. Sai Ramji Dear Sai Readers,

    Herewith i am writing a question and my response from a devotee regarding the above vrat:

    Devotee: Dear Hetal Ji,

    I want to know that I am doing VRAT of SHIRDI SAI BABA JI> on my 3rd Thirsday I have eaten salt by mistake but I am doing MEETHA vrat. Now pls suggest me whether to count that fast or not. I would also like to know that will Sai Baba Ji accept my vrat and forgive me for this mistake……Pls tell me after menses from which day I should start my vrat and Sai Satcharitra. on very 4th day can I have vrat or not. please answer my doubts.
    OM SAI RAM…..

    My Response: Sai Ramji,

    As per my view and method of observing the vrat, salt is not preferred. So please do not count that Thursday.

    Please "DO NOT" think that Sai Babaji will not accept your vrat and punish you because it is not done as per the method prescribed. Sai Baba is not happy to see us suffering with hunger, but He Himself is hungry for our love, faith and devotion. So please observe this vrat with the above virtues and not necessarily with prescribed method. Follow the link for more details of Sai Vrat

    Yes from fourth day of menses itself you can do the vrat.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  130. is it compulsory to eat only sweet things while fasting or one meal taken can be salty ? Secondly can i keep the fast while travelling in train. I dnt want to skip any Thursday.Can i carry all the relevant material Sai baba idol, book in the train and complete my fast. Please let me know soon as i have to travel next week in train .

  131. @Anonymous (Tanushree ji)

    Sai Ramji,

    No it is not compulsory to eat only sweet things. You can have potato chips, banana chips but make it a point that it does not contain salt in it.

    Yes you can keep fast while traveling, but you do not need to carry all things with you. You can remember Sai Babaji at the time of pooja and do your fast and traveling normally.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  132. jai sai ram ji ki Hetal ji….i've a question that…in this sai baba's email book there is written uhave to do 9 thurs day bratas as following methods…but have to do Udyapan only on 10 thurdays…so i'm going through the book…but little bit confused it will be okay or not…bcoz my 9 thursdays brat have already completed…this thurday i'm going to do Udyapan…i have full faith on Sai Baba…can u plz suggest me….?

  133. hi dee.but in the email book its written that u have to do Udyapan only on 10th thursday…so it will be okay or not…bcoz i'm going through the book…can u plz send ur reply soon….i have full faith in Sai Baba…

  134. @Pinky ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    You have to do the Udyapan on 9th Thursday itself. I dont know which Sai Vrat book you referred. Anyways if you have done mistake in ignorance, ask for pardon from Baba and do the Udyapan this coming Thursday.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  135. Jai Shri Sai Ram Hetal ji,

    You have mentioned above that pregnant women should not fast.

    is it completely prohibited to keep vrat when you are pregnant? or you continue keeping vrat during pregnancy as long as you can manage.

  136. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    I would request you not to do vrat during pregnancy. Instead remember Sai Babaji every second and seek His blessings. That will be a Vrat in other sense.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  137. hi sir,
    iam doing vart from last 2 month and i go to sai mandir
    where i break my fast by taking sweets given at mandir,after that i rarely eat any thing during the whole day i didnt drink ever water.please suggest me what can i take rice ,curry dal etc and i didnt count how many vart i did i want to continue, can i…
    i am doing my best to praise my sai baba if any thing else can so plese suggest
    rajesh kr

  138. Jai Shri Sai Ram Hetal ji,

    Today is my first Thursday fast.Is is fine if I eat take fruit and juice whole day during fast and in the evening takes "Sabudaane ki Khichdi" ??


  139. @rajesh ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    It is not at all said that you dont drink water or eat nothing to do this Sai Vrat. Please read point 8 of the above write up thoroughly and other points too.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  140. @Barkha ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Yes you can have one time meal and fruits, milk, sweets, etc at other times of the day.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  141. dear sir,

    in the given attached link for sai vrat katha it is mentioned that vrat shud b concluded on 10th thursday, though according to your answers to some queries for vrat conclusion, you said that it shud be on 9th thursday itself. kindly clarify.


  142. @Anonymous ji,

    Dear this vrat has to be concluded on 9th Thursday only. In which language you read that vrat has to be concluded on 10th Thursday?

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  143. Dear Hetal,


    Hope you are fine.

    I read your FAQ's on the subject.

    I want to start the Vrat Katha from this Thursday with kind Baba's blessings.

    One query:

    You have mentioned, before distributing the Vrat Katha Books, to ensure the recipient is willing to perform the Vrat. How can you ensure this? and honestly, around my surroundings , I come across very few people who are religious and willing to turn towards God path.

    Also, I dont want to force anyone with the Vrat. One must be willing to do this him/herself.

    In the SaiMandir here, I have also observed people refuse to accept the Vrat Katha Books from those distributing them.

    Please share your views.

    Best Regards,

    Sanjukta Chatterjee.

  144. @Sanjukta ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    In this case you can donate equivalent amount of cost price of books which you intend to distribute.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  145. Dear Hetal Ji,

    I've already done 9 thursday vrat and i'm planning to do again this thursday. I just wanted to know one thing. When i did this vrat before, i used to read sai vrat, sai chalisa, sai bhavani etc. and then do the naivedya. I never sang arati. Is it necessary to do arati?



  146. Sai ram,

    I am about to start 'Nav guruvar vrat' from this thursday. I am confused – is it compulsory to do sankalp & pooja in morning? As I am leving abroad, and I start my job so early in the day. Can I do that in the evening?
    I am asking you this question because I read in book that do pooja and sankalp in the morning.

    CAn you please advise me ASAP, It's tuesday and I want to start this vrat from day after tomorrow.

    Rally aappriciated.


    Shri Sairam Namah.

    _one of the Baba's devotee

  147. @Kinjal ji

    Sai Ramji

    Yes adviced in the vrat book you need to do sankalp and pooja in morning. But in case you are not able to do it in morning, you can do it in evening. As said earlier, there are no hard and fast rules!

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  148. Sai Ram

    I started my vrat today for the second time. I didn't get yellow flowers instead I kept few red flowers. Is it fine? Is my vrat still acceptable?

    Thank you

  149. Dear Hetalji,

    I was just curious to know if we eat something after 12 o clock that is 12 a.m, will that be considered as next day or it's still vrat day? I'm confused. Please help me out.


  150. @Anonymous ji,

    There are no such rules. If no flowers are available, you can use rice grains instead of flowers. In any case your devotion is measured for your vrat to be accepted and not the procedure.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  151. @Anonymous ji,

    I would be fine if you can eat anything on Friday after taking bath and not at midnight, the reason is in India it is considered that a day starts with sun rise.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  152. hi Hetal ji,
    i'm a new follower of baba.i'm planning to start my 9 thursday vrata.i can't fast or i can't just eat fruits and veggies because of my this situation what can i do?

  153. @Priya

    Sai Ramji

    In this case you should not do fasting. If at all you are determined to do the vrat, you can do it by eating Sago (Sabudana), Potato vegetable (sabzi), sweets make from milk and eat fruits or drink milk, coffee, tea, etc are small intervals.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  154. I have started keeping Sai vrats from today 7/10/10 .May god bless me and make my wish come true.

    Om sai Ram

  155. Dear maam,
    I had some questions. i am a sai bhakt and i have kept the 9 vrat fast earlier aswell and keep a regular thursday fast. Since i am doing this fast again would like you to clear my doubts and know
    1. in the one time meal i eat kuttu ki atta and aloo sabzi cooked in rock salt. does it have to be cooked in rock salt or can it be cooked in normal salt?
    2. does the one time meal have to be same food eat on the first thursday on all the 9 thursdays or can it vary as I travel from time to time.
    3. the people i distribute the books to on the 9th thursday what if they dont follow the fast will that affect my vrat. i cant insure whether they will fast or not. in such a situation what do i do.
    please help me out with answering my doubts.
    thank you

  156. dear madam,
    i am a bit confused. in the vrat katha it clearly says vrat can be done by taking food in form of fruits, sweets and drinking tea coffee milk or take food only once. So please tell me does this mean;
    1. we can only eat fruit milk tea coffee sweets all day
    2. eat only one meal and nothing in between
    3. drink tea, coffee, milk, eat fruit, sweet all day and have one veg meal
    please tell me if the third option can be followed as well cause from what i understand in the katha it is not an option. Als can the quantities be different and the one meal be different foods or does it have to be the same on every thursday.
    thank you for your help.

  157. Dear Mam,

    i received sai baba vrat katha book from my friend 6 months before but she didn't intimate me about i will do fast. today i heard abt your story after searching. now i feel that there is problem in my life as (my husband and me living separate froms 2 months)such due to this reason as i didn't do fast. as may i right and please let me know i start my vrat from mid of nov as i m doing fast on monday and i m a CA student so i cannot do 2 vrat in a week. please show me the right path? after reading this i understood that our separation as due to this reason.

  158. @Anonymousji

    Sai Ramji,

    Answers are ordered in order of questions:

    1. First of all i didnt understand kuttu ki atta. One time meal can be cooked in normal salt.

    2. You can take anything in one time meal and you dont have to follow the same for other Thursdays. You can eat anything you wish.

    3. In this case you can donate the same amount equivalent to cost of books to some poor person or in any temple.

    I hope your doubts are clear.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  159. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    As i have always mentioned, there are no hard and fast rules of this vrat. I agree that some rules are prescribed in vrat katha book, but why fear of "Do's And Dont's, When Our Sai Is With Us To Bless". Still i am answering to your questions.

    You can take one time meal and fruits, milk, tea, coffee, sweets made from milk in between.

    One meal can be different food.

    I hope your doubts are clear.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  160. @Anonymous ji,

    I have not done so anyday, but this time while observing this vrat, i will be keeping fast in the way you said taking it to be Baba's decision. You can also follow the same and leave everything on Baba.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  161. @nidhi khandelwal ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    First of all please do not blame beloved Babaji for anything wrong in your life. Whatever happens with you are consequences of your own Karmas. You can start doing vrat keeping full faith on Babaji, He will do the best for you.

    May Babaji fulfill your wish.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  162. Dear Hetalji,
    Thank you for all your help and in clearing my doubts. I have two more things to as you.
    1. the yellow cloth i used on my first 9 vrat fast last thu was not new. Its an old cloth that i use for babajis puja table regularly but washed and cleaned. is that ok?
    2. i drank milk, lemon honey in water on friday next morning after my thu fast before my bath. i didnt know that we can only eat something on fri only after taking bath.
    shall i restart my fast and not include last thu as my first fast if any of these things i have done wrong?
    please tell me so i can concentrate fully on my fast and prayers to babaji

  163. @Anonymous

    Sai Ramji,

    Answers are ordered in order of questions:

    1. You can use any yellow cloth (new or old), but it should be washed and cleaned. As you have used washed and cleaned yellow cloth, there is no mistake in your vrat.

    2. Before taking bath we generally drink tea/milk/coffee, so there is no such rule that we should take bath and drink anything on next day of vrat i.e Friday. However breakfast must be taken after bath only, if possible. Still no rule exists for this too.

    There is no need to re-start your vrat, please keep complete faith on Sai Babaji and He will surely fulfill your wishes.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  164. @RAK ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Sorry, the link is not working. Please send me the vrat book as an attachment on [email protected] with subject line "Sai Vrat Katha Book In Malyalam".

    Thanks in advance.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  165. Om Sai shri sai Jai Jai sai..
    Thank you so much for answering all the questions, it has been really helpful to me for starting my vrat today.
    I just have 2 queries :
    i bought a new yellow cloth and used it for pooja without washing it. Is it ok?

    Can i taste items just as we do to check if the masalas are correctly added in while cooking something or Is it against vrat rules?

  166. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Answers to your queries are as follows:

    1. If you are using new yellow cloth then there is no need to wash it. If old one is being used, then it must be washed.

    2. No you cannot taste items while cooking as it will be equivalent to one time meal.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  167. Hi
    Could you please let me know if i can eat cucumber with salt and apart from that have my regular one time meal or should it be either of the one?

  168. Hi maam,
    Thank you for answering all the doubts regarding sai vrat.During the vrat I would like to make prasad on every thursday and offer to Baba.Since thursday is the working day Can i make the prasad the night before after taking bath and offer that in the morning.
    Waiting for your reply
    Thank you

  169. Hi
    In earlier posts you advised us to use rice in case flowers are not available so after the puja , is it ok to throw the rice offered to sai baba as flowers?

  170. Dear Hetalji,

    Last thursday I had something which was made of gram flour by mistake! But as soon as I put it in my mouth, chewed a bit and then realised I'm fasting! So i just spat it out and I didn't swallow. Please let me know if that fast is still accepted or if I have to do it again.

    Also can I have flavoured milk like Strawberry or Banana.

    Thanks a lot

  171. Thanks alot for your reply.

    I've also asked one more question earlier.

    Can I have flavoured milk like Strawberry or Banana?


  172. Dear Hetalji,
    I have started my Vrat last thursday(2-12-2010),I had fruits in the morning and had lunch in the afternoon and had milk with biscuits in the evening and had fruits in the night.I want to know whether it is corrct or i have to change my food intake.Please assist me.

    Thanks in Advance

  173. @sowmiya ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    You can have only one time meal either in morning or evening, eating biscuits or any other thing in between is not allowed. Allowed eatables can be taken such as milk, fruits, tea, coffee, etc.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  174. Dear Hetalji,
    I had biscuits without knowing,So i have to start my Vrat again or shall i continue.Can you clear this doubt ji.
    Thank so much

  175. Om Sai Ram

    Thanks for the valuable information.

    I am also doing sai vrat and i have few doubts regarding my vrat that the day when i started doing this vrat i was in my relative house and somehow i was not having yellow cloth,yellow flower to include in pooja and started my pooja in the afternoon.Today is my 3rd week but somehow i am feeling that i am not able to abide sai vrat procedure but trying my best to do in full devotion.
    Kindly guide me that should i start this vrat once again.

    Om Sai Ram

  176. @Anonymousji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Since you were at your relatives house, so did not get all required materials for pooja, but since you were determined to do the vrat and you started, it is perfectly fine.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  177. Hi , I wish to do this vrat and have one question . In point # 14 you have mentioned 'Before giving/sending Sai Vrat Katha books please make sure from the recipient that he/she will do Vrat." How can we ask others to do the vrat .Its their own wish .We can only distribute the book . Please solve my query

  178. Om Sai Ram,

    I am planning to start this vrat from this thursday, I just had a little query, can I have liquor during these nine weeks on non-thursdays.

    Please let me know.

    Thank you so much.

  179. Hello Hetal ji! I have started keeping the 9 Thursdays Sai Vrat and have completed 4. Today is my 5th Vrat, but I mistakenly consumed biscuits with my morning tea. Is my vrat broken?

    Can I continue the vrat and count it towards the 9 thursdays? Or should I consider it broken?

    Please do reply.

    Thank you.


  180. @romakoul ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Yes we cannot judge anyone if he/she will do the vrat or not, but we can ask them before giving the book if they are willing to do the vrat or not. If not then you may not give the book.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  181. @Sandhya ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    I would request you to please today's Thursday and continue vrat from next coming Thursday.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  182. Hetal ji,

    I was feeling very bad for having consumed the biscuits today morning. I decided to carry on the fast for the day, even though I will not count it towards the 9 Thursdays.

    Is that ok?

    I am in a lot of emotional turmoil and have a very deep emotional problem on my hands. I am hoping that Sai Ram will listen to my prayers and solve my problem for me and my son.


  183. Dear Devotees,
    I got job due to my Baba.I Started 9 thursday's sai vrath..i performed the pooja with complete belief in my sai.I have waited for 4years for job.due to my bad time i did not got job,Later one of my friend i got to know this vrath and i started the vrath as per the rules.The only thing i strictly followed is i completely left my problem in my baba's feet.Its a miracle between 5th thursday i got the job in that week…Everything happenend beacuse of my baba's garce.I went thru very rough time in my life.Now,Baba is with me…i got confidence that i can do anything.

    Baba just need belief in me.That's it!!!

    Baba please bless all of us!!!!!!!!!.Please be with us always .Never make us to leave your feet.
    Bless me sai!!!!!!!!!


  184. Sai Ram Hetal Ji,
    I have completed 9 thursday but i have not been able to do many things as mentioned. I could not offer flowers…food to the poor, and distribute the vrat book.
    Actually I live in London. i lost my job in aug 2010. still no job. I can't afford to buy flowers and books. I could have given food to the poor…but it's hard to find them here.
    I did my 9 thursdays by having only water and fruits. fruits even for the evening meal. I did 1-2 hours prayer in the morning and again in the evening. I kept full faith.
    But now i am worried as I did not offer food to poor and the vrat books to devotees…

    Please give some advice if you can.

    a sai devotee

  185. @anil ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    As already stated in the write up above and also the same repeated in almost all comments here that "There are no hard and fast rules for vrat of Lord Sai Baba. All what is needed is utmost faith and patience, the only two virtues demanded by Lord Baba from His every devotee". So just ask yourself if you have done this vrat with required faith, devotion and patience. If you get answer in positive then you need not worry about the rituals you could not attend to. Our beloved Lord Baba is so kind that He never cares for outward rituals and mistakes. Please dont worry about flowers, books etc., i hope Lord Baba will certainly give desired fruits for the pain you took by observing the vrat by eating almost nothing.

    Good Luck!!! Hope to hear good news of your job soon…

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  186. Dear Hetalji,

    Just wanted to say a big 'Thank you' for clearing the doubts of devotees. I will start Thursday fast soon.


  187. Sai Ram,

    i started my sai baba vrat today and i wanted to know what time should we eat the first meal in the evening. after the pooja in the temple or during certain time in the evening we can eat one meal.
    Sai Ram

  188. jai sia ram,
    I am also doing sai vrat from two years and having help from sai but this time ia m not getting help by sai why sai pls help me out babaji if i made something wrong pls forgive me and tell me so that i will not do that mistake again.

  189. Dear Hetalji,

    As i have a 1year old son nobody in my husbands house to take care of him and as im working im staying in my parents house.saturday sunday i will go to my husbands house.I have personal problems and i want to do Babas vrath.
    can i start the vrat at my parents house as im staying there on all thursdays or should i have to start at my husbands house as the problem is existing in my husbands house.

    Please help me.

  190. Om sai ram..

    Dear Hetal Ji,

    I am a sincere devotee of Sai baba and i am facing a problem now concerning doing my sai vrat pooja. I need your advise on a particular issue. Could you please give me your email id so that i can mail you in private? the problem is private and im not comfortable with everyone knowing about it.
    Thank you.

  191. @Anonymous ji,

    Yes you can start and finish the vrat at your mother's place. In fact i also did the same. Rather i started vrat at my home and concluded it at my mother's place.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  192. Sai Ramji,

    I am planning to start my first vrat today. Please clarify:
    1. If i can do the pooja in the evening. I did not do any pooja to Baba in the morning since i rushed to the office.

    2. I need to place Baba's idol on a yellow cloth, offer yellow flowers and fruits or sweets as naivedya and read the story. Hope i am correct.

    3. In the morning i just had coffee and at office tea and some biscuits (salt and wheat biscuits). For lunch i had some idlis and brinjal curry. what can i have at night after the pooja?

    4. What time i should do the pooja in the evening?

    Thank you for helping all Sai devotees clarifying our doubts.
    Om Sai Ram

  193. Dear Maam ,

    I am starting my fast from tommorrow its thursday …

    One questions in my mind –

    1)Is it compulsory to keep only nine thursdays ? …can i keep for year or more …and then do udyapan ..why nine thursday only ?


  194. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    First of all sorry for delay in replying.

    I am giving answers in the order of your questions.

    1. It is better if you do pooja in morning itself.

    2. Yes you are correct.

    3. You have eaten biscuits and then in lunch had idlis and brinjal curry. You are allowed to take only one time meal and in between you can only have coffee, tea, milk, fruits, sweets made of milk and/or those items which are eaten in fast. You can have one time meal at night.

    4. There is no such specific timing, but you can do pooja at sunset.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  195. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    The format of the vrat is that one should fast for Nine Thursdays. If you wish to continue for a year or more, you can again start the cycle of Nine Thursdays after one cycle is completed and concluded.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  196. Today is my 9th week vrat so can have my dinner in hotel because my husband is coming to temple so we have plan to have dinner outside

  197. Hi,

    I have started doing the vrath from today. I wanted to ask that is it okay if I go and pray at the temple only? Is it compulsory to keep the yellow cloth and put a garland and sandalwood tikka around Sai Baba? Is it okay if with faith I remember him and not do this part of the ritual and just read the vrath katha?

  198. @Anonymous

    Sai Ramji,

    It would be better if you perform all rituals, but if you cannot ask pardon from Lord Baba and do what fits you.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  199. hello om sai ram….i just have one question my life has been really going through some bad bad times for the past 3 years…its like a bad luck that never wants to go away…it all happend because my only mistake was i wa sin love with a rich guy who dumped me over money i was not wealthy enough and he maried someone else….since then my life has never been teh same….i lost my family noone doesnt want to have any relation with me anymore not my mother and not my father…i never found a job for 3 years..iwanted to do sai varat to change this bad luck i have but since the first day ive done vrat things got worse for me…i dont know what im doing wrong…but everytime i wanan fast on thursdays theres always some kind of obstacle that dont let me keep the fast…i dont knwo what to do please advise me if i am doing something wrong

  200. Dear Hetalji

    Sai Ram and thanks for sparing your precious time in clarifying all of our doubts.
    I am much worried since my fasting was fine as I relied only on milk, fruit juice and evening sooji halwa as naivedya which was consumed by me and my family and I didnt have anything else, which left me very tired and hungry that the next day before my shower I had my food.
    I am worried about this and please explain if I should skip these days and start fresh as I have completed 3 T.days of my fast.


  201. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    I really felt sad reading your comment. But please do not loose faith on our Lord Sai Baba. He'll do good to you one day. If you are doing the vrat with utmost faith and devotion, Lord Baba will certainly bless you. You have written that whenever you wish to do the vrat some obstacle comes up in your way, i presume them to be hardships which you are suffering and Lord Baba is curing them in this way. Please do not loose hope and try to do the vrat if at all your heart and soul permits you to do. I am sure Lord Baba will listen to you soon.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  202. @Anonymous ji

    Sai Ramji,

    It has been clearly stated that you can have one-time meal in evening. Relying on such less food will certainly leave you in tired state. Eat good vegetarian food in evening after evening pooja.

    Secondly there is no problem if you had food before bath next day, but it would have been better if you had taken bath. Never mind, ask pardon from Lord Sai Baba and correct yourself and continue your vrats.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  203. dear hetal ji

    om sai ram…thank you so much for giving me the assurance that everything will be fine i was starting to think even god has started hating on me along with my mom and dad…i really feel so bad about being in this world…life is soo sad that i dont care what ive lost in my life but my own parents are treating me bad is the worse of everything…i am a girl and they dont realize in this country usa i dont have noone but them….i use to pray so much everyday and lately when i saw even gods doors seems to be closed for me i felt its worthless living in thsi world….ive done 4 varat so far i think i will start them all over aggain and try notto loose faith in sai baba…i dont have a clean place to do pooja because of the amount of space ive been living in but do go to temple and try to pray…thank you so much for your reply i really from the bottom of my heart appriciate it

    thank you
    jai sai ram

  204. hi hetal ji,

    Can I use the same cloth without washing which I used the previous week. Or I have to skip that week.

    Thank you

  205. Hi Hetal ji

    I did my vrat in the evening but since morning i had coffee and fruit and after the evening pooja i had my regular meal

    is that ok ?

    can you reply as fast as possible

    Thank you

  206. hi hetal ji

    I had coffe,tea and fruits since morning to evening and i did my pooja in the evening. once i am done with pooja i had my regular meal. Can i have coffee and tea all day even if i do the pooja in the evening?

    Thank you

  207. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Yes it is ok after evening pooja you can have regular meal as far as it is vegetarian food.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  208. Hi Ji,

    I am going to start my Sai baba Vrat tomorrow. I am planning to do it in the morning.

    So, can I and my family members eat the prasadham, which I offer to Baba as soon as I finish the pooja? (or) Should I wait until the evening?

    Please let me know.


  209. OM SAI RAM Hetal G
    I want to know about that there is not any SAI nath temple near to my home & I am on job that over 6:00pm so it is compulsory to go SAI temple on vrat Adhyapan.

    2. I am also doing fast in menses thats wrong.

    3. I want to tal wid sai ram g it is possible for me actually now I'm able to go to Shirdi.

  210. Hi Hetalji,

    Can I offer sweets like sweet pongal, milk burfi (or) nuts like pista, almonds for Sai baba vrat pooja.


  211. @lav ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    You can share the prasad in morning itself.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  212. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    My answers in the sequence of your questions:

    1. If possible try to go to temple at least on last day or concluding day.

    2. No it is not wrong but you cannot do pooja.

    3. I could not understand your question.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  213. Dear Hetalji,

    I went to sai baba temple on thursday and someone has given me sai vrat book. I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS

    1)If I take the book is it compulsory to do the vrat?
    2) If I do the vrat for 9 thursdays( I'm in USA),can my parents distribute the books in India?

    Thanks in advance

  214. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    My answers in the sequence of your questions:

    1. No it is not compulsory to do the vrat if you take the book. Doing the vrat depends on Lord Sai Baba's wish and will.

    2. Yes your parents can distribute the books.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  215. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    You have to do pooja with Lord Sai Baba's picture otherwise on whom will you meditate, whom will you apply kumkum or offer flowers and prasad. If you are taking Idol of Lord Baba to worship, then it will do.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  216. Dear Hetalji,

    We completed our 9th thurday Sai vrat yesterday(18-03-2011). We performed as per the vrat rules to some extent. We could'nt feed poor people because we are staying abroad. So we distributed food to devotees at a local Sai Sansthan, Which is not a temple yet.
    Usually the Sansthan sells Shirdi Sai related books. Our unluck, on our 9th thursday they had ran out of Vrath books. So we could'nt distribute the sai vrath books either. Later we found that a local Indian shop sells Sai Vrath books. Can we distribute the Vrath books on the 10th Thursday? Will it still be a part of our Sai Vrath? I am very upset and feel bad that our Vrath is incomplete. Am worried, pls help.
    Kindly advice me if anything to be done to rectify our mistake.
    Thank you,

  217. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    My answers are as follows:

    It's ok if you distributed food to local devotees due to non-availability of poor people.

    Yes you can distribute books after 9th Thursday at any time.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  218. Dear Hetal,

    I have finished 8 vrats so far and I will be doing 9th vrat coming thursday. I have a question regarding the food I had in all my 8 vrats.
    I had boiled potatos with salt and green chillies. I dont have one time meal but this only twice a day.
    Please let me know if my all the vrats are valid or not.
    Looking for reply!

  219. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    The food you have taken is not included in forbidden foods during fasting. So it doesn't matter if you had boiled potatos with salt and green chillies without one time meal.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  220. OM SAI RAM
    Dear Mam
    This was my fifth week vrat i feel very tired and i ate walnut which consists of sodium so please tell me mam shall i count this week or not…please clear my doubt mam
    thank you

  221. @Anonymous ji,

    If presume that you have eaten walnuts with sodium by mistake. So please ask for pardon from Lord Sai Babaji and count this week.

    If not, then please omit today's Thursday.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  222. Om Sai Ram Hetalji,
    I came across this blog when I first started to read the Satcharitra and started praying to Sai Baba.
    I wanted to start doing the Nav guruvar vrat after my visit to Shirdi (Which was my first trip and I was blessed!).
    I downloaded the vrat book in English and Hindi. THe vrat katha is different in both, the english one has the Kokila story, where as the Hindi one has Sai baba's story. Also the Udyapan was not explained in english at all, the method to do the vrat and other details are less in english.
    So my questions are:
    1. Can I distribute this english books to others, even if they contain less instructions?
    2. How do I read the Varat katha now, english or hindi since both are different.
    please advice me on this.

    Also I had few questions about the puja vidhan and fasting, although I read the previous comments, I was still confused, so I hope that the questions I ask are not repetitions and hoping that you would guide me.
    1. The procedure for puja and udyapan which I understood from the hindi vrat book is as follows:
    On thursday, do puja for Ganeshji and Sai baba and do udyapan. Then start reading the vrat katha, Sai Ashtotram, Namavali, Chalisa.
    Am I leaving any stotras?
    2. What all can I keep for naivedya, has it to be sweet only?
    3. I plan to have coffee in the morning, some fruits and then break my fast with puja in the evening (light a lamp and agarbathi). Can I take the naivedhya that I keep in the morning as my one time meal and break the fast?
    4. Can the naivedhya be kichidi, upma, sewiya upma, poha etc?
    5. Can you please give me a list of all items that can be eaten while fasting and what foods can be used for naivedhya and breaking fast.

    I thank you so much for patiently answering all our questions.

    Thanks so much!
    Sree Sainath Maharaj ki Jai!

  223. @Lakshmi,

    Sai Ramji,

    Its great to know that you had been to Shirdi and were blessed 🙂

    The vrat books of different languages contain some deviation or other. My answers to your questions are in the order as they appear:

    1. Distribute those vrat book which contain full details or the ones which your concise permits you.

    2. I would you like you to refer this article for the story

    Answers about puja vidhan and fasting:

    1. Udyapan or conclusion is to be done on 9th Thursday only. Other things are fine.

    2. It can be anything you wish. Keeping sweet is optional.

    3. You can eat fruits, milk sweets, anything made from milk (not kheer or sewaiya because they are not admissible foods for fasting), sago (sabudana), potatoes or potato chips, curd, butter milk, or drink milk, tea or coffee. If naivedya contains any admissible food then it can be consumed at any time of the day, if not, then it should be eaten during one time meal.

    4. Yes of course.

    5. Listed above in point 3.

    I hope i have made myself clear, if not then please dont hesitate to ask again 🙂

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  224. Thanks for the quick reply Hetalji!
    I had read the hindi book that I downloaded from the link on this site, and that had these different details.
    Can you please explain how to do udyapan. Do I need to do Ganesh puja for a pratima, and what other puja should be done.

    Do i just start the vrat with the details given in the link above: like Puja for Sai Baba's photo and read the katha. Any other strotrams that I need to read?
    Thanks so much for helping me out.

    Sree Sainath Maharaj ki Jai!

  225. Hetalji,
    Also can you please tell me how to do Sankalpa?

    Om Sai Ram
    Thank you so much for this help.

  226. Om Sai Ram Hetalji,
    With Baba's blessings I started the Sai Vrat today. I did sankalpa, but not sure how much rightly I did it. I read the Vrat katha and then read Sai Ashtotra Namavali and Sai Chalisa and Satcharitra 3 chapters (11,15 and one more. These days I read one chapter everyday along with chapter 11 and 15.
    I did fast by consuming milk, fruits. I went to Sai Baba temple in the evening and there they gave us Rava Kesari as prasad after the Arathi. I was unsure if I could eat it, but since it was Baba's prasad, I had a little. I hope that it is ok to do this. I asked Sai Babab to forgive me also before I ate, and told that I am eating it since it is His Prasad.

    Please let me know if it is ok Hetalji. Am I wrong in eating it even after knowing or is it ok since it is Baba's prasad?

    Sree Sainath Maharaj ki Jai!

    Please let me know.

  227. @Lakshmi ji,

    Whatever eaten in name of Lord Baba's prasad is not considered as breaking the fast.

    So dont worry. Other things are fine 🙂

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  228. Hetalji ,

    On my 4th Thursday , i had to catch an early morning flight so i did my puja at 3-4 am in the morning. So does that thursday count or should i ignore that and do one more thursday before i complete my fasts ?

    Pls advise .

    Om sai ram

  229. JAI SAI RAM,

    Hi Hetalji,

    Instead of sai babaji photo can I have a statue of baba on yellow cloth and do the nine week vrat? Can you please answer this question.


  230. Hetalji,

    On my 4th Thursday i had to go out of town and catch an early morning flight so i did sai puja at 3am – 4am. Since i did the puja before 4am does that thursday count or should i fast for one more thursday ?

    Om sai ram.

  231. JAI SAI RAM

    Dear Hetalji,

    Can I have a Sai Babaji statue for nine week vrat instaed of babaji's photo.
    Is it mandatory that I should only have photo(As described in vrat book).

    Now I am doing nine week vrat, for the first week I had Babaji photo but on second week I got a babaji's statue from shirdi(surprisingly), so I had a Babji statue for a second week virat, Then I got a confusion is that right or not?
    if not what shall I do? I'm worried if I wont get Babaji's blessings on my desire.

    Kindly help me.

  232. Hi mam,
    I heared about this vrat through my friend. I decided to follow this vrat to marry my belove one who loving me in deep. we both are of diffrent caste. We both need our parents to give permission and there blessings for our lovable life.I completed 6 vrat And we wish my BABA to make our wish true.Pray for me too please.

  233. I've already done 8 thursday vrat out of 9…bt still my wish is not fullfilled.. i m confused what to do now whether to do udhayapan or make 9 vrat to 21 …plz tell me….n if i want to do udhayapan of 9 vrath …then it will b on 9th vrath or 10 vrath….??./. i m little bit confused about that also ….

  234. Dear Hetalji,
    Is there a certain time in the morning the Sai Vrat pooja should be done.
    I finished my 9 th Thursday pooja at 11:00am, is that too late? Can I still count that Thursday?
    Sai Ram, please let me know.

  235. Sai Ram

    Dear Hetalji

    I have been carrying out the Sai Vrat and have been performing Puja and Arti in the evenings as I have more time to carry it out thouroughly.
    But I will be flying on the Thursday of my next Vrat and was wondering if I could carry out the Puja and Arti all in the morning before I leave to take my flight in the afternoon…and would it still count if I am changing the times of Puja and Arti to the other Thursday I had been carrying out.
    Or does Arti have to be done in the evening only?

    Please answer my question as I do not wish to miss a Thursday.

    Sai Ram and Thank You for your time.

  236. Sai Ram Hetalji,
    Thanks for answering all our questions!
    Can any type of sweet be eaten during Vrat Thursdays?
    I have eaten vermacelli payasam, rava kesari and atta halwa on vrat Thursdays.
    Can I still count these or should I start over.
    Sai Ram

  237. @Kay Murthi ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    You can have vermacelli payasam, rava kesari and atta halwa, etc during one time, if not so then i think you will have to start the vrat all over again.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  238. i was doing sai baba 's 9 vrat.on last day ,i did my proper udyapan but after few hours i ate sauf by mistake.plz tell what should i do.

  239. Hetalji,
    Sorry I wasn't clear.
    I have had either vermacelli payasam, rava kesari or atta halwa on different
    Thursdays during the vrat.
    Can I still count?
    Thank you.

  240. @avina ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    If you have eaten sauf which contained turmeric powder or some other spices, then you will have to observe vrat for one more Thursday, but you are needed to do Udyapan again.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  241. Hetalji,
    I only ate one sweet and fruit and coffee all through the day on my Vrat Thursdays.
    I thought this was ok…..

  242. istribute it to our friends or relatives only? If the person wil not do fast bt he is ready to accept kattha book wht should we do then? If that person wil not do fast then wud it affect my vrat? Cannot we distribute book to poor people to whom we offering food? Pls rply..m confused..

  243. @jyoti trivedi ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    You can put the amount equivalent to cost of vrat books in temple hundi or donate the amount yourself.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  244. Jai Sai ramji Hetal ji,

    The questions i have are:
    1) Are the following vrat food not for meals:
    boiled peanuts with salt ,mixed nuts with salt,Jeera aloo with sambar powder and salt,buttermilk with salt.

    2) is Aarthi compulsory in the evening if i complete the pooja in the morning?

    Thanks for your support and help.please let me know.

  245. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Answers to your questions are as follows:

    1. Excluding Sambhar Powder everything can be considered as vrat food. Apart from these you can have one time meal which includes vegetarian food.

    2. No it is not compulsory but if possible please chant arti.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  246. Hello,

    Question on the Sai Vrat- Having only buttermilk with salt & fruits in the morning & evening a full meal is it OK.

    Thanks for your reply.

  247. @Anonymous ji

    Sai Ramji,

    Answers to your questions are as follows:

    Already replied through mail.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  248. Dear Hetal ji,

    I will be starting my vrat from tomorrow. I just want to ask, can we do the vrat for someone else. As in if we have a wish for someone else which we want to be fulfilled?

    Also, can we do the fasting for 9 weeks, do all the rituals on the 9th week and start the vrat again from the 10th week.

    To be frank, I always beleived in god but did not know much about Baba. From last few months I have been going through a veryyy tough time in my life and someone gave me an idol of baba and asked me to have faith in him. The next day I saw baba in my dream and it was a miracle that just by beleiving in baba, though my problems are still there but I have not been crying and baba has been giving me all the strenght to stand against the odds with a smile.
    And I just read about him and read the sai satcharita. I write OM SAI RAM in my notebook as many times as I can.

    And I beleive and baba will fulfill all my wishes even if I do not fast. But I want to fast to thank baba and also I feel it is one way in which I can remember baba all the time. Is it ok to fast asking baba to make everything (since baba knows what we want) we want to make happen or we need to have a particular reason (asking for something particular) while fasting.

    also, thank you for answering all the queries by everyone, I had a lot of similar doubts which got cleared by the answers you gave.


  249. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Answers are in sequence of your questions:

    Yes you can do vrats for fulfilling some other person's wish or for his/her benefit.

    Yes you can start the vrat again after completion of all rituals of 9th week.

    You can ask Lord Sai Baba for anything you want. As a stead fast rule fasting is not only the method, all what is needed is utter faith and patience on your part, this is the dakshina which our Guru Sai wants from us.

    Since you are new to devotion to Lord Baba i am sure He'll fulfill your wish but do not blame Him if it does not get fulfilled because we cannot decided what is best for us but our Loving Father knows and He acts accordingly.

    You are always welcomed 🙂

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  250. Hello, I accidentally ate a piece of Chocolate so does this Thursday count for me?

    and what do you mean by sweets? sweets as in what?

  251. @Anonymous ji

    Sai Ramji,

    Chocolates are not included in allowable food during vrat. So you cannot count this Thursday.

    By sweets we mean sweets made up of milk or khoya.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  252. Can you please list all the foods that we can eat and can not eat. and sorry I still do not get what sweets are?

  253. Dear HetalJi,

    Im planning to start my vrat from the coming thursday… I have few doubts regarding diet. As you mentioned, I can have fruits, milk, dry fruits all over the day. Can you also pls let me know if I can have steamed vegetables and butter milk any time of the day apart from that one time meal.

  254. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Providing a list of allowable and non-allowable food during vrat is a difficult task because such things sometimes depends on your own custom and tradition. Demography also has some relation to it. Please refer point no. 8 of the write up above for the list.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  255. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Yes you can have fruits, milk, dry fruits, etc all over the day, but steamed vegetables can only be taken during one time meal. Butter milk can be consumed at any part of the day.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  256. Dear Hetal ji,

    I have one doubt regarding sai vrat fast..i have gastric trouble..if i wont eat i will get pain in it is difficult for me to eat only one time meal..can u please suggest what can i do.last time when i did vrat i ate 2 times..can u please suggest me whether can i eat 2 times or not…

    om sree sairam

  257. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    During fast you can have only one time meal, but you can have milk, fruits, sweets made from milk, etc to avoid gastric trouble.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  258. Dear hetal ji,

    I want to start the Sai Vrat from today, but i have had my breakfast, you have mentioned that 1 meal in the day can be taken.So can i consider this as the one meal and do the vrat for the rest of the day.And i will do the puja in the evening.Is this fine?

    please tell me..


  259. @shalini ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    You can consider breakfast as one time meal and this Thursday can be counted.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  260. Sai Ram Hetal Ji,
    With Baba's kripa, my vrat is going fine. I was browsing the comments by some devotees, and I had a doubt regarding that. You mentioned that steamed brocolli was not admissiable food during fasting. So this got me into doubt.
    I usually fast Thursday from morning till night and have my one time meal at night.
    I usually have coffe, milk, banana, strawberries during the entire day. I sometimes eat raw carrots also, so I was wodering if this is admissiable or not, eating vegetables? Would my vrat be counted?

    Please help me in this regard.


  261. Hello i thank you for all the best answer that you have been giving to people in here. I do appreciate. My family and I has suffered a lot in this life. And in this same suffering death came and took away my father from us. My mother is a business woman and now her shop is empty and she is in a great dept and no one to help us. My big brother travel to India last year and up till now nothing is happening. My two sisters are married to rich men and they don't want to help. I myself I travel to Liberia still nothing is happening. I know we are not to depend on anyone for help cos they might fail us. Now I want to help my family at least for us to enjoy the best things that this life can offer. I am a christian but I love India Tradition wish I could become one. I want you to help me. Is there any guarantee Chant or Mantra that will put me in the rightful track. Cos i don't want to suffer any more. Help me okay

  262. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    There is no such "Gurantee Chant or Mantra" which can wipe off your sufferings. Sufferings are only due to your past bad deeds and you have to suffer consequences.

    I, as a devotee of Lord Sai Baba, Who has said in His lifetime on earth that "By repeating only Sai Sai will do away your sins", to chant His Name. Your hardships and struggle may not come to an end instantly because their ending time is already fixed which is not in hands of anyone, but your courage will be increased enough to suffer them. This is the only remedy that i can suggest you. Rest i leave it to Lord Sai Baba to decide, but will surely pray for your good.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  263. Sai Ram Hetal Ji,
    Thank you for clearing my doubts. I was really worried that I ate the wrong food, although by mistake and was feeling bad about it.
    You will not believe that 2 days back when I posted this, I had a dream that night, where you r answer was exactly what you wrote today. I think it is all Baba's leelas to keep me less worried, and I feel that he is accepting my vrat!

    Thanks so much

    Sai Ram

  264. Jai SaiRamJi Hetalji,
    The question I have is :

    Can I have a milk sweet made with milk,sugar,butter and citric acid in it as a vrat food? I do not eat salt during my Vrat but can I eat thia one?Also is the presence of citric acid in the sweet ok? Please let me know.

    Thanks a lot!

  265. dear hetalji
    our 2 doubts are, is it a must to wash the yellow cloth for every thursday as it is not specified in the book. Moreover there is a belief, an un-washed new cloth always have purity. Please clarify in this. (e.g. During mother's menses days she will dress her baby with unwashed new clothes so that anyone in the family can handle the baby without changing the baby's dress). And 2nd question, it is said to do anna dhaan for 5 persons but books be 5 or 11 or 21. Is it the best option of no.of food dhaan to persons equal to no.of books donation? or Food to 5 persons but books can vary from 5/11/21? thanks for clarifying. sailakshmi

  266. @Lakshmi ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Yes it is certainly Lord Sai Baba's leela to keep you less worried and accepting your vrat while in my case it is acceptance of my service and love to Him 🙂

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  267. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,
    I am not sure about citric acid, so it will be better if you avoid it. If you have consumed it earlier no problem, ask for pardon from Lord Sai Baba as it was done by mistake.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  268. @sailakshmi ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    It is not must to wash yellow cloth.

    There is no such rule for annadan equal to no. of books. You can donate food and books as per your convenience.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  269. @sailakshmi ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Whatever you wish from Lord Sai Baba ask from Him and this is your sankalp.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  270. I hAVE another question.I am concluding my 9th week this thursday.Can the book be given to a pregnant lady [8 month ).Please do reply.

  271. Dear Hetalji,
    First of all thank you for the information in the form of this blog.

    I intend to start the fast this Thursday 30th June which is an Amavasya day too. Is it advisable to start the vrat on Amavasya ? Or should I wait for the next Thursday to start it ?

    Please advise.

  272. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Staring Lord Baba's vrat has nothing to do with Amavasya. You can start as your wish and will.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  273. Dear Hetal,

    One query in mind today is my 5th thurday (30th June 2011),but 3rd thurday due to my office work i need to go Pune for site survey so can't stay hungry for whole day while travelling, so i had full veg lunch in morning & in evening when i am back to home in mumbai i pray to sai baba & had milk/bannas & went to sleep. So i had meal in morning & rest of the day/night on fruits. So this vrat is valid & can i add this thurday.
    Waiting for your answer.

    Thanks & Regards

  274. Dear Hetal

    I am doing Sai baba's 9 Thursdays Vrat. I have already kept two vrat following the vidhi and visiting the temple. But people tell me that this vrat should be done only when someone tells you to keep it . I only read about it here and felt a very strong desire to do so.

    I have successfully kept the two vrat and I want to continue , But I hope I am not doing anything wrong by doing it on my own.

    Please tell me.

  275. @ekta ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    If your heart is saying you to do the vrat, then you should go for it. Also there is not such rule that if someone asks then only you can do the vrat.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  276. @Anusha ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Since your pooja was done in morning you can consider both Thursdays.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  277. Friends i want to share my story of miracle ,power of 9 thursday sai baba vrat and feelings.I started 9 thursday vrat thinking about my lost love and has kept a chit on sai baba paduka which read "s will marry me and we will be happy" as days went by nothing really happened,my parents were getting old and they wanted their son to get married soon and were looking for suitable alliance but days turned weeks ,weeks into months and nothing really was promising.i was feeling guilty to live my best friend and marry some one else so i kept praying baba to give her back to me as she left me thinking i am responsible for her grandfathers demise.i kept crying ,pleading to baba but nothing turned postive.Things were looking gloomy and dark,i must says those were the worst moment of my life.One day while my mother was cleaning the puja rack she found the little chit and got furious because it was al over between me and my love and told me to throw it away at once.She said by doing this i am putting baba in dilemma and confusing and tying his hands not to give his blessing to me.If she had same feeling and affection towards me baba would have probably fulfilled my wishes but as they say "man proposes god disposes".May be baba had other plans for me,i at once threw that paper out of window and this was my 6 week.The reason i am saying this is because some times when our wish does not get fulfilled we blame baba saying he did not give it want we wanted,but remember baba's motherly heart knows whom to give what and he knows what is best for his child.2 weeks went by and suddenly we got a good marriage proposal from chennai and to everyones surprise my engagement and marriage date got fixed just the next day of my 9 thursday sai vrat.Absolute miracle i dont have enough words to describe baba power,his love and affection and his blessings which he has showed on this bhakta.i promised baba that i will post my blog once my marriage gets settled and will share my good thoughts with this worlds and will spread sai mahima,power of sai vrat.
    This is what happened when i was doing fast for lord shiva way back in 2004 when i was jobless and got job the very next day i completed my 6 weeks vrat by visititing the famous madambakkam temple in chennai.Tears rolled out from my eyes when i realised this that sai baba was there with me right from the beginning but i did not see him.(Sai baba is no body but incarnation of Lord Shiva)
    Kumar Raman

  278. Hello sir,

    this is parimala, i want to do sai vrat, if starts vrat on thursday's is fasting is compulsory. and i dont have the time to do vrat in home so can i do morning 11'oclock on every thursday on office through online book. and finally is it compulsory to distribute books and prasadam to 5 people on 9th thursday.
    pls give me the details of that to my mail ID : [email protected]

  279. Hello sri,

    i have one doubt what is diet for fasting can we eat rice chapati and curries for one time i think above queires i found salt is not accepted in fasting food can you tell me the details how can i take fasting food.

    pls sir,

    pls tell my mail id : [email protected]

  280. sir i have a querry that is it compulsory to wear any particular colour clothes on thursday sai baba vrat

    Plz send me answer of my querry on my mobile if you could

    my mobile no is 09814276329
    or you can send on my id [email protected]

  281. Jai Sai Ramji Hetalji,

    First of all, just wanted to thank you for a wonderful blog you have. It truly helps us naive people who don't worship Sai Baba on how to observe the vrat appropriately.

    My family and I have been going through a lot of hardships, for many years now. Especially for me, I feel like in order for me to move forward in my life I have to take two steps back. I have consulted many jyotish and have performed many pujas and to help me bring out of my sufferings, but I feel like my list sufferings still don't end. A few people have recommended that I do Datta Bavani, but I didn't do it because I don't know it is exactly. But recently I've started to look into it and started doing research on it (because I don't like to just read something without knowing the meaning of it), and every time I've done research on it, I've always come across Datta Bavani's association with Sai Baba (pardon my ignorance). And today I stumbled upon this, and found that with the vrat book there is Datta Bavani. Would you be able to help me with the association?

    Since, I have stumbled upon the 9 Guruwars along with Datta Bavani, I do plan on observing 9 Guruwars, and hoping that a lot of hardships that I am facing now will soon be cleared. And I promise to share my struggles in this blog once Sai Baba has given me strength to over come them.

    Again thank you for the hard work in maintaining this blog!

    Jai Sai Ramji!

  282. Jai Shri Ramji Hetalji,

    I want to observe the vrat, and I am in Cali, so I still haven't done the puja yet. But a question came to my mind, and I went through the all the entries hoping that the answer would be there, but I couldn't find it.

    I know that when you pray for Hanumanji your suppose to do an oil diya and not ghee. Is there any specification of which to use when observing Sai Baba vrat? Also, there are two ways the make the wick in gujju I heard my mom refer it as "aadi vaat" and "oobhi vaat". For Sai Baba vrat is one preferred over the other of should both be done?

    I hope to hear from you soon! Keep up the great work!!!

    Jai Sai Ramji

  283. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    There are no restrictions to any type of wick or using ghee or oil for lighting lamp to Lord Sai Baba. Only He wants faith and patience.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  284. OM SAI RAM

    Dear Hetalji,
    Last time I clarified my doubts about the fast and I did as per what is written in the book and Thank you for clearing the doubts I had.

    I have completed my 9 fasts and baba had blessed me with a new job in the 3rd week of my fast only.

    1st thursday, as I stepped out of the temple, I got the call for an interview.
    2nd Thursday,as I stepped out of the temple,I got a call for the interview date
    3rd Thursday, as I stepped out of the temple, I got my joining letter.

    Baba is really great…

    However, I was not well on Friday(after the 9th thursday) and I had breakfast without taking bath. Is it ok?

    Also, can I keep a fast this week in ..can I continue to keep thursday fast(9 thursday) again without a break/gap. If not, then how many weeks gap should be given?

  285. >
    > Hello Hetal ji..
    > Namaste n jai sai ram..
    > I have few doubts so please help me…
    > I tried to post comments but was unable to post so tried here contacting you….
    > Me n my husband started doing 9 thursday vrat from 2 weeks back..on the 3rd Thursday I had my periods so ..I called my aunt who had done the vrat…and she told me I can count Tht thursday as well my husband is doing the puja and I can listen the katha while he is reading and observe the fast….
    > My questions…
    > 1) can I count Tht Thursday or will I skip Tht Thursday…but I have listened the katha n read tthe Katha and arati n sai baba's 108 names…I performed all rituals except for the puja..
    > please let me if I will count or count frm the next Thursday…….
    > 2) we usually take fruits all day long and in the lunch roti and aloo ki sabji….and in the night time saboo Dana khichdi sometimes
    > Cooked potatoes and peanuts and black Channa boiled ..( u have mentioned not to eat Channa but in the temple they give Channa roasted as prasad) and sometimes vermicelli…
    > Just wanted to know is it okay..
    > 3)we usually visit temple and there they give prasad as poori n alu ki sabji n we consume that also…so is it a problem..during vrat..?
    >4) I am feeding my baby so I feel really hungry…So after 12 I ate murmure and mixture . it okay ?
    > Have we done any mistakes…? Do we need to do it again…?
    > Actually many people say many things…
    > One more thing is Tht 1st I strted doing puja reading sai vrat katha book in oriya.. but in oriya the vrat katha is totally different….there it is given the childhood days of baba and how he came to shirdi…..but there is no kokilaben story….so frm 2nd Thursday I got one Hindi book and read frm there…
    > So wht do you think about this?  Please hetal madam let me know….I really need your help….
    > Jai sai ram
    > Thanks in advance…

  286. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Answers are in sequence to your questions:

    1. Yes you can count that Thursday.

    2. Yes this will do, but if there are not health issues, try to avoid sabudana khichadi and rely on milk, fruits, etc as it is mentioned in vrat book.

    3. Anything which is categorized in prasad form can be consumed.

    4. Ya no probs for that.

    Continue reading hindi vrat book and never mind if you read oriya book on first thursday, as i feel that it was Lord Sai Baba's wish only.

    Any concerns do let me know.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  287. Dear hetal Di…
    Sai ohm..

    Have started doing 9 Thursday vrat..but want to know Tht during my periods can I just observe the fast and read the book…but ll not do the puja…my mother is also doing vrat…so that Thursday I ll count or not.. ?
    Or I hv to skip Tht Thursday…
    2) can't we hv turmeric…bez I hv used it b4 2 Thursday as one time meal…

    Thanks in advance…
    Sai Ram…

  288. @Anonymous ji,

    If you accidently got periods then you can listen to pooja and do vrat. But try avoiding such situations. Still you can count that Thursday. Refer to earlier comments also.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  289. Sai ohm hetal ji….

    Have some doubt..
    1) can we eat green peas during the vrat..
    2) can we take paneer ki sabji n roti as one time meal.
    3)during sankalp I have kept. Coin wrapped in a paper on the day I strted my what will I do with that coin on my udyapan..on 9th thursday….do I need to keep it or put it in temple…or I hv to wait for my wish to fulfill….

    Thanks in advance

  290. Dear Hetalji,
    I started my Sai Vrat 4 thursdays back and understood that I can eat one time meal. But what I missed is that I can have salt only during the one time meal.

    I have had potato chips(salted) and sabudana khichdi(with salt) during the vrat. This is other than the one time meal. Can I count the previous thursdays or start afresh.

    I can start afresh if need be.

    Please advise. Thank you.

  291. @Anonymous ji,

    Sai Ramji,

    Answers in sequence of your questions:
    1. Yes, but during one time meal only.
    2. Yes you can.
    3. You can keep coin in any temple's hundi.

    Jai Sai Ramji
    Sai Ki Deewani
    Hetal Patil Rawat

  292. Dear Hethal ji

    Im keeping 21 Sai baba's vrat and have completed 6 vrat's but after reading the Q's & A's above im bit confused as im having milk & tea in the morning, some salty chips,potato in afternoon & normal meal without onion in dinner time. I think im doing mistake pls advice im a true follower of Sai Baba i don't want to make baba angry. pls help

  293. HI,
    every thing was going well.But there was a small problem so i strated doing 9 thursday vrat. soon after the 1 st thurday,there happened one huge problem in our house. It actually shattered all our family memebers.I have prayed to baba to kindly help us.Here i am not saying that my problem has incresed because of vrat but i feel that its good that it has appeared early had it been occured 2-3 weeks late. It would have given lots of mental tension.I have just done with my 2nd vrat , i have immence trust and faith in god. But really i just pray to baba to save us from this situtaion. I hope my prayers will be answered.Kindly pray for my family…please please we need it.Baba please listen to us.
    My family really needs a miracle now

  294. Dear Hetalji

    om sai ram.i am very much satisfied with the sai vrat katha method which you have written to help us.I always get mental peace whenever i do vrat and when i read
    all the devotees experience.I love sai babaji very much and pray to babaji to bless you with lots and lots of happiness.
    Thanking you very much hetal ji for the vrat katha stories and the method you helped me lot in my life.
    om sai ram
    om sai ram
    om sai ram

  295. Dear Hetalji,

    I am from vellore (VIT).I use to do fasting on every thursday. But I am starting 9 thursday vrat from tommorow and as I am a student..i stay in hostel..

    so i just need to ask what possible things i can do..during vrat..and as i live in hostel,,how i can conclude the puja on 9th but last thursday..

    om sairam 🙂


  297. Hi,

    I am started the vrat today and iu have only out kumkum on baba photo. i did his arti and prayed. I put some yellow flowers but did not have any yellow cloth. i put some sugar in a bowl and after the arti, i ate a bit of that sugar.

    i have drink tea times and will be eating fruits all day and have regular meal at nite.

    can i eat rice kheer during the day along with fruits.

    i dnt eat non -veg but my family eat and they even cooked it at home, is that a prob?

    in the evening, i will do the prayers again.tell me how should i do it.

  298. Dear hetal ji…
    Just want to know if due to some problem on the day of udyapan I am not able to distribute book and food ..then is it okay if I will distribute n give food some other day….

  299. I believe in my baba that he is always there to help us and shower his blessings on us. Baba loves his children and he cannot see his children in pain. May baba shower his blessings on everyone.
    Om Sai Ram

  300. Dear Hetal Ji,
    Sai Ram.
    I trust all is well with you. With Baba's grace and your help through the blog I've completed my Sai Vrat on June 9th. Your blog has been really helpful in telling me the procedure to do, plus you have been of immense help guiding me about procedures, and how to follow the vrat. Thanks so much for all the help.

    I recently had got this doubt about feeding 5 people on last day of Udhyapan. As I was in US, I told my mom to do annadaan to 5 needy people in India, and somehow due to some miscommunication she gave sweets for needy people. She thought since I was going to come to India in sometime, I could annadaan later. I'm in India now Hetal Ji and am confused as to whether Baba will accept my vrat or not. I was recently reading about not keeping your vows to Baba can harm you and Baba gets angry. I was once hinted by Baba too that I had forgotten my vow, and I brushed it aside since I thought I had done the donation and everything was fine. Just today talking to my mom made me realize my mistake, and I'm sad about it.

    Can I do the annadaan now and ask baba for his blessings, or do I need to do the entire vrat for 9 weeks again? I'm confused and worried and thinking Baba is angry with me and hence he has not fulfilled my desire.

    Please guide me Hetal Ji. I'm eagerly waiting for Baba to fulfill my desire.

    Sai Samarth

  301. Is it compulsory to give the books to only those people who are willing to keep the fast or can we give it to anyone?

  302. Sai Ram Hetal Ji,
    Also I forgot to mention in my earlier comment, that I went to temple on the 9th thursday. I distributed 5 books to my friends, did puja, arati and also gave prasad to all the following thursday, since temple is in another town 2 hours away, and so I couldnt call friends all on the same day and go to temple. I hope this is ok too. Only thing that was missed was we distributed sweets instead of annadaan, like I mentioned in the earlier comment.

    I hope if I do annadaaan now it is ok. Eagerly awaiting your and Baba's response to this.

    Please pray to Baba on my behalf to forgive me for this mistake.

    Thanks Hetal Ji

  303. Sai Devotee…

    Dear Hetalji..
    Thanq so much for sharing this powerfull vrat…am doing this sai 9 thursdays vrat..this is my first thursday…I have few daoubts please reply to me asap…
    1.I kept the sai baba on yellow cloth..i have sai frame and sai vigraham..i kept both on the yellow cloth..and did pooja with yellow flowers.. before yesterday i got sai 9 thursdays vrat pdf..i was send it to my husbands mail so that he can get me the print out for next day pooja i thougt..he get the sai vrat print out..the next everthing was ready..i sat in the pooja..after all that was ready to read katha..but katha was very was incomplkete..ididnt reallize..i thougt the katha was up to that(Gonthu noppi leela)after pooja i reallized no defenetly iam missing something..i start searching in the internet..i found complete sai 9 thursdays vrat..i completed the remaining katha…is that ok..(before starting pooja i prayed to sai u r making me to do this pooja sai..please be with me make me to do this complete pooja with shradda and saburi)..should i count this thursaday..r i have to skip this..please reply to my question..
    2.i had glass of milk after pooja..and went to temple..afetr comming back from temple i ate 2 samll aoranges..can i eat bread inthe the night can i eat chepathi and dal?..please hetalji please reply to my dounts..


    Thanks Advance…

  304. please advise…i am continuing my 5 thursday vrat of sri sai baba..with his blessings i got a job that to in a distant place and now they have asked to join on a thursday which is the last day of the vrat..what should i do now and end the vrat on due date without any dispute?

  305. Dear Hetal ji,

    I am doing the Sai vrat. But yesterday was my sister's birthday so i had some cake in the evening by mistake. Usually cake contains egg. So I wanted to know if i can consider it as my 7th week of vrat or should I consider the next thursday's fast as the 7th week.

  306. Dear Hetal ji

    I put my request in Aug since then I didn't get any answer on that. Kindly pls let me know as I am keeping fast every thursday.the enclosed is my last request(Dear Hethal ji

    Im keeping 21 Sai baba's vrat and have completed 6 vrat's but after reading the Q's & A's above im bit confused as im having milk & tea in the morning, some salty chips,potato in afternoon & normal meal without onion in dinner time. I think im doing mistake pls advice im a true follower of Sai Baba i don't want to make baba angry. pls help
    August 25, 2011 12:43 PM)

  307. Dear Hetal Patel Rawat,
    i observed the sai vrat. on the 9th thursday, i completed the vrat by duly observing all the rituals like distribution of books, poor feeding , reading of sao vrat story and sai chalisa etc. i visited a nearby sai baba temple for the main evening arati also.
    howevr, after coming back home my menstrual cycle should i count this thursday as my ninth thursday or should i observe the fast the following thursday and distribute books, etc again as per the vrat. pls help.

  308. Hello Hetal Ji,

    I'm in dire need of some information regarding Sai Vrat. Please take a look at this post and guide me through.

    I did Sai Vrat in the past to fulfill one of my wish which eventually got fulfilled. I'm so happy for that… After sometime I started it again to solve a major problem in my family. But I got severely ill during this time which took me almost 6 to 8 weeks to recover. This made me stop my Vrat in middle. Now, I recovered but I'm not supposed to fast because of the sickness I've been through and because of the stress I'm taking.

    So, please let me know what I can I do in this condition. Should I start the Vrat again without fasting but praying sincerely and offering puja?? I have no other Saviour except my father, Baba. So, I really want to do the Vrat to get rid of this major problem. But, I don't know if my prayer will be accepted without fasting… I'm in a fix Hetal Ji…I believe you as god send human…So, Pls guide me and tell me what I can do…

  309. Can we use Sendha Namak in Sai baba vrat, like we do in navratri for during the day and then normal food in night

  310. dear madam , jay sai ram . please guide me . i want to do 9th thusday brata puja. but my problem is that , i go to my college from 5.45 morning to 3.30 afternoon . so can i do the puja in the evening ? and can i take breakfast in morning or meal in afternoon ? and can i eat nonveg in other days like sunday of wednesday ? and is there any restriction to eat meals only one time not more then that? please tell me . jay sai ram

  311. hi:-) i am very impressed with your kind reply to all the queries patiently. thank you. may god bless you.:)
    am confused about vrita book distribution and food to poor people.
    Is it compulsory to do this every Thursday during vrita or only on 9 th thursday?

  312. Hi,
    i am doing sai vrat and fast every thursday. this is my eight week. i finished pooja later in the afternoon i came to know i got my periods. please let me know what to do, shud i consider the week or not since i finished pooja and continued fast in the day and have dinner in the night that is one meal.

  313. My Wife and Myself has started the shri sai baba 9 thus vrat and have completed 8 vrat. on 24th nov. will be the concluding 9th one.
    after read of all ur replies some doubts r there, Plz solve my doubts.

    One each thursday, we r following :
    In the morning(9-11 AM) : we both, wash the sai baba, offer new clothes, do puja (with chandan, kumkum, haldi,flowers, diya & agarbati), Vrat katha, then aarti, then offer prasad(Banana, chana, Ilaichi dana, sweets made of milk, sometimes Bessan ka laddu).
    After morning puja we distribute the offered prasad to some collegues, then we also eat prasad.
    during the day we also have tea & sometimes sweets.
    In the Evening (6 – 7 PM): we again take a bath then light diya & agarbati, then do aarti then offer prasad to sai baba(generally chana & Ilaichi dana). after puja we distribute prasad & also we have. then go for temple sometime in the morning.
    In the night (10PM) : we have one time meal (generally milk & banana).
    the same we have completed our 8 vrat.
    Now plz explain me.. have we done all these right?? if no, what we should do??
    One more thing, we never use salt during the vrat. but on 3rd Thursday (vrat day), after morning puja, when went to sai baba temple we eat salti prasad given by one of the devotees in the temple. plz remove my doubts.
    we are going to conclude the 9th vrat day on 24th nov.

  314. Om Sai Ram,
    Dear mam,
    Plz go through my 9 vrat procedure & explain whether it is correct or What??

    My wife alongwith myself has completed 8 thursday vrat and on 24th nov. it will be 9th one(the day of Udyapan).

    we do puja in following manner:
    In the Morning (9 -11 AM) : After bath we wash sai baba statue(small), then do puja with new cloth to him, chandan, kumkum, haldi, flowers, Ghee Diya, Agarbati. then start 108 names, vrat katha(6 chapters), then do Aarti. After aarti we Offer him Prasad(generally Channa, Ilaichi dana, Banana, sweets(made of milk, sometimes Besan ka laddu(made in ghee) & thus complete our morning puja.
    After Puja we distribute that prasad & also we eat once or twice.
    In the day time we take tea more than once.
    In the Evening (6-7 PM) : After bath we light Ghee ka Diya, agarbati then perform aarti. Again we offer prasad (Channa & Illaichi dana)& complete puja.
    After evening puja we distribute that prasad in collegues & also we take. then go for Sai Temple(somtimes after morning puja or sometime after evening puja.)
    In the Night (approx. 10 PM): we generally take banana with milk & sugar.

    While going temple we got some prasad from temple which we eat.
    on 3rd vrat day when we went for temple, we got some salty prasad made of chana which we had eaten only on 3rd vrat day.
    Now Plz explain all these process made by us are right or we have done some mistakes.
    On the very next Thursday (24th Nov. 2011) we are going to do Udyapan.
    So plz Clarify us

    will be grateful for ur kind suggestion.

    Thanks a Lot..

    from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

  315. sai ram to all
    i am doing sai 9 thursday fast. this is my 5th fast. soon after doing pooja(vrat katha + aarti) in morning I came to office. I found i had periods. pls tell me if this fasting will be counted in nine day fast or not.
    Jai sai ram

  316. Dear mam, I have successfully completed my 7 Thursday… Bt now I m conceived I m so hungry . I m eating one time meal .. But It's nt enough for me.. Can I eat again, one more time .? Pls reply

  317. today was my frst sai vrat,but i got down in the nyt..i am worried if my this vrat will be considered or not..please help me out.
    om sai ram

  318. Om Sai Ram..!!


    Is it feasible that i keep vrat for more than 9 thursdays.. like 16 or something lyk tht?? :O :O

  319. hi.. i m going to start my 9 days fast…. i m vry much confused abt.. meal … can we take patato , roti or puri etc….or only sweets items.
    nd can we have non veg exculding thrusday… means before nd after thrusday…
    nd after cmpleting fast we have to distribute 5,11or21 book to our friends or any one. bt they also have 2 do fast… what if they didnt do fast…plsss repy.. clear my confusion…..

  320. Jai Sai Ramji, Dear Hetalji,
    I am really blessed by Sai Baba for coming across this Blog. It isvery nice of you Didiji helping so many Baba bhakths in their problems. I came to know about 9 Thursday Sai BABA's Vrat Katha through this blog. It is nice to have the pocedure and Sai Baba Vrata in different languages. My daughter is Baba bhakthe. We do abhisheka and arathi every Thursday. After knowing about the Sai Baba's Vrata I wanted to do the Vrata also for my daughter to find a suitable boy and for her further education. Please may i have Sai Baba'a Vrata Katha in Kannada Language. Please help me out.

    Jai Jai Sai Ram
    Thanks with Kind Regards
    December 14th, 2011

  321. Sai Ramji Hetal Ji,

    My question is do I need to take a vrat on the 9th thursday or just give food to 5 people and visit sai baba temple and distribute sai vrat katha without keeping the sai vrat

  322. Sir I am travelling. I am fasting today but I have'nt been able to perform the Pooja and read the Katha. Does that mean this thu will not get counted? Please cld u clarify as it's my 8th week.

  323. Sai Ram Hetal ji,

    I am thinking to start this vrat.Once I have done this vrat in the following manner:

    Morning reading the vrat katha,mantras,aarti,offering chana or khoya as prasad,then going to temple.After coming from temple i used to take lemon juice or fruit juice or tea and evening after lighting diyas i used to take halwa,fruits or sweets after offering to baba as prasad.Then on 9th thursday i have given books to devotees and given food at lunch time to poor people.Is this procedure is corect????? Please guide me

    One more question is that I am living in orissa,bhubaneswar & in books which are published in oriya language its mentioned to offer rice,dal,curry & curd to baba during these nine thursdays.So is it mandatory or only prasad is enough while doing puja in the morning?Plz suggest me.
    Sai Ram..

  324. Dear Hetal Ji.

    Om sai ram.

    My wife and me r doing sai vrath. at the beginning of the vrath we had tied one coin each in a cloth and kept at the feet of baba.

    please let us know what to do with the coins when the vrath ends

  325. Dear Hetal Ji,

    Om sai Ram

    My wife and me have been doing sai vrath. at the beginning of the vrath we had tied one coin each in a cloth and kept at the feet of baba. I wanted to know what do we do with the coins.

    also our 9th thursday will be on 5th jan 2012 and that day we would be in please advice us if we should do the last fast in shirdi or we should do it when we come back.

    one last thing we wanted to know is that do we have to keep fast on the 9th thursday till evening or we can break fast after feeding the poor and distributing books.

    thanks a lot for all the help


  326. Hello Hetalji,
    Okay so I live in Canada and I am a student. Is it alright If i cannot offer Baba yellow flowers, the only place I can get them is at the Florists and they are quite expensive….Also After the 9 weeks are done, is it alright If my mum feeds the poor back in India….Please do let me know.
    Thank you….

  327. Hello,

    I just have one question.

    In Some fasts we should not sleep in the afternoon or while fasting hours.

    Is it allowed to sleep in the afternoon or fasting hours while performing this fast ?

    Om Sai Ram.!

  328. Dear Hetal,

    I had a couple of questions.

    1. On my first thursday vrat. I fasted and did the pooja in the morning. Later in the evening i broke my fast eating vegetarian food in restaurant. Is it ok to eat at the restaurant.

    2. On my second fast i had potato chips.

    3. On my third fast i did my pooja in the morning and had food in the afternoon. Later in the day i had fruits. I started periods in the evening. Since i was done with the pooja, can i count this thursday.

    4. Can we do the pooja in the afternoon, or it has to be done in the morning and evening only.

    Om Sai Ram.

  329. Wt abt food that we have to eat can we eat simple food which is preaperd in our with onion and garlic that can be daal and chapaati….can i eat this food oce in a day?

  330. Hi,

    Om Sai Ram.

    I am planning to start sai vrat from tomorrow (Thursday). I have few clarifications. Please clarify

    1) Can I drink tender cocunut water on vrath days?

    2) Can the picture, cloth and table be moved / removed from the pooja place after the puja or should it remain there?

    3) Is there any direction in which the picture, cloth should be kept (North, Soth, East or West).

    4) I live in an aprtment and in the pooja shelf I have saibaba picture. Can I do the pooja by placing the picture on the yellow cloth in the pooja shelf and do the pooja standing (i.e, reading the book by standing or should the pooja be done while sitting)

  331. Dear Hetalji…

    I hav 1 question… regarding the type of food that we are supposed to eat during the Vrat.

    Can I eat fruits, juices, milk, tea during the day.. AND (along with) hav just 1 full veg meal in the evening OR is it that I can EITHER have just fruits, juices, etc OR ONLY 1 full veg meal in the evening.

  332. Dear hetalji

    I have started sai vrat on jan 5th 2012 and instead of putting yellow cloth below sai baba statue i have coverd it as a shawl for sri sai.

    is that fine? r else from next thursday shall I change it..

    Please give me the suggestions as soon as possible hetalji

  333. I had a couple of questions.

    1. On my first thursday vrat. I fasted and did the pooja in the morning. Later in the evening i broke my fast eating vegetarian food in restaurant. Is it ok to eat at the restaurant.

    2. On my second fast i had potato chips.Is it k to eat it.

    3. On my third fast i did my pooja in the morning and had food in the afternoon. Later in the day i had fruits. I started periods in the evening. Since i was done with the pooja, can i count this thursday.

    4. Can we do the pooja in the afternoon, or it has to be done in the morning and evening only.

    Om Sai Ram.

  334. Dear Hetalji,
    I am a Muslim and devotee of sri sai baba..i am in a serious problem for which i need sri sai baba's help and i am willing to do this i am a muslim i cant put baba's photo at can i perform this vrat?are there any alternative?

    Thanks in advance..

  335. I am roshiny .i live in US I wanted to do this vratha Pooja but after doing it for 9 Thursday's On the 9th Thursday offering food for 5 poor people is difficult for me and to donate also baba temple isn't nearby ..I can't travel on weekdays…can I keep some money as offering and then take to baba temple on that weekend and shall I donate there.

  336. do we need to fast on ninth day of the vrat? Also, what time should we should feed poor people..Morning?
    Pls let me know asap as next thursday is my ninth vrat.

  337. Jai Sai Ram Hetal Ji

    I had my first fast last thrusday, but i did normal prayers in morning and evening(not as what mention in the steps above),shall i count that as one of 9 vrats or shall i start it again?
    Also,what if i wont find people to distribute books(i dont want to force people) what shall i do?
    Tomorrow again is thursday , i hope i will get answer before evening so that i can know what i have to do with distribution of books.

    Jai Sai Ram
    Vivek Sharma

  338. Hello,

    I started my period on Monday. Can I do my vrat on thursday? Its my 9th thursday this week. Pls reply..


  339. Hello Sir,

    I have taken up Sai Vrat and I have finished 3rd week vrat successfully. But the problem is that, for which ever reason/problem I prayed for turned up again. I feel really bad for it. Could there be any possibility that I would have done any mistake and that is why the same problem has again popped up?

    Sir ji please reply.

  340. Sir,

    I have 2 doubts.

    1. Right from the first day of the vrat till the last thursdays(including all the days of the week) should I not have any physical relationship with my husband or is it only to be avoided on Thursdays?

    2. Also can girls get their hair cut done? or go for hair removal etc during the full period of vrat?

  341. OM SAI RAM

    Will you please help me? I am doing thursday 21 fast for sai baba and I have told to baba that the same I will do on next year. Before doing this fast I did not know about sai 9 vrat. I have told that we can do sai vrat for any no. of days as ordinary fast.I do not do any pooja but only in the morning as I do on ordinary day. now I want to do sai 9 thursday. so please guide me that should I do that vrat on next year which i have told to baba to do or not. and am i doing any mistake in my fast?
    pls help me. I am very depressed. I am suffering from mental stress due to problems in my life. pls guide me.

  342. SAI RAM

    I started doing the Sai Vrat from last week. I am a unmarried girl and doing the pooja for marriage. My close uncle(Father's own brother) was expired during the weekend. Do I need to stop it until the Pedda Karma(15th days) is done or will I be able to continue…

    can you please suggest me…

  343. Dear Sir,

    I did 4 'Nine Thursdays Sai Baba Vrat's from Aug' 2009 to Sep' 2010 serially (except for the week when I had my periods) for my wishes to get fulfilled. Sir, I did these vrats with a lot of faith in Baba. But till date none of the wishes are fulfilled. Please do suggest me what to do?

  344. Hi Friends,

    1.i just read that the Shri Sai Satya Charitra is divided (thursday-thursday) for reading convenience if this is not the reason can u please provide me the reason clearly.

    2. Can i read it completely in one day.If the Answer is "NO" can you please provide me the reason clearly.

  345. Please i want to know if i can have fruits in the morning and afternoon meal also during the fast? and can i read sai chalisa and 108 names only is that sufficient?

  346. Dear ma'am,
    Jai sai ram!
    I had a question for you. I just started my first 9 vrat this thursday. I had a banana shake and apple for lunch. At tea time I went to a mandir and drank the tea they gave there as prashad. The tea had Elichi in it and at dinner I has a vegetarian meal as my one time meal.
    My first question is since the tea had Elichi does that mean I have broken my fast as Elichi. Is Elichi a dry fruit or a spice. Please tell me is Elichi allowed during fasting.
    My second query is are tea, coffee, milk, juice, lassi and fruit allowed during the day as well as a onetime veg meal at dinner. Is this way of fasting correct?
    My third question is do you have to follow whatever you eat and drink on your first fast for the rest of the eight fasts. What I mean is do you have to eat the exact same foods or sometimes you can drink a milk on one Thursday and on the next thursday have a juice.
    My last question is can you eat all the allowed foods all day at anytime and also a one time meal or do you have to eat it at specific time of the day
    Please can you clarify my doubts
    Thank you
    Jai sai ramji

  347. Hi Madam:

    I have observed 2 thursdays fo the sai vrat fast. This is my 3rd thursday but I have my menstrul cycle. Do I avoid the fast and pooja this thursday or just the pooja. Please advise me. Thanks in advance.

    Babas blessing be with you.

  348. Sai Ram. i'm a new follower of sai baba.i'm planning to start my 9 thursday vrat. Is it a must the Vrat is concluded by visiting Sai Baba temple on nineth Thursday, feeding five poor people and distributing 5,11 or 21 Sai Vrat Katha books. Can this vrat concluded in the house?

    And what means by 1 time meal? Is it when i do my prayers in the morning, then i don't eat until evening. After the evening prayers then only i can have the 1 time meal?

    Waiting for your reply….TQ.


  349. Dear hetal ji,
    Thanks for all your guidance. I have a question. I started my 7th fast this morning, read my vrat katha and did all that I was supposed to do.
    Just a while ago, I got my periods. I am not sure if my fast will count. I intend to eat only one meal nevertheless. Please clear my doubt whether this fast will count or not. Thanks.

  350. Dear Hetalji,
    I want to do brat. My problem is that i will be available 2 Thursday at home then i will b out of city for 1 month. During these period what i need to do. shall i continue this by going temple for arati( not doing puja) else i need to skip 4 thursday. Please suggest…


  351. Dear Hetalji,

    I have been fasting on Thursdays for Sainath since October and unknowingly i could not finish my fast on the ninth Thursday. What should i do? Can we eat non-sathvik food while fasting on Thursday.

    Please do help me

  352. Hi Heatl ji,

    I am having one doubt. In my first sai vrat i gave food for poor people. We are doing vrat for one thing(like marriage or job).I heard that if people doing vrat for job means they will get the fruitful things at end of sai vrat. If it is regarding marriage means for some people it is getting time like one year or one month or more than two years. Like wise, if that things not happened within that 9 thursday and it get delayed because of some reason. Shall i give donation of food to people once my wishes get satisified or i need to give once 9 thursday vrat is finished. Please clarify my point Hetal. If i asked any thing wrong please forgive me.

  353. Hello Didi,

    I have started my Sai Nine vratha's from today onwards.. I would like to know whether we can eat one time meal that is regular salted one, or do I need to do the same sweet dinner like we keep during Shivji fast. I have had cheeku shake and papaya since morning and would be doing the puja in evening since I leave for office early at 6 am. Please advise . Thanks 🙂

  354. hello everyone.

    Please trust and love BABA and start the Vrat. I have done and i have experienced miracle every time. Do not do it just ritually. Beause i didn't do it with one meal. As i was also doing another vrat on Friday. I said sorry to BABA and ate as i was working and didn't think it was possible for me with just one meal.I have done other Vrat without food but after sometime it becomes an ordeal.( i do continous vrats).

    With rituals it becomes tedious and tough as we are always thinking am i doing this right? or this wrong ? and along the way the whole point of vrat is lost.

    Please love HIM and do it as comfortable as you can and see the Miracle.
    This is my experience.Do not be bogged with too much doubts. Start with full devotion and trust thinking that all is acccepted by BABA and he will not be angry because we missed something while doing the vrat.

    BABA only wants devotion and love from us.

  355. Sai Ram Hetal Ji,
    I am almost regular reader of this website since 2 month. I want to do sai vrat but have some questions in this regard. My family & I have lots of root problems. My every family member facing very bad circumstances since long including me. Every area of life we feel like bearing hell sometimes. I am around 30, single. I am struggling with health, finance, relation, job, position, respect every corner of life. Through devotees experiences raised hope in my heart for Sai Baba, but I am not able to decide for which situation or problem I have to do vrat as I know we should keep only one desire or problem to do vrat.
    Please guide me how should be my worship to baba that I could able to solve all my and my family situations.
    Sai Ram

  356. Dear Ji Please tell me the list of prohibited foods and the list of allowed foods during the fast.
    Thanks in advance

  357. Sai Ram Hetalji,

    1. Should I read the full vrat book every thursday or should I divide the book into 9 thrusday/days and read a bit every thursday and the finish the book by the 9th Thursday?
    2. Also, if I do the pooja in the morning by reading the vrat book and doing arthi, what pooja should I do at night before I eat my one time meal?
    3. I am the first person in the house to do the puja and a few hours later my aunt does the puja, can she use the same yellow cloth or does she need to put a new one?
    4. I am plnning to start my first vrat this Thursday, I won't be able to do it the following thursday (May 3) as I am travelling and will continue on May 10 as my second vrat, on my 9th Thursday which will be June 28th I will be travelling again till July 8 can I resume my 9th vrat when I am back on July 12? Is it okay that I am skipping a few thursday due to my travelling??

    Thank you for your helpful answers to everyones questions..I really appreciate it.

  358. Is it okay to have medicine/pills during the day of the vrat or will that day not be considered as your vrat day.


  359. om sai ram ji. last sunday got a chance to visit sai mandir, lodhi road, new delhi and have started developing faith in baba ji. want to do vrat and wanted a clarification that can i visit the mandir and pay respect to baba there instead of starting the vrat at home.

  360. Dear Hethalji,

    I am doing sai vrat and i have completed 4 wks.
    Please tell me can we take horlicks during this vrat. You mentioned milk. But unknowingly i took horlicks one time in the morning around 11:00 am in my 3rd and 4th week. Please tell me can i count these two wks or should i not???


  361. Dear mam
    i have a dout. hum thursday ko hair wash nahin karte. but i think vrat wale din hume hair wash karne chahiye, so plz clear my point is its hair wash on thursday vrat compulsary or not.
    waiting your reply

  362. Sairam,
    I would really appreciate if you could reupload a legible copy of sai vrat (marathi). The current copy is really hard to read and the printout isn't that great either for reading. I am unable to buy a copy of the vrat at my nearby temple. So can you please upload a good pdf so I can read it like a book. Thank you for all your wonderful efforts and advice. Sairam.

  363. Hetal ji,
    I have kept 4 Thursday fast till now and on my last fast I came to know that I am 6 weeks pregnant now . I m scared to discontinue the fast because don't want to Do anything wrong . But I am going through this morning sickness everyday and if I do not eat I feel nausea … I work too and stand for 9 hours continuously some days . Please tell me what to do and wat can I eat during the fast if I continue … Thanx preet

  364. @jyoti ji
    i was also doing the Sai Vrat.. I used to wash my hair on wednesday night and after that i ate nothing…atleast nothing that contains onion garlic or something of that sort. You can see accordingly.
    Jai Sai Ram

  365. Sai Ramji Hetalji,

    I wish to keep the Sai Vrat for 9 Thursdays. But i have one question in mind, can you please help me solve that. As per the vidhi written for the completion of the fast on 9th Thursday we are supposed to distribute 5,11 or21 Sai Vrat Ktha Books to our relatives or friends and make sure that they will do the Vrat too.

    I want to know what if i distribute the books and the person doesnt do the Vrat. Will it affect my Vrat and the completion of my wish for which i have kept the Vrat?
    Is it going to affect in anyway?

    Please do help me out for the same.
    Thank You.
    sudha New York

  366. hi hetal ji,
    i would like to do 9 Thursdays vrat. but i don't have book.
    please its my humble request, can you upload kannada version of it. thank you

  367. pls help me… mnene 9 guruwar wart shuru kiya. and jis karan shuru kiya us din aisa laga ki wo meri ichha mjhe prapt ho gyi… pr dusre guruwar kisi karan se me bahut thaki thi or mene apni behan ko chai banane ko bol diya n mjhe lag rha tha ki usne ache se bartan nhi dhoye honge or 1 hi kitchen hone ki wajha se usme thoda kisi prakar ka ann laga hoga pr mene pee li fir shaam ko b mene khana kha liya.. pre mjhe doubt tha ki shayad mera wart toot gaya.. raat takjis cheez k liy mannat rakha tha kuch aisa ho gaya ki door door tak ab koi asar ni lag ra ki wo uri hogi.. aisa laga sai naraz h… me kya karu ps mjhe bata dijiye… coz aaj tak mene bahut baar wart kare h pr kabhi b aisa n hua r hamesha sirf achha hi hua h…

  368. dear mam
    I am doing 9 weeks fast… mam you have mentioned Vrat is concluded by visiting Sai Baba temple on nineth day but i dont have sai babaji temple near by what can i do kindly give me suggestion mam …

  369. Hi,

    I came to know about the Sai vradha from my relative.As I am planning to start the vradha in following thursady before I need some details,seems there is number where we can call for a group prayer.Can I have the number please?I didn't ask my relative as I don't want to share my problem to anybody.
    Thanks for your understanding.

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  371. Jai Sairamji Hetalji,
    The question I have is after doing the pooja in the morning and contiuing the vrat till the end of the day,if i get my menses in the evening ,Can I still count that Thursday or not.

    Please let me know.

    Also Can I have potatoes with peanuts and salt as a vrat food at atll times during the day during vrat?

    Thanks for your help in advance,

  372. mere pyare sai baba ji now please help us dear plz baba ji dont make it a serious problem plz give them sadbudhi in my favour pls dear baba ji all of us are in a huge tension pls…. help us dear baba pls… pls… need to do some thing pls baba ji solve our problem baba ji u know everything i am totally helpless and in tens so plz solve our problems as soon as possible plz dear baba now dont get it latter i know u r with me and helping us so plz baba save us from any of mishapping i leave all things on you mere parampita plz help us help us help us baba ji…… u dear baba ji………..

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  374. Hi I just need to know tht on the ninth day of Babas Vrat all my pooja was done in the morning and also books and prasad was distributed and food was donated o old peoples home. than later in the afternoon my menstrual started but as normal dose this final day counts for my babajis final vrat

  375. sai ram hetalji,
    on my last 9th day vrat of my shirdi sai baba we got up early, showered and did all the pooja ,arati prasad, distributed books with prasad and also donated food to old peoples home. this was all done in the morning… but then late in the afternoon i came on dose this mean that my 9 days of vrat has completed or do i still need to do one more to complete and also do i need to distribute the books and donate again. please help.
    sai ram

  376. jai sai ram,

    i have completed 8 vrats of sai is udhyapan and i want to know that i take sweets in 8 can i distribute salty food like aloo puri and i also can eat.plz suggest.And i have to distribute after night aarti of sai baba or we can distribute before also.


  377. i wanted to clear a doubt… i is said that we can have one time meal during the vrat… what things can be included in the meal..? should onions and garlics be eaten in the meal..??

  378. Dear mam
    Om Sai RamI have planned to do sai vrata from coming thursday and I have got few doubts regarding pooja,it would be very helpful to me if you could clear my doubts.

    1.Pooja should be done only in empty stomach or can I have lime juice and dry fruits in the morning before the pooja..?

    2.What is the best time to start the pooja in the morning?

    3.What should be the length and width of yellow cloth?Should the cloth be washed and kept for the next poojas?

    4.Lamps should be lighted with ghee or oil?

    5.Which story should be read from sai vrata book?

    6.Should aarati be read both in the morning and evening?

    7.Should I take bath again in the evening before lighting lamps?

    8.When should offerings to saibaba be distributed? immedietly after the pooja or in the evening?

    9.Can I have chapathi or rice for my one time meal(at night)?

  379. Dear Hetalji,

    God Bless you for the wonderful work.
    I am also doing the fast.
    I have eaten kitkat and sooji ka halwa at different times on the 2nd thursday of my vrat.
    I usually don't have a meal. Just have milk,tea or fruits other wise.
    Kindly let me know if I can count that day?

  380. hi I m vineeta I was took sai baba fast 2 years ago.
    I m unable to feed poor people becoz i live in joint family so i can't do anything without my family permission. Family does not allow to fed poor in the home. so i distribute parshad in the temple and worshiped of baba also in their temple. at last day i fed breed to the poor. I can get any benifit from this fast. so i think may be i can not fulfill baba's fast instructions. you also send me my rply pls.

  381. With the blessings of sai baba I got pregnant and am now completing my 9 fasts. I would like to check if it is advisable for pregnant women to continue the vrat?

  382. Dear Hetalji

    i am a devotee of lord siva. i think all god are one.i have faith in sai baba also.i want to do vrat of him.can i start?
    plz tell me more about siva and sai relation. i just love to do vrat for the lord.

  383. Sai Ramji,
    I have started my 1st day of fasting. I have one question.

    Can I have fruits, milk, almonds from morning till evening and do the pooja in evening.

    Here in US , when we goto Sai baba Temple, people bring prasad prepared in home, they offer to baba and then put in boxes and distribute to everyone. Can I have that prasad as a meal. That prasad will be like, Rice, Poori, Sweets, etc.. Is that okay?

    Please tell me, so that I can follow that and do not want to make any mistakes in following the vratham.

  384. Sai Ram Maam,

    I have a question, I would like to perform this vrat, but I will face problem at home if I am to put a yellow cloth suddenly under Baba's picture and do it openly. I do light up oil light for Baba daily and offer him food and water. Can I still observe the thursdays vrat like this,observe the one meal/fruits, reading the main story and concluding the 9th thursday in his temple?

    Please Advise & Thanks

  385. Hi hetal just wanted to know what is the right thing to do about a job ive kept 9 vrats and now i have a dilema please advise

  386. hi there how do you know what is right /wrong after you have done 9 fasts on thursday how can i choose which job to go for please advise . should i place a piece of paper with yes and no on each then pray to lord sai for the answer

  387. Om Sai Hetalji
    I and my husband started 9 thu vrat today i.e on 12th July 2012.My husband ate bread and tea in the moring and sprouted green gram in the afternoon. Can we also have regular dinner after pooja. Is it the right way of fasting. pls advise me asap.

  388. Ms Hetal Ji,

    I want to do Sri Sai baba vrat however I am living in US.. I have few queries pls answer them..
    1)Its mention that on the 9th day it is necessary to go to temple but in my case its not possible to go to temple as its a working day & the temple is really very far so that my husband will never go to temple with me on weekday even cant say on weekend also… he is very lazy person….

    2). If i cant go to temple here in US, then can my fmly member in india can go to temple the same day & give fruits to poor people..

    3).Timing is also different in india & US… jab waha din (thrusday) start hoga to yaha raat (wednesday night) hoti hai.. to kya mera fmly member india ke according thruday ko temple chala jae or main har thrusday ke tarah pooja karu.. same chize khau… bus mandir nahi ja paugi 9th vrat wale din…

    4).. is it fine to read the story from printout instead of book?

    5) can i use Baba printout & do the kumkum on poster only?

    6) If yellow cloth is not available thn can we leave that or its necessary to have yellow cloth.

    Agar main temple nahi jaugi 9th vrat wale din to ky mera vrat adhura reh jaega kya…

    pls advise main kya karu….

  389. Hi Hetalji,

    I am doing 9 weeks Fasting.. I have one doubt here..As thursday is working day for me, I am taking Tea/Coffee with Some fruits for Morning and noon and at 9PM i am having food.. Is that ok or should i need to have only water for day time instead of coffee and fruits. Pls advise me…

  390. Hi Hetalji,

    I want to do Sai Baba Vrat pooja. But just recently I had a baby. As I am feeding my baby, I will be able to fast only one time in the morning and eat in the noon and night. Is that fine? Please let me know.

  391. om sai ram…….
    i was fully tensed and so confused..i dont know what to do next in my life bcoz my life is full of problems due to my love marriage..yes my husband is cheating me and he is having wrong relationship with another girl…now i am not with him…but again he started that he want to live with me and he said sure i never do the same mistake again please forgive me but i cant able to accept his apologies..i stopped baba virat doing 7th week becoz of i started again baba virat now its going 3rd week…..shiridi sai baba can only lead my life happily………

    reply me as soon as possible……

    help me…

  392. jai sai nath…
    i started my fast last week…actually wen i started it..i did pooja in the morning of the sai photo and i didn have a yellow cloth so i used an old tshrt…i didn have yllow flowers so i didn offer it to sai photo…also i didn burn the diya and agarbatti but i read the vrat katha,sai chalisa,sai arti n sai smaran and on the same evening i wnt to sai mandir…offered mithai,yellow flowers garland…and lit the deepak but forgot to read the katha… Is my fast valid?
    Also i would like to ask today(2nd vrat), for the meal to be taken in the day…i had chowmein,hot n sour,dal,paneer n naan…and pepsi also…and for sweetdish i had icecream,brownie and mousse…is my vrat valid?? or should i again start from beginning??

  393. hi
    I have completed 9 weeks virta om 9th week i couldnt able to give books and prasatha since i dont have sai temple in my place what shall i do please tell me

    and in last thursday i had one time mel and to night i had upma,should i consider that thursday or i have to do it again

  394. jai sai ram.ji im startin my vrath today, if not able to get yellow floers means can we use other colour flowers? PLs reply my doubt

  395. Hi
    I wanted to ask that u said when u finish the nine thursdays you need to distribute the sai katha books to friends and relatives. But how can u make sure that they will do that vrat or not? It depends upon their own devotion
    I cannot force them to do that.
    The second question is that how many copies one has to distribute after finishing the nine thursdays
    Thanks a lot
    Om sai ram

  396. Shri Sachidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai!
    Dear Hetalji,
    1. Can I buy a yellow cloth or should it be a white cloth dipped in turmeric?
    2. What do I with the cloth after the 9th day?
    3. Can I reuse it for future Vrats?
    4. I had tied a coin in the yellow cloth? What should I do with the coin?
    5. Though I had printed 11 copies of Sai Vrat procedure, I could not distribute them on the 9th day itself. Through the next week, I could distribute a few and the rest of the copies, I handed over to the local Baba Mandir organizers to help distribute. Is that ok?
    6. Since I couldn't distribute the puja copies on the 9th day, is my Vrat considered incomplete. If so, how do I rectify it?
    7. Many are not willing to take the Vrat copies. Can I donate money to the Shirdi Sai Temple or an orphanage here instead of the books?
    8. After dinner on Thursday, the next food is to be had on Friday after bath – is that a correct understanding?
    Thanks much,

  397. Thank you so much Hetalji for giving all the information about this varth, i am planning to start this varth from thrusday,Please bless me. Om sai ram,Om sai ram,om sai ram.

  398. Om Sai Ram

    Dear Hetalji,

    I live in Australia and it is not possible for me to feed poor people here. Is there any other way i can do that? i mean to say can i send money to my family members in india and tell them to give it in sai baba temple… will that be alright?

  399. on sai ram hetal ji

    myself and my wife are keeping fast on thursday since Feb 2012,avoiding few thursday when its not possible for us to keep fast due to some reason. I want to know is it necessary to conclude fast on 9th thursday, as we wish to continue keeping fast. Or we should conclude fast on every ninth thursday and then from next thursday starting counting from 1. Kindly help

    om sai ram

  400. Dear Hetalji,

    Can the evening puja at home during the Vrat days be done at any time – say, after 8.30pm or 9pm when the temple aartis get over? If I can't do the vrat in the morning, I'll do it in the evening when I return from work. If it gets as late as 9pm etc., is that allowed?

  401. Sai Ram Hetal ji,

    You are really a blessed soul!! these many questions!! and you answer each and every question with lots of patience and love.. the way u reply to each devotees makes me feel that baba is giving reply instead of you.. I appreciate you for this noble work and may baba bles you and ur family with loads of devotion and good health..

    Om Sai Ram

  402. Dear Ji,

    I have started the virat & this is my 4th week. But accidentally, in my 1st week i had taken non-veg, but i didn't know that was non veg. can i take this week in to count?

    Pls let me clear the foods we can eat at fasting.

    Can we eat pinapple with salt & chilli powder during day time & take full dinner?.

    I want to go hole heartedly with Baba. Pls advice.

  403. Dear Hetalji.

    I am doing 9 thursdays VRAT, 4 thursdays over, so this thursday.5th day of my menses..can i do this vrat.on 5th day.please tell me..or can i go to temple on 5th day

    om sai ram,

  404. Hi, I live in US. I want to start right away. But, next month, I am going to India and visiting couple of places. If I start my vrat at my place and go to India then I should carry the photo or idle I start with? Usually idle had puja can't be moved. Please answer my question. Thank you so much.

  405. hi Hetalji
    Thank you for explaining sai vratham, there u are giving link to download saivratha Katha in Telugu,But inside all the content is in Tamil,can u please verify this and place the Telugu content

  406. Hello m'am

    I have tried to keep this vrat but evrytime due to some problems i wasnt able to complete my you think Baba is angry with me? or there is something lacking in my Shradha for baba?

    Also, as i live in mauritius, there is no sai temple here and also will it be a problem if i do not feed the poor on 9th thursday?

  407. I have finished my vrat but some how i was thinking that we should give food to the poor on the 10th thursday.last thursady was my 9th it still ok to do that and while giving food to the poor do i have to fast again?

  408. Mam,I am A girl of 22 years of age and i m suffering from some problems which can only be solved through a Job,i gave exam to get joob in a very reputed company,my proffession is mainly teaching only and that also english and computer to the children who prpare for competative exam like bank and SSc,i wanted to get this job as its a very reputed coaching centre MAHENDRAs but after my written exam and interview suddenly they asked me to wait as their is no seat vacant which is not true as again they have released vacancies through their site,Mam trust me i m fit for this job and i m really tensed because of their rejection,my question to you is if i will complete whole SAI SACHARITRA in a day for next 21 days along with keeping fast also for the same 21days will baba help me na to get this job as its really important for me right now

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