Literally, being in the presence of Maharaji. It generally means a formal and ritualized ceremony known as a darshan line, in which premies file past Maharaji at festivals and bow down to him - often kissing his feet and/or giving him gifts.
Darshan is the blessings communicated through being in the presence of a holy person or place. Merely by looking at the yogi and receiving the yogi's glance, an immense spiritual energy is transferred which can profoundly transforms one's consciousness.
Seeing, sight or viewpoint. This concept often refers to the interaction between a devotee and the object of his/her focus. It is an intimate and intense interaction which is reciprocal. Not only does one see the form ( murti) of the God (one can have darshan of a place, a guru, an image or any other intense manifestation of power), one is also seen. Ashvamedha: Horse sacrifice. This is a very difficult ritual often performed by the rulers of ancient India. This ritual requires a year to complete. A fine horse is selected at the beginning of the year and then released and allowed to wander free. It is accompanied by soldiers. Everywhere the horse goes is said to be under the jurisdiction of the ruler. As a result, any territory that the horse wanders into that was not previously under his jurisdiction is either required to submit or fight. If the horse makes it through the year, it is returned to the city where it is sacrificed in a three day ceremony. the horse is then cut up, eaten and offered to the gods through the fire.
Darshan is a Sanskrit (also used to some extent in Urdu) term meaning sight (in the sense of an instance of seeing something or somebody), vision, apparition, or a glimpse. It is most commonly used for visions of the divine; that is, of a god or a very holy person or artifact. One could receive "darshan" of the deity in the temple or from a great saintly person, such as the Spiritual Master.