Shirdi
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One of the sacred, powerful and important places of pilgrimage in India, Shirdi is a great spiritual centre to people from all religions. Hometown and resting place of Shri Sai Baba, who many believe is an incarnation of Lord Shiva, Shirdi is visited by millions of devotees every year. Thinker, preacher and mystical healer, Sai Baba was an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift. As his teaching cuts across all religions and beliefs, pilgrims from all faiths collect to get a sight of the Samadhi Idol.

Shirdi Sai Baba

History of Shirdi

 


Shirdi ke Sai Baba

A sleepy little village in the interiors of Maharashtra, Shirdi came into prominence in 1918. The saga of Sai Baba of Shirdi started in the middle of the last century when, as a boy of about 16 years of age, he first appeared here under a neem tree absorbed in a hard penance. For the next 60 years, he devoted his life for the upliftment of the poor and suffering. His origin, religion, and early life are shrouded in mystery, and though he is believed to be an incarnation of lord Shiva, his teachings transcended all religions and beliefs. Today, all places, persons, and possessions connected with him have become objects of veneration by millions of devotees who throng to Shirdi every year from all parts of the world. Sai Baba's shrine has been incorporated as one of the holiest places in the world's map of pilgrimage.

Places to visit in Shirdi

 


The Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was actually owned by a millionaire from Nagpur, a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao. Gopalrao wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar here. However, Baba himself became Murlidhar and the Mandir became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba. The Mandir is built with stones and Baba's Samadhi is built with white marble stones. A railing is built in marble around the Samadhi and is full of ornamental decorations. In front of the Samadhi are two silver pillars full of decorative designs. Just behind the Samadhi is Sai Baba's marvelous statue made of Italian marble, which shows him seated on a throne.
Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi
 

Shri Sai Baba stayed at Dwarkamai till the very end of his life. Dwarkamai is situated on the right side of the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. Here he solved problems of the people and cured their sickness and worries. Before Baba's arrival in Shirdi, Dwarkamai was an old mosque in a dilapidated condition. Baba turned it into Dwarkamai and proved that God is one. The first level of Dwarkamai has a portrait of Baba and a big stone on which Baba used to sit. This level has two rooms. One contains the chariot and the second a palkhi (palanquin). Just in front of the room where the chariot is kept is a small temple. A saffron flag flies over it. The second level of Dwarkamai has a square stool made of stone, which Baba used for taking a bath. The main attraction of this place is the oil painting of Shri Sai Baba sitting in a carved wooden shrine. This level also has the grinding stone and the wooden vessel called Kolamba in which Baba kept the Bhiksha brought from the village. Dwarkamai also houses the Dhuni (sacred fire lighted by Shri Sai Baba), Chul (clay stove), Bathing Stone, and Jata (Grinding Stone). A shrine has been constructed at the place where Sri Sai Baba was first seen as a child at the age of 16, and is called Gurusthan. The famous "Neem Tree" can also be seen here. It is believed that, the devotees can get what they pray for if "Udi" and "Agarbatti" are lightened at this place, every Thursday and Friday.
Best to visit Shirdi

 


Shirdi can be visited all year through, though the ideal time for visit is between September and April.

How to reach Shirdi

 



Airlines Airports Air Tickets

The nearest airport is Aurangabad (144 Km), which is connected by regular flights to other cities/towns.

Railways Train

The convenient railheads are at Nasik (123 Km) and Manmad (60 Km).

Bus Taxi Cars

Shirdi is well connected by Road with Mumbai (302 kms) via Nashik-Sinnar and Manmad. You can get the taxis from Dadar-Mumbai up to Shirdi or you can get the luxury coach for Shirdi or take a train up to Nasik and take a taxi for Shirdi.
  




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