A small village in Ahmednagar
district, Shirdi has become famous all over India on account of its
association with the renowned Saint Shri Sai Baba. Pilgrims belonging to
all faiths, throng here all the year around.
Shirdi:The nearest airport is Aurangabad (144 Km/90 mile) which is connected by Indian
Airlines and private airlines with other cities / towns. The convinent
rail heads are Nasik(123 Km/76 mile) and Manmad (60 Km/37 mile). Shirdi
is well connected by Road with Mumbai via Nashik-Sinnar and Manmad.
You can get the taxis from Dadar-Mumbai(Journey Time-7 hours) 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.
IN AND AROUND SHIRDI TEMPLE:Samadhi Mandir: 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. This idol was made by late Balaji Vasant.
The routine of the temple starts at 5 o'clock in the morning with
Bhoopali, a morning song, and closes at 10 o'clock in the night after
Shejarati is sung. Only on three occasions the temple is kept open
overnight. ie. On Gurupoornima, Dassera, and Ramnavami. Every Thursday
and on each festival, a palkhi with Baba's photo is taken out from the
Shri Sai Baba came to Shirdi with a marriage procession. He stayed at
Dwarkamai till 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, 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.
Sai Baba first came to Shirdi in the form of Bal Yogi - a child ascetic.
He was first
spotted seated under a Neem tree. This place came to be known as
Gurusthan. The renovation of Gurusthan was made on 30th September,
1941. The present temple was built after this period. There is a small
shrine in Gurusthan. On a elevated platform of this shrine a big
portrait of Baba is placed. On the side is a marble statue of Baba. In
front of the portrait is a Shivling and the Nandi. Photos of twelve
Jyotirlingas are kept in the temple. The branches of the Neem tree have
come out through the roof of the temple.
At a short distance
lies Baba's CHAVADI. Baba used to sleep here every alternate day. The
Chavadi is divided into two parts. One part of the Chavadi has a large
portrait of Baba along with a wooden bed and a white belonging to him.
At some distance from Gurustahan there is a Lendi Baug. This Baug was
made and watered daily by Baba himself. It got its name a Nalla (a
drain) which used to previously flow there. Baba used to come here every
morning and afternoon and take rest under a Neem Tree.
Mandir: This temple is situated on the main road. In front of
this temple Baba was welcomed by Poojar Mhalsapti, of this temple,
Saying "Aao Sai", when Baba stepped in Shirdi. In this temple there are
icons of Khandoba, Banai and Mhalsai.
|Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba
|Pravachan or Pujan
Facilities and Services at Shirdi for Tourists:
- Reception centres
at the S.T. Bus stand.
- Medical facilities
at well-equipped Sainath Hospital run by the Shirdi Sansthan.
- Accommodation of
the Sai Baba Sansthan-Bhakti Niwas, Keshav Mandir, Mangal Karyalaya,
Sai Nath Chhaya, Sai Niwas Guest House, Sai Prasad, Sai Udyan, Samadhi
Mandir, Sevadham, Shanti Niwas.