About Shirdi

The home of great saint Sai Baba, Shirdi is a religious site close to Nasik with various temples apart from the famous Sai Baba temple and a few historical sites. Located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Shirdi holds a strong importance as a holy and pilgrim place by Sai Baba devotees. The small town is filled with religious spots and activities which will soothe and calm your soul on its visit. The air here carries chants lingering with spirituality and the whole grandness about the same too will leave you spellbound. There are many religious places to be seen in Shirdi such as Chavadi, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai masjid, Shani Shignapur, to name a few.

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Places to Visit in Shirdi

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Experience Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple

The Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple is a religious place in Shirdi, Maharashtra in India, that is dedicated to Shri Sai Baba, who is considered to be one of the greatest saints to have been born in India. Sai Baba is believed to have been blessed with unprecedented powers, and he is worshipped as God incarnate in the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple. This is a must visit holy place for all devotees of Sai Baba who wish to experience what pure tranquillity and bliss feel like, and be closer to the God for a while. The temple complex is spread over a total area of around 200 square metres and is located in the heart of Shirdi Village. It is a significant centre for devotees from all across the world and is visited by 25,000 devotees on an average each day. On festivals and certain special occasions, the number rises to 1,00,000 devotees per day. The temple premises was recently renovated in the year 1998 and now is equipped with all modern day and necessary facilities such as Darshan Lane, Prasadalay which serves lunch and dinner, Donation Counters, Prasad Counters, Canteen, Book Stall, Railway Reservation Counter and others. Accommodation facilities are also available for devotees who visit the temple from far off places. What makes Shirdi an important religious place is the fact that it was here that Sai Baba made his appearance as a young boy, and he remained here all through his life, helping people and changing their lives.

Experience Time: 20 to 30 minutes

Distance: 1 kms

Gurusthan

Gurusthan is the place where Sai Baba first appeared to the world as a 16 year old boy. The place is situated under a Neem tree. It also has a shrine on which Sai baba's portrait is placed with a Shivalingam and the Nandi bull right in front of it. Gurusthan means- the seat of the teacher. Devotees truly believe that lighting incense sticks at this place will cure them of all ailments. This place is located in Kopargaon which is around 14 km from the main town of Shirdi.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 58 kms

Shani Shingnapur

The spectacular and unique Shani Shignapur Temple of Ahmednagar district is well-known for the magical and powerful Lord Shani, who is believed to reside in a black stone till date. The Hindu God symbolising the planet Saturn is referred to as Swayambhu, which means that he has emerged himself in the form of the black stone. It has absolutely no architectural beauty, and just the simple stone with the spiritual aura of the lord entices scores of devotees every year. The trust of people in the lord is so strong that none of the houses in the wondrous village has doors and locks. People believe that Lord Shani is protecting their valuables from thieves. One is only amazed to see the level of devotion and love for the god that people have. On some of the holiest days like Saturdays, Amavasya and Shri Shaneshchar Jayanti, the enthusiasm and vehemence rise to a next level. Some Hindus worship Lord Shani to please him as the influence of planet Saturn on anyone's life is considered as bad luck. A visit to the Shani Shignaour Temple surely gives hope that your remaining life will be smooth and that Lord Shani will bestow only happiness upon you. With no long queues and waiting period, you can easily get darshan of the divine power.

Experience Time: 1 hour

Distance: 1 kms

Samadhi Mandir

Samadhi Mandir is owned and constructed by a millionaire from Nagpur, who was an ardent devotee of Sai baba. The devotee wanted to install an idol of Lord Murlidhar and therefore Sai baba declared himself as one. The temple is beautifully made up of white marble, railed by eye-catching ornaments amidst two huge pillars.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

City Shopping

One of most important pilgrimage centers of the country, Shirdi is frequented by thousands of devotees almost daily. A devout worshipper will also be the happiest shopper as Shirdi has markets with the largest collection of Sai Baba effigies and pictures. Rows of shops line up the streets that lead to the temple serving as great places to also shop for gifts. Starting from marble and fiber statues, one can find laminated portraits, key rings, rosaries, garlands made with fresh flowers and with plastic/cloth flowers, all kinds of dry fruits, etc. Apart from the statues, devotees can also shop from an extensive collection of religious books about the life of Sai Baba and his philosophies. Available in English and other vernacular languages, these books can be sanctified by following a ritual too. In the garment shopping department, Shirdi is unlike other cities. Being a religious site, it has many shops selling shawls to be used as offering in Baba's Temple or even as headband during meditation. Shops sell a wide variety of sweets from laddoos to pedas which are mostly dry in nature and hence can be preserved longer. The Sai Complex Mall is at a walking distance from the temple for shoppers not into religious shopping. However, it is to be noted that the mall is still in its development phase.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 1 kms

Dwarkamai

Dwarkamai is one of the treasures of Shirdi for the devotees. They say that Dwarkamai is the heart of Shirdi, the place where the great Sai Baba spent a significant part of his life including his last moments. It is a treasure to all of Baba's devotees because it was the home of, as they like to call him, God on Earth. People of all faiths look up to the great Sai Baba and truly believe in what he preached. The spirit of tolerance, acceptance and welcome is very much alive here. This site, at first, was a dilapidated mosque which was covered in knee deep holes and crumbling ruins. Baba is the one that turned it into Dwarkamai and reiterated that God is one. Dwarkamai is probably the only mosque which has a temple in it! One is taken over by Sai Baba's holy energy and conferred with his blessings as soon as they step into this mosque. The striking and powerful atmosphere of positivity is so calming and tranquil that one can feel their soul being cleansed of all fears, insecurities and negativity. Once you enter Baba's home, you feel at home. You feel at peace. What is truly interesting and worth noticing is that people from different faiths and religions come here to pay homage to Sai Baba and do that in their own way as they find comfortable. Some kneel and rest their head on the ground, some pray to the 'dhuni' which is the perpetually burning sacred fire and some read their 'japas' or read from sacred texts. This reinforces that people have taken to Baba's teachings and practice the belief that God is one.

Experience Time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: 1 kms

Lendi Baug

The beautiful garden is situated at Shirdi-Manmade State highway. Sai Baba used to spend a lot of his time here watering the plants daily in the mornings and evenings. The Neem tree in the garden once provided shade and rest to Sai baba. There is a marble 'Deepagraha' in the garden where Sai once lit a deepak which burns from dusk to dawn even today.

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Distance: 7 kms

Jangli Maharaj Ashram

Located on Shirdi-manmade state highway, the ashram is 7km away from Shirdi. Managed and maintained by Spiritual Guru Om Gurudev, it is also a co-educational residential school for children. Anygraha' a religious program is conducted every Poornima that goes on throughout the night in the presence of Sadguru Janglidas Maharaj.

Experience Time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: 1 kms

Chavadi

During his last years, Sai baba used to spend alternate nights at Chavadi. The place is located near Dwarkamai mosque from where the procession of Sai baba along with his followers was carried out in a palki. Even today, the procession takes place on every Thursday with the idol of the saint inside the palki. Therefore the place is of great importance to Sai baba's followers.

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Thursday Palki procession

During the days when Sainath lived alternate nights in Chavadi, he was taken there in a palki procession from Dwarkamai masjid. The same procession that took place then is also carried out even today on every Thursday with the same excitement and veneration.

Experience Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Distance: 1 kms

Dixit Wada Museum

The Wada museum is located in the vicinity of the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan trust that showcases vintage pictures of Sai baba with his followers. It also displays his leather padukas, long robes and a smoking pipe along with gramophone records, bathing stone and cooking utensils, among others.

Experience Time: 1 hour

Distance: 3 kms

Khandoba Mandir

The temple is situated on the main road with the icons of Khandoba, Banai and Mhalsai. The temple is dedicated to Khandoba, the presiding deity of the town. It is believed that Sai Baba came to Shirdi for a second time with a marriage party and set his foot under a Banyan tree. The priest named Mhalsapati first spotted the homeless fakir and welcomed him to Shirdi by saying ' Aao Sai' meaning 'Welcome Sai' in Marathi. This place is one of the 13 most important temples dedicated to Khandoba, the most important one being at Jejuri, near Pune.

Experience Time: 1 to 2 hours

Distance: 0 kms

Abdul Baba cottage

The cottage is situated right opposite to Chavadi that once belonged to Sai baba's most fervent followers, Abdul Baba. This one is small and green in color with many rare memoirs of Baba and himself. A must visit for the collection of rare artifacts involving the two.

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Distance: 2 kms

Upasani Maharaj Ashram

The ashram is of a saint of the 20th century, named Upasani Maharaj. He was an ardent disciple of Sai Baba. Situated off the Shirdi-Ahmednagar State highway, the ashram contains the samadhi of the Maharaj and one of his disciples.

Experience Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 1 kms

Wet n Joy Waterpark

Although most famous for its shrine dedicated to Sai Baba, Shirdi also houses the Shirdi Water Park. This destination has a number of thrilling rides and activities which are equally enjoyable for children and adults alike. Located about 5 kilometres away from Shirdi in Nighoj Village, this destination is a much-needed respite from the heat and is a fun filled way to spend some time with near and dear ones. It is not often that you get a combination of exciting activities, delicious food and adrenaline pumping all in one place, and Wet n Joy water park is certainly one of those locations. You can enjoy numerous activities such as rain dance or can indulge in a quaint swim in the Thunder Wave Pool. In addition to that, you will find half a dozen water rides here which are a must. Dressing rooms and lockers are easily available for the convenience of guests, and a dress code of nylon and Lycra clothing is followed as well. For the convenience of visitors, costume sets for males, females and kids are available at rent for nominal prices.

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Maruti Mandir

The Hanuman Temple, also known as Maruti Mandir, is one of the oldest temples in Shirdi and is built in dedication to Lord Hanuman. The temple house two idols of the lord, with some weights and dumbbells placed in a corner. A Shivalinga along with Nandi can also be found here.

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Sai Heritage Village

The Sai Heritage Village in Shirdi is a unique combination of the beauty of nature and the blessings of Sai Baba. It showcases the major events that took place during Sai Baba's lifetime in the form of statues, and visitors feel as if these moments have come to life right before their eyes.

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House Of Laxmibai Shinde

The house of Laxmibai Shinde belongs to the woman of the same name, one of the seven devotees of Sai Baba who was with him when he passed away. The house is now open for the general public and showcases a statue of Laxmibai along with a few coins that Baba gave to her before his death.

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Shri Upasani Kanyakumari Sthan

Shri Upasani Kanyakumari Sthan is a beautiful monument that was built in honour of Upasani Maharaj, who was the first person to teach the Vedas and the Sanskrit language to women. The complex houses four temples, a small garden and a couple of rooms, and is run by Upasani's disciples.

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Sri Tatya Kote Samadhi

Shri Tatya Kote Samadhi is located near Lendi Baug and belongs to one of the most ardent devotees of Sai Baba. People visit this place to offer their respect to one of Baba's greatest devotees, and darshan is easily possible here because the place is not much crowded.

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VP Iyer's Samadhi

Located next to Bhau Kumbhar's Samadhi, V.P Iyer's Samadhi belongs to an ardent devotee of Sai Baba, who had never ever seen the saint but was a staunch follower nevertheless. He was highly loved by his fellows, and his samadhi was constructed by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust on their request.

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