Shirdi is the second most sought pilgrimage site in India after the religions destination Tirupati. Shirdi is a tiny yet popular religious town in Ahmednagar district, Maharastra. It is considered as one of the holiest places in India and it is known all over the world for the memorial site of Shirdi Sai Baba. Shirdi Sai Baba is regarded by his devotees as a saint, a fakir, a satguru and incarnation of Lord Shiva and Dattatreya. And he is revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees during, as well as after his lifetime. Shirdi is only about 4 hours drive from Pune. You can book a taxi anytime from Pune to visit Shirdi. | A Religious Visit to Shirdi |
Sai Baba Sansthan temple is one of the most popular shrines in Shirdi in Maharastra. This place is visited by thousands of devotees every year. Samadhi Mandir was built by a devotee of Sai Baba. The entire temple is made up of marble slabs and it looks beautiful. It is basically owned by a millionaire who resides in Nagpur.
Dwarkamayee is the mosque where Sai Baba moved in when he left the neem tree and the stark lack of opulence of this mosque alone is a very spiritual experience. This is where the Saint build his sacred fire (Dhani) and gave his devotees the sacred ash (Udi).
There is a strange and interesting village famous as Shani Shignapur where people build doorless houses. It is located at just 65 km away from Shirdi. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shani (Satura) and only made devotees are allowed to offer prayers. Dixit Wada Museum is the best place to get an insight into how the Sai Baba used to live, the museum holds many things that are associated with his plain and simple life. It is located inside the Sri Sai Baba Sansthan complex.
There is four aarti performance in the temple complex during the day; Kakad Aati at 4 30 AM, Midday Aarti at 12 PM, Sunset Aarti at 7 PM and Shej Aarti at 10 30 PM. During his stay at Shirdi, Sai Baba performed miracles, healed diseases, preached brotherhood and harmony. Sai Baba breathed his last breath on 15 October 1918 and was buried in the temple complex which is famous as Samadhi Temple.
Most of the cities around Shirdi are well connected by road. Mumbai, Manmad, Kopargaon, and Nashik are well connected and you can easily book a taxi with AHA Taxis to take you to Shirdi from your door with just one-way fare. If you are not hard pressed for time and want to experience local life, Book AHA Taxis from km to km charges and comfortable rides.