Shirdi Sai Baba

|| Jai Sai ||

About Shirdi

 
Shirdi is a small town located in the state of Maharashtra in western India. The place is around 296 km (around 6 hours drive) from Mumbai. Shirdi extends latitude 1945 N and longitude 7425 E. Shirdi is basically a religious tourist center. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Shirdi.

There are several places of tourist attractions in Shirdi, but it is the shrine of Sai Baba that is the hub of activity.

Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was actually owned by a millionaire from Nagpur and a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao. He wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar here. However, according to the legends, Baba himself became Murlidhar and the temple became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba. The Samadhi of Baba is built with white marble stones. The railings around it are full of ornamental decorations. The idol of Baba is a marvelous statue made up of Italian marble built by Late Balaji Vasant in 1954. The temple has an assembly hall for about 600 devotees. The assembly hall also houses a showcase having various items used by the sage. The first floor of the temple has the pictures depicting the life of the saint. The temple opens on 5 am with morning prayers and close down at 10 pm with night prayers.

There are several places to see and visit near Shirdi too. Situated around 5 km from Shirdi is Sakori. The place is home to the Upasini Maharaj.

Shanisinghnapur is 70 km from Shirdi. A temple devoted to Shani is located here.

The most important festivals and events that are celebrated in Shirdi are Guru Poornima, Dusshera, and Ram Navami. These are the only days when the Samadhi Mandir of Shirdi opens for the whole night. Every Thursday, a palakhi bearing a photograph of the sage is taken out from the temple.

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Shirdi is a small town located in the state of Maharashtra in western India. The place is around 296 km (around 6 hours drive) from Mumbai. Shirdi extends latitude 1945' N and longitude 7425' E. Shirdi is basically a religious tourist center. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Shirdi.


FAST FACTS

Population

26,196
Languages Marathi, Hindi and English
Best time to visit September to April
STD Code 02423

HISTORY

A sleepy little village in the interiors of Maharashtra, Shirdi came into prominence when an old sage died 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 (Azadirachta indica) 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 holy places in the world's map of pilgrimage.


BEST SEASON, CLIMATE, and CLOTHING

Winters are the best season to visit the town, the months from September to April being the ideal period. The daytime temperature is pleasant during this period making the days excellent for visiting the tourist attractions of the town. The summers can get very hot causing unpleasantness. Cotton clothing is apt for summers and light woolens suffice for the winter season.