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Shirdi

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Shirdi

Sri Sai Temple Complex:

This temple dedicated to Sri Satya Sai Baba is located in the heart of Shirdi town and is visited by thousands of devotees each day. It is ranked as one of the top pilgrim centers in the world. During festival season, the temple is visited by more than 1 lakh people each day. The peaceful and serene atmosphere has a great healing effect for the devotees. There are daily bhajans conducted here which in which thousands of pilgrims participate with songs in a hypnotic spell.

 

Gurusthan:

This is the place where Sai Baba was seen for the first time under a Neem tree. There is a small shrine here now with a huge marble statue of Baba. Devotees visiting this place believe that burning incense sticks here will help in curing ailments.

Timing: 10 am to 5pm

 

Chavadi:

This is the most famous place in Shirdi and believed to be the place where Sai Baba spent a good portion of his life. Saibaba was taken to here by a procession from Dwarkamai with all royal appurtenances and accompaniments. Even today, every Thursdays there will be processions held here with the same excitement in memory of this. Chaavadi  is divided into two sections- one part having a large portraiture of Baba and other with his Samadhi where his silver stool is placed.

 

Adul Baba Cottage:

Adul Babba is a popular space in Shirdi. There are few interesting memoirs of baba built by Adul Baba, a fervent follower of Sai Baba. Located just opposite to Chavadi, the cottage contains several rare photographs of Baba with Adul and with Swami Chinmayanand.

 

Dixit Wada Museum:

The Dixit Wada Museum located at the center of the Sansthan complex is a must visit in Shirdi. There are rare collections of black and white photographs of Sai Baba. The museum also displays gramophone records, robes, leather padukas, water tumblers, cooking utensils and bathing stone which are supposed to be used by Sai Baba.

Timing: Everyday  10am-6pm.

 

Dwarkamai:

This is a mosque close to the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. You can find many oil paintings of the saint. The place is divided into two levels. The first level houses a portrait of Baba and a huge stone on which he used to sit. The second level houses a square tool of stone on which bab used tio sit while taking bath.

 

Samadhi Mandir:

This mandir was built by a millionaire from Nagpur who was a devotee of Sai Baba. It is believed that the Baba himself became Murlidhar (the deity) and the later temple became Samadhi Mandir. The idol of Baba here is made up of an Italian marble and his Samdhi here is made of white marble stone.

 Timing:  5am to 10pm every day.

 

Shani Singnapur:

This is a small hamlet located 65kms away from Shirdi. People visit this place to worship Lord Shaneshwara to protect them from all ill effects and fate. Only male devotees are permitted inside the shrine and devotees should offer paryers here wet after taking bath in the temple owned wash rooms.The striking feature of this place is villagers here never close their house doors believing the lord protects the village from all evil.

Timing:  5 am to 10 pm.

 

House of Laxmibai Shinde:

Sai Baba was known for having the habit of begging food from his neighborhood. Baba remembered the help offered by Laxmibai and before living his body, he gave Laxmibai Shinde a 5 rupee note, then again four rupees making the total to Rs 9. This place therefore symbolise nine types of devotion symbolizing the nine characteristics of a good disciple.

 

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan

This is the ruling body of all temples in Shirdi premises. It is also the governing body responsible for developing the Shirdi village.

 

Lendi Gardens:

This landscaped garden is believed to have visited by Baba every evening to spend some time in solitude. It houses a shrine and a perpetually burning lamp (Nandadeep) which is believed to have lit by Baba. There are few trees here which are planted by Baba himself.