in Maharashtra is a sacred, powerful and important place of pilgrimage in
India. This place is famous because of Shirdi Sai Baba, one of India's most
profound fakirs and a doyen of secular thinking. Sai Baba spent his life in
this small town.
Through out his lifetime, Sai Baba demonstrated
immaculate miracles and utterances that helped many souls to live a better
and purposeful life. He would often say, "My Leela is inscrutable".
To each one he met, he imparted knowledge according to the capacity of the
recipient to absorb it. Thus through the ages Shirdi has become a prominent
place of pilgrimage for people of all faiths. SITES TO
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.
temple opens on 5 AM with morning prayers and close down at 10 PM with night
Situated on the right side of the entrance of the Samadhi
Mandir is Dwarkamai, a mosque. This was the place where the sage stayed
until the end of his life. Main attraction of the site is the oil paintings
of the sage.
The place from where Sai Baba first came to Shirdi in
the form of a Bal Yogi (child ascetic) is known as Gurusthan
temple has been constructed on this site. There is also a small shrine in
At a short distance lies Baba's Chavadi
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 chair belonging to him.
There is a cottage of
, an ardent devotee of Shri Sai Baba, in front of the
Chavadi. Photos and various items that were handled by Sai Baba and Abdul
Baba are there in the cottage. There is a Maruti Mandir
some distance from the cottage of Abdul Baba. This mandir was visited by
Baba for the sat-sang with Devidas, a Bal yogi, who lived at the Mandir ten
to twelve years before Baba arrived.
There are also temples of
village deities named Shani, Ganapati, and Shankar that are worth visiting.
At some distance from Gurusthan, there is the Lendi Baug
This garden was made and watered daily by Baba himself. It got its name from
a nullah (a drain), which used to flow there. Baba used to come here every
morning and afternoon and take rest under a neem tree. Baba dug a pit, 2
feet deep, under the neem tree and kept a deep (a lighting object) lit in
that pit. An octagonal deepgriha (lighthouse) called Nanda Deep has been
built in marble stone in memory of this place. It constantly burns in a
glass box. On one side of the deepgriha is a pipal tree and on the other
side is a neem tree.
Other sites to visit are Datta Mandir and
Khandoba Mandir. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS.......
important festivals and events that are celebrated in Shirdi are Guru
Poornima, Dussehra, 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.