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Shirdi - The Holy Town

Shirdi is a holy place in Maharashtra. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists flock into this place to pay visit to the Sai Baba Samadhi Temple. Presence of Sai Baba is everywhere in the town. Besides the shrine, there are several other places to visit in Shirdi for the vacationers.

Top Attractions in Shirdi

Samadhi Mandir
It is said that a man hailing from Nagpur with huge fortune started to establish a Lord Kirshna temple here. But as Sai Baba departed in 1918 here, the last remains of the mortal God is enshrined in this temple. Since then it came to known as the Samadhi Temple. This became a shrine in a short time. People of all religion come here, stand in long queue to have a glimpse of the last remains of the Holy man on Earth. It is believed that He listens to all and nobody returns empty handed from the Sai Baba Temple.

Dwarkamayee Masjid
This mosque is situated just in front of the Samadhi Mandir of Sai Baba, who spent most of his lifetime here. He used to light up the lamps on every evening. There is a huge stone inside the mosque that was preserved by the saint. It is still preserved by the forerunners and a sacred fire “Dhuni” is lightened up for some divine purpose. A life size portrait of Sai Baba is still there inside the Dwarkamayee Mashjid.

Here, the saint was first spotted sitting under an old neem tree in Shirdi. Today, the pilgrims visit this place and worship him by lighting incense and candles in front of his portrait.

This is a small house that was visited by Sai Baba every alternate night. There is an asana or seat, where he used to sit. During his funeral, his body was last bathed here.

This place is for meditation. Sai Baba used to mediate here and he used to light an earthen ware lamp that is called Nandadeep. The small garden inside the place is beautifully decorated.

Khandoba Temple
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Tourists should visit the temple as this is one of the oldest temples here in Shirdi.

Dixit Wada Museum
The museum preserves the things that were used by Sai Baba. Different black and white photographs of the Saint are also stored here. The museum remains open from 10 am to 6 pm in the evening.

The Palki Procession of Thursday
This is a local event centering some believes of the Sai Baba followers. This is a palanquin procession that reminds that sai Baba used to sleep in Chawri every alternate night. Some believers remember the great man through this procession that starts from the Dwarkamai Masjid to Chawri. The Shej Arati is offered to Shri Sai Baba soon after the procession.

How to Reach?

By Air: The nearest airport of Shirdi is the Aurangabad Airport. This is 130 kilometres away from Shridi.

By Train: Kopergaon Railway Station is at 16 kilometres and is the nearest railway station to Shirdi.

By Bus: Rented cars, taxis are available. Buses from Mumbai and Pune also reaches Shirdi.