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Spiritual Holidays - Shirdi
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One of the holy shrines in India, which is attached to no particular cast and creed, Shirdi is a destination that witnesses a steady flow of travellers throughout the year. This abode of the benevolent Sai Baba is a good place to de-stress and rejuvenate.

Shirdi is a small town in Maharashtra and is famous for its association with the mystic, Sai Baba, who once lived here. Revered as one of the greatest saints, Sai Baba is believed to have great powers of healing. He is worshipped as a God and people across the country and different parts of the world come to seek his blessings. Sai Baba is believed to have first made his appearance in Shirdi as a youth and remained here throughout his life. He transformed the lives of many people who met him and is believed to be continuously blessing those who visit his Samadhi.

A single day is enough to visit the Samadhi and other places around. But Shridi needs to be explored with faith (shraddha) and patience (saburi), the twin virtues professed by the Sai Baba. The highlights of  visiting Shirdi are four aartis that take place at the Samadhi of the saint Sai Baba.

Places to see in Shirdi
Samadhi Mandir

Samadhi Mandir is the main landmark, were four main aartis are organised. It is the place which houses Sai Baba’s Samadhi. There is an interesting story related to Samadhi Mandir, which says that the Samadhi Mandir of Sai Baba was actually owned by a millionaire from Nagpur, a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao. He wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar here. However, Baba himself became Murlidhar and the Mandir became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba.

The Samadhi has a railing around it, built in marble and is full of ornamental decorations. In front of the Samadhi are two silver pillars full of decorative designs. Just behind the Samadhi is Sai Baba's statue made of Italian marble, which shows him seated on a throne. This statue was installed in 1954.

In the front of the Mandir has an assembly hall where about 600 devotees can be accommodated. It has showcase where various things handled by Baba are kept. On the first floor of the Mandir are pictures that depict Sai Baba’s life.

Dwarkamai in Shirdi

Dwarkamai is another well known place in Shirdi, located on the right of the Samadhi Mandir. It is the place where Sai used to retire for the night. It is also the place where he used to solve problems of the people.

Before Sai made Dwarkamai famous, it was a mosque. The first level of Dwarkamai has a portrait of Baba and a big stone on which Baba used to sit. This level has two rooms. One contains the chariot and the second a palkhi. Abdul Baba’s Cottage is another place that one should visit. It is the home one of the Baba’s most ardent disciples and houses some interesting memorabilia.

Gurusthan is a small temple built near the neem tree under which the Baba is said to have meditated. The temple houses a shivling and a photograph of the Baba.


Places Nearby

Sakori, 5 km away is a pilgrimage site popular for its Shri Upasani Kanyakumari Sthan. It reverberates with positive energy and is good place to visit for peace and tranquility. Shanisinghnapur, 70 km from Shirdi is holy seat of Lord Shani. Amavasya or the no moon day or Saturday, is considered to be most auspicious to visit the temple here. On every Shani Amavasya a yatra is held with great fanfare.

Panchavati, Nashik

Nashik, 75 km away is another popular place near Shirdi. Nashik is among the most holy places. Here you can visit several temples and religious spots. Among the popular places you could visit are Panchavati with five sacred banyan trees and Sita Gupha.


Places to Stay

There are a number of hotels, resorts, guest houses, ashrams and dhramsalas in Shirdi. Hotels in Shridi range from luxury hotels to mid price and budget hotels. Shridi hotels are clean and well furnished with modern facilities. Check hotels in Shirdi

 
How to reach

By Air: Aurangabad, 126 km away is the nearest airport.

By Rail: The nearest railhead is Manmad, 58 km away. It is well connected to Mumbai and Nashik.

By Road: Frequent MSRTC buses are available from Aurangabad, Pune, Nashik and Mumbai. You can also catch a Vovo bus from Borivali, Mumbai.
Check Driving Directions from Mumbai to Shirdi

Best time to visit: Shridi can be visited anytime of the year.


About Shirdi: Shirdi Information & Fact File
Altitude 503 meters
Temp
Summer 40 (Max) & 25 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 15 (Max) & 8 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go Throughout the year
Monsoon June – August
Summer April – May
Winter November – January
Clothes Cottons in summer & woolens in winter
Nearest Airport Aurangabad, 126 km
Nearest Railway Station Manmad, 58 km
Bus Station Shirdi
Hospital & Doctor

Shirdi has good number hotels, which are well equipped to handle emergencies.

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