Places to Visit in Shirdi

The holy town of Shirdi is visited by thousands of devotees and tourists every year for a Darshan of Shri Sai Baba at the Samadhi Temple. Sai Baba's presence is seen all over this town. There are several places in Shirdi to visit which are connected with the Holy Saint Sai Baba in some way or the other.

Places to See in Shirdi



Samadhi Mandir

Category : Religious
It is the main attraction of Shirdi as the temple houses the last remains of Sai Baba. A rich man from Nagpur started the construction of the temple to place an idol of Lord Krishna; however the last remains of Sai Baba were to be placed here as he departed this life in 1918, since then the place holds immense reverence for Sai Baba's devotees from all across the world. The temple is the central point of the Shirdi pilgrimage and people stand in long queues to catch a glimpse of Sai Baba's mortal remains.

Dwarkamayee Masjid

Category : Religious
Just right of the Samadhi Mandir is the Dwarkamayee Masjid; it is the place where the Saint Sai Baba spent a major amount of his lifetime. At this Mosque, Baba used to light up lamps every evening. A huge stone is still preserved in this Masjid on which Sai Baba used to sit. The sacred 'Dhuni' or fire is still lit till this date and the astounding 'Udi' or ash from this fire is given to pilgrims and is considered immensely divine. The Masjid contains a life-size portrait of Sai Baba.


Chavadi

Category : Religious
The Chavadi is a small house situated close to the Masjid. Sai Baba spent every alternate night over here. One can find here the 'Asan' or seat on which he used to sit, a wooden plank and a wheel chair owned by Sai Baba. His body was bathed here for the last time before his funeral.

Gurusthan

Category : Religious
Gurusthan is the place where Sai Baba was first spotted under a neem tree in Shirdi. A huge portrait of Sai Baba is placed here in front of which incense keeps burning day and night.

Khandoba Temple

Category : Religious
The Khandoba temple is situated at the Ahmednagar-Kopergaon road and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is among the oldest temples of Shirdi. It was at this temple that the priest called Baba with the name "Aao, Sai" hence he became well known as Sai Baba.

Lendibagh

Category : Religious
Sai Baba used to spend time here meditating and used to daily light a lamp in earthenware which is known as Nandadeep. He made a small garden here which still remains and is beautifully decorated.

Dixit Wada Museum

Category : History & Culture
The Museum is situated in the center of the Sansthan complex and contains rare black and white photographs of Sai Baba. Other articles like Baba's 'Kafni' (long robes) and his leather Padukas, gramophone records, smoking pipe, water tumblers, bathing stone and cooking utensils which were used by Sai Baba are on display. The museum remains open from 10 am to 6 pm.

Thursday Palki Procession

Category : Religious
Shri Sai Baba used to sleep in Chawri every alternate night. This visit at Chawri was prefaced by a 'palki' procession and Sai Baba was accompanied from Dawakamai to Chawri. Even nowadays this palki procession is carried out with the same enthusiasm and adoration. The procession starts from Samadhi Temple to Dwarkamai Masjid from here it goes to Chawri and returns to Samadhi Temple. Shej Aarti is presented to Shri Sai Baba after the procession.


Tourist Destinations near Shirdi



Shingnapur

Shani Singhnapur is a village about 73 km from Shirdi. Devotees come here to receive the blessings of Shri Shani Dev. One unique thing about this village is that there are no doors or locks in any of the houses and it is believed that it is because of Lord Shani's blessings that there is no crime in the village.

Nashik

Nashik is around 86 km from Shirdi and is a holy place that stirs up a personality of its own. It is rich in mythological association with great cultural and traditional significance. Several temples and religious sites can be explored here fulfilling your spiritual journey.

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

These caves are to be found near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra and are well-known for the cave shrines that are carved out of rock by hand. These caves are listed in the world heritage sites. There are 29 caves at Ajanta and 34 caves at Ellora, all pure specimens of Indian architectural brilliance.



Last Updated on : January 20, 2014