Shirdi Sai temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba Shirdi is located approximately 296 Kilometers from Mumbai (Bombay) City in India. Shirdi is famous temple of Shri Sai Baba. It was established in 1922 to carry out the services of Shri Sai Baba.
At age of 16 yrs Shri Sai Baba arrived at the village of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and remained their till his death. Sai Baba found shelter in Khandoba temple, where a villager Mahalsapathi in the temple addressed him as Sai or Saint Sai Baba. Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. An Indian spiritual guru and a fakir, Shri Sai Baba in Shirdi was regarded with great reverence by both Hindu and Muslim followers. Lord Sai lived in a mosque and after death his body was cremated in a temple.
Sri Shirdi Sai philosophy ingrained 'Shraddha' meaning faith and 'Saburi' meaning compassion. According to god Sai, Shraddha and Saburi were the supreme attributes to reach the state of godliness. Long time ago, at the beginning of eighteenth century a young bearded man ( Shirdi Sai baba) with sparkling eyes took shelter in a mosque, in Shirdi Village (of Maharashtra State, In India) . Nobody knew from where this stranger had come who hardly spoke a word and stayed there.
1. Shri Saibaba's Samadhi Mandir
Baba’s Sacred Body has been laid to eternal rest (Samadhi) here. The edifice of this main Mandir (Temple) was constructed with Baba’s blessing, by Shri Gopalrao Butti of Nagpur, an ardent devotee of Baba. It is therefore also known as “Butti Wada”. Baba’s Beautiful lifesize idol is installed near His Samadhi in this shrine. All rituals, comprising Pooja, Abhishek and daily four Aaratis, are performed here.
This is the place where sacred body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. Shri Gopalrao Butty of Nagpur constructed this building, This place is also known as 'Butty Wada'. It consists of Shrine and of a beautiful idol of Shri Sai Baba.
2. Dwarkamai (Masjid)
This was Baba’s abode (located within Samadhi Mandir Complex) continuously for sixty years till He took Samadhi. Baba blessed innumerable devotees here. The Sheela (Stone), on which Baba used to sit, is located in Dwarkamai. The sacred fire (Dhuni) lit by Baba is also eternally burning here. Baba used to give Sacred Udi (Ash) from this Dhuni to His devotees to fulfil their wishes. Even now, Udi distributed to devotees is from this Dhuni. Baba used to cook food here distribute it among His devotees.
3. Shri Gurusthan Mandir
Baba was first spotted (within Samadhi Mandir Complex) when He was a lad of sixteen. Baba used to refer to this spot as His Guru’s (Mentor’s) location. The famous Margosa (Neem) tree, referred to in Shree Sai Satcharitra stands here. It is the experience of devotee that they burn incense here on Thursday and Fridays, their ailments get cured.
This is the place where Baba first appeared to the world as boy of 16 years and this place is supposed to be Baba's Gurusthan. The famous Margosa (Neem) tree is here which has a reference in "Sai Sat-Charitra"
|4:00 am||Temple open|
|4:30 am||Kakad Aarti (morning)|
|5:00 am||Bhajan in Sai Baba Mandir|
|5:05 am||Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba (Mangal Snaan) in Samadhi Mandir|
|5:35 am||Aarti "Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur"|
|5:40 am||Darshan begins in Samadhi Mandir|
|5:40 am||Darshan begins in Samadhi Mandir|
|9:00 am||Abhishek Pooja|
|7:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 am||Darshan begins in Samadhi Mandir|
|11:30 am||Dhuni Pooja with rice and ghee in Dwarkamai|
|12:00||Mid day Aarti|
|4:00 pm||Pothi (Devotional reading/Study) in Samadhi Mandir|
|At Sunset||Dhoop Aarti|
|8:30 - 10:00 pm||Devotional Songs in Samadhi Mandir and other Cultural Programmes (if any)|
|9:00 pm||Chavadi and Gurusthan closes|
|9:30 pm||In Dwarkamai water is given to Baba, a mosquito net is hung and the hanging lamp is lit|
|9:45 pm||Dwarkamai (the upper part) closes|
|10:30 pm||Shej (night) Aarti, after this , a shawl is wrapped around the statue in the Samadhi Mandir, a Rudraksha mala is put around baba's neck, Mosquito net is hung, and a glass of water kept there|
|11:15 pm||Samadhi Mandir closes after night Aarti|
Kopargaon Rly. Stn. (20 kms.)
Manmad Rly. Stn. (65 kms.)
Nashik Road Rly. Stn. (80 kms.)
Nagarsol Rly. Stn. (45 kms.)
Shani Dev (72 kms.)
Trimbakeshwar (130 kms.)
Mumbai (275 kms.) via nashik
Aurangabad (130 kms.)
Pune (210 kms.)
Sakori, a tiny little hamlet of Ahmednagar District is situated just 5 kilometers from Shirdi. This small village is renowned in the entire state of Maharashtra for the Ashram established by a Hindu Sage named Upasni Maharaj. This Ashram of Upasni Maharaj is also known by the name ‘Kanya Kumari Sthan’. Upasni Maharaj was one of the disciples of Sai Baba. He inhabited Shirdi for four years and then went to Sakori and founded the Kanya Kumari Ashram in 1917 AD. Upasni Maharaj lived in Sakori until his demises in 1941 AD. A famous Zoroastrian master named Meher Baba was the disciple of Upasni Maharaj.
Shanisinghnapur, a small village acclaimed countrywide as the holy seat of Lord Shani (Saturn), is situated about 70 kilometers from Shirdi. The auspicious temple of Lord Shani is always thronged by numberless devotees and this rush even increases on the day of Amavasya, i.e. no moon day. It is believed that Lord Shani protects the village and so it is not possible for any thief to steal from here. Due to this faith, nobody locks the doors and no theft or robbery has occurred in Shanisinghnapur till today.
Another must visit destination near Shirdi is a small village named Nevasa. This hamlet is located about 70 km from Shirdi. The central attraction of this village is the temple which houses the holy pole of Saint Dnyaneshwar. It is believed that Saint Dnyaneshwar sat besides this pole and wrote Dnyaneshwari, his interpretation of Geeta in Marathi at the age of 16. Every year on the occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi, the Palkhi of Saint Dnyaneshwar is carried to Pandharpur from Nevasa.
Nashik or Nasik, regarded to be one of the holiest Hindu cities in India is positioned nearly 90 kilometers from Shirdi. Nasik has specially registered its name on the nationwide religious front for the grand Kumbhmela that is held here once in every 12 years. It is believed that Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshamana spent most of the years of his exile at Nasik. Nasik is the very locale from where Devi Sita was kidnapped by the demon King Ravana. Nasik is the remarkable tourism hub of the state of Maharashtra. Famous for housing a number of pilgrim destinations, historical monuments and blessed with pristine natural beauty, Nashik is visited by thousands of devotees every year.
Trimbakeshwar is stationed nearly 35 kilometers from Nasik and about 115 kilometers from Shirdi. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva is situated at Trimbakeshwar.
6. Ajanta & Ellora Caves
The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are placed nearly 30 kilometers from Aurangabad and about 125 kilometers from Shirdi. The 34 caves of Ajanta and 29 caves of Ellora, renowned for their Hindu, Buddhist and Jain rock cut sculptures, paintings and murals are dated back to 200 BC to 700 AD. A British army officer named John Smith discovered these caves in the year 1819. Ajanta caves are attributed the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO