SHIRDI is one of India’s most famous and holy place of worship in Maharashtra.. It is a Must Visit place immaterial of the caste/religion/creed etc. Shirdi Sai Baba’s Mandir is a living example about Baba’s service to Humanity. It hosts about 60,000 visitors daily.
Shirdi, a small rural town in the Rahata taluka of Ahmednagar district in the Maharashtra state of India. Shirdi is a secular place, here all religions are treated as one & a belief in the power of Faith & Patience is foremost. A place where all heads bow down in prayer, where faith prevails, where hopes are built, where patience pays, and where infinite joy and everlasting contentment abound. Such is the glory of the place which belongs to the Holy Saint, a true repository of wisdom, who pleased all with pious equality and gifted mankind ornaments of humanity and peace by saying “SABKA MALIK EK”. The footprints of Saibaba have made this town a holy place. Millions of devotees continuously flock here from all over India and abroad.
SHIRDI SAI BABA:
Shirdi is where the holy soul of Shri Satchidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj – affectionately known as “Saibaba” rests today. Shri Saibaba appeared at Shirdi in his human incarnation at the age of 16. For 60 years Shirdi Sai Baba served mankind and preached his precious teachings to the world from here, and later went for contemplation (Samadhi) in Shirdi itself. The footprints and the deeds of Saibaba have turned this small town into a unique holy place for people of all castes, creeds and religions. Saibaba delivered the universal slogan of “Shraddha – Saburi”, i.e. Faith and Patience for everyone, from here itself. The place of his ‘Samadhi’ has become a centre-point for innumerable devotees, infusing them with the joy of life. While visiting Shirdi, one experiences complete peace of mind, a strong self-confidence, and a great sense of purpose.
“After I take Samadhi, my bones will speak from the grave, and people will throng here.”
During his contemplation (Samadhi) services, Shri Shirdi Saibaba had consoled his devotees with these words – “After I take Samadhi, my bones will speak from the grave, and people will throng here.” His message is being experienced till today.
In other words,Shirdi Sai Baba mandir is a convenient place to visit throughout the year, during all seasons.Particularly, Shirdi Sai Baba mandir is one place where even today all his devotees come with empty hands but filled with Hope, and go back “Blessed with Contentment with an Everlasting Smile on their faces”.
Well organised and well maintained pilgrimage centre with plenty of facilities. Baba’s Aarti enchants everyone and the bajans take us to a spiritual world. The temple opens in the morning at 04:00 am and it continues to remain open till 10:30 PM in the nigh. In-between the temple shut the entry for about 30-40 minutes each for the 4 Aartis during the day. Morning Aarti is Kakad aarti at 4:30 am, Madhya aarti at noon 12:00am, Dhoop Aarti at sunset 06:00pm and Shej Aarti at 10:30 PM
shri Saibaba sansthan trust:
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, is the Governing and Administrative body of Shri Saibaba’s Samadhi Temple . Saibaba Sansthan Trust is also the authorised body to control and manage the day-to-day activities at the Shri Saibaba Samadhi Temple. It also provides various facilities like Accommodation, Meals (Free), refreshments, and lot more. Similarly, Sansthan Trust also runs School and Colleges(Junior and Senior), English Medium School from class Jr KG to Std X, Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Drinking Water Supply, Hospitals (Shri saibaba Superspecility Hospital and Shri Sainath Hospital on Charity basis).
Food and Accommodation:
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust provides various facilities like Accommodation, Meals (Free), refreshments, and lot more. Infact, Sai ashram, Dwarawati , Saibaba Bhaktaniwassthan provide good accommodation facilities. In addition, many private lodges and restaurants are also available around the main temple.
How to reach Shirdi:
Roadways: Maharashtra State Transport buses are also available from major cities like Nashik, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune, Manmad and Kopargaon to Shirdi. Especially, Private air-conditioned buses are also available from various cities of Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujrat, Andhra-Pradesh to Shirdi.
Railways: It’s also close from the new railway station at Sainagar. In addition,Manmad-Junction, Kopargaon and Nagarsul are other nearby railway stations on the Central Railway. Furthermore,the temple is just 1km distance from Sainagar railway station.
Airways:Similarly,the temple can be easily accessable from the Shirdi International airport, as it’s just about 15 kms away.
Therefore,Shirdi is 117km distance from Nashik,188 km from Pune, 242km from Mumbai, 600km from hyderabad. This video guides you to visit Shirdi from Hyderabad.