The Shirdi Saibaba Temple: Holy place in the world’s map of pilgrimage

The Shirdi Saibaba Temple
is located in India at Shirdi, Maharashtra. The place is around 296 km or around 6 hours drive from Mumbai and attracts millions of devotees of all castes, religions and creed to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba. The temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba.

Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba: Owned by a millionaire from Nagpur and a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao. Where, according to the legends, Baba himself became Murlidhar and the temple became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba. It is built with white marble stones. The idol of Baba is a marvelous statue made up of Italian marble built in 1954 by Late Balaji Vasant. The temple has an assembly hall that houses a showcase having many items used by the sage.

The temple opens with morning prayers at 5 AM and close down with night prayers at 10 PM. Situated on the right side of the entrance of the Samadhi Mandir is Dwarkamai, a mosque. This is the place where the sage stayed until the end of his life. The oil paintings of the sage are the main attraction of the site.

Gurusthan is the place from where Sai Baba first came to Shirdi in the form of a Bal Yogi. A temple has been constructed on this site.

There is the Lendi Baug at some distance from Gurusthan. This garden was made and watered daily by Baba himself. Baba used to come here every morning and afternoon and take rest under a neem tree. Baba dug a pit under the neem tree and kept a deep lit in that pit. An octagonal deepgriha (lighthouse) called Nanda Deep has been built in marble stone in memory of this place. It constantly burns in a glass box. There is a pipal tree on one side of the deepgriha and on the other side is a neem tree.

At a short distance, there lies Shri Sai Baba’s Chavadi where he used to sleep every alternate day. The Chavadi is divided into two parts. One part has a large portrait of Baba along with a wooden bed and a white chair belonging to him.

There are also temples of village deities named Ganapati, Shani and Shankar that are worth visiting.

Best time to visit: September to April

So, go there and make your all wishes come true with the blessings of Shri Sai Baba.

One Response to “The Shirdi Saibaba Temple: Holy place in the world’s map of pilgrimage” »

  1. Comment by Surbhi — February 15, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

    Undoubtedly a powerful place of worship. I have been there 3-4 times and still I was lost in the divine power …whats d exact word is “Mahima” of Shirdi temple while going thru this wonderful article..
    Lets say “Om Sai Namo Namah, Shri Sai Namo Namah, Jai Jai Sai Namo Namah, Sadguru Sai Namo Namah”. By remembering this Mantra 16 times daily, a person can ride of all the worries and sorrows.

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