Shirdi is a holy shrine of the revered saint Sai Baba, located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and makes for a great weekend getaway. This pilgrim place is frequented by countless devotees every day. Other than the famous Sai Baba temple there are various other temples and a few historical sites located in Shirdi including Chavadi, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai Masjid, Shani Shignapur, to name a few.
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The main attraction of Shirdi is the Sai Baba Samadhi temple, as it houses the last remains of Sai Baba.
The Sai Baba Mandir is the main reason why Shirdi is considered as one of the biggest pilgrim destinations of India. The devotees stand in long queues to catch a glimpse of Sai Baba's mortal remains.
The temple has an accompanying museum which displays several items associated with Sai Baba like his sandals, his clothes and his cooking pot.
Near the Samadhi Mandir is located the Dwarkamayee Masjid; a place where Saint Sai Baba spent a major amount of his lifetime. A huge stone is still preserved in this Masjid on which Sai Baba is believed to sit. The sacred Dhuni or fire is still lit till this date and the ash from this fire is given to pilgrims and is considered immensely divine.
The Chavadi is a small house situated close to the Masjid where Sai Baba used to spend every alternate night. His body was bathed here for the last time before his funeral. Gurusthan another important place as Sai Baba is believed to be first spotted here under a neem tree in Shirdi.
A trip to Shirdi is considered incomplete without a visit to Shani Signapur which is about 73 kms away from Shirdi. It is a small village housing a temple dedicated to Shri Shani Dev. Devotees visit this place in large numbers to receive the blessings of the deity. One unique and peculiar thing about this village is that there are no doors or locks in any of the houses. It is believed that it is because of Lord Shani's blessings that there is no crime in the village.
How To Reach:
Shirdi is about 242 kilometers from Mumbai, and is well connected via road. Trains also ply between Mumbai and Sainagar Shirdi Railway Station