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Shirdi


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Rs. 5,000 per person

Best time to visit

January - December

Recommended stay

3 days

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About Shirdi

Shirdi is one of the most popular pilgrim centers in the country and even across the world as tourists arrive from far and wide to pay homage to one of the mostrevered saints Sai Baba who had Shirdi as his homeland. Shirdi was inhabited by Sai Baba for 50 years atleast. Sai Baba entered this village when he was 16. He appeared under a neem tree and was engaged in self mortification. The saint devoted his entire life for the welfare of the poor and the needy. He is believed to be an embodiment of Lord Shiva. The entire village has some association with the ephemeral saint. The great saint left for heavenly abode in1918 and his samadhi is visited by thousands of pilgrims. The place where Sai Baba arrived as a Balyogi is known as Gurusthan. There is a temple at this site anda small shrine in Gurusthan. Shirdi is infested with people from varied community who flock to this place with a distinctive fervour and utmost devotion towardsthe revered saint.
Shirdi is well connected to major cities in the country via bus, train and flight with Mumbai International Airport being the nearest airport which is305 km from Shirdi.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Abdul Baba cottage is an interesting place to visit as he was one of the staunch followers of Sai Baba. The cottage is small and green coloured and hasinteresting memoirs. The main room of the house has exhibits of Baba with Abdul. Baba can also be seen with Swami Chinmayanand. An alley leads to Laxmi bai Shinde's house.
Dixit Wada Museum is located at the centre of the Sansthan complex. It is a charming and compact museum and contains rare photographs of Sai Baba. Baba's long robes, leather padukas and smoking pipes are on display. Other things include tumblers, utensils and bathing stones used by Baba.
Gurusthan is a place where Sai Baba was visible to the world for the first time. A neem tree is quite famous. It is the Margosa which is referred to inSai Satcharitra. The devotees burn incense sticks with the hope of curing their ailments.
House of Laxmi Bai Shinde is a place where Baba used to arrive for begging and he remembered the services of Laxmi Bai Shinde before his death andgave her a nine rupee note which is symbolic of ine characteristics of a good disciple.
During the last decade of his life Baba used to spend allternate nights at Chavadi. Baba used to be taken in processionfrom Dwarkamai to Chavadi. The depiction of Sai Baba which was placed on a silver stool is now placed near his samadhi. Baba's footwear is alsoplaced near his samadhi. One part of Chavadi has a large portrait of Baba. It also contains a wooden bed and chair which belongs to Baba.
On the right side of the entrance of the samadhi mandir is located the Dwarkamai Mosque. The oil paintings are a main attraction here. It is divided into two levels. In the first level Baba's portait is present and a stone on which he used to sit. The level has two rooms. One roomhas a chariot and the other has Palki. In the second level there is a square stool made of stone which was used by Baba while taking bath.  
A millionaire from Nagpur who was an ardent devotee of Sai Baba owned the Samadhi Mandir. He wanted to install Murlidhar idol in the temple and itis believed that Baba himself became Murlidhar and the temple is called Samadhi Mandir. The Baba idol is made of white marble.
Shani Shingnapur is a hamlet 65km from Shirdi where houses have no doors and it is assumed that Lord Shani will protect against robbery and theft. Lord Shani is prayed in the form of a black stone here.