Shirdi is a small town, which is located about 300 kms from Mumbai. Shirdi is situated in the heart of the sugar cane belt of Maharashtra. It is said to be the most frequented place of pilgrimage in India after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. Shirdi Sai temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. 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 Saibaba arrived at the village of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and remained their till his death. Saibaba found shelter in Khandoba temple, where a villager Mahalsapathi in the temple addressed him as Sai or Saint Sai baba.
Shri Saibaba 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 Saibaba 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.
Thursday is the day Saibaba is specially worshipped. On this day devotees from all over India visit Shirdi for Darshan of Saibaba.
Sai temple shirdi opens for devotees at 5.15 a.m. with Kakad Aarti and remains open till the end of Shejarti.
In and Around
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How to Reach
Nashik is the nearest air route to Shirdi. It is at a distance of 75kms. One can opt for Aurangabad airport which is around 150kms from Shirdi or even drive from Mumbai which is about 296kms from Shirdi. Mumbai has both national as well as international route connection to the world. There are public transports available to get you to your deity from the airport.
Shirdi now has a new railway station called “Sainagar Shirdi”, which became operational in March 2009.
As of 2011, there are trains from Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam via Secunderabad, Mysore and other cities/states that have Shirdi railway station as their terminal stop. Trains also run from Manmad railway station which is 87 km and Ahmednagar railway station which is 83 km from the heart of Shirdi, alternatively from Kopargaon station which is 15 km from Shirdi, or Nashik city, which is 119 km from Shirdi or Nagarsol. Daund railway station is170 km from Shirdi.
Buses and taxis play from these railway stations and locations to and from Shirdi. Shirdi can be reached by bus from any of the following cities in Maharashtra State (India): Ahmednagar, Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nashik, Akluj, Dhule, Nagpur and Aurangabad. Also from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh from where maximum pilgrims reach every day and year to seek blessings from Sai Baba.
Stay / Eat
Where to stay
The Shirdi Trust complex ‘Dwarawati Bhaktiniwas’ is walking distance from the Bus stand. It offers accommodation for small groups or families in dormitories and AC and non-AC rooms at fairly reasonable price. Outside the complex there are hotels. Some bus operators have tie-ups with the hotels and may work out cheaper and save time in peak season.
Nearby Hotels to Stay
Keys Temple Tree
Behind Sai Ashram,
Hotel Sai Grand Castle Inn
Next OT Mandir, Pimpalwadi Road ,
Sun N Sand
Shiv Road, Village Nighoj,
Rui Shiv Road ,
Shirdi , Maharashtra,423109
Where to Eat
There are many local restaurants in Shirdi from which many are located near the temple. Rajdhani restaurant offers vegetarian food while other restaurants serve non vegetarian food also. Hotels there serve great variety of Indian cosines.