A small village in Ahmednagar district, Shirdi
has become famous all over India on account of its association with the renowned
Saint Shri Sai Baba. Pilgrims belonging to all faiths, throng here all the year
In the around the main
The Mandir is
built with stones and Baba's Samadhi is built with white marble stones. A
railing is built in marble around the Samadhi and is full of ornamental
decorations. In front of the Samadhi are two silver pillars full of decorative
designs. Just behind the Samadhi is Sai Baba's marvelous statue made of Italian
marble which shows him seated on a throne. This idol was made by late Balaji
Vasant. The routine of the temple starts at 5 o'clock in the morning with
Bhoopali, a morning song, and closes at 10 o'clock in the night after Shejarati
is sung. Only on three occasions the temple is kept open overnight. ie. On
Gurupoornima, Dassera, and Ramnavami. Every Thursday and on each festival, a
palkhi with Baba's photo is taken out from the temple.
Shri Sai Baba came to Shirdi with a marriage procession. He stayed at
Dwarkamai till very end of his life. Dwarkamai is situated on the right side of
the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. Here he solved problems of the people, cured
their sickness and worries. Before Baba's arrival in Shirdi, Dwarkamai was an
old mosque in a dilapidated condition. Baba turned it into Dwarkamai and proved
that God is one.
Sai Baba first came to Shirdi in the form of Bal Yogi - a child
ascetic. He was first spotted seated under a Neem tree. This place came to be
known as Gurusthan. The renovation of Gurusthan was made on 30th
September, 1941. The present temple was built after this period. There is a
small shrine in Gurusthan. On a elevated platform of this shrine a big portrait
of Baba is placed. On the side is a marble statue of Baba. In front of the
portrait is a Shivling and the Nandi. Photos of twelve Jyotirlingas are kept in
the temple. The branches of the Neem tree have come out through the roof of the
At a short distance lies Baba's CHAVADI. Baba
used to sleep here every alternate day. The Chavadi is divided into two parts.
One part of the Chavadi has a large portrait of Baba along with a wooden bed and
a white belonging to him.
some distance from Gurustahan there is a Lendi Baug. This Baug was made and
watered daily by Baba himself. It got its name a Nalla (a drain) which used to
previously flow there. Baba used to come here every morning and afternoon and
take rest under a Neem Tree.
Khandoba Mandir: This
temple is situated on the main road. In front of this temple Baba was welcomed
by Poojar Mhalsapti, of this temple, Saying "Aao Sai", when Baba
stepped in Shirdi. In this temple there are icons of Khandoba, Banai and Mhalsai.