This fascinating shrine holds the last mortal remains of Sai Baba after his death in 1918. The temple is the focal point of worship and everyday thousands of devotees line up in long queues to have a glimpse at the shrine and pay their homage to Lord Rama. On your visit, expect the music of the temple bells and the chorus chanting to fill your ears and take you to a level of eternal blissful solace.
Located very close to the Samadhi Mandir is the Dwarkamayee Masjid where Sai Baba spent many years of his life. The mosque hosts a huge stone which was the sitting place of Sai Baba where he spread his teachings to his devotees. The practice of ‘lighting up of lamps’ in the evening was started by Sai Baba and is observed till date. The ash of the ‘Dhuni’ or the sacred fire is presented to the pilgrims who consider it to be eternally divine.
The house where Sai Baba spent every alternate night has a huge spiritual significance for devotees who considerit a place of worship. While on your visit, you can spot the ‘Asan’ or seat where Sai Baba used to sit and his wheelchair. A place of historical worth, it is believed that Sai Baba was bathed here before his death in 1918.
One of the oldest temples of Shirdi, this one is located at the Ahmedanagar-Kopergaon road and is devoted to Lord Shiva. Regarded as a folk deity, Lord Khandoba is known for owning attributes of Lord Shiva, Bhairava, Surya and Kartikeya Skanda. It is believed that Sai Baba got his name when he visited the Khandoba Temple when he was welcomed by the temple priest Mhalsapati who exclaimed ‘Yaa Sai’ which translates to ‘Welcome Sai’. The name stuck on and was consequently used by people and disciples who started referring to him by that name.
The temple of Shani Shingnapur is devoted to the Saturn god or Lord Shanidev and is situated around an hour’s drive from Shirdi. The village neighbouring the temple is renowned for not having doors at their residences. It is believed Lord Shanidev protects the village and till date, no major reports of robbery or theft has affected the local people.
Also known as the ‘Hanuman Mandir’ of Shirdi, this temple is one of the oldest in the town. Attracting thousands of worshippers, this temple is characterized by the idols of Lord Hanuman on both its sides. Devotees arrive from all over the nation and abroad to this temple to pay homage and chant names of Sai Baba and Lord Hanuman.
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AJANTA AND ELLORA CAVES
The entrancing caves of Ajanta and Ellora are located around a 4 hour drive from Shirdi. Located in the Aurangabad district, the caves throw a light upon the delightful paintings and sculptures of the bygone era. All over India, these caves are considered to possess the finest Buddhist art and sculptures of India which overwhelm visitor with their majestic appeal.
Once known as Devagiri, this place bears rich historical and cultural significance in the Deccan regions. At about a two-hour drive from Shirdi, Daulatabad stands tall with its enigmatic forts and lush medieval palaces. Ruled by the Yadava rulers at one time, the city also witnessed Muhammad Bin Tughlak, the Sultan of Delhi, proclaiming Daulatabad as the capital which was then known by ‘City of fortune’.
The legendary town of Nashik is around 86 km away from Shirdi. Known for its heritage and historical importance, Nashik is well-known as the town of Lord Rama who spent some time during his exile in the city. Apart from hosting a plethora of temples, Nashik also attracts thousands of tourists during the Nashik Kumbh Mela.