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#2 of 13 Places To Visit in Shirdi
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Post Office Shirdi Taluka Rahata, Shirdi, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, 423109, India
contact
+91-2423-258500
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timings
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
visit duration
Around 30 minutes

how to reach chavadi

The nearest airport to Shirdi is the Aurangabad Airport, which is 130 km away from Shridi. The airport is well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. You can board a taxi or a cab or a bus to reach Shirdi from Aurangabad. The shrine is located in Shirdi. On reaching Rahat turn into SH 10, past Sree Laxmi Mata continue on the Shrirampur-Shirdi road and on your right side will be the entrance to Sai Baba temple.

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about chavadi

Situated within the Sai Baba Sansthan Complex, Chavadi translates to village office, where before it was acquired by the Sansthan trust, village records were kept and taxes collected. Chavadi gains its significance from the fact that Sri Sai Baba would spend his nights, on an alternating basis, particularly during his later years. 

Once Sri Sai Baba began spending his time at Chavadi, the place became a shrine of sorts where his devotees would pay their tributes by conducting an aarti on his arrival from the mosque, his place of residence. Today this particular tradition continues to be carried out in the name of Sej, or night aarti. On the days that he would visit Chavadi in the mornings, another aarti would be carried out, called Kakkad Aarti now. Initially the Chavadi was a simple structure made of mud walls. Later it was renovated, its walls plastered, chandeliers suspended from the ceiling and mirrors hung. Inside you will find a large painting of Sai Baba painted by a devotee named Ambaram. Next to the painting lies a wooden bed where Baba was given his last bath after he passed away. 

Every Thursday evening, at 7:30 PM a large procession bearing Baba's palanquin with his image in it is carried out from the Samadhi temple to Dwarak Mai and finally to Chavadi, where the image is set on a silver throne follwowed with the Sej Aarti. A grand affair, it is marked with sounding of horns, devotees shouting slogans and guns firing petals, marigold flowers and confetti in the air.

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