Shirdi is the place where Sai Baba lived for many decades and finally attained samadhi. Mostly visited from September to November, Shirdi has quite a few well known religious spots. A couple of prominent ones are Sai Baba temple and Dwarakamayi. The Sai Baba Temple houses the samadhi of Sai Baba. Dwarkamai Masjid, located on the right of Samadhi Mandir, is the place where Sai Baba spent majority of his time. A large stone in which baba used to sit is still present in the masjid.The tentative timings at the temple are from 4 am to 10 pm. Dwarakamayi is a mosque where Sai Baba stayed for over half a century. Over 100 years ago, he lit a holy fire here, which is still being preserved by devotees. On a visit to Shirdi, do not forget to pay homage at Gurusthan, which is a place where Sai Baba was once spotted sitting under a neem tree.
Distances can seem exaggerated in Shirdi. What is referred to as the other end of the town is, in reality, a 10-min walk away, through narrow lanes fringed by small stalls selling flowers, sweets, trinkets and other items that devotees offer to Sai Baba. Shirdi is approximately 296 kms from Mumbai and can be easily reached by railways, buses or private cars. Commuting within Shirdi is convenient as public transport is easily available.
There are even Tibetans here selling woollies. Music blares from almost every stall; devotional and popular Bollywood songs mingle to create a most eclectic medley as one walks down the streets.