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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Shirdi?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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A: Popularly known among the masses as The Land of Sai, Shirdi falls in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Shirdi is revered greatly by devotees as it is largely believed as having been the abode and preaching-place of the late 19th century Sai Baba.

The saint is supposed to have come to this village at the age of 16 and went on to live there for 50 long years, till his death in 1918. The place where he set his foot as a Bal Yogi has been named
Gurusthan by devotees.

Khandoba temple is the place that Sai Baba stayed in during the first few years after his arrival in Shirdi. The temple was renovated in the late 1920 by devotee of Sai, Upasani Maharaj. Displaying his secular, non-discriminatory beliefs, Sai also went on to live in Dwarkamai mosque.

Amazingly, Shirdi attracts both Hindu as well as Muslim followers. Sai Baba's doctrines of love, forgiveness, altruism and a quest towards self-realisation and salvation have come to become the cultural and religious trademark of Shirdi.

The name of Sai Baba is still so revered by the people of Shani Shinganapur, a little village 65 km away from Shirdi, that people there don't even build doors in their houses because they have faith that Sai will protect them.

It is noteworthy that a major chunk of the population comprises of migrants from UP, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, etc.

The Shirdi temple is visited by around 20,000 devotees everyday and during religious seasons, this number becomes up to fivefold. Understandably, quite a portion of the city's economy is built around religious tourists who visit this place throughout the year.

Doesn't the wide popularity of this holy place across the world already invoke awe and spiritual curiosity in you?

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