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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What tips should I keep in mind while visiting Shirdi?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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To fulfill your spiritual tour to Shirdi without any hurdles, take down these few tips along with you:

Tips for staying in Sai Baba Sansthan

If you want to choose to stay in the Saibaba Sansthan temple complex you should keep these tips could be helpful for you:

  • You can book your room at the reception counter, where you will require to register your name and other details.
  • It is advisable to avail the locker facility where you can keep your belongings. A nominal value is charged for the service but it is a lot safer way to keep your luggage and valuables here.
  • Take care not to leave behind your things, especially inside the bathrooms and toilets.
  • Beware of pickpockets during the Aarti, the mandir gets over crowded at such times.
  • Necessary payments have to be made for all the religious functions and pujas against a receipt.
  • Also beware of imposters who try to deceive the devotees by posing as the disciples or heir of Sai Baba.
  • Remember that the 'Holy Padukas' or the footwear of Sai Baba remains safely only with the Saibaba Sansthan Trust for darshan. It cannot be found elsewhere.
  • The canteen at the Sai baba Sansthan offers tea and Prasadalaya at subsidised rates for the devotees.

General tips in Shirdi

Keep these tips in mind while you are in Shirdi:

  • It is sad but true! There are some people who take advantage of the innocent and emotional devotees of Baba. Beware of these people who would draw money from your pockets in His name.
  • Offering alms to the poor is indeed a very noble deed, but there are beggars who would tail around you for more. Stay away from these people who are controlled by greed.
  • You can buy beautiful garlands, flowers, dias and other pujasamagri from the shops outside the temple complex. But you should note that they may not always quote the right price to you. A little bit of haggling will not make you a sinner, so go ahead and do it!
  • Remember that there are also places outside the temple complex that you can visit like Abdul Baba's cottage and House of Laxmibai Shinde etc.

So, let your spiritual instincts drive you to the place where you can purify your soul...

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