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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous temples in and around Shirdi?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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Temples in and near Shirdi have an extraordinary charm that impresses any visitor. Famous for the Sai Baba temple, Shirdi is also dotted with many other famous temples, mostly related to the life of Sri Sai Baba. Just read on to know more about them.

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple Complex

Spread across 200 sq km, the temple complex is situated in the center of the Shirdi village. Housing the samadhi of Sai Baba and many other temples in the premise, the place is a greatly revered one by the pilgrims. Annually the temple complex is visited by more than 25,000 devotees per day and during festival season it might increase up to 1,00,000 devotees in a day. The three main festivals that are celebrated in Shirdi are Ramnavami in the month of March or April, Guru Purnima in the month of July and Vijayadashamiin the month of September. Many programmes like Bhajan, Parayana and procession with palanquin and Rath take place during these festivals.

4am and the Kakad Aarti takes place at 4.30am.
From 7 to 11 am Satyanarayan puja is conducted, again at sunset a Dhoop Aarti and after that from 10.30 pm to 11.15 pm, the Shej aarti takes place following which the temple is closed.

Shani Shinganapur Temple

A little village settled in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, 65 kilometres away from Shirdi, Shani Shinganapur is believed to be the home of Lord Shaneshwara (the personification of the planet Saturn). The place is visited by devotees coming from near and far to pay respect to the mighty Lord Shani Dev. An idol of Lord Shani Dev made in large black stone is placed in the village, that is worshipped by the people with devotion.

The belief of the local people is so strong on the deity that they don't build doors in their houses. In the entire village, you can't spot one house with doors in them.

The temple remains open from 5am to 10pm. However, unlike the other pilgrimage places, you can perform puja and abhishek on your own in the temple.

Khandoba Temple

The Khandoba temple is of great significance that trails back to the life of Sai Baba. This temple was the first place where Baba halted on his visit to Shirdi along with the wedding party of Chand Bhai Patil and in this very place Baba got his name. Khandoba is a pastoral deity and is considered as a form of Lord Shiva and is worshipped all over Maharashtra. The idol of Khandoba is placed inside the temple. A huge Banyan tree is seen on the entrance of the temple. It is the same tree where the bullock cart of Sai Baba halted. There is a small shrine with the padukas underneath the tree. The temple was renovated in the late 1920's by a devotee of Sai Baba, Upasani Maharaj.

Hanuman (Maruti) Mandir

This temple has a life size black idol of Lord Hanuman, who is also known as Maruti. Sri Sai Baba used to perform satsangs here. It was renovated recently by Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, with the use of marble and a large statue of Hanuman is established in place of the previous one. Located within the Shirdi temple complex, it is one of the oldest temples.

Mahalaxmi Temple

The temple houses a life-size idol of Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth along with Navgraha idols and a Shivling. Recently restructured, this temple is located just by the side of Pilgrims Inn (MTDC) on the Pimpalwadi Road. The temple finds its mention in Sri Sai Satcharitra.

Jain Temple

There are two Jain temples which are located within a close proximity of each other. The main temple was built by Sri Jain Shwetambar Theertha Trust. It is noted for the absence of any iron in its construction to the extent that there is not a single nail in the temple. This is because metal is not conducive to meditation. Located on Nagar-Manmad Road, the main idol of this temple is Adeshwar Bhagavan. The second temple is on the Nagar/Pune main road and is called Shish Mahal, implying that that inside walls and ceiling of the temple are covered with mosaic mirror pieces. Built by the Shri Shanti Niwas Digambar Temple Committee, the temple is dedicated to Sri Shanti Niwas Maharaj l6th Teerthanka.

These temples in and around Shirdi will bring out your spirituality and inner peace. Make sure to keep in mind the Darshan and Aarti timing beforehand so that you can offer your prayers without any hassles.

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