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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to visit in Shirdi?

Jigyasha Prasad DEC 10 2012
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Shirdi is the abode of Sai Baba, one of the greatest and the most revered saints of India. The entire city today preserves his glory by paying homage to the saint who is believed to be a God incarnate soul. Year in and year out the city bustles with devotees who come seeking His blessing. There are many places that you must visit once you are in Shirdi:

  • 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. The complex shelters many spiritual places and temples like the Khandoba Temple, Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai, Chavadi, Lendi Gardens and many other temples.

    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 Vijayadashami in the month of September. Many programmes like Bhajan, Parayana and procession with palanquin and Rath take place during these festivals.
    Timings4am 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
    A little village settled in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, 65 km 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 Shanidev.

    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 villagers, putting all their faith on Shanidev, never encountered any robbery or theft even without installing doors in their houses.

    An idol of LordShani Dev made in large black stone is placed in the village, that is worshipped by the people with devotion. However, only the male devotees are allowed to worship inside the temple.

    TimingsThe 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.

  • Abdul Baba Cottage
    Abdul Baba was one of the most ardent followers of Sai Baba. The cottage exhibits a collection of the chronicles of Baba with his followers. Significant photographs and account of Baba with Abdul is preserved in the hall of the cottage. Also pictures of Baba with Swami Chinmayanand can be seen here.

    Timings:7am to 10pm.

  • House of Laxmibai Shinde
    Laxmibai Shinde was another fervent disciple of Sai Baba. She was one among the many followers of Baba that cooked food for him everyday. She was offered INR 4 by Baba daily and on breathing his last he presented her with Rs. 9. This last gift to Laxmibai of INR 9 symbolizes the 9 qualities of a true disciple as mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana. The coins are displayed along with the statue of Laxmibai inside the house. The wooden pole on which Baba leaned while sitting and had his meal near it is also preserved inside the house. Also the well from which Baba drank water is on the front yard of the house.

    Timings: 8am to 8pm.

Go and explore the last remnants of Shirdi Sai baba! There are some affordable hotels in Shirdi, which would make for a great stay.

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