Sai Baba, one of the foremost saints of modern India, lived in the small village of Shirdi in the state of Maharashtra for sixty years. Due to the presence of Sai Baba, even after his Samadhi today, the tiny hamlet has transformed itself into a great spiritual center for people from all religions. Shri Sai Baba, despite his great spiritual stature, never publicized himself through discoursing, touring, and preaching, unlike today's many 'so-called' saints. Rather he discouraged unnecessary publicity. But his spiritual perfection is still drawing innumerable devotees to him from all over the world. Shirdi temple is flocked by millions of pilgrims every year.
Sai Baba did never reveal his original name, time, and place of birth, especially his religion and caste, and even the name of his parents. Though, he emerged as a solution to all the religious and communal differences that are destroying the world today. He preaches that God is Almighty, and he has given all the souls on earth equal opportunity to reach him, whichever religion they follow. 'Sai Baba' is the name given to him by his first devotee, Mahalsapathi - 'Sai' means 'Saint' and 'Baba' means 'Father' The name is just an expression of love, reverence, and devotion.
Sai Baba never discriminated between the rich and the poor. The people showed him equal indifference to honor or dishonor. He would utter the name of 'Allah' frequently. All religious scriptures spell that any spiritual quest does not fulfill without a proper guide or Sadguru. Shri Sai Baba has led many seekers as a Sadguru towards spiritual progress. These seekers are either drawn to him by himself or by other saints and deities. You can go through below mentioned Shirdi Yatra package, which is one of the most popular India tours.
Duration: 04 Nights / 05 Days
Destination covered : New Delhi - Shirdi - New Delhi
Departure transfer to the railway station to board overnight train up to Kopargaon.
Upon arrival at Kopargaon railway station, you are met and transferred to a pre-booked hotel at Shirdi Dham. After wash and change, proceed to Sai Darshan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast in the morning, a day trip to Shani Shingnapur for darshan of Shani Dev at Shani Dev temple here. Come back to the hotel after darshan. Evening free at your leisure and shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, explores the market on your own until the train departs. Come back to the hotel to check out and transferred to the railway station to board the train for New Delhi. Overnight stay on board.
Arrive at the railway station in Delhi. You are met and transferred to a hotel or residence.
The above tour program can be customized by air also. We offer Shirdi yatra tour from other major cities of India such as Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai, etc.
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Shirdi is located approximately 296 Kilometers from Mumbai (Bombay) City in India. The nearest railway station is Kopargaon that is 15 kilometers on the Manmad - Daund section of Central Railways.
IMPORTANT PLACES TO VISIT IN SHIRDI
A millionaire from Nagpur owned Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba, a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao. Gopalrao wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar here. However, Baba himself became Murlidhar, and the temple became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba. The temple was built with stones and Baba's Samadhi with white marble stones. A railing is built in marble around the Samadhi and is full of ornamental decorations. In front of the Samadhi are two silver pillars full of decorative designs. Just behind the Samadhi is Sai Baba's marvelous statue made of Italian marble, which shows him seated on a throne. The idol was created or designed by the late Balaji Vasant.
The statue was installed on 7th October 1954. Above the statue is an open, silver umbrella. The front of the mandir has an assembly hall, where about 600 devotees can assemble. Here is the showcase, where preserved the various things handled by Babaji. On the first floor of the Mandir, pictures are depicting the life of Baba.
The routine of the temple starts at 5 a.m. with Bhoopali, a morning song, and closes at 10 o'clock in the night after Shejarati is sung. Only on three occasions, the temple is kept open overnight .ie. on Gurupoornima, Dassera, and Ramnavami. Every Thursday and on each festival, a Palakhi with Baba's photo is taken out of the temple.
Shri Sai Baba came to Shirdi with a marriage procession, and he stayed at Dwarkamai till the very end of his life. Dwarkamai is on the right side of the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. Here he solved the problems of the people, cured their sickness and worries. Before Baba arrived in Shridhi, Dwarkamai was an old mosque in a dilapidated condition. Baba turned it into Dwarkamai and proved that God is one.
The first level of Dwarkamai has a portrait of Baba and a big stone on which Baba used to sit. This level has two rooms. One contains the chariot and the second a palkhi. You can see, in front of the room, where there is a small temple with a chariot. A saffron flag flies over it.
The second level of Dwarkamai has a square stool made of stone, which Baba used for taking a bath. The main attraction of this place is the oil painting of Shri Sai Baba sitting in a carved wooden shrine. This level also has the grinding stone and the wooden vessel called Kolamba in which Baba used to keep the Bhiksha brought from the village.
Sai Baba first came to Shirdi in the form of Bal Yogi - a child ascetic. He was first spotted seated under a Neem tree. This place came to be known as Gurusthan. The renovation of Gurusthan was complete on 30th September 1941. Later built the present temple. There is a small shrine in Gurusthan. On an elevated platform of this shrine, there is a portrait of Baba. On the side is a marble statue of Baba. There is Shivlina alongside Nandiji and some photos of twelve Jyotirlingas in the temple. The branches of the Neem tree have come out through the roof of the temple.
At a short distance lies Baba's CHAVADI. Baba used to sleep here every alternate day. The Chavadi is divided into two parts. One part of the Chavadi has a large portrait of Baba along with a wooden bed and a white chair belonging to him.
There is a cottage of Abdul Baba, an ardent devotee of Shri Sai Baba, in front of the Chavadi. The Lendi Baug was looked after by Abdul Baba. There are photos and various things that were handled by Sai Baba and Abdul Baba in the cottage.
There is a Maruti Mandir located at some distance from the cottage of Abdul Baba. Baba visited the Mandir for the Satsang with Devidas, a Balyogi, who lived at the Mandir ten to twelve years before Baba arrived. There are also temples of village deities named Shani, Ganapati, and Shankar to be visited.
At some distance from Gurusthan, there is the Lendi Baug. This Baug was made and watered daily by Baba himself. It got its name from a Nalla (a drain), which used to flow there. Baba used to come here every morning and afternoon and take rest under a Neem tree. Baba dug a pit, 2 feet deep, under the Neem tree, and kept a Deep lit in that pit. One octangular Deepgriha called Nanda Deep built-in marble stone in memory of this place. It burns in a glass box constant. On one side of the Deepgriha is a Peepal tree and on the other side is a Neem tree.
Some distance away is a Datta Mandir below an Audumbar tree. In the Mandir, there is a statue of Datta built in marble stone. The statue of Datta was installed on 6th December 1976. Just behind the Datta Mandir is a Samadhi of the horse, Shyamsundar, which belonged to Baba and which used to bow to him.
Lendi Baug also has a well dug by Baba with the cooperation of his devotees. At the entrance of the Baug are the Samadhi's of ardent Sai devotees Tatya Kote Patil, Bhau Maharaj Kumbhar, Nanavalli, and Abdul Baba.
This temple is situated on the main road. In front of this temple, Baba was welcomed by Poojari Mhalsapati, of this temple, saying "Aao Sai", when Baba stepped in Shridi. In this temple, there are icons of Khandoba, Banai, and Mhalsai.