Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual master who is regarded by his devotees as a saint, a fakir, a satguru and an incarnation (avatar) of Lord Shiva. He is revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees during, as well as after his lifetime. Saibaba is now revered as incarnation of Sri Dattatreya, and considered as Saguna Brahma. He is attributed to be the creator, sustainer and destroyer of this universe by his devotees. He is decorated with jewels and all forms of Hindu vedic deities as he is supreme God. His teaching combined elements of Hinduism and Islam: he gave the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosque in which he lived, practised both Hindu and Muslim rituals.
Address: Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, (Shirdi) PO: Shirdi Tal. Rahata Dist. Ahmednagar State- Maharashtra India
How to Reach:
- By Air: Nearest Airports – Aurangabad Airport – 150 kilometers, Pune Airport – 215 kilometers, Mumbai Airport – 282 kilometers
- By Rail: Nearest Railway Stations – Sai Nagar Railway Station – 0.5 kilometers (only special trains), Kopergaon Junction – 16 kilometers, Manmad Junction -58 kilometers
- By Road: Nearest Bus Stations – Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) Bus Station – State buses – 0.5 kilometers, Private buses and coaches may drop you very near to the temple premises.
Apart from 700 registered hotels and inns in Shirdi, the temple administration itself caters to the accommodation needs of devotees. The three accommodation facilities offered by the administration are –
- Sai Ashram
- New Bhakta Niwas
Bookings for these can be made online.
What is the significance of the Temple?
Sai Baba temple at Shirdi is famous for its wish fulfillment and healing. Thousands of devotees pledge to visit the temple each year when their desires are granted and accidents averted. Many sick devotees come here with the belief that the seer shall heal them of their maladies. The sacred ash or Udhi dispensed at the temple is believed to have miraculous healing properties. The temple is known for its intense peace and spiritual vibrations.
Top other Places to Visit:
Dixit Wada Museum: Showcasing some of Sai Baba's personal belongings, the Dixit Wada museum offers visitors an interesting insight into his simple and pious life. It was established by Kakasaheb Dixit in the year 1911 on Ram Navami with Baba's permission.
Shani Shingnapur: Located at a distance of 65 kms from Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district, the Shani Shingnapur Temple is dedicated to Lord Shaneshwar or Lord Shanidev. He is regarded as the personification of planet Saturn is preached over here.
The Maruti Mandir: The Maruti Mandir is also known as Hanuman Mandir and is one of the oldest temples in Shirdi. The Maruti Mandir is situated between Chavadi Mandir and Dwarkamai Mandir and has an idol of Lord Hanuman at its entrance. The Maruti Mandir is situated at a distance of 6 kms from the famous Ellora Caves and has an eye catching view in itself.