About Shirdi

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Shirdi occupies a place of pride among the spiritual destinations of Maharashtra and is best known for its world famous temple ‘Sai Baba Mandir’. This small town in Ahmednagar district is home to the famous temple of Shri Sai Baba, which attracts devotees in lakhs, not only from the state but from across India and the world. Pilgrims belonging to all faiths throng here all the year round.Shri Sai Baba Sansthan. Shirdi was established in the year 1922 to carry out the noble service of Shri Sai Baba. From the year 1922 to August of 1989 the establishment staff provided various facilities for the devotees. On May 4, 1990 Bhoomi Pujan of ‘Sai Baba Bhakta Niwas’ was performed. The Sansthan is publishing various photos and books on Shri Sai Baba in many languages. The trust has started English medium schools three years ago. Scholarships are given to the poor and clever students every year by the Sansthan. The Chairperson and the members of the trust are taking keen interest to provide facilities to the villagers and devotees.

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Shri Saibaba’s Samadhi Mandir

Baba has promised, “I shall be active and vigorous even from the tomb,” and it is perhaps in the Mandir that we can most fully experience the phenomenon of Sai Baba and the remarkable way he has touched the hearts and lives of millions of people from all over the globe. Baba’s omniscient presence is felt when one has Baba’s glance, when one sits at Baba’s feet.


Dwarkamai

To the devotees of Sai Baba, Dwarkamai is one of the treasures of Shirdi. The spirit of tolerance, acceptance and welcome for all is very much alive. Baba has said that merely going inside the mosque will confer blessings, and the experiences of devotees confirm this. Sai Baba respected all religions and creeds, and all had free access to the mosque. It is typically unique of Sai Baba that he regarded a place of worship – the mosque – as a mother. He once told a visitor, “Dwarkamai is this very mosque. She makes those who ascend her steps fearless. This masjidmai is very kind. Those who come here reach their goal!”

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Chavadi

Chavadi is located nearby, on the eastern side of Samadhi Mandir Complex. Though apparently and formally Baba used to go to the Chavadi. In his super conscious state he was never asleep and used to tell his devotees that in his everlasting awareness (consciousness) he will always protect his devotees who were asleep at night


Lendi Baug / Datta Mandir

This is the place where Shri Sai Baba used to go for a stroll. At the end of 1999, Lendi Gardens was radically relandscaped, and the previously paved and tree-lined area turned into a lawn with waterfall and flower beds. Lendi is significant as a place which Baba used to visit every day. It contains some tombs, a shrine, and most importantly the perpetually burning lamp lit by Baba and placed between the two trees he planted. A few months before Baba’s mahasamadhi the land was bought by a Bombay devotee, M. W. Pradhan, and later presented to the Sansthan.

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Museum Hall

A small museum of Sai Sansthan at Shirdi (housed in Samadhi temple) where an old portrait of Sai Baba and His modest possessions like a long robe – Kafani, begging bowls (tin pots), clay pipes – Chillum, sacred staff – Satka, leather slippers – Paduka are displayed. Besides this there are few other silver articles which were in use in the Palki procession as well as formal worship of Baba in those days.


Three Temple

Just behind the new outdoor theatre is a row of three small temples. They are dedicated to Ganesh, Shani (Saturn) and Mahadev (Shiva). Baba had them repaired and his local devotee, Tatya Kote Patil, was fond of offering lamps here. The shrines were rebuilt and enlarged in 1999 as part of the re-modeling of the Temple Complex.
The small samadhi of the tiger, commemorated by a statue in Dwarkamai and said to have received mukti from Baba, is a few feet from the Mahadev shrine.

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Khandoba

Khandoba Mandir

This Temple is located near Shree Saibaba Hospital on Nagar-Manmad Road. It is said that a young man, dressed in the Muslim fashion in a Kafni (Robe) arrived in a bullock cart as the guest of the wedding party. As the party approached the temple, the temple priest, Mhalsapati, on seeing the fakir, called out, “Ya, Sai!” (“Welcome, Sai!”) and the name remained ever after (Sai is a Persian word meaning “saint” or ‘holy’, and Baba means “father”). In this way, it was Mhalsapati who was responsible for Baba’s name, which has become the sacred mantra of thousands of his devotees.


Shri Gurusthan Mandir

Gurusthan means “place of the Guru”. It is both where Baba spent most of his time when he first came to Shirdi, and also where, according to Baba, the tomb of his own Guru is located by the neem tree. Gurusthan is therefore one of the most important places in Shirdi.. From underneath the NEEM tree there is an underground tunnel or passage leading to the place of Dwarkamai as told by an old lady.

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Shirdi Sai Temple Timings

4:00 AM Temple open
4.15 AM Bhupali
4:30 AM Kakad  Aarti (morning)
5:00 AM Bhajan in Saibaba Mandir
5.05 AM Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba (Mangal Snaan) in Samadhi Mandir
5:35 AM Aarti “Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur”
5:40 AM Darshan begins in Samadhi Mandir
11:30 AM Dhuni Pooja with rice and ghee in Dwarkamai
12:00 PM Mid day Aarti
4:00 PM Pothi (Devotional reading/Study) in Samadhi Mandir
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM Devotional Songs in Samadhi Mandir and other Cultural Programmes (if any)
10:30 PM Shej (night) Aarti, after this , a shawl is wrapped around the statue in the Samadhi Mandir, a Rudraksha mala is put around baba’s neck, Mosquito net is hung, and a glass of water kept there