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Shirdi Trip

Shirdi Trip

Shirdi is a small town located in the state of Maharashtra State in western India. The place is around 296 km (around 6 hours drive) from Mumbai (Bombay). Sai Baba’s shrine has been incorporated as one of the holy places in the world’s map of pilgrimage.
Languages: Marathi, Hindi, and English

HOW TO REACH

To get to Shirdi from outside India:

First, you have to travel to India. (Check with the Office of Consulate General of India in your region for visa and travel requirements.). Take a flight to nearest airport (Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad). From all states there is Rail service if you want to take Rail contacting nearest Railway Station to Shirdi.
Nearest Airport
Nearest airports are Mumbai (260 km), Pune (185 km), and Aurangabad (125 km). Flights for all the major cities in India and abroad can be taken from Mumbai.
Nearest Railway Station
The nearest railway station is Manmad (60 km) and Kopargaon 15 kilometers on Manmad-Daund section of Central Railways.
Taxis and buses are easily available at Manmad and Kopargoan railway station for transfer to Shirdi. Regular taxi service also operates between Manmad railway station and bus stand. For Fares, Schedules and other details contact your local travel agent, the Government of India Tourism Office, the Maharashtra State Tourism Board Office, the Central Railway booking office or the Maharashtra State Transport booking office.
By Bus
State Transport Corporation and private operators run coaches to Shirdi from Mumbai. Other luxury and Volvo a/c busues also run from Mumbai to Shirdi. Contact Mumbai travel agent for more information and booking. The travel time is approx 6-7 hrs. Buses run from Mumbai 24 hrs.
By Car
From Mumbai rent a car to Shirdi. Contact Travel agents to rent a car. There are different rates for cars approx Rs. 8-10 per Km. Travel time is approx 5 hrs.

To get to Shirdi from within India:

From Mumbai (Bombay):
You could take a Cab, hire a private taxi or drive.
You could take a Maharashtra State Transport Bus.
You could take a Bus operated by Private operators.
You could take a Central Railway train of the Indian Railways from Mumbai (Bombay) V.T. station to Manmade station and then take a bus to Shirdi. State transport buses are available from Manmad to Shirdi.
For Fares, Schedules and other details contact your local travel agent, the Government of India Tourism Office, the Maharashtra State Tourism Board Office, the Central Railway booking office or the Maharashtra State Transport booking office.

WHERE TO STAY

Shirdi has accommodation available to every income group, starting from budget to high-end. ISD/STD facilities are available in most of the hotels.

WHAT TO EAT
The administrative body of Shirdi temple runs a prasadalaya to provide lunch and dinner to the devotees. Nearly one thousand devotees can take Baba’s prasad at the same time. The kitchen of the prasadalaya is equipped with modern cooking machineries and is free of pollution. There are many restaurants near the temple where you can get vegetarian Indian food. Some restaurants serve western cuisine also.

Climate:

Shirdi has a dry climate that swings to extremes, from a high of 42° C in May and June , to a low of 7° C in December and January. But the monsoon months – June to September – are pleasant, with scanty to heavy rains.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Samadhi Mandir

The Samadhi of Baba is built with white marble stones. The railings around it are full of ornamental decorations. The idol of Baba is a marvelous statue made up of Italian marble built by Late Balaji Vasant in 1954. The temple has an assembly hall for about 600 devotees. The assembly hall also houses a showcase having various items used by the sage. The first floor of the temple has the pictures depicting the life of the saint. The temple opens on 4 AM with morning prayers and close down at 10. 20 PM with night prayers.

Dwarkamai

Situated on the right side of the entrance of the Samadhi Mandir is Dwarkamai, a mosque. This was the place where the Sai Baba stayed until the end of his life. Main attraction of the site is the oil paintings of the sage.

Gurusthan

The place from where Sai Baba first came to Shirdi in the form of a Bal Yogi (child ascetic) is known as Gurusthan. A temple has been constructed on this site. There is also a small shrine in Gurusthan.

Chavadi

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.

Abdul Baba’s Cottage

There is a cottage of Abdul Baba, an ardent devotee of Shri Sai Baba, in front of the Chavadi. Photos and various items that were handled by Sai Baba and Abdul Baba are there in the cottage. There is a Maruti Mandir located at some distance from the cottage of Abdul Baba. This mandir was visited by Baba for the sat-sang with Devidas, a Bal yogi, who lived at the Mandir ten to twelve years before Baba arrived.

Ganesh, Shiva and Shani Temples

There are also temples God Shani, Ganapati, and Shankar that are worth visiting.

Museum

In Shirdi, Museum is now new attraction for all devotees as it is onestep collection of many things which were used by Saibaba.Chillims,Coat,small size Pots,Grinder,Idol of Krishna for whom current Samadhi mandir was built actually are few things kept there.Also there is baba’s chair & belts are placed.

Lendi Bag

At some distance from Gurusthan, there is the Lendi Bag. This garden was made and watered daily by Baba himself. It got its name from a nullah (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 (a lighting object) lit in that pit. An octagonal deepgriha (lighthouse) called Nanda Deep has been built in marble stone in memory of this place. It constantly burns in a glass box. On one side of the deepgriha is a pipal tree and on the other side is a neem tree.
Other sites to visit are Datta Mandir and Khandoba Mandir.

SITES NEARBY

Situated around 5 km from Shirdi is Sakori. The place is home to the Upasini Maharaj.
Shanisinghnapur is 70 km from Shirdi. A temple devoted to Shani is located here.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

The most important festivals and events that are celebrated in Shirdi are Guru Poornima, Dussehra, and Ram Navami. These are the only days when the Samadhi Mandir of Shirdi opens for the whole night. Every Thursday, a palKi Procession bearing a photograph of the Sai Baba is taken out from the temple at 9.00pm.

 MAP OF SAMADHI MANDIR PREMISES