The land of Sai Baba, Shirdi in Maharashtra remains one of the holiest places in India. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit Shirdi to enjoy the spirituality and serenity sprawling here. The town has a rich past which can be seen in its historical sites. The air of this town is sprinkled with seamless spirituality which leaves everyone spellbound.
Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple
Located in the heart of the town of Shirdi, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple is dedicated to Sai Baba, one of the greatest saints in India. Sai Baba came to this town as a youth and stayed here until his death in 1918. The locals here give him immense respect as he transformed their life with his preaching. The temple complex is sprawling over 200 square meters. Samadhi Mandir is the main temple which is also the mausoleum where Baba's mortal remains were buried. Visitors visiting the temple worship a grand marble idol of Baba which was set up here in 1954.
Located at a distance of 72 km from Shirdi, Shani Shingnapur is a popular village due to its spiritual vibes. It is known for housing the temple of Shani Mahadev. This is one of the most renowned Shani temples in the country. The locals believe that the deity still stays in the temple. The temple houses a black five and a half feet high stone which personifies the idol and is worshipped by the devotees. The most interesting fact about Shani Shingnapur is that none of the house here has doors as villagers believe that the god has punished anyone who attempted theft in the village.
Sai Heritage Village
Sai Heritage Village is a popular picnic spot located 2 km from Shirdi Bus Stand. This beautiful theme park was laid in July 2014. It offers seamless fun and relaxation to the family vacationers with various statues showcasing the life of Sai Baba, a well maintained garden area, a play area for kids and various eating options to satisfy your hunger.
Khandoba Mandir lies in very close proximity to Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. The temple is dedicated to Khandoba who is believed to be a form of Lord Shiva. Visitors worship a stone idol of Lord Khandoba. The temple holds great significance among locals and remains a must visit.
Chavadi holds importance as this was the place where Sai Baba spent his last days before he died. A grand procession of Sai baba was carried out by his followers from the nearby Dwarkamai mosque after his death. The ritual still continues with a procession of Sai Baba’s idol on every Thursday.
By Air: The nearest airport to Shirdi is the Aurangabad Airport which is 130 kilometres away from Shirdi.
By Train: Kopergaon Railway Station is the nearest railway station connecting the town with major Indian cities.
By Road: Maharashtra State Transport buses are also available in abundance.