Shirdi Saibaba Temple Darshan and 10 Places to see In and around Shirdi Temple
Shirdi SaiBaba is one of the greatest saints ever seen in India,endowed with unprecedented powers,is worshipped as a God incarnate.(Guru Dattatreya)SAI meaning Sakshaat Ishwar-GOD THE ABSOLUTE.He lived as Fakir.An outstanding aspect of SaiBaba is that he is beyond distinctions of religion,caste or creed.He embodied all religions and preached the universal religion of love.It is No.3 in Top10 popular Temples of India.
Sai first made his appearance in Shirdi as youth,remained there throughout his life.He transformed the lives of those who met him and continuously is doing so even after his Samadhi in 1918 for those whose hearts are touched by his love,who pray and call him at any emergency in life for his blessings.
Baba said that he was a slave in the service of those who loved him.He then taught values of total surrender to the only one Almighty Master(ALLAH MALIK EK HAI)and experience his grace.The extracts are taken from SHRI SAI SAT CHARITRA,best book to know about Saibaba.The author shri GovindRaghunath(Hemadpant)comprise chapters refers to Saibaba his devotees and vision.
HOW TO REACH:Mumbai-250km,Pune-185km,Hyderabad-500km,Manmad-55km,Nasik-85km connected to all cities by train and bus routes.Temple complex has 4gates,Gate1 entrance near to Mainroad,Gate2 side entrance,near to shopping.Gate3:Entrance for aarati,senior citizens take pass at gate-1,for easy Darshan,1 attendant allowed,Gate4 opposite to gate2.
Aarati:In India GANGA aarati at Haridwar is popular.Next is SAI AARATI. 1.KAKADAarati-4.30am
3.Evening Dhoop Aarati-6.30pm
For more details Visit http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/.
Places to see in Shirdi:
1.Shirdi saibaba Samadhi Mandir:
Baba promises“I shall be active,vigorous even from the tomb”and it’s perhaps in the Mandir that we can experience the phenomenon of SaiBaba and the remarkable way he has touched hearts,lives of people from all over the world. Devotees can feel Baba’s presence with his glance&touching feet. People says“Sri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jai”, offers flowers, sweets, fruits to Baba touch his feet,tomb. In main hall all photographs of devotees are visible.
Khandoba temple is at the Shirdi enterance (near Temple Gate-1). Khandoba (Shiva) is Mahalsapati(Priest) deity. This temple has got importance,here Sai Baba acquired his name & become sacred mantra of his devotees. Baba halted on his entry into Shirdi with wedding party of ChandBhaiPatil. Mahalsapati on seeing fakir called “Ya, Sai!” means Welcome Sai, this name remained ever after.
Baba’s Guru Samadhi is near the Neem tree. Underneath the tree there is an underground tunnel leading to Dwarkamai. It gave shelter to Baba for few years,devotees once reported,leaves of one of the branches tasted sweet, for them it was sign of Baba’s grace.
4.Sai devotees tombs
Lendi bagh- SaiBaba has grown plants here
Saibaba Nandadeep- Baba lit Akhanddeep
5. Saibaba’s Photos,things preserved in Dexitwada Museum.
6.Ganesh,Shani,Mahadevtemples7.Hanuman temple(gate3)Baba words to Shama,in my childhood parents dedicated me to Maruti,so I make signs at him to remind him I’m his brother.
8. Dwarakamaidhuni(sacred fire)
9. Chavadi Saibaba used to sleep on alternate nights,during last decade of his life
10. SaiPrasadalaya World’s largest solar kitchen,feeding 20,000/day.
Around Shirdi: Nasik, shanishinganapur, Ajanta&Ellora caves.