Shirdi Tourism & City Guide
Shirdi is the abode of the ever-pervading Saint Shri Saibaba. Shirdi is a spiritual town with a high devotional intensity. The town is tiny – just 2 square km of Main Street and a maze of by-lanes – but packs in much passion. It sees devotees coming from all over the world. Shirdi figures prominently on the world map of spirituality. The streets of Shirdi are paved with shops selling Sai Baba memorabilia, especially the unforgettable pictures of Sai Baba himself, with his piercing eyes, snowy beard and benevolent smile. Accommodation is never a problem in Shirdi - from the MTDC hotel, tourist rest houses, dharamsalas and ashrams, to five star accommodations - the town is totally geared for rush of pilgrims.
The spiritual intensity of the place is so high that the faith and conviction of the devotees of Saibaba touches even a tourist. Saibaba was not influenced by any religion and was regarded both by both Hindu and Muslim communities. Saibaba is believed to have arrived at the village of Shirdi when he was about sixteen years old. His inborn magnetism soon began attracting followers. He has been attributed numerous miracles which still live expanding the list of his devotees.
Shirdi Travel Guide would make your journey to Baba’s Dabar an unforgettable experience with detailed sections on How to reach with driving directions, what to see in and around Shirdi and a host of other things.
How to Reach Shirdi
Shirdi is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Shirdi is about 302 km from Mumbai and 205 km from Pune. The sacred abode of Shri Sai Baba at Shirdi is easily accessible from all the corners of India and even from all the major cities of the world. You can reach this pilgrim center by air, train and road, whichever medium that suits you.
How to Reach Shirdi by Airways: The nearest airport to Shirdi is Aurangabad at a distance of 150kms, which is connected by all the major towns of India. You can also come till Mumbai by air and travel down to 296kms to reach Shirdi. Mumbai has both international and domestic airports that grant connectivity to the world. Domestic airport in Pune is about 231kms from Shirdi.
How to Reach Shirdi by Railways: Manmad Junction is the nearest Railway station which is about 58kms from Shirdi. A number of trains from Mumbai and Delhi stops there.
How to Reach Shirdi by Road: Shirdi can be reached by taking a Bus from almost all major cities of Maharashtra. Shirdi is on the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway, 250 km from Mumbai and MTDC runs buses from all major destinations.MTDC runs a bi-weekly round trip bus service to Shirdi form Mumbai. State Transport buses ply regularly from Mumbai, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Pune and Kopargaon.
Places to visit in Shirdi
Shirdi is a charming little town located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashatra, India, and is one of the most honored religious spots in India. Shirdi is famous for the eminent sage Sai Baba, whose teaching cuts across all religions and beliefs, pilgrims from all faiths collect to get a sight of the Samadhi Idol. The entire town is dotted with a number of pilgrim spots. Some of the major tourist attractions in Shirdi include.
|Gurusthan Mandir||Samadhi Mandir||Dwarkamai|
|Chavadi Mandir||Lendi Baug||Maruti Mandir|
|Samadhi of Abdulbaba||Shri Tatya Kote Samadhi||Ganesh Temple|
The Mandir is located near Shirsainath Hospital. It is said that Shri Sai baba stepped here in Shirdi at the foot of banyan tree near Khandoba Temple to attend a marriage possession. The then Priest Mhalsapati greeted him by calling "Ya Sai". The temple is commemorated with a small shrine and Padukas (footwear) of Saibaba lay at its base
Gurusthan is known as place of guru. This place has its significance as it is said that Sai baba spent most of his time here when he came to Shirdi. Also this place is supposed to be Baba`s Gurusthan. There is a portrait of baba on a elevated platform. A “Shivlinga” and Nandi are just in front of the portrait. The famous Margosa (Neem) tree is here. Devotees believe that burning incense here on Thursday & Friday cures their ailments and fulfills their wishes.
Sai Baba`s Samadhi Mandir
It is the place where Sacred Body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. The articles handled by Baba are preserved & displayed here in a special showroom. The Samadhi Mandir has an idol of Baba made up of Italian marble sitting relaxed on his throne that is made up of 90 kgs of gold. Above the statue is an open, silver umbrella. The first floor of the temple has the pictures depicting the life of the saint. The temple opens on 5 AM with morning prayers and close down at 10 PM with night prayers. Only on three occasions the temple is kept open overnight i.e. on Gurupurnima, Dussera, and Ramnavami. Every Thursday and on each festival, a Palakhi with Baba`s photo is taken out from the temple.
Dwarkamai is a mosque where Sai Baba lived till his death. The Shila (Stone) on which Baba used to sit is located nearby. Also Sacred Fire (Dhuni) lit by Baba is ever burning here. Baba used to give Sacred Udi (Ash) to the devotees to solve their problems in life. Udi distributed to the devotees now is only from this Dhuni. Main attraction of the site is the oil paintings of the Sai, kolamba, water pot and the grinding stone associated with Sai Baba.
Chavadi means village office .On every alternate day Baba used to halt & sleep here. Now also on every Thursday Palakhi procession of Baba`s Photo, Holy Padukas & Satka is taken to this place between 9.15 p.m. & 10.00 p.m. 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.
At some distance from Gurusthan, there is the Lendi Baug. This garden was made and watered daily by Baba himself. Baba used to come here every morning and afternoon and take rest under a Neem tree. Baba dug a pit under the Neem tree and kept a deep (a lighting object) lit in that pit. In memory of this place Nanda Deep has been built in marble stone that burns constantly. On one side of the deepgriha is a pipal tree and on the other side is a Neem tree. There is also Datta Mandir in this garden and the Samadhi of the horse that belonged to baba. There is also a well here called as `Baba`s Shivdi`.
It is situated at a few minutes distance from the cottage of Abdulbaba. Sai Baba had a special devotion for the temple and used to visit it on a regular basis. He also conducted satsangs at the Maruti Temple, along with Devidas - a bal yogi, who used to reside in the temple 10-12 years before Baba came in Shirdi.
Samadhi of Abdulbaba
Abdulbaba was the man who used to read Quran to Sai Baba. The people of the town and those of Shirdi have sincere devotion towards Abdulbaba. His Samadhi is situated inside the premises of Shri Sai Baba Temple. The cottage where he used to live is still there and contains some photos and other items handled by him and Sai Baba.
Shri Tatya Kote Samadhi
Sai Baba referred Bayjabai as his mother. Tatya Kote was the son of Bayjabai. He was considered amongst the dedicated followers of Baba and he served baba till he left his mortal body. Tatya expired in the year 1945 and later, his Samadhi was built near Lendi Baug.
Shri Ganesh Temple, Shani Temple and Mahadev Temple
The three temples of Lord Ganesh, Shani Dev and Shri Mahadev are also definitely worth having a look at.
Shirdi - Kiomoi Must Do’s
Light Lamps: It is said that Sai Baba loved to light lamps so one should light lamps when he visits the holy town to give homage to Baba. You can buy the lamps from Alady near Dwarkamai. Light the lamps at Nanada Deep.
Be there on Thursday: Every Thursday is celebrated as a festival. So one should plan their trip accordingly. Also on Thursdays a special Abhishekam of Baba is done in wee morning hours. Plan your trip on Thursday.
Attend Aartis:There are four aartis conducted in a day so if possible then one should attend all the four aartis. Make sure you attend all the four.
Take a stroll: Take a stroll through the narrow lanes of the town where you can find several small stalls selling flowers, sweets, jewels and all other items that devotees offer to Baba.
Visit Shani Shingnapur: The homage paid to Baba is not said to be accepted unless a visit is made to Shani Shingnapur. Do visit.
Get sacred Udi: One must get the sacred Udi ( Bibhuti) that can be obtained from the temple itself for free. Don’t forget to get it.
Shirdi Getaways & Excursions
Shirdi is an important pilgrimage destination for sai devotees. Pilgrims visit Shirdi to make a mark in their spiritual journey. This holy land has brought a turning point in the lives of many devotees. Coming to this holy land is also an invitation to visit many religious sites that will interest you. About 112kms from Shirdi lies Nashik, another of major holy cities of India. You can also visit Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad about 144kms from Shirdi. There are many more significant religious and tourist destinations that will make your pilgrimage to Shirdi even more worth cherishing.
In close proximity to Shirdi picturesque Nasik is vibrant tourist destination. It is one of the sites of the Kumbh Mela and offers a battery of sacred Hindu religious places. Read More…
Located at 100 kms from Shirdi is one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” dedicated to Lord Shiva. Read More…
How to reach- By Bus, jeeps and rickshaw
Sakori is a special place, popular among pilgrims for its Shri Upasani Kanyakumari Sthan. You can come here for peace and serenity. Founded by Upasani Baba in 1917, Shri Upasani Kanyakumari Sthan reverberates with positive energy that can be felt by anyone.
Distance- 65 kms
How to reach- buses, jeeps, private cabs
Legend/lord- Lord Shani.
Caution- Women are not allowed in the premises of temple.
The devotees themselves can perform Pooja and Abhishek on any day at Shari Shaneshvar tirtha. The unique feature of the village is that nobody locks his house. It is said that Shani Dev protects the villagers and as a proof of this saying, no theft has taken place in the village till date.
Ajanta & Elora Caves
The caves were discovered in the beginning of the 19th century. The 29 caves were hidden deep in the Sahyadari hills above the Waghora River. The caves depict and display the story of Buddhism from 200 B.C. to 650 B.C. Ajanta has been selected as a World Heritage Site, to be conserved as an artistic heritage that will come to enhance and inspire the lives of the future generations.
The 34 Ellora caves are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill. The Temple architecture display beautiful interiors. These caves represent the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The caves were carved during the 350AD to 700 AD. Out of 34 caves, 12 caves represent Buddhism, 17 to the Hinduism and 5 caves depict Jainism.
The cave shrines at both Ajanta & Ellora are memorable for their priceless contribution to the mountainous wealth of the past Indian heritage.
Driving Directions Shirdi
Shirdi is a small village in the Ahmed Nagar district of Maharashtra, Western India. The small village in Maharashtra is located 100 Km from Nashik. This pilgrimage centre is the abode of the famous Shirdi’s saint Sai Baba who lived in this region for 50 years. Today Shirdi is the bustling holy magnet which entices thousands of pilgrims from different corners of the world. Mumbai’s Chatrapati Shivaji airport is nearest aerodrome to Shirdi. It is 305 Km away from Shirdi. It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Shirdi if the travelers are coming by their own vehicles. Kopargaon rail head(12Km) and Manmad junction(52Km) are the nearest rail heads to Shridi. The state highway 10(SH 10) is the major highway which links most of the cities to Shirdi. Kopargaon, Kanhegaon, Chitali, Puntamba, Belapur, Nagarsol and Yeola are some of the cities which shares a proximity with Shirdi.
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Accommodation at Shirdi
Shirdi is a well-known place in Maharashtra mainly because of the Saibaba Temple. A lot of devotees flock to this place to offer their prayers to Sai Baba. The huge numbers of pilgrims who frequent this place need proper accommodation and the Hotels in Shirdi cater to their needs.
Accommodation in Shirdi come in different categories the Deluxe Hotels, the First Class Hotel, and budget hotels. The Hotels offer some of the best vegetarian dishes in tune with the religious environment of the place. Hotels in Shirdi also have a lot of other recreational facilities for the tourists. The tourists can choose from travel desk, swimming pool, health club or rooms for indoor games to unwind themselves.
Shirdi Temple Events, Programs & Timings
Events at the Shirdi Temple
The worship schedule at Saibaba temple begins early in the morning that continues till late in night. The daily worship program includes various rites and rituals in order to pray to Saibaba and involve the devotees attending worship seeking the blessings of Shri Saibaba.
|Dwarkamai, Gurusthan, Chavadi open||4.30 am|
|Mandir Opens, Bhupali, Abhisheknam at Gurusthan||5.00 am|
|Kakad Aarti (morning)||5:15 am|
|Bhajan in Saibaba Mandir||5.40am|
|Mangal Snan of Statue and Samadhi of baba||6.00 am|
|Darshan Begins in Samadhi Mandir||7.00 am|
|Naivedyam in Samadhi Mandir and Dwarkamai||9.00 am|
|Satyanarayana Pooja||8.00 to 10.30 am|
|Dhuni Pooja||11.30 am|
|Mid day Aarti||12.00 am|
|Naivedyam in Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai & Gurusthan||12.30 pm|
|Pravachan or Pujan in Samadhi Mandir||4.00 pm|
|Naivedyam in Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai & Gurusthan||6.30 pm|
|Bhajan, Keertan, Vocal Music, etc||8.00 to 9.00 pm|
|Chavadi & Gurusthan closed||9.00 pm|
|Water is given to baba in Dwarkamai, a mosquito net is hung & a hanging lamp is lit||9.30 pm|
|Dwarkamai (upper part is closed)||9.30 pm|
|Shejarati. A shawl is wrapped around the statue, a mala is put around Baba’s neck||10.00 pm|
|Samadhi Mandir closes after Shejarati||10.45|
“Palakhi” procession takes place at around 9.15 p.m. from Samadhi Mandir to Dwarkamai and then to Chavadi on every Thursday `Palakhi` and on special days.body>
Shirdi Visual Circuit
SHIRDI VISUAL TOURIST CIRCUIT
Here we are giving a sample 3 day itinerary for the best way to cover Shirdi as well the nearby attractions.
Day 1: Sai Upasana
Spend your day fully devouring the religious fervour of Shirdi, the holy place of omnipresent Sa Baba. Day includes seeing the Arti, doing Puja and covering the local sightseeings including Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai Mosque, Gurusthan Mandir, Dixit Wada Museum, Khandoba Mandir et al.
Day 2: Go on a trip to Shani Shignapur and Nasik
Though both are located in the opposite directions Shani Shignapur (66 km south of Shirdi) while Nasik( 112 km ) north, but the popular way is to cover these two places in the same day.
See the unusual image of Lord Shaneshwara without any roof or doors. After worshipping proceed for the holy city Nasik situated on the banks of Godavari river. Nasik would be 180 km from Shani Shignapur. In Nasik see Ramkund, Tapovan, Muktidham Temple, Panchavati, Kalaram Temple etal. Return to Shirdi in Evening.
Day 3: Discover Ajanta and Ellora
Contrary to popular perception Ajanta and Ellora are notr exactly adjacent to each other. While Ellora is 30 km from Aurangabad, Ajanta is 110 kms away. Aurangabad is around 136 km southeast of Shrdi. Starting early in the morning and provided you are not a history aficionado you can cover these two UNESCO heritage sites in a day and return to Shirdi. Otherwise Staying at Aurangabad for another night is an option in that case you can see the attractions of Aurangabad like Bibi Ka Maqbara, History Museum of Marathwada University et al. Do not forget the Ghrishaeshwar temple that is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas while at Ajanta. It is just 1/2 km away.
Shirdi Useful Facts
District - Ahmednagar
State - Maharashatra
Climate - Dry
Temperature - Max - 40 C, Min - 7 C
Languages - Marathi, Hindi and English
Best Time to Visit - June to August (Monsoons)
Special Day - Every Thursday
Attractions - Samadhi Mandir, Guru Sthan, Khandoba Temple, Dwarkamai, Chavadi.
Nearest Airport - Aurangabad (144km)
Nearest Railway station - Manmad (58 km)
STD Code - 02423
Main Festivals - Ramnavami, Gurupurnima, Shirdi Vijayadashmi
Pin Code – 423103
Points to Remember
Shirdi attracts thousands of pilgrims every day. With such a large number of people at this small place, mostly ignorant of the place and culture of the region, the devotees must know some of the fact when they are in Shirdi.
Registration - Should be done positively. The registration centers are located at bus stand.
Language – Hindi, English & Marathi
Avoid - Guides and touts
Practitioners of black magic
People circulating chain letters, asking the receiver to send a certainnumber of copies of the letters to others
Do not wear expensive shoes. Shoe counters are very confusing.
Photography- Not allowed in the temple premises
Donations – Only in temple
- Take a receipt
- No gift to the priests and temple workers
ATM - Almost all bank atms. Axis and HDFC in the temple complex.
Communication – Will hardly find phone booths, fax, and Internet café’s. Mobile phones work well. Keep important numbers handy.
Railway Reservation –A computerized Railway Ticket Booking Center within the temple premises.
Literature - About baba is available at book shops near Samadhi Mandir
Locker facility – Lockers are available around Bus stand
Avoid excessive luggage – Avoid carrying extra bags, as one has to go through several security checks.
Take care - Of your belongings, there is a lot of rush.
Entry Restriction - Ladies are not allowed in that part of Chavadi, where baba used to sleep
Banks & ATM in Shirdi
State Bank Of India
Near Shirdi ST Stand,
Shirdi – 423109
Nagar Manmad Road,
Near Bhakta Niwas,
Shirdi - 423109
Shop No 2 Saish Hotel Complex
Shirdi - 423109
Bank of Baroda
Shirdi Tourist Offices
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC)
Pilgrims Inn, Pimpalwadi Road, Shirdi
Paryatan Bhavan, Golf Club,
Old Agra Road, Nashik-422 002.
Tel: 0253 2570 059 Fax:579 352
Holiday Resort, Station Road,
Tel: 0240 2331513 Fax: 331198
Weather at Shirdi
Temperature: Max - 40º C( April- May) , Min - 7º C(December- January)
Monsoon: Scanty rains (June - August)
Weather and overall dry climate of Shirdi makes it quite tolerable for the Sai Devotees to visit it anytime of the year. Summers
During Summers Shirdi can be very hot and temperatures volatile. Temperatures beyond 40 degree centigrade are quite common during May- June. If you plan to visit during summer vacations, then take necessary precautions against heat stroke. Wear comfortable cotton clothing and drink plenty of water to keep heat at bay.
Monsoon months June to August are the best time to visit Shirdi. Infact Shirdi offers the most pleasant weather during monsoons only. The temperature is cooler and greenery all around making the Darshan relatively easy. Rainfall is scanty in Shirdi and never a thing like the whole city getting merged with downpour. Slight drizzling makes the Darshan and participation in rituals an easy affair. Kiomoi recommends visting Shirdi during June to August.
Winters are cold in Shirdi, during the last week of December to January the temperatures can drop to around 6 degree centigrade.
Shirdi Local Holidays
|26 January||Republic Day|
|23 February||Maha Shivaratri|
|12 March||Id E Milad|
|27 March||Gudi Padwa|
|3 April||Ram Navmi|
|7 April||Mahavir Jayantil|
|10 April||Good Friday|
|14 April||Baba Saheb AmbedkarJayanti|
|1 May||Maharashtra Day|
|9 May||Buddha Purnima|
|15 August||Independence Day|
|19 August||Parsi New Year|
|2 October||Gandhi Jayanti|
|17 October||Diwali Amavasya|
|19 October||Diwali (Baliparatipada Bhaubeej)|
|2 November||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
|25 December||X-Mas Day|