Shirdi Saibaba

Shirdi SaibabaThe Shirdi Saibaba Temple, located at Shirdi, Maharashtra, India attracts millions of devotees of all religions, castes and creed who come to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba. The temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba.
Sai Baba of Shirdi (d. October 15, 1918), also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian guru, yogi and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim followers as a saint. Some of his Hindu devotees believe that he was an incarnation of Shiva or Dattatreya, and he was regarded as a satguru and an incarnation of Kabir.

The name 'Sai Baba' is a combination of Persian and Indian origin; is the Persian term for "holy one" or "saint", usually attributed to Islamic ascetics, whereas Baba is a word meaning "father" used in Indian languages. The appellative thus refers to Sai Baba as being a holy father or saintly father. His parentage, birth details, and life before the age of sixteen are obscure, which has led to a variety of speculations and theories attempting to explain Sai Baba's origins.

In his life and teachings he tried to reconcile Hinduism and Islam: Sai Baba lived in a mosque, was buried in a Hindu temple, practised Hindu and Muslim rituals, and taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions. One of his well known epigrams says of God: "Allah Malik" or God is Master.
One day a rich millionaire named Booty came to Sai Baba and said he was going to construct a stone building for Shri Krishna. Baba helped him plan the building. Before the building was completed Baba fell very ill. On the 15th of October 1918, he breathed his last. His last wish was to be buried in Booty's building.
Booty's stone building came to be known as the Samadhi Mandir. Shri Sai Baba was buried here and a beautiful shrine was built over it. To this day, people flock to Shirdi to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba.
Sai Baba taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, devotion to God and guru. His philosophy was Advaita Vedanta and his teachings consisted of elements both of this school as well as of bhakti and Islam.
Thursday is the day Saibaba is specially worshipped. On this day devotees from all over India visit Shirdi for Darshan of Saibaba. The Temple opens for devotees at 5.15 a.m. (0515 hrs) with Kakad Aarti and remains open till the end of Shejarti.

Places to see in & around Shirdi

Shri Khandoba Mandir - This place is near Shri Sainath Hospital. Baba stepped here in Shirdi at the foot of banyan tree near Khandoba Temple along with Chand Patil's wife's Nephew's Marriage party. The then Pujari Mhalsapati welcomed Him .

Shri Gurusthan Mandir - This is the place where Baba first appeared to the world as boy of 16 years and this place is supposed to be Baba's Gurusthan. The famous Margosa (Neem) tree is here which has a reference in "Sai Sat-Charitra".

Shri Saibaba's Samadhi Mandir -This is the place where sacred body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. Shri Gopalrao Butty of Nagpur constructed this building,

Dwarkamai -Baba stayed at this place continuously for 60 years. Innumerable devotees got blessings of Shri Saibaba at this place. The Shila (Stone) on which Baba used to sit is located near by. Also Sacred fire (Dhuni) lit by Baba is still kept burning here.

Chawadi-On every alternate day Baba used to proceed in procession from Dwarkamai to this place at night and halt and sleep here. Now also on every Thursday Palanquin procession of Baba's Photo Holy Padukas and Satka is taken to this place.

Lendi Baug / Datta Mandir - This is the place where Shri Sai Baba used to go for stroll. Nandadeep is kept constantly burning near the Pimple tree planted by Shri Sai Baba himself. There is also Datta Mandir in this garden and Shri Sai Baba's beloved horse 'Shamkarna' is taking Eternal rest here.

How to reach Shirdi

By Road- Shirdi Can be reached by taking a Bus from any of the cities in Maharashtra State (India). Also buses to the same cities, depart from the Shirdi Bus Station.

By Rail- The nearest railway station is Kopargaon (15 km) or Manmad (60 km) on the Central Railway, which is connected to many parts of the country with express trains. Taxis and buses are easily available at Manmad railway station for transfer to Shirdi.

By Air- Shirdi does not have a Airport but Helicopter service has been recently launched. 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 .
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