Shirdi is a town in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra in India. It is located 185 km east of the Arabian Sea shoreline. Shirdi was where the great saint Sai Baba lived till his samadhi in 1918. Today, it is a pilgrimage center and millions of his devotees from all over the world come each year to pay their respects.

The best time of the year to visit Shirdi is January through March. April to June is summer, followed by the monsoon. Pilgrim arrival peaks between September and November when many Hindu festivals occur. Baba’s death anniversary is commemorated in the month of October, the exact date depending on the Hindu calendar.

Some of the most important festivals in Shirdi are Dussera, Guru Poornima and Baba’s death anniversary. During this time lakhs of devotees come to Shirdi.

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The main attractions are the Temple where Sai Baba’s samadhi is located, the former dwelling place of Sai Baba called Dwarakamayi, and the place called Chavadi where Baba used to sleep every alternate day. These 3 are located close to each other.

  • Sai Baba Temple -Free biometric access cards are issued to each devotee to get the darshan of Sai Samadhi by Sanshtan on designated counter. Free VIP passes ars also issued by Sanshthan on these counters for Senior citizens and parents having infant(less than 1year child).

Located at the heart of the town, this houses the samadhi (burial site) of Sai Baba. Entry is free. One can also book special pass which costs Rs.200 per devotee for darshan from Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust[14]. The waiting time in the queue averages over an hour on weekdays and 2 hours on weekends. The temple opens around 0400 hrs and stays open till about 2200 hrs. At the samadhi site itself, one gets to spend a couple of minutes only as everyone needs to be accommodated to get a glimpse of the samadhi.

After the Samadhi Darshan, one can visit the Gurusthan, the Neem tree where Sai Baba was first spotted meditating by the people of Shirdi. After that, one can go to the Udhi counter to collect the Udhi. The temple premises also has the samadhis of some of Sai Baba’s most prominent devotees.

It also has a book store where one can buy Sai Baba’s books (Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra, Aarti books etc.). One can also get clothes and Prasadam offered to Sai Baba. Mobile phones and cameras are prohibited within the temple premises.These can be deposited to the designated counter of mobile locker with the rate of Rs5 per mobile. These counters are available on all entry gates.

  • Dwarakamayi – Located adjacent to the temple complex, Dwarakamayi is the name of the mosque where Baba resided for an unbroken span of 60 years till his Samadhi in 1918. The structure has been renovated and houses the Dhuni the fire that Baba always kept burning. The flames are never allowed to die and the Dhuni today is the same that Baba lit over 100 years ago. Additionally, some of Baba’s articles such as his grinding stone, fireplace, a stone on which he used to sit are located in the Dwarakamayi
  • Chavadi – This is located next to Dwarakamayi. Every alternate day, Baba used to sleep in the Chavadi, a few meters away from the Dwarakamayi. Even today, on Thursday nights, Baba’s footprints are taken in a ceremonial procession from Dwarakamayi to Chavadi.
  • Khandoba Raya temple – This is the temple where Mahalsapati first welcomed Sai Baba with phrases “Aao Sai(Welcome Lord) and recognized that He is no ordinary saint. This is located on the highway, approximately 7 minutes walk away from the temple. One can meet grandson of Mahalsapati in this temple.

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