Shirdi, nestled in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, is a religious site for Sai Baba devotees. This religious site is quite close to Nasik and can be easily accessed. The place holds a strong religious importance as a holy place. The small town Shirdi is filled with religious spots and various activities that calm your mind and soothe your soul. When you visit there, you will feel that the air there carries chants linking your soul with spirituality. It will leave you speechless. Since the place is a tourist attraction, it welcomes thousands of tourists. It is advised to book Shirdi hotels before your trip that will also help you avail many discounts.
Shirdi is a year-round destination with more than 20 sightseeing and tourist places. Below is the list of places you can visit in Shirdi:
Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple: One of the most visited shrines by Sai devotees is Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple. The temple is dedicated to Sai Baba and is facilitated with Darshan lines, Prasad counters, dining halls and much more. After the Darshan, there are many places where you can relax with your friends or take your kids to rides to have some fun.
Gurusthan: Gurusthan is a place where Sai Baba first appeared to everyone when he was 16-years old. Situated under a Neem tree, Gurusthan also has a shrine on which Sai Baba’a portrait has been placed. Located in Kopargaon, the place is 14kms away from the main town of Shirdi.
Samadhi Mandir: Beautifully contrasted by a millionaire in Nagpur, the Mandir is devoted to Lord Murlidhar in the face of Sai Baba. The temple is made of marble with beautiful ornaments amidst two huge pillars.
Dwarkamai: Home of the God on Earth, Dwarkamai is an elementary structure with rough stone walls and iron roof. One of the treasures of Sai devotees, the mosque was home to Sai Baba. A simple fakir, Baba has always been an epitome of dispassion and holy poverty. His personal possessions were only a piece of cloth, a stick, a begging bowl, some chilim pieces and a kafni. Sai Baba had lit a sacred fire there that always keeps burning and is known as Dhuni among devotees. There is a portrait of Sai Baba and stone on which he used to sit. Another level of the mosque has a stool, believed to be used by Baba for taking a bath; and a palki. The powerful atmosphere of the mosque can ignite the fire of devotion in anyone.
Shani Shingnapur: You can pay a visit to Ramkund that is dedicated to Lord Rama and is also a popular tourist spot. Shani Shingnapur is also a place worth to visit. You will be amazed to know about their custom of not closing doors.
Besides sightseeing, you can also do some shopping. As a Sai Baba devotee, you can shop from a wide collection of Sai Baba effigies and statues which are available in marble and fibre. Rosaries, key rings, garlands and laminated portraits are some of the things that you can buy from the market near the temple. To keep spiritual verses of Baba in your hearts, you can buy books which contain philosophies by Baba. These books are available in different languages. Just like any other tourist destination in India, Shirdi also offers sweets such as laddoo and pedas.
These things make Shirdi a worth place to visit even if you are not a Sai devotee. Sai welcomed everyone and changed their perception once the people met him and encounter his grandeur in simplicity. Before tripping to Shirdi, book Shirdi hotels in advance so that you can comfortably enjoy your trip without the hassle of searching for a good hotel room.