Things to Do in Shirdi

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Located at a distance of 122 Km from Nasik in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Shirdi is the home of Sai Baba. It is believed that Sai Baba arrived at Shirdi in 1858 and spent 60 years of his (Read More)life here until he attained salvation in 1918. Sai Baba is popularly known as the 'child of God', as he always spread the message of universal brotherhood.

Here is the list of 17 Things to Do in Shirdi

1. Pray at Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple

Pray at Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple
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The Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple is a religious place in Shirdi, Maharashtra in India, that is dedicated to Shri Sai Baba, who is considered to be one of the greatest saints to have been born in India. Sai Baba is believed to have been blessed with unprecedented powers and is worshipped as a God.

2. The Holy Home - Dwarkamai

The Holy Home - Dwarkamai
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Dwarkamai is one of the treasures of Shirdi for the devotees. They say that Dwarkamai is the heart of Shirdi, the place where the great Sai Baba spent a significant part of his life including his last moments. It is a treasure to all of Baba's devotees because it was the home of, as they like to call him, God on Earth. 

3. A Captivating Experience at Sai Heritage Village

A Captivating Experience at Sai Heritage Village

The Sai Heritage Village in Shirdi is a unique combination of the beauty of nature and the blessings of Sai Baba. It showcases the major events that took place during Sai Baba's lifetime in the form of statues, and visitors feel as if these moments have come to life right before their eyes.

4. Chavadi - An Important Religious Stop

Chavadi - An Important Religious Stop
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During his last years, Sai baba used to spend alternate nights at Chavadi. The place is located near Dwarkamai mosque from where the procession of Sai baba along with his followers was carried out in a palki.

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5. Tour the Dixit Wada Museum

Tour the Dixit Wada Museum
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The Wada museum is located in the vicinity of the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan trust that showcases vintage pictures of Sai baba with his followers. It also displays his leather padukas, long robes and a smoking pipe along with gramophone records, bathing stone and cooking utensils, among others.

6. Stop by Khandoba Mandir

Stop by Khandoba Mandir
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The temple is situated on the main road with the icons of Khandoba, Banai and Mhalsai. The temple is dedicated to Khandoba, the presiding deity of the town.

7. Stroll in the Beautiful Lendi Baug

Stroll in the Beautiful Lendi Baug
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The beautiful garden is situated at Shirdi-Manmade State highway. Sai Baba used to spend a lot of his time here watering the plants daily in the mornings and evenings.

8. Fun Day at Wet n Joy Waterpark

Fun Day at Wet n Joy Waterpark
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Although most famous for its shrine dedicated to Sai Baba, Shirdi also houses the Shirdi Water Park. This destination has a number of thrilling rides and activities which are equally enjoyable for children and adults alike. Located about 5 kilometres away from Shirdi in Nighoj Village, this destination is a much-needed respite from the heat.

9. Visit Samadhi Mandir in Evening

Visit Samadhi Mandir in Evening
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Samadhi Mandir is owned and constructed by a millionaire from Nagpur, who was an ardent devotee of Sai baba. The devotee wanted to install an idol of Lord Murlidhar and therefore Sai baba declared himself as one.

10. Witness the Temple of Shani Shingnapur

Witness the Temple of Shani Shingnapur
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Shani Shignapur Temple is a Jeet Devasthan (alive temple) in Ahmednagar district, well-known for the magical and powerful Lord Shani, who is believed to reside in a black stone till date. The Hindu God symbolising the planet Saturn is referred to as Swayambhu, which means that he has emerged himself in the form of the black stone that scores lakhs of devotees every year.

11. Pay a Visit to Jangli Maharaj Ashram

Pay a Visit to Jangli Maharaj Ashram
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Located on Shirdi-manmade state highway, the ashram is 7km away from Shirdi. Managed and maintained by Spiritual Guru Om Gurudev, it is also a co-educational residential school for children.

12. Go See History at Adul Bada Cottage

Go See History at Adul Bada Cottage

Abdul Baba's cottage is the residence where one of the ardent devotees of Sai Baba, Abdul Baba, spent the last years of his life at Shirdi. The cottage is open for the general public and is one of the most famous attractions in Shirdi.

13. View the Seat of the Teacher - Gurusthan

View the Seat of the Teacher - Gurusthan
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Gurusthan is the place where Sai Baba first appeared to the world as a 16 year old boy. The place is situated under a Neem tree. It also has a shrine on which Sai baba's portrait is placed with a Shivalingam and the Nandi bull right in front of it.

14. Be a Part of Thursday Palki Procession

Be a Part of Thursday Palki Procession
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During the days when Sainath lived alternate nights in Chavadi, he was taken there in a palki procession from Dwarkamai masjid. The same procession that took place then is also carried out even today on every Thursday with the same excitement and veneration.

15. Look on into Memories at Abdul Baba cottage

Look on into Memories at Abdul Baba cottage
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The cottage is situated right opposite to Chavadi that once belonged to Sai baba's most fervent followers, Abdul Baba. This one is small and green in color with many rare memoirs of Baba and himself. A must visit for the collection of rare artifacts involving the two.

16. Spend Time at Upasani Maharaj Ashram

Spend Time at Upasani Maharaj Ashram
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The ashram is of a saint of the 20th century, named Upasani Maharaj. He was an ardent disciple of Sai Baba. Situated off the Shirdi-Ahmednagar State highway, the ashram contains the samadhi of the Maharaj and one of his disciples.

17. Shopping in Shirdi

Shopping in Shirdi
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 A devout worshipper will also be the happiest shopper as Shirdi has markets with the largest collection of Sai Baba effigies and pictures. Starting from marble and fiber statues, one can find laminated portraits, key rings, rosaries, garlands made with fresh flowers and with plastic/cloth flowers, all kinds of dry fruits, etc.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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