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"The land of Sai Baba"

Shirdi Tourism

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 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.

Apart from his shrine, there are many small temples in the complex, such as Chavadi, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai. Shani Shignapur is located at a distance of 72km from Shirdi.

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Must Know Before You Visit Shirdi

  1. Devotees can apply for a Darshan pass from sai.org.in or offline. The offline centre is located 200metres from the temple. Carry an aadhar card to get Darshan Pass. The entry in most cases is from gate number 2.
  2. There are three different accomodation facilities offered by Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust: Sai Ashram, Dwarawati and Saibaba Bhaktaniwassthan. Free shuttle buses from these accomodation complexes are provided except Dwarawati. Autos are available from Dwarawati to the main temple. Register on the website to avail facilities like accommodation and transport. 
  3. The world's largest solar cooker is operated at the Shirdi Bhojanalaya. It prepares food for thousands of devotees every day. The timings of Bhojanalaya are 10 AM to 10 PM.
  4. Breakfast packets are also available from 7 AM to 10 AM at a minimal cost of Rs. 5
  5. Mobile, camera and shoes are not allowed. Locker facility is available for mobile and camera for which the devotees have to pay Rs 5. Free shoe stand and luggage cloakroom facilities are also available.
  6. It usually takes 30-45 minutes for darshan except for the holidays and festivals like Ramnavami, Dussehra and Gurupurnima.
  7. The Shirdi temple offers different darshans and aartis throughout the day. The temple opens at 4 AM and has darshans during the morning, noon, and evening slots. The timings are available on their official website. 

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Etymology

The famous Indologist Vishwanath Khare believes that Shirdi derives its name from the Tamil word Seeradi. Seeradi, or Seer + Adi, is written in the Devanagari script as ???? + ??? = ?????. It essentially translates to mean ‘the foot of prosperity’ in Tamil.

Restaurants and Local Food in Shirdi

A variety of cuisines are liberally dotted in Shirdi. From Guajarati Thali to Maharashtrian, South Indian and Continental, one can get almost every cuisine style. Being a temple city and a significant religious centre, the food served here is generally vegetarian.
One must also try the refreshing and delicious Guava and Pomegranate juices available all around the town. You can also have the unique and rare experience of enjoying the food cooked in the world's largest solar cooker here. Other than these, there are a number of sweets available here such as Ladoos, Bundi and lots more to savor.
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Suggested Itinerary for Shirdi

Day 1- Arrive at Shirdi, check-in and rest. Darshan in the evening.
Day 2- Begin day with Sai Baba darshan. Then head to Shani Shingnapur temple. Return to Shirdi at night.
Day 3- Visit Trimbakeshwar. Then evening at local handicraft stores and food joints.

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Shirdi, Maharashtra
The idol of Sai Baba in Shirdi Temple
Shani Shignapur - Famous for Shani Temple
Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir, Shirdi

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FAQs on Shirdi

What is famous about Shirdi?

Very clean and holy town. Relatively safe for women. Easily accessible by road.

What is not so good about Shirdi?

Can be crowded during festive seasons. Not much to do for not so religious visitors.

Who should visit Shirdi?

Still believed to be home to one of the most revered saints - Sai Baba, Shirdi is for all his devotees, who seek his blessings.

What is the best time to visit Shirdi?

The best time to visit Shirdi is between June and February, i.e. during the monsoons (June to September) and the winter season (October to February). Shirdi is mostly visited for religious purposes, primarily to offer prayers at the famed Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. The climate during these months stays quite bearable for tourists. So whether one is exploring the town or standing in long lines for darshan, monsoons and winters provide quite a respite from the otherwise hot and humid weather in Shirdi.

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What is the local food in Shirdi?

A variety of cuisines are liberally dotted in Shirdi. From Guajarati Thali to Maharashtrian, South Indian and Continental, one can get almost every cuisine style. Being a temple city and a significant religious centre, the food served here is generally vegetarian.
One must also try the refreshing and delicious Guava and Pomegranate juices available all around the town. You can also have the unique and rare experience of enjoying the food cooked in the world's largest solar cooker here. Other than these, there are a number of sweets available here such as Ladoos, Bundi and lots more to savor.
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What is the best way to reach Shirdi?

Shirdi is well connected by road from all the main cities of India. One can also take trains to the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Manmad and then take a private vehicle or a bus to reach Shirdi. Another way is by air to the cities of Pune and Mumbai and then a travel via road to reach Shirdi.
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What are the things to do in Shirdi?

The top things to do in Shirdi are Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple, Shani Shingnapur, Samadhi Mandir, Gurusthan, Dwarkamai, Lendi Baug. You can see all the places to visit in Shirdi here

What are the places near Shirdi?

The top places near to Shirdi are Ajanta and ellora caves which is 78 km from Shirdi, Bhandardara which is located 78 km from Shirdi, Nasik which is located 76 km from Shirdi, Lonavala which is located 160 km from Shirdi, Matheran which is located 153 km from Shirdi

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Popular Questions And Answers on Shirdi

Q. What was the important temple in Shirdi?

Vedant Jaunjare

2 years ago
The idol of Shree Sai Baba is important people come at Shirdi to seek his blessings.

Q. Is there any accommodation available of temple authorities near temple?

Vedant Jaunjare

2 years ago
Yes there are arrangements available for accommodation near temple One can check at SSST.

Q. Travel plan from Bhopal to Shirdi, Shani singhnapur, Nasik triyambkeshwar.

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3 years ago
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Shirdi Reviews

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Ashwin Gattani

3 years ago
Do taste the awesome 2 rupee tea!!! Its the best tea i've had till date!!!

Rohit Shroff

3 years ago
- It is advisable to not buy anything except for flowers for the offering as the priest returns everything else. Prasad can be bought from the Prasad counters at the temples

S?ndhïlvelañ Somasunadaram

3 years ago
None of your offers reach Sai physically( as it is not allowed by management) - Better give some offering to orphans there, it actually reaches Sai. Am being there on every year May 30th. One entere (Read More)d Dawaraka mayee henceforth he/she will be free fr worries. It is true !! He the one who speaks to you
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