The home of great saint Sai Baba, Shirdi is a religious site close to Nasik with various temples apart from the famous Sai Baba temple and a few historical sites.
Located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Shirdi holds a strong importance as a holy and pilgrim place by Sai Baba devotees. The small town is filled with religious spots and activities which will soothe and calm your soul on its visit. The air here carries chants lingering with spirituality and the whole grandness about the same too will leave you spellbound. There are many religious places to be seen in Shirdi such as Chavadi, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai masjid, Shani Shignapur, to name a few.
- 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
Do taste the awesome 2 rupee tea!!! Its the best tea i've had till date!!!
Very clean and holy town. Relatively safe for women. Easily accessible by road.
Can be crowded during festive seasons. Not much to do for not so religious visitors.
Still believed to be home to one of the most revered saints - Sai Baba, Shirdi is for all his devotees, who seek his blessings.
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.
The Shirdi temple offers different darshans and aartis through the day which the devotees can be a part of. The temple opens in the morning at 4 AM and has darshans during the slots of the morning, noon and evening. The timings are available on this official website. For those who wish to avoid standing in the long queues to pay darshan, the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi Trust, has introduced an online booking facility. Devotees can book their darshans online and can thus finish their temple offerings in under an hour. The online booking facility can be accessed on this website. One has to register on the site to book darshan and avail other facilities like accommodation and transport. A list of documents and information required for registration is available here.
Located at a distance of 122 Km from Nasik, Shirdi is said to be 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 'child of God', as he always spread the message of universal brotherhood. Apart from his shrine, there are many other places here that are linked to Sai Baba and serve as popular locations among tourists.
The world's largest solar cooker is operated at the Shirdi Bhojanalaya. It prepares food for thousands of devotees every day at Rs. 10 only. Every tourist who comes to Shirdi visits the bhojanalaya.
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.
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.
Search for MSRTC(Maharashtra roadways buses), you will find many buses at many different times