Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi
Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi About the temple: Shirdi Sai Mandir located about 300 km from Mumbai in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra is one of India’s famous & richest temple. The mosque and the Chavadi which had come up even during Sai's lifetime were the primary places of worship for the devotees of Shirdi.These have now been rebuilt into grand structures. The Samadhi Mandir – the main temple is the mausoleum where Baba’s mortal remains lay buried. A life-size marble idol of Baba is placed here which is worshipped by the devotees who throng to this temple. A large hall in the Samadhi Mandir accommodates hundreds of devotees for prayers and darshan each day. Apart from Samadhi Mandir, the current temple area houses a Khandoba temple - shrine of a deity whom Sai Baba himself worshipped. The Gurrusthan is a spot in the temple premises where a neem tree is worshipped. Then there is Dwarkamai, the mosque where Sai spent most of his life. The temple premises enclose a large garden, the Lendi Garden, which Sai Baba is believed to have tended. The Chavadi was initially a store/office but later became Sai Baba’s bedchamber on alternative nights. There are a number of small shrines for Shiva, Ganesh, and Shani in the premises.Shirdi Village (of Maharashtra State, In India).The current temple is administered by the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust of Ahmednagar District. The temple has all basic facilities such as drinking water, restrooms, and places to sit and rest. Sai Baba of Shirdi was a spiritual master, regarded equally by both Hindu and Muslim devotees. Sai Baba chose to make the nondescript village of Shirdi his home. Despite his appearance as a Muslim fakir, he quoted eloquently from Hindu scriptures and treated devotees of all religions, castes, and creed equally. Sai Baba of Shirdi is believed to have manifested many miracles during his lifetime and his popularity seems to be only growing by leaps and bounds almost a century after his death. Almost 25,000 devotees throng the shrine daily for darshan of Sai and more than 1,00,000 people come here daily during the festive time. Sai Baba started to live in Shirdi from 1858. He is said to have manifested many miracles most of them involving healing of the sickly. Cholera, leprosy, and the plague were rampant at that time with no cure. Sai Baba administered to the sick and cured them quickly. Sai Baba lived in a small mosque in Shirdi till his demise in 1918. He spoke in parables and always encouraged the listeners to seek out God in all living beings. Important days & festivals at the temple include Thursday, Ramanavami (March/April), Guru Poornima (July), Eid (July) & Vijayadasami/Dussera (September/October). Significance: The temple is famous for its wish fulfillment and healing. Thousands of devotees pledge to visit the temple each year when their desires are granted and accidents averted. The sacred ash or Udhi dispensed at the temple is believed to have miraculous healing properties. A number of devotees claim to see Sai Baba in times of need and despair. The temple is known for its intense peace and spiritual vibrations.