Shirdi The Eternal place for Rejuvenation
Shirdi is a small town on the Ahamadnagar- Manmad highway. Shirdi is a silent place with population of around 15000. This holy destination is a home to a great legend Sai Baba who lived her for around eighty years before he went into his Samadhi some 80 years ago in 1918. Shirdi is mainly a religious centre.
Sai Baba - Spirituality Personified
Sai Baba, the legend who showed us the path to the ultimate nirvana is how he is remembered. He was a paradigm of unmitigated spirituality. As for all other true saints, information about Sai Baba is also very less and unconfirmed, like the town and year of his birth. As the legend has it, Sai Baba reached Shirdi as an unknown man and used to roam around the outskirts of Shirdi, in the adjacent forests or used to sit under a Neem tree completely immersed in his lord( The All Mighty). He was of a very simple appearance and wore a kafni (a long shirt). He also tied a white cloth around his head. He used a sack cloth to sit and sleep on. A woman named Bayyaji Bai was one of the earliest persons who saw his divine powers and started believing in him. She used to take food in a basket on her head into the deep jungles, searching for him. Later on, as if out of consideration for Bayyaji Bai, he started spending his time in a bedraggled mosque on the outskirts of the town. He used to call it 'Dwarkamai'. Every day he used to distribute the money that he got as Dakshina, to the poor and needy. He started solving problems of people, sometimes even by using miracles because he never liked anybody leaving his place empty handed. Everybody started addressing the less known fakir as Sai Baba. Devotees started pouring into Shirdi and the town became a pilgrim centre for all.
Sai Baba raised a flower garden in the village and used to water the plants every day. All of us like to go to shirdi to visit Sai Baba. Best Chennai to Shirdi Flight package is organized by Sri Sairam Subhayatra. He spent a lot of his later years in that garden. Sai Baba went through his divine mission by providing the needy with his love, compassion; purity and spiritual knowledge that helped them live a happy and dignified life. Sai Baba left his physical body and went into Samadhi in 1918.
Shirdi as a Pilgrim Destination
Shirdi is Holy place with the presence of many unworldly places that are related to Sai Baba that can be visited by devotees throughout the year. The main places are:
This is the place where Sai Baba went into his Samadhi. The temple is built of stones whereas the Samadhi is built up of white marbles, with beautiful ornamental decorations. Behind the Samadhi there is an idol of Sai Baba which shows him seated on a throne. The idol is made up of pure Italian marble and is a masterpiece indeed, it appears as if Sai Baba is about to speak to his devotees.
Dwarkamai - The Holy place
This is where Sai Baba used to live. After coming to Shirdi, Sai Baba stayed here till end days of his life. The mosque is situated on the right side of Samadhi Mandir where Sai Baba used to meet his devotees and solved their problems. The sacred fire 'Dhuni' lighted by Sai Baba has been constantly burning for more than a hundred years now. The sacred ash 'Udi' is collected twice everyday and is distributed among the devotees. A life size portrait of Sai Baba at his sitting place inside the mosque premises is definitely generates awe in its visitors.
Gurusthan - resting place of the god
This is the spot under the Neem tree where the saint was first seen. Sai Baba himself called this place a holy place. He said this is the resting place of his Lord (the almighty), that is why, this spot is called Gurusthan. Worship the portrait of Sai Baba kept here on an elevated platform.
Lendi Baug - the flower garden
To the northwest of Samadhi temple, Lendi Baug, a garden is situated. Once a waste land, it was turned into a flower garden by Sai Baba himself. He used to water it daily and used to spend few hours here meditating. Today it is maintained by devotees and still is a very beautiful garden with amazing collection of flowers.
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