Shirdi | India
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Shirdi is a town in North Maharashtra, in India. It is located 185 km east of the Arabian Sea shoreline. Shirdi was where the saint Sai Baba lived till his samadhi in 1918. Today, it is a pilgrimage center and millions of his devotees from all over the world come each year to pay their respects. The best time of the year to visit Shirdi is January through March. April to June is summer, followed by the monsoon. Pilgrim arrival peaks between September and November when many Hindu festivals occur. Baba's death anniversary is commemorated in the month of October, the exact date depending on the Hindu calendar. Some of the most important festivals in Shirdi are Dussera, Guru Poornima and Baba's death anniversary. During this time lakhs of devotees come to Shirdi.


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Planning a Trip

1 Get in 1.1 By bus 1.2 By car 1.3 By train 1.4 By plane By bus There are many buses connecting Shirdi to cities such as Mumbai (250 km), Hyderabad, Pune (200 km), Nasik (80 km). There are abundant, very convenient bus packages from Hyderabad. The road connectivity between Mumbai and Shirdi is good, except in certain stretches. Convenient overnight buses also ply this route. It takes around 4 hours from Mumbai to Shirdi. It takes around 5 hours to travel from Pune to Shirdi through bus. By car Shirdi is accessible via the Ahmednagar-Manmad State Highway No.10, approximately 83 km from Ahmednagar and 15 km from Kopargaon. It is approximately 240 km from Mumbai on the Eastern Express Highway. Distance between Pune and Shirdi is about 204 km, and travel time via car is about 3 hours 40 minutes. By train Trains from all over India come in the vicinity of Shirdi. One can take trains till: Shirdi Sai Nagar (2 km from the Sai Samadhi temple) Kopargaon (15 km) Manmad (65 km) Nasik (80 km) Mumbai (250 km) Pune (200 km) Ahmednagar (80 km) From Chennai: Train No.22601 Chennai Central to Sainagar Shirdi superfast express (run on only Wednesday from Chennai Central to Shirdi) From Bengaluru/Mysore: There are no direct trains from Bengaluru but there is train from Mysore to Shirdi which passes through Bengaluru. Train No.16217 Mysore Jn to Sainagar Shirdi (MYS SNSI Expres) (Run On Only Monday From Mysore To Shirdi) Taxi from station till Shirdi From Kopargaon, taxi to Shirdi (₹200-300 on full fare) or a shared van (₹20-30 per person). From Manmad, taxi to Shirdi (₹600-800 on full fare) or a shared van (₹50-80 per person). From Nasik, taxi to Shirdi (₹800-1000 on full fare) or shared van or MSRTC bus (₹90-100). By plane 19.68861174.3788891 Shirdi Airport (14 km southwest at Kakadi). has flights to Hyderabad, Mumbai and Surat.   , , The nearest alternative airports are at Aurangabad, Nasik, Mumbai and Pune.


Top Attractions

The main attractions are the temple where Sai Baba's samadhi is located, the former dwelling place of Sai Baba called Dwarakamayi, and the place called Chavadi where Baba used to sleep. These 3 are located close to each other. Sai Baba Temple - Located at the heart of the town, this houses the samadhi (burial site) of Sai Baba. Entry is free. The waiting time in the queue averages over an hour on weekdays and 2 hours on weekends. The temple opens around 04:00 and stays open till about 22:00. At the samadhi site, one gets to spend a couple of minutes only as everyone needs to be accommodated to get a glimpse of the samadhi. After the Samadhi Darshan, one can visit the Gurusthan, the tree where Sai Baba was first spotted meditating by the people of Shirdi. After that, one can go to the Udhi counter to collect the Udhi. The temple premises also has the samadhis of some of Sai Baba's most prominent devotees. It also has a book store where one can buy Sai Baba's books (Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra, Aarti books, etc.) One can also get clothes and Prasadam offered to Sai Baba. Mobile phones and cameras are prohibited within the temple premises. Dwarakamayi - Located adjacent to the temple complex, Dwarakamayi is the name of the mosque where Baba resided for an unbroken span of 60 years till his Samadhi in 1918. The structure has been renovated and houses the Dhuni the fire that Baba always kept burning. The flames are never allowed to die and the Dhuni today is the same that Baba lit over 100 years ago. Additionally, some of Baba's articles such as his grinding stone, fireplace, a stone on which he used to sit are located in the Dwarakamayi Chavadi - This is located next to Dwarakamayi. Every alternate day, Baba used to sleep in the Chavadi, a few meters away from the Dwarakamayi. Even today, on Thursday nights, Baba's footprints are taken in a ceremonial procession from Dwarakamayi to Chavadi. Khandoba Raya temple - This is the temple where Mahalsapati first welcomed Sai Baba and recognized that He is no ordinary saint. This is on the highway, approximately 7 minutes walk away from the temple.