Everything you need to know about Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Author : Parv Naulay | Published On : 25 Nov 2021

The temple of Sai Baba in the city of Shirdi is important for religious tourism in India. This town is considered the home of Sai Baba, where he arrived in the mid-19th century and stayed for 60 years. The temple is the place where his earthly remains rest. Today, individuals visit this sanctuary for its otherworldly magnificence and tranquillity. 

History of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple 

Sai Baba visited Shirdi and remained in the town for quite a long time to instruct, lecture, and implore. At his solicitation, after his demise, the locals covered his remaining human parts in an assigned spot and fabricated the Samadhi Mandir on it. A huge marble sculpture of Sai Baba in a sitting position was raised right close to the Samadhi in 1954. The sanctuary with his burial place was inherently an enormous private house worked during his lifetime. Sai Baba established saplings around the house and watered them. The house filled in as a rest home for the holy person and was worked by a multi-tycoon from Nagpur, Gopalrao Booty.

When the saint fell ill, he stayed in the house and was buried there after his death. Reminiscing him, the temple was built that was far bigger than the size of the house. Over time, many changes were made to the temple to accommodate the growing population. These days you can opt for various tour packages to visit Shirdi like Delhi To Shirdi Tour Packages, Mumbai To Shirdi Tour packages, etc. 

The architecture of the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

The temple highlights the pictures of Sri Sai Baba’s early life in the village and the old temple, in its hallway. To the left of the hall is a small room filled with memorabilia of the saint, such as his cooking utensils, sticks, etc.

1) Moving on further in the hall, the main idol and Samadhi of Sri Sai is located there.

2) Right next to the temple is a large stone under a tree. It is said that Sai Baba sat on this stone to meditate and preach. There is a large portrait of the saint on the stone.

3) Since the construction of the temple, a small lamp has been burning there. This area is called Dwarkamayee Masjid or Dwarkamai. This is the main strict site where you can discover a mosque inside a sanctuary. 

4) You will discover numerous things close to the stone utilized by the holy person. This construction has stone dividers and an iron rooftop. 

5) The sanctuary complex likewise incorporates Chavadi, a little stage under a neem tree. This is where Sai Baba rested when he was alive. 

Significance of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

This temple is the most important pilgrimage site of the devotees of Sai Baba. This temple houses his earthly remains, items he used daily, and other items from his possession. The Samadhi is built of white marble, and the temple's main deity is made of Italian marble. The temple structure is deliberately kept simple to express the simplicity that the saint displayed during his lifetime. The deity chose the marble to express that the saint's heart was as white as Italian marble. This temple is one of the richest in the country and receives abundant donations from pilgrims and locals. Every week, the temple receives about INR 14 lakhs in coins alone. In total, the temple receives 2-4 million per week.

How to Reach the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple?

The temple is quite famous, and hence it is much easier to find a mode of transport to reach the temple even if you are visiting it off-season.

By Plane

If you are heading out to Shirdi via air, the closest air terminal is Sri Sai Baba Airport, only 15 km away from the sanctuary. Daily direct flights are from Delhi, Indore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Vijayawada.

From the airport, you can find many busses and taxis to reach the temple.

By Road

Shirdi is a little less than 84 km from Ahmednagar. There are direct busses (government and luxury) from Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nashik, and Shirdi. You can book your Delhi to Shirdi tour packages for an easy trip.

You can also find taxis directly to the temple from the surrounding regions. However, the traffic on the route is very heavy and the travel time is longer than other modes of transport.

By Train

Shirdi has a rail line station that gets trains from many significant urban communities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and others. Book your Mumbai to Shirdi tour packages for a hassle-free journey.

By Helicopter

Numerous private specialist organizations offer helicopter trips among Shirdi and Mumbai's Juhu landing strip. This is the most costly vehicle choice. Many specialist co-ops likewise offer bundles that remember travel inside Shirdi for street transport and a visit to the sanctuary (VIP darshan). There is a Shirdi tour package from Delhi available that ensures to make your journey smooth.

Which is the best time to visit Shirdi?

The temple is of great beauty throughout the year and is visited by tourists and pilgrims throughout the year. The best time to visit depends on your reason for visiting. If you want to spend a colorful time at the temple, it is best to visit during festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Gudi Padwa, Guru Purnima, Holi, and others. The months of September and October have the most number of festivals.

If you want to enjoy the tranquillity of the temple without crowds, it is best to visit on Wednesday, Monday, and Tuesday. Especially between noon and evening, there are only a handful of people inside the temple. If you are coming for special rituals or auspicious days, visit the temple on Wednesday evening or Thursday.

On Thursdays, his photo is carried around town on a palanquin from the temple for devotees to pray to the photo, and the procession returns to the temple. As for the climate, the place is hot and humid in summer and unsuitable for sightseeing in the monsoon. Therefore, winter is the best time to visit the temple. Winter begins in early October and ends in March.

How to plan for the Shirdi trip?

1) Thursdays are the busiest day, so it is best to avoid this day.

2) There are no strict rules about dress. However, it is better to wear a dress covering you from the neck to below the knee. Decent clothing is fine.

3) If you do not opt for VIP darshan, you may have to wait in the queue for at least three hours, especially on special days. Therefore, it is best to take as much water with you as possible.

4) In the crowd around you, you alone are responsible for your belongings. If you are traveling with your child, avoid crowded days.

5) If you need a wheelchair, you can pick one up for free at Gate 5.

6) Did you know that Shirdi is the country's largest fruit exporter of grapes, pomegranates, and guavas? Try some fresh fruit while you are in town.

7) The priest accepts only flowers. Anything else given to the deity is included in the ritual and returned to the worshiper.

Final Words

Now you know everything about the Shirdi Sai baba and how you can plan your trip as well. To book your tour and travel packages, you can visit Sikh Tours, the  Best Tour and Travel company in India.