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Shirdi City Guide - A Trip Through The Religious Town

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					Shirdi Is A Good Religious Place



Almost synonymous to the most beloved saint of Indian, Sai Baba, Shirdi is one of the best known towns
in the country. An obscure village, Shirdi was suddenly transformed into the most revered town by the
charisma of this saint.



Countless devotees throng to Shirdi to catch a glimpse of the place where Baba once lived. The rituals
and ceremonies that go around his Samadhi are worth a watch. The Sai Baba temple is the only
attraction in Shirdi, yet it is the most visited place in India.



The Samadhi Mandir is the heart of Shirdi and sees a constant inflow of devotes. Constructed by an
ardent disciple of Sai Baba, the Samadhi is done brilliantly in white marble and enshrines a white marble
life-size statue of the saint. The temple is administered by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan which conducts all
the activities in the temple. Mostly four aartis are held everyday. Due to the high number of devotes
visiting the temple one might take an hour to get a darshan on a usual day. In case of festivals it can
increase to many hours. Every Thursday a procession is taken out wherein a palki carries Baba's memoirs
around the town.




The tree under which Baba is believed to have meditated is also a celebrated place called Gurusthan.



A temple with Baba's picture is present there. Baba is believed to have stayed in a double storey
mosque, Dwarkamai close by. It now houses images of the saint and some articles used by him. His
wooden bed and stone chair are present in Chawadi, a stone structure which formed his abode at night.
Opposite this is the cottage of Abdul Baba, his most ardent follower. It has a Koran and photographs of
devotees. The Dixit Wada Museum also houses some interesting articles including a black and white
picture of Sai Baba, his robes, slippers, gramophone records and other objects of daily use. The Lendi
Bagh is a major tourist and pilgrim attraction in Shirdi. Sai Baba used to water the plants here everyday.
The Shivadi well here was used by him. Laxmi Bai Shinde's house is also a major attraction because it
was here that Baba has his last dinner. He gave nine coins here which have been put on display now.
When in Shirdi, visitors are mostly completely engrossed in the spirituality it has to offer. Yet, the town
offers decent facilities to its visitors. Though a strictly vegetarian town, Shirdi has a couple of good
eating places. Alcohol is prohibited though. One can easily get good vegetarian meals and thalis at many
joints here. Most hotels here have their own in-house restaurants and serve good food. Do not expect
much to shop for in Shirdi. Most of the shops here sell out basic essentials and loads of Sai Baba
souvenirs. The best thing to take back home is the Shri Sai Satcharita which is readily available in English
also.



Staying is not a problem in Shirdi as there are a good number of hotels in Shirdi. Yet, festival season
draws huge crowds and one might find it difficult to find a place. It is always recommended to book
hotels in advance to avoid the last minute hassle.

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