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Sai Baba was a saint and lived in Maharashtra making many miracles and healing the distressed. People from all over the world from all religions and ethnicities visit Shirdi Saibaba temple to take the blessings of Saibaba. Shirdi is a sacred pilgrimage for people of all religions who have faith in Saibaba. Saibaba lived like a mendicant and was a guru of people when he lived. Shirdi is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

1. Who Is Shirdi Saibaba?

Saibaba was born to a Brahmin couple and his biological parents didn’t take care of him. They gave him away to a fakir. Lord Sai Baba’s date of birth is still not known to anyone and there is no record of it. At the age of 16 Sai Baba came to Shirdi and started doing deep meditation under the Neem tree and did so for several days altogether without any food or water. The wife of the Chief of the village started to take care of his welfare admiring his desire to meditate and do good at such a young age.

Soon the word spread that he was a holy spirit. Sai Baba said that the tree under which he was meditating was a place where his guru had worshipped and must be left untouched. He also suggested that this tree is worshipped instead of him. Till date, nobody touches this tree. He lived in Shirdi for 3 years and left Shirdi. In 1858 he again came back to Shirdi and lived there permanently. Whatever he cooked he distributed among his devotees.

2. Facts Of Shirdi Saibaba

  • Sai Baba was compassionate and a giver, who attained salvation giving up the material world.
  • He taught godliness to his devotees through compassion.
  • He never discriminated anyone on the basis of religion.
  • The Shirdi temple was built in 1922, four years after he died.
  • The entire temple is made in white marble and can hold the capacity of 600 people.
  • Shirdi Saibaba temple is known as the second richest temple in the world.
  • Saibaba made miracles happen through his divinity.
  • Nobody knows the original name of Saibaba, he was only known as an ascetic.
  • The religion of Sai Baba is not known to anyone.
  • Nobody knew which god he meditated upon.
  • He was the only said to have praised Allah and Hindu gods.
  • People who tried to click his picture only saw his feet in the developed picture.
  • He taught the principle of self-realization to people.
  • He made miracles such as levitating, reading the minds of people, and healing people from various ailments.

3. What Is The Real Name Of Sai Baba?

The real name of Sai Baba is not known to anyone. People did not even know where he came from or where was he born. He appeared as a wise mendicant and became the guru of people in Shirdi for as long as he stayed there.

4. What Is The Religion Of Sai Baba?

Nobody knows which religion he belonged to. His preachings were a blend of Hindu and Islamic faith. The mosque in which he lived, he gave it a Hindu name called Dwarakamayi. He performed Hindu as well as Islamic rituals.

5. How Did Shirdi Sai Baba Die?

Sai Baba has told his devotees a few months before his death that he would be leaving his mortal body. In the month of September 1918, he had a high fever and stopped eating. He was still on his bed and asked his devotees to recite holy texts. He died on the day of Vijayadashami, Dussehra, on 15 October 1918.

6. Where Is Sai Baba Buried?

The body of Sai Baba is buried in the Samadhi Mandir of Shirdi. This is also a place that people visit before visiting the Shirdi temple. This is the shrine of Sai Baba and is made in white marble. It was built on Dussehra in 1954 by Gopal Rao Booty. Inside the Samadhi Mandir, there are various Hindu deities as well.

7. Things You Should Know Before Going To Shirdi SaibabaTemple

  • Mobiles and cameras are not allowed inside the temple.
  • Taking pictures and videos are strictly not allowed inside the temple.
  • Cloakrooms are available to deposit the mobiles and cameras.
  • Take a VIP darshan if you want to avoid long queues.
  • Do not give any kind of donations in the form of cash or any other way to anyone in Shirdi.
  • Buy prasadam only from the shops that distribute them inside the temple complex.
  • Patients must eat some food before darshan as the queues are long.
  • Apart from the temple complex visit the Khandoba temple, Gurusthan, Dwarkamai, Chavadi, and Lendi garden.

8. How Long Does It Take For Darshan At Shirdi?

Depending on the time you choose to visit the darshan can take between one hour to six hours. The queue is long and heavy. On an average, it takes 2-3 hours for a devotee to complete the darshan at the temple complex.

9. What Is The Best Time To Visit Shirdi?

The best time to visit Shirdi is in the months of December and February. The weather is pleasant and you can tolerate the long queues during these months. Thursday is considered as the day of Shirdi Sai Baba. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on this day.  Summers are very hot and it is best to avoid visiting Shirdi during the summer season between the months March and May.

10. Shirdi Darshan Timings

05:40hrs to 22:30hrs

11. Shirdi Aarti Timings

  • Morning: 04:30hrs
  • Afternoon: 12:00hrs
  • Evening: 19:00hrs
  • Night: 22:30hrs

12. Shirdi Abhishek Pooja Timing

  • First Batch: 07:00hrs to 08:00hrs
  • Second Batch: 09:00hrs to 10:00hrs
  • Third Batch: 12:30hrs to 13:30hrs

13. Shirdi Darshan Ticket Price

Shirdi Darshan is free to everyone, but if you want to skip the long queue then VIP darshan is available

14. Is There A Vip Darshan In Shirdi?

Those who want to avoid long queues can opt for VIP darshan. Shirdi VIP darshan online booking is available at www.online.sai.org.in. This is an official website of Shirdi Sai trust. And you will be given access to the darshan from the Shanti gate.

15. For Quick Darshan At Shirdi

Quick darshan at Shirdi as VIP darshan costs 200 INR. On Thursdays, VIP darshan tickets are not available.

16. Offline Vip Darshan In Shirdi Tickets

The VIP tickets are also available at the gate number one.

17. Shirdi Aarti Tickets Cost

  • Kakad aarti ticket cost or morning Shirdi aarti tickets cost is 600INR,
  • Afternoon Shirdi aarti tickets cost is 400INR,
  • Evening Shirdi aarti tickets cost is 300INR,
  • Night Shirdi aarti tickets cost is 400INR.

18. How Can I Reach Shirdi?

All 3 means of transport are available to reach Shirdi, you can reach by air, by train, and by bus.

19. How Can I Reach Shirdi By Air?

Nearest airport to Shirdi is the Aurangabad airport. This Airport is 130 km from Shirdi,  from here private cab and taxi services are available at reasonable rates.

20. How Can I Reach Shirdi By Train?

By train, you can directly reach the Sainagar Shirdi railway station which is 3 km away from Shirdi. Other nearest railways stations are Kopargaon 17 Km away from the Shirdi, Nagarsul is 50 Km away from Shirdi and Manmad-Junction is 60 Km away from the Shirdi.

21. How Can I Reach Shirdi By Road?

You can as well take a road trip from Mumbai is you love road trips. It is well connected to most of the cities in India. State transportation is available from various cities in Maharashtra to Shirdi. Both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned buses are available on a daily basis. You can take a road trip from Aurangabad to Shirdi which is 130 km, 75 km from Nashik, 157 km from Pune, and 250 km from Mumbai.

22. Shirdi Address

Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir, Temple Road, Mauli Nagar, Shirdi, Maharashtra, India.

23. Shirdi Pincode

Shridi Pincode 423109

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