Posted 31 October 2022
Shirdi is one of those sacred places in India that attracts pilgrims and visitors in equal numbers, not only from Maharashtra's neighbouring towns and cities but also from other country areas. This site, which is the birthplace of the great saint Sri Sai Baba, exudes a distinct air. Locals claim that a mystery 'fakir' (a wanderer known to devotees as Shirdi Sai Baba) arrived in Shirdi in his teens and stayed for more than 60 years. The 'fakir,' who possessed magical abilities, was a master 'yogi' who routinely demonstrated his abilities. Even now, people go to Shirdi because of Sai Baba's modest lifestyle and high values.
If you are planning to visit this revered city in Maharashtra, here are the top four reasons why you should visit Shirdi to indulge in its hallowed surroundings:
Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple is a Shirdi holy monument devoted to Shri Sai Baba, considered one of India's most revered saints. The Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple is dedicated to Sai Baba, revered as God incarnate and reputed to possess magical abilities. The temple, which has a total space of about 200 square metres and receives an average of 25,000 visitors per day, is a popular pilgrimage destination for believers from all over the world. On festivals and other auspicious occasions, visitors swell to a million. The ringing of bells, the special Aarti, the scent of incense sticks all around, and the blessing of the Guru seated on the golden throne, accompanied by Pandits and religious followers, will immerse you in enormous tranquillity and peace of mind. Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple is a must-see holy site for anyone who wants to enjoy peace and enjoy being closer to God.
Sai Baba devotees consider Dwarkamai to be one of Shirdi's gems. It is the location where the legendary Sai Baba spent much of his life, including his final moments. The spirit of tolerance, acceptance, and openness to all remains alive and well. At first, this location was a derelict mosque with knee-deep holes and collapsing rubble. Baba is the one who renamed it Dwarkamai and reminded everyone that God is one. Dwarkamai is perhaps the only mosque in the world with a temple! As soon as one enters this mosque, they are enveloped in Sai Baba's holy spirit and bestowed with his blessings. One may feel their spirit cleansed of anxieties, insecurities, and negativity as the remarkable and powerful aura of positivity is so relaxing and tranquil. What is fascinating and noteworthy is that individuals of many beliefs and traditions come here to pay homage to Sai Baba and do so in their unique way. Some offer their prayers to the 'dhuni,' or ever-burning sacred fire, while others study their 'japas,' or holy books. This demonstrates that individuals have embraced Baba's teachings and believe in the unity of God.
The Dixit Wada Museum, located in Shirdi's Sansthan complex, is a small museum that houses a range of important things related to Sai Baba's life. Rare black-and-white images of Sai Baba can be found at this museum. Sai Baba's long robes, cooking utensils, bathing stones, phonographic records, leather footwear, and smoking pipe are displayed at the Dixit Wada Museum. For visitors to Shirdi's sacred spot, a visit to the Dixit Wada museum is highly advised. It is intriguing for antiquarians and all of his devotees who get to observe his way of life up close and feel his presence through his physical remains.
The village of Shani Shingnapur, often known as the "Village with no doors and no locks," is recognized for its faith in Lord Shani, the God of Saturn, who is revered as the village's holy guardian. It is thought that anyone who attempts a theft here will incur the wrath of the supreme power and will be blinded immediately. Even the jewellery and money are kept open, with no lockers. The majority of public restrooms in Shani Shingnapur village square lack doors. The locals agreed to hang a thin curtain near the door for the women's privacy. But not doors, as that would be contrary to the faith. The locals employ a barrier or a sheet at the entrance to keep the dogs and stray cats out.
Shirdi, home to the venerated saint Shri Satchidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj, commonly known as 'Saibaba,' is a prominent stop on Maharashtra's pilgrimage circuit trip. If you admire Sai Baba as a spiritual teacher and want to visit Shirdi, reserve your flight to Shirdi with IndiGo and get ready to experience one of the holiest journeys in India.
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