Shirdi is a small village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is located 85 km away from its district headquarters. It is today the most famous pilgrimage center of India.
Shirdi was the home of Sai Baba, the great saint of the 19th century. The saint resided in Shirdi for more than 50 years of his life. He made the small village, the most popular pilgrimage site for devotees. In fact, pilgrims throng from all over the world to seek blessings from Sai Baba.
Sai Baba entered this village when he was 16 years of age. He took shelter under a neem tree and was engaged in a hard self-penance and meditation. The saint devoted his entire life for the upliftment of the poor and the suffering. The saint’s origin and early life is a mystery itself. He is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
The whole village and every corner of it have some connection with the great saint. The great saint left for heavenly abode in 1918 and his Samadhi is visited by lakhs of pilgrims even today. The temple was constructed under the supervision of Shreemant Gopal Rao, who was a businessman at Nagpur. He is believed to be Sai’s greatest devotee.
The place where Sai Baba came to Shirdi as a Bal Yogi is known as Gurusthan. There is a temple at this location and a small shrine in Gurusthan. This small village is full of spiritual aroma with the devotional power of devotees from across the world. Shirdi is placed at the top on the world map of spirituality because of Sai Baba. The pathways and streets of the holy town are full of shops which sell Sai Baba record of his life and teachings.
Near Maharashtra State Highway No. 10,
Shirdi, Dist. Ahmednagar,
Taluka: Rahata Area: Ahmednagar
Website: www.shrisaibabasansthan.org Phone: 02423-258770
E-mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Timings: 5 AM- 11 PM (Open on All Days)
State: Maharashtra District: Ahmednagar
Languages : Marathi, Hindi, English Weather: 16°C to 40°C (Max.)
Best Time to Visit: June-March
STD Code: 02423 Pin Code: 423109
Pune Airport is the nearest one, 188 km away and is well connected to major cities of India and abroad. Other major international airport is at Mumbai (241 km).
Shirdi has its own railway station named as “Sainagar Shirdi”, which is just 3 km away from the main temple premises. It lies on the Manmad- Daund rail route and is well connected to all the major cities of India. Kopargaon (17 km) and Manmad (56 km) are also the major stations nearby.
MSRTC and various private travels operate regular buses that ply to Shirdi from the major cities of Maharashtra and neighboring states. The best way to here is by your own means of transportation like car or private taxis.
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Pune – 187 km
Mumbai – 239 km
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