Shirdi, the town graced eternally by the great saint Sai Baba, is one of the most important religious places in India. Sai Baba, the great Yogi who brought closer Hinduism and Islam, imparted through his teachings the values such as morals, love, peace and forgiveness. Sai Baba is also remembered for the great miracles he performed, such as curing the terminally sick and bringing about impossible events that would teach one a moral lesson. A great figure, he is known for passing a simple but great message, ‘Sab ka malik ek,’ meaning there’s only one creator who looks after every living being - in other words, do not divide yourself in the name of religion. Devotes of Sai Baba, from the poor-most to the multibillionaires, from varied religions, are spread all across the globe and worship him most piously.
The beautiful temple of Sai Baba in Shirdi, is visited by thousands of pilgrims every day. It is built upon the Samadhi of Sai Baba, where he concluded his carnal journey amongst the mortals. The village where Sai Baba appeared one day as a stranger and spent the rest of his days on his way to become a great saint, has still been preserved as a monument around the temple. The words of Sai Baba, ‘Why fear, when I am here,’ still bring the troubled souls from all around the country and world seeking refuge and salvation at this serene place. The others come to pay homage and to express their gratefulness on having shown them a way out of their problems.
The temple follows a fixed schedules of prayers. Disciples coming in great numbers are looked after most warmly by the local trust that looks after the temple. The peaceful atmosphere at the well developed surroundings of the temple delivers a deeply satisfying experience that brings the devotees back again and again.
Situated 145 kilometers from Aurangabad, one can find convenient options such as shared taxies, hired taxies, private and government buses to go to Shirdi. The journey takes roughly 3 hours. It is recommended that you leave during morning hours, though one can also make a satisfactory trip leaving at noon. Being one of the busiest pilgrim places in the country, Shirdi offers a wide range of hotels, from five star to economy, for the night’s stay.