A distant view of the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
A distant view of the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Shirdi Sai Baba temple is located at Shirdi nagar Panchayat, Rahata sub-division, Ahmednagar District, state of Maharashtra, India. Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual master and regarded by His devotees as a saint, fakir (a Muslim Sufi ascetic) and satguru, and was worshipped according to the devotees individual proclivities and beliefs, this feature signifies He was revered by both Hindu and Muslim devotees. The best movement of Shirdi Sai Baba was said started in the 19th century, while He was living in Shirdi.

He taught the devotees, a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and guru, and was admired by many people around the world. Mhalsapati Nagre, a local Khandoba priest, was believed to be the first devotee of Shirdi Sai baba. The teaching of Shirdi Sai Baba combined the elements of Hinduism and Islam. It is well manifested in the act that, He gave the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosque He lived in, practised Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions, and was finally buried in Shirdi.

Entrance inside the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Entrance inside the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

The research and indications says that Shirdi Sai Baba met many saints and fakirs, and worked as a weaver. And it is believed that Sai Baba stayed at Shirdi for three years and left the place for a year, and again returned to Shirdi by 1958 and stayed permanently.

Specialty

One of His well-known epigrams, “Sabka Malik Ek” (“One God governs all”), is related to Hinduism, Islam and Sufism. He also said, “Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered”. And He always uttered “Allah Malik” (“God is King”). In the year 1910, Shirdi Sai Baba became popular in Mumbai and a lot of people started visiting Sai Baba. The first temple for Sai Baba was built at Bhivpuri, Karjat. He adopted His own style of dressing consisting of a knee-length one-piece caftan robe and a cloth cap.

An image of Shirdi Sai Baba
An image of Shirdi Sai Baba

He was impressed by the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and encouraged the devotees to follow it in their own lives. He advised His devotees to lead a moral life, help others, and love every living being without any prejudice. Sai Baba was an adversary of religious orthodoxy such as Christian, Hindu and Muslim. He was convicted to lead the life of an ascetic, and also advised His devotees to lead an ordinary family life.

 

The 11 positive declarations of Sai Baba to His devotees:

  1. No harm shall befall him, who steps on the soil of Shirdi.
  2. He who comes to my Samadhi, his sorrow and suffering shall cease.
  3. Though I be no more in flesh and blood, I shall ever protect my devotees.
  4. Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered.
  5. Know that my spirit is immortal, know this for yourself.
  6. Show unto me him who has sought refuge and has been turned away.
  7. In whatever faith men worship me, even so do I render to them.
  8. Not in vain is my promise that I shall ever lighten your burden.
  9. Knock, and the door shall open, ask and it shall be granted.
  10. To him who surrenders unto me totally I shall be ever indebted.
  11. Blessed is he who has become one with me.
An aerial view of the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
An aerial view of the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Pooja Timings

  • Temple opens at 4.30 am
  • Bhupali, Abhishekam at Gurusthan – 05.00 am
  • Morning Arati – 05.15 am
  • Bhajan – 05.40 am
  • Mangal Snaan – 06.00 am
  • Darshan – 07.00 am
  • Naivedyam – 9.00 am
  • Satyanarayana Pooja – 8.00 am to 10:30 am
  • Dhuni Pooja – 11.30 am
  • Noon Arati – 12.00 pm
  • Naivedyam – 12.30 pm
  • Pothi and Dhoop (evening) Arati – 04.00 pm
  • Naivedyam – 06.30 pm
  • Devotional Songs – 08.00 pm to 09.00 pm
  • Chavadi – 09.00 pm
  • Dwarkamai (the upper part) closes – 09.45 pm
  • Shejarati -Shej (night) Arati – 10.30 pm
  • Temple closes at 11.30 pm

Festivals

  • Guru Poornima – July or August
  • Dussehra – October
  • Ram Navami – March or April
By Road

Shirdi can be reached by bus from Ahmednagar, Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nashik, Akluj, Dhule, Nagpur and Aurangabad.


By Train

The nearest railway station is at Shirdi. Regular trains are available to Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam via Secunderabad, Mysore and other cities/states. The other nearest railway stations are Manmad railway station (87 km), Ahmednagar railway station (83 km) from Shirdi, Daund railway station (170 km) from Shirdi.


By Air

Nearest airports are Mumbai (260 km), Pune (185 km), and Aurangabad (125 km). Flights for all the major cities in India and foreign countries are available from Mumbai.

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