Shirdi is a town located in the Ahmednagar
district of Maharashtra, India. It is at a distance of 188 kms from Pune and is
accessible via the Ahmednagar-Manmad state highway No.10. Shirdi is the town
where the saint Sai Baba lived from 1838, when he was just 16 years old, until
his Samadhi in 1918.
The Sai Baba is considered to be the king of all sadhus and saints in the country. Because of this, Shirdi is one of the biggest pilgrimage centers around the world and every year, millions of his devotees from all over the world come here to pay their respects and receive blessings.
The Sai Baba’s death anniversary, Dussera and Guru Poornima are some of the most important festivals here. During these three festivals, devotees throng to Shirdi to offer prayers. The best time of the year to visit Shirdi is January to March as April to June is too hot followed by the monsoons. The peak season for pilgrimage is September through November when millions travel to Shirdi during the Hindu festivals. The Baba’s death anniversary is also commemorated during the month of October, with the date depending upon the Hindu calendar.
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The Sai Baba Temple
The Sri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir is one
of the most spiritual places on earth, and a must visit for anyone who is
travelling to Shirdi. However, if possible, avoid going there on weekends and
Thursdays as it is very crowded on these days. The Baba’s Chavadi, the place
where Sai Baba used to sleep and the Dwarkamai Masjid, which exhibits a lot of the
things that were used by Baba are other holy places that devotees visit. The
Khandoba Mandir is another temple where the Sai Baba’s footsteps are imprinted
on the floor. Another must do for devotees is a visit to the Dixit Wada Museum,
which houses all the things that the Baba used while he was alive. It exhibits
everything ranging from his clothes and slippers to his chillam!
The Waterpark: The Wet N Joy Water Park is a refreshing surprise to most visitors as one does not expect a water park in a place like Shirdi. A very well maintained water park with abundant rides to have fun on especially if you’re travelling with your kids or a group of friends.
Insider’s Tip: Try to visit the Sai Baba shrines and temples early in the morning, around 4 am, to avoid heavy crowds.
Shirdi can be visited anytime through the year, however, the period between June and August is considered to be the ideal time. Summers are hot with temperatures soaring up to 40 degrees but at the same time is known to have scarce crowd.