Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Base Station: Shirdi

Nearest City to Shirdi: Pune (180 Kms), Mumbai (258 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Shirdi: January to December

Peak Season: October to November

State: Maharashtra | District: Ahmednagar

Shirdi Weather: Summer: Maximum - 42°C and Minimum - 16°C
Winter: Maximum - 35°C and Minimum - 7°C

At a distance of 58 km from Manmad, 82 km from Ahmednagar, 90 km from Nashik, 180 km from Pune and 258 km from Mumbai, Shirdi is a small town located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. This is one of the holiest places in India and also one of the popular pilgrimage Places to visit in Maharashtra. Shirdi, also known as the Land of Sai, is famous for the shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba, which is the main attraction for the devotees who visit this holy shrine.

Sai Baba, who belonged to 20th century, is known as one of the greatest saints of India. Sai Baba visited Shirdi when he was 16 years old and stayed there until his death in 1918. Sai Baba transformed this small village into a holy pilgrimage site for his devotees. Many tales of the renowned Shirdi Sai are associated with this village. His selfless love and dedication to the poor, earned him respect for which he is worshiped even now. Shirdi is the place where he attained his 'Samadhi' or final abode.

The Shirdi temple complex covers an area of about 200 square meters. It includes Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai, Chavadi and Lendi Baug. Shirdi Temple is one of the richest temples in India with estimated donations of INR 4 billion per annum. Maruti Temple, Khandoba Mandir, Sai Heritage Village, Shanisinghnapur and Nashik are the other places of attraction situated in and around Shirdi.

Large number of devotees of all faiths flocks to the temple of Shirdi Sai Baba throughout the year. On an average, daily 50,000 devotees visit Shirdi village, to have the darshan of Sri Saibaba. In the festival season, more than 100,000 devotees visit the temple every day. The Sri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) has provided 2,500 rooms of varied capacity for accommodation. Apart from the temple trust complex there are many accommodation options ranging from budget to star category in Shirdi.

Pune International Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 185 km from Shirdi and has daily flights from Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Kolkata and Goa. Shirdi is well connected by train with Ahmednagar, Pandharpur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Kalka, Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Chandigarh, Delhi, Agra, Bhopal, Manmad, Puri, Vijayawada, Vizag, Tirupati and Mysore. Manmad Junction Railway Station is the major rail head, which is about 58 km from Shirdi. Shirdi lies on the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway and is well-connected by bus to major cities like Nashik, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

The best time to visit Shirdi is throughout year but the peak season is from October to November.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 02423
Languages Spoken: Marathi, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Gurupurnima, Dassera & Ramnavami
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HOW TO REACH SHIRDI


By Air

Nearest Airport: Pune - Pune Airport (185 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Sainagar Shirdi (4 Kms)
Manmad (58 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Shirdi Bus Station (0 Kms)

6 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN SHIRDI


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 600 m from Shirdi Bus Stand, Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is situated in the center of Shirdi town. It is one of the most famous shrines of pilgrimage in India and also prime place to visit in Shirdi.

The Shirdi temple is dedicated to Sri Sai Baba and he is revered as one of the greatest saints ever seen in India, endowed with unprecedented powers and is worshipped as a incarnations of god. Baba first made his appearance in Shirdi as a youth and remained there until his death in 1918. He transformed the lives of those who met him and continuously is doing so even after his Samadhi for those who pray him for his blessings.

The temple complex of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is spread in approximately 200 square meters. Samadhi Mandir is the main temple in the complex and is the mausoleum where Baba's mortal remains lay preserved. Samadhi Mandir was constructed under the patronage of a millionaire from Nagour, who was an ardent devotee of Sai Baba. The Sai devotee, Shreemant .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 72 km from Shirdi and 44 km from Ahmednagar, Shani Shingnapur or Sonai is a village in Nevasa taluka of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. The village is known for its popular temple of Shani Mahadev, the Hindu god associated with the planet (graha) Saturn. This is one of the most popular Shani temples in India and also among the famous places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra.

The idol of Lord Shanidev at the Shingnapur temple is swayambhu and the temple is believed to be a jagrut devasthan, meaning that a deity still resides in the temple. The idol is personified in the form of a black stone which is five and a half feet high installed on an open air platform. There is a trishul alongside the stone as well as a Nandi on its south. In front are the small images of Shiva and Hanuman. An east facing multi deity temple was built west of the Shani idol later. The premises also contain a tomb of Saint Udasi Baba and a temple dedicated to Dattatreya.

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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 300 m from Shirdi Bus Stand and 600 m from Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Khandoba Mandir is a small temple situated on Ahmednagar - Kopergaon Road in Shirdi. It is also a part of Shirdi Darshan tour.

The temple is dedicated to Khandoba, who is the presiding deity of the town and is considered to be another form of Lord Shiva. Khandoba temple is a small well maintained and calm place. A stone idol of Lord Khandoba is located in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Also idols of Lord Sai Baba and Mahalsapati are inscribed as a remembrance of event of Lord Baba coming to Shirdi. A rectangular sandpit is situated in front of the Khandoba temple which was used for fire-walking in earlier days. Now this tradition has stopped. Even though during annual festival of Champa Shashti, devotees walk on hot coals in accompaniment of bhajans.

It is believed that Sai Baba came to Shirdi for a second time with a marriage party and set his foot under the banyan tree. The priest named .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 600 m from Shirdi Bus Stand and 300 m from Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Hanuman Temple, also known as Maruti Mandir, is one of the oldest temples in Shirdi situated between Dwarkamai and Chavadi. It is one of the top places to visit in Shridi Darshan tour.

The temple is dedicated Lord Hanuman, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. There are two Hanuman idols side by side in this temple, where some weights and dumbbells are kept in a corner. It is well known that Lord Hanuman is the benefactor deity of wrestlers. It is said that during Chavadi Procession, Sai Baba used to halt at Lord Hanuman temple and waved his hands showing some strange gestures and stood quietly there for few minutes. The palki of Sai Baba which is taken out on special occasions also stops at the Maruti Mandir and the worshippers praise Sai Baba and Lord Hanuman. Peepal and Neem trees are situated in front of the temple. A Shivling along with Nandi is also installed on this site by Murthikar Bajre Rao Dalve .....


Park

At a distance of 2 km from Shirdi Bus Stand and 3 km from Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Sai Heritage Village is the first ever pilgrimage cum picnic based theme park situated on Shirdi - Ahmednagar Highway in Shirdi.

Sai Heritage Village is a beautiful theme park started in July 2014 and it offers the visitor a unique combination of pilgrimage cum picnic. It reflects the life of Baba & Shirdi villagers during Shirdi Sai Baba's time. It is a nice place for family fun and relaxation. There are various statues nicely depicting important events in life of Sai Baba. Shirdi Sai Baba's palkhi scene, serving food to devotees, medicating to needy & poor people, etc. are made at Sai Heritage Village.

There is a beautiful and well maintained garden covering large area. There is also a nice play area for kids. Rope ways and toy train are other attractions for kids at this place. There is also a small restaurant which provides some tasty food for the visitors.

Timings: 9 AM to 11 PM

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Hill Station

At a distance of 70 km from Nashik, 104 km from Shirdi, 157 km from Pune and 172 km from Mumbai, Bhandardara is a small hill station and a holiday resort located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The place is known for its natural beauty and its soothing environment. it is one of the less known hill stations in Maharashtra and also one of the beautiful hill stations near Mumbai city. This is also one of the popular Maharashtra tourist places to visit in rainy season.

Bhandardara is situated at an altitude of 750 m on the banks of river Pravara. According to a legend, sage Agastya meditated here for a year. Pleased with his penance, Gods blessed him with a stream of river Ganga, now known as river Pravara. This tiny hill station is a blend of natural beauty, waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery, refreshing air and pristine ambiance. .....

Distance (From Shirdi Bus Station): 105 Kms
Trip Duration (From Shirdi Bus Station - Including Travel): Full Day
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