This is one highly regarded place for
worshipers in Shirdi. It was in Dwarkamai that Sai Baba was trained and
nurtured, he lived the best and most part of his life here including his last
days. The temple is like a home to all its faithfuls they see it as their own
heaven. Say Baba was greatly respected and loved, apart from the devotees,
people from all religion believed so much in all he taught. Some of the things
he taught about is the spirit of tolerating one another and being
Dwarkamaistructure was at a point shabby
looking, wrapped with holes and unattractive but it was Sai Baba who came to
its rescue, restructured it and gave it
new meaning. He made every individual living around feel united and to that
effect the Dwarkamai May be the only mosque that a temple resides in.
One of these temples is where Sai Baba lived,
his presence inspired an aura of blessings and positive energy once one came
into the mosque. As at that time when one visits Baba’s house he ultimately
felt the peaceful environment, it was one that usually gives hope even to the
One distinctive and absolutely surprising
thing is how various individuals from different religions gather together to
acknowledge and honor Sai Baba, sometimes they kneel, burn sacrifice or read
their holy books just to show their respect for him, all these simply shows how
the people are in total belief not minding their various religious
backgrounds that they are one.
of the Old
At the beginning when Sai Baba found this
mosque, it was totally in shambles, made of mud and in really bad shape. It
looked nothing like a mosque as it had holes and pits around it with no roof.
It was far from being a secure place for people to dwell in. There was an
occasion when the roof almost fell on Baba and some other brethren, the people
tried convincing him to renovate the building but he at the point felt it was
By the 18th century one of the brethren
organized for building materials for the work to be done but rather Baba sowed
them into the live of a couple that was in dire need of shelter.
By 1912 the people insisted that the mosque
deserved better and Baba agreed to this, it was then the structure was
When wood from the dhuni has been burnt to
ash, Sai Baba when he was alive takes this and presents it as holy ash. It is
the ashes of this Dhuni which is distributed among devotees that is known as
Udi. The Udi has been ascribed healing powers and this is well documented.
People recovered from pain or sickness by taking it. Baba would sometimes apply
udi to his devotees when they meet, and he often gave out generous amount of
it. Sometimes when baba was in a good mood, he would sing about the udi in a
melodious voice with great joy. The practice of distributing udi collected from
the fire still persist. Since Baba instigated this practice and was consistent
with it, the udi distribution is considered sacred. Today a small tray of udi
is kept for curious tourists and worshipers.
at Dwarkamai in Shirdi
Dwarkamai is not just a place for meditation
and worship. It boast of some colorful festivals;
The main festivals which are celebrated in
Shirdi are Ramnavami (March/April), Guru Purnima (July), Eid (July) and
Vijayadashami (September). These
ceremonies are celebrated with ostentatious joy and happiness. Various
activities are organized like public reading, singing, puja programme, the
palanquin and many others.
Samadhi Mandir is kept open at the period of
the celebration and they organize an all night qawwali and bhajan time out at
different places in the village.
The Dwarkamai mosque has about two layers in
it, you can still find the belongings of Sai Baba there. In the first layer his
pictures are all over including his famous stone chair. There are two other
rooms in this layer one of which has in it a chariot and the other has a palkhi
As earlier said there is a temple just by the
rooms that has a flag rest. By the second layer you’ll find a square stool made
with stones that is what Baba uses to take his bath as at that time.
Some other belongings of Baba that can be
found in this mosque is a grinding stone, a wooden vessel with the name
‘Kolamba’, an oil painting in the shrine that shows various emotions and
attributes of Sai Baba, it depicts his patience, faith, generosity and
confidence, kindness in God. All these belongings of Sai Baba is almost what
attracts travelers and tourist to the place.
Can get to Dwarkamai
Dwarkamai is a Hindu temple in Shirdi India, a
very renowned tourist attraction that attracts many devotees each year. It’s
fame makes it easier to locate if you are going there for the first time .
Acclaimed to be the heart of Shirdi,many buses ply to Shirdi Bus Depot
frequently throughout the day, and the bus depot is only 5.5 kms away from
Dwarkamai. Fun fact, it takes longer to get to Dwarkamai by road from the depot
than arriving by foot- 11 mins by road but only 6 mins by
foot, so, why not get in some exercise? It is also very convenient to hail a
cab or an auto rickshaw which will take you to Dwarkamai at a small cost and