Shirdi is a religious place near Nasik and is
referred to as the home of Sai Baba the great saint. Aside Sai Baba’s Temple,
it has other popular temples and historical places.
It is situated in a region of Maharashtra called
Ahmednagar and it is very significant as it is a holy place for devotees of Sai
Baba. Several religious sites fill the town and you can participate in
activities that calms the soul. Spirituality is in the air here and the
grandness about it here will leave you fascinated. Shirdi hosts many religious
sites such as Samadhi, Dwakamai Masjid, Chavadi, Mandir and much more.
Vishwanath Khare who is a popular Indologist
believes the name Shirdi was gotten from a Tamil word called Seeradi. The word
is written as ??? + ??? = ????? In Devanagari. In Tamil, this means ‘the foot
Aartis and Darshans are offered all through the
day in the temple for devotees to take part in. At 4 am, the temple is opened
and darshans are done during the slots of the morning, afternoon and evening.
You can find the time on this website. If you don’t want to stand on a long
queue just to pay for darshan, there is an online booking facility which was done
by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi Trust. After booking online, temple
offerings can be done in less than an hour. To book Darshan and other things
such as transportation and accommodation, you have to register online. Some
documents/ information required for registration can be seen here.
Shirdi is home to Si Baba and is situated a
distance of 122 kilometres from Nasik. According to belief, In 1858, Sai Baba
reached Shirdi and stayed for 60 years until he acquired salvation in the year
1918. He is known as the “child of God” as he never stopped preaching about
universal brotherhood. Aside from his temple, there are several places here
that serve as main attractions to tourists that are linked to Sai Baba.
Shirdi Bhojanalaya operates the world’s biggest
solar cooker. Every day, this cooker makes food for several thousands of
devotees for just Rs. 10. The
Bhojanalaya is somewhere every tourist who comes to Shirdi visits.
and Local Food in Shirdi
In Shirdi, several are dotted liberally. From
Continental to Indian, Maharashtran to Gujarati Thali, any cuisine is
available. Generally, the food available here is for vegans sue to the temple
being a religious place.
You definitely should check out the amazing Pomegranate
and Guava juice in town. Enjoy the food and gain unique experiences by eating
food prepared by the largest solar cooker.
Additionally, you can try out the sweets here
such as Bundi, Ladoos and much more.
Day 1- Get
to Shirdi and take some rest. Then go for Darshan in the evening.
Day 2- Start your day by going for darshan in Sai
Baba temple. Afterwards, visit Shani Shingnapur temple and at night go back to
Finally, head to Trimbakeshwar and in the evening, visit local food
joints and handicraft stores.