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Top tourist places and temples in Shirdi town
India is not only the birthplace of four major religions like Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Hinduism but it also the birthplace of saints like Shirdi Saibaba who was instrumental in spreading the thoughts of enlightenment all over the world.
An interesting and well-evidenced fact is that India has also produced hundreds of world-famous saints, philosophers, mystics, and rishis who worked relentlessly for universal tolerance, peace, harmony, and enlightenment. One such spiritual master who worked tirelessly for religious and spiritual upliftment was Shirdi Saibaba.
Tourists and others who are new to the world of Hindu religion may carry a question- who is sai baba?. This question is well-answered in subsequent paras. Read on to get brief biography of sai baba of Shirdi.
Who is Saibaba?
Devotees who follow the footsteps of Saibaba believe that he is a reincarnation of Lord Dattatreya who was also considered a spiritual guru in India who lived in northern parts of India.
An interesting fact about Saibaba is that he played the dual roles of a saint and a fakir. Baba who was fondly called by his devotees and followers as Saibaba renounced the materialistic life.
Saibaba was born in 1918 and entered Shirdi village at the tender age of sixteen. He lived here for several decades before he died at the age of 80. All through his life Saibaba helped villagers in various ways and showed them the path of prosperity and enlightenment.
He meditated under an age-old tree for hours and preached the importance of god-realization, following truth and Hindu dharma. Saibaba was a Hindu Brahmin by birth and after his parents died, he was raised by Muslim parents. Saibaba staunchly believed that there is only ‘One God’ and that one god manifests in various ways depending upon how one prays.
Both Muslims and Hindus living in Shirdi town visit sai and offer their prayers to him before starting their day-to-day work. You will get interesting facts about Saibaba when you explore Sai Satcharita, a Marathi book that was compiled and written by Annasaheb
Dabholkar when he was 51 years old. This biography book on Shirdi Saibaba went on to become one of the best international sellers and people from all walks of life started reading this book.
The publishers have successfully sold millions of copies and still, there is a big demand for this book. It may soon enter the Guinness books of world records which will project India in the world map.
It is believed that one who enters Shirdi all his sufferings and struggle will wither away instantly. One of the golden words of Shirdi Saibaba goes like this, “one who utters my name several times and surrenders on my feet will be liberated from births and deaths.
Saibaba choose to live in a ruined mosque
Saibaba used to wander from one place to another and practiced extreme austerities now and then. He met mahalsapathy, a head priest of the ancient Shiva temple namely Kandoba which still sees maximum rush during festive seasons.
Shirdi Sai befriended him quickly and they both become thick friends within a short time. Mahalaspathy sincerely followed the preaching, teachings, and philosophies of Shirdi Saibaba till he breathes his lost.
Best tourist spots in shirdi town
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Listed below are some of the best tourist places in shirdi that you should not miss seeing. Book one of the tour packages offered by M/s Rengha Tourism and Holidays and enjoy your Shirdi tour thoroughly.
This is a holy abode where Shirdi Saibaba lived for several years and conducted holy commune. Baba lived here peacefully inside an old mosque which was in a dilapidated condition where he lit a fire and prepared holy ashes. It now stands majestically as Dwarakamai Temple where millions of tourists flock this shrine and pray for hours.
He used to give holy ashes to his devotees and people struggling from poverty and diseases. Villagers in Shirdi believed that the holy ashes served by Shirdi baba curative properties and applied them to their bodies.
– Amrutheswar Temple
Amruthewar temple is located at a distance of around 120 km away from Shirdi village. It is one of the best tourist places in shirdi where plenty of tourists visit this place. This ancient temple which is intricately carved is a showstopper shrine.
– Pandharpur Temple
Pandharpur temple is one of the ancient shrines in India which is dedicated to Lord Pandarinathar who is none other than Lord Mahavishnu. This holy temple is around 306 km away from Shirdi. You can pay a quick visit to this ancient temple before leaving for other tourist destinations.
– Kandoba temple
Kandoba temple is a holy shrine where Shirdi Saibaba met mahalsapathy for the first time and he was the one who fondly called baba as Shirdi Saibaba. He instantly becomes an ardent devotee and a good friend of Saibaba. The presiding deity of this famous temple is Lord Kandoba who is none other than Lord Shiva.
– Lendi Baug
Lendi Baug is a garden that was maintained by Shirdi Saibaba when he lived in this town. There is a river namely Lendi which flows near this garden and so is the name. You can visit this garden during the visitors’ time and watch various types of ornamental flowers.
– Dixit Wada Museum
Shirdi Saibaba used to smoke pipes once in a while and relax for a few hours. The smoking pipes and other materials like vessels, jugs, and clothing that were used by baba are preserved safely inside this ancient museum.
– Chavadi – The meeting point
When Shirdi Saibaba lived in this holy village, he used to sit and chat with villagers for a few hours. Now it is taken over by the local government and the authorities are using this place as a storeroom. International tourists who are planning to visit Shirdi along with their friends and families can book their flight tickets through M/s Rengha Holidays and Tourism and pay a weeklong visit to Shirdi.