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About Shirdi

  • State: Maharashtra
  • District: Ahmednagar
  • Type of Tourism: Pilgrimage
  • Population: 26,169 (As per Indian census- 2001)
  • Altitude: 504 meters
  • Languages spoken: Marathi, Hindi, English
  • Telephone Code: India (02423), International (+91)
  • Pin Code: 423109
  • Best time to visit: June to March
  • Clothing recommended : Loose cotton in summer, light woolen in winter
  • What to buy: Souvenirs like Photos, Stickers, Statues, Magnets, Books, CDs of Sai Baba, Pooja Articles, Religious Gadgets from the Sansthan Shop, Prasad Laddu.
  • Food Specialties: Prasadalaya Food, Prasad Laddu, Typical Maharashtrian cuisine, fresh fruits Guava & Pomegranate.
  • Local transportation: Auto Rickshaws, Taxis

Shirdi - an appellation that has become equivalent to the name of India’s most revered and most worshipped Saint ‘Sai Baba’ infuses immense veneration in the mind of every Indian. Shirdi is a place where one experiences the zenith of piousness, sanctity and devotion. A small hamlet in the Rahata Taluk of Ahmednagar District, Shirdi is reckoned far and wide as one of the most blessed and consecrated pilgrim destinations of the state of Maharashtra. Shirdi is ordained as the home of ‘Sai Baba’, the greatest spiritual master canonized for his tenderness and benevolence towards every little creature and the miracles he had performed out of compassion for the welfare of all living beings. Sai Baba, worshipped as the ‘Child of God’ is the epitome of religious unity and advocates universal solidarity.
Every single activity that occurs in the town Shirdi has something to do with ‘Sai Baba’ and the Sai Baba Sansthan. Life in Shirdi is totally centered around Sai Baba. Regarded as a very important religious hub of Maharashtra, Shirdi is flooded by the devotees all round the year. Millions of people arrive here from every corner of the country and globe to get a sacred glimpse of Sai Baba and seek the blessings of this omnipotent deity. The aura of this solemn seat of Sai Baba and the ambience of the town is so immersed with an irresistible mystic air that every single soul landed here is completely overpowered by the celestial divinity of this sacred abode.

The magnificent and imposing temple complex accommodates multitudinous devotees of Sai Baba. The ostentatious campus of the Samadhi Mandir is hustling all the time. The standard spectacled perceived here is that of people devoutly standing in a queue since morning, chanting the prayers glorifying Sai Baba and patiently waiting for their auspicious turn to come. The temple Sansthan provides free food to the devotees and the Bhakt Niwas offers them a stay. Other than the main temple where Sai Baba is seated, other religious spots worshipped in the holy town of Shirdi are Dwarkamai, Chawdi, Gurusthan, Lendi Baug, Khandoba Mandir, Maruti Temple, Jangli Maharaj Ashram and Sai Museum etc. Moreover, nearby tourist destinations from Shirdi include Sakori, Shanisinghnapur, Nevasa Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Nashik and Trimbakeshwar.

The history of Shirdi as a township or as a pilgrim station is absolutely submerged with the history of Sai Baba. In the late 19th century Shirdi was a very tiny village where a mysterious and miraculous young Fakir alighted from nowhere and found shelter in a mosque. Nobody could learn where had come from, who he was, what his name was and who parented him. This bearded esoteric Yogi gradually became well know due to his charismatic powers. He could magically heal wounds, cure diseases, solve the worldly problems of his disciples and guide and motivate them in their business. His preaching was very pacifying and striking. The sermons that he delivered advocated the oneness of God. He said that there is only one superpower and it is just that he is known by different names by different people. He said that all the religions have similar ethics at their base and everybody, regardless of their cast, creed, material wealth or social status is equal.

This modest and tenderhearted sage grew more and more popular and his extraordinary powers and influential preaching drew numberless followers both Hindus and Muslims. He was deified by people and a villager and the ardent devotee of Sai Baba; ‘Mahalsapathi’ bestowed a laurel upon him – ‘Sai’. Renowned as Sai Baba since then, this Yogi performed many miracles during his lifetime and finally on October 15th, 1918 he departed for his heavenly journey leaving his mortal remains back. Two of the most remarkable doctrines preached by him are, ‘Don’t be afraid because I am with you’ and ‘Believe and be patient’. Even after almost 10 decades of his demise, Sai Baba enjoys the same, or I should say even more respect in the hearts of his devotees. People believe Sai Baba to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. His devotees hold strong faith that on visiting Shirdi, the sacred domicile of Sai Baba, all their problems will be promptly solved.

The Samadhi Mandir, all the time thronged by the devotees is the place where the mortal remains of Sai Baba were buried. The mosque where Sai Baba used to reside is known by the name Dwarkamai. The small town Shirdi concealed till the early 20th century has now engraved its name in golden letters on the world wide spiritual front.

Shirdi, the celestial seat of Sai Baba is the most sought after and renowned pilgrim place located in the state of Maharashtra. Myriads of devotees of this miraculous saint alight here from every corner of the country to take his pious Darshana. It is strongly believed by the devotees that, even after his death Sai Baba is amongst us and all the worldly dilemmas and crisis will be solved if we seek his blessings. Shirdi, a widely reckoned and much exalted religious destination of Maharashtra is developed in the same accord as a pilgrim place and a tourism hub. The Sai Baba Sansthan excellently manages the daily heavy rush of devotees and provides them with both food and shelter. The markets of Shirdi are flocked with religious articles like Photos, Stickers, Statues, Magnets, Books, CDs of Sai Baba, Pooja Articles, Religious Gadgets from the Sansthan Shop and Prasad Laddu.

Major Festivals celebrated at the Sai Baba Temple of Shirdi are: Ramnavami, Guru Purnima and Shirdi Vijayadashmi (Punyatithi of Sai Baba).

Ramnavami - Apart from being the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, this festival holds much historical and devotional significance. In the year 1897, a follower of Sai Baba named Gopalarao Gund was blessed with a child by the grace of this holy Fakir. As an expression of his gratitude, Gopalarao Gund appealed to Sai Baba to permit him to hold a ‘Urus’ in his honor. Sai Baba agreed to the petition but put forward a condition that the Urus will be celebrated on the auspicious day of Ramnavami. Sai Baba’s motif behind this amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim celebration was to bring the people of both these communities together. From that time to present, the Urus Procession is organized on the occasion of Ramnavami in Shirdi. Both Hindus and Muslims participate in this celebration with complete zest and enthusiasm. Thus, Ramnavami, celebrated in the month of March or April every year is the festival that portrays the communal harmony of Shirdi Town. At the time of this festival, the flags of Dwarkamai are replaced and the sack of wheat kept there is taken to the Prasadalaya to be cooked and distributed as the Prasad. A new sack of wheat is placed in Dwarkamai in its place.

Guru Purnima - Guru Purnima is the only festival that Sai Baba had asked his devotees to celebrate in his remembrance. Guru Purnima is the festival when you honor your master and seek his blessings. Thousands of the followers of Sai Baba gather in Shirdi to seek the blessings of their spiritual Guru on the day of Guru Purnima.

Shirdi Vijayadashmi (Punyatithi of Sai Baba) - Sai Baba embraced the state of Samadhi on October 15th, 1918, on the occasion of Vijayadashmi. That’s why this festival is celebrated as Sai Baba’s Punyatithi in Shirdi. A great number of devotees of Sai Baba throng the temple and ‘Brahman Bhojan’ is arranged in the Samadhi Mandir. The Vijayadashmi day of the year 2018 is going to be the 100th anniversary of Sai Baba’s Punyatithi. So Shirdi Sansthan is already preparing for a grand celebration 

Shri Sai Baba is revered as one of the greatest saints ever seen in India, endowed with unprecedented powers, and is worshipped as a God incarnate. (SAI meaning Sakshaat Ishwar) - GOD THE ABSOLUTE

This mysterious Fakir first made HIS appearance in Shirdi as a youth and remained there throughout His long life. HE transformed the lives of those who met Him and continuously is doing so even after HIS Samadhi in 1918 for those whose hearts are touched by his love and who pray and call Him at any emergency in life for his blessings.

Baba stated that His mission is to “Give Blessings” without discrimination to all, and He proves it in myriad ways by healing the sick, saving lives, protecting the vulnerable, averting accidents, granting offspring, facilitating financial gain, bringing people into harmony within themselves and with each other and, above all, in effecting the spiritual evolution and transformation of those who came to him as the last resort.

Baba is, as one of His contemporary devotees put it, “The embodiment of the Supreme Spirit lighting the sadhakas (seekers') path by His every word and action”.

To His devotees, Baba is nothing less than a GOD. This has been a matter of experience and not imaginary.

“I look on all with an equal eye”

An outstanding aspect of Sai Baba is that He is beyond distinctions of religion, caste or creed. He embodied all religions and preached the Universal religion of Love.

Devotees of all faiths find their meeting point in Sai and people from all communities and all walks of life are united by the great love and reverence Baba inspires in them. Baba had great regard for His Hindu devotees and their Gurus and He responded to their needs and permitted worship according to the Hindu and other religious rituals. At the same time His dwelling place was a Masjid (Mosque) and the name of Allah was ever on his lips. HE described himself as in Service to GOD (ALLAH) and as a soul ever remembering ALLAH -(YAD - A - HAKKA)

People today flock Shirdi in ever-increasing numbers to pay homage to the Divine and to experience the truth of Baba’s promise that He would be active in answering devotees' prayers even from his tomb. Like Ten Commandments BABA has given eleven assurances to humanity for welfare.

Baba said that He was a slave in the service of those who loved Him that He was ever living to help those who turn to Him and that He has to take care of His children day and night. He then taught values of total surrender to the Almighty Master (ALLAH MALIK EK- The only ONE) and experience his grace.

In coming to Baba’s Shirdi His children experience the truth how BABA unfailingly fulfils His commitments to his devotees by coming to their rescue in times of crisis.

Shri Sai Baba Temple
Shri Sai Baba Temple, also reckoned by the name ‘Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir’ is the pivotal point of the town of Shirdi. Situated right in the heart of the city, this celebrated shrine houses the Samadhi (mausoleum) of the great Indian saint Sai Baba. Sai Baba, extolled world wide for his inconceivable miraculous powers left this mortal world on 15th October 1918, i.e. on the day of Vijayadashmi according to Hindu calendar. This temple, dedicated to Sai Baba was constructed by a millionaire from Nagour who was an ardent devotee of this sacrosanct sage. The daily schedule that is followed at the Sai Baba temple is as under.

5:00 am – Bhupali, 5.15 am - Kakad Aarti, 5:40 am – Bhajan, 6:00 am – Mangal Snaan, 7:00 am - Darshan begins, 9:00 am - Naivedyam, 8:00 - 10:30 am - Satyanarayana Pooja, 11:30 am - Dhuni Pooja, 12:00 noon - Afternoon Aarti, 12:30 pm – Naivedyam, 4:00 pm – Pothi and Dhoop Aati, 6:30 pm – Naivedyam, 8:00 - 9:00 pm – Bhajan, 9:30 pm - In Dwarkamai a mosquito net is hung, water is given to Baba and the hanging lamp is lit, 10:00 pm – Shejarati, 10:45 pm – Samadhi Mandir closes.

As the Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir is visited by chiliads of devotees every day, getting the Darshana of the presiding deity is not that easy. Devotees have to stand in a queue for hours, ranging from 2 to 5, depending upon the rush, and after all this pandemonium you can only spend less than a minute at the Samadhi Sthan. Notwithstanding the turmoil and agitation, you will witness the devotees earnestly standing in the queue and solemnly reciting the Sai Bhajanas.

The sanctorum of the Sai Baba Temple is built in pure marble. The big marmoreal hall accommodates the life size marble statue of Sai Baba. This statue is placed on a throne and sheltered by an intricately carved silver umbrella. Just in front of the statue is placed the grave of Sai Baba that holds his mortal remains. The statue of Baba holding a kind of mystic aura and grandeur is completely carved out of Italian Marble. This idol was made by Balaji Vasant in the year 1954. Adorned with innumerable flower garlands and chadars offered by the devotees, the idol of Sai Baba creates an awe – inspiring demeanor. Once you have a look at the sublime idol of the patron deity of Shirdi, its divine mien will immediately catch your heart. And if you are a true believer, you will feel his presence as soon as you enter the sanctum. The Samadhi or the grave built out of marble is installed between two silver pillars adorned with aureate patterns.
If some devotees are not able to stand in such a long queue and wait, they have another option. There is a section called ‘Mukh Darshana’. You can enter this portion from a separate gate and stand there having a look at the magnanimous ‘Murthi’ of Sai Baba as long as you want. No body will push you from there or ask you to leave.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan
‘Sri Sai Baba Sansthan’ is the presidential and the administrative body of Sai Baba Samadhi Temple of Shirdi. All the activities undertaken at the Temple and other matters such as providing accommodation, food and other facilities to the devotees are managed by this trust. Moreover, the Sansthan also pursues the mission of general development of Shirdi Township. Sai Baba Sansthan runs a Kanya Shala (Girls School), an English Medium School, an Industrial Training Institute (I. T. I.), a hospital, a blood bank, the drinking water supply and several other social service sectors. Sansthan Seva Desk takes care of various administrative affairs like collecting donation, maintaining the guestbook, implementing the feedback suggestions, publishing magazines, newsletters, and so on.

The mosque situated just next to the Sai Baba Samadhi Temple complex is known by the name Dwarkamai. This is the very edifice that was used by Sai Baba as his residence during his stay at Shirdi. Sai Baba dwelled at Dwarkamai for almost 60 years of his life till his demise in the year 1918. Sai Baba himself had christened this mosque as Dwarkamai.

This is the very Masjid where the Durbar of Sai Baba was held and where many of his miracles were performed. Today Dwarkamai has undergone a renovation in order to conserve this structure of divine significance. The mosque still houses the sacred fire known as ‘Dhuni’ which is always kept alive. This Dhuni is the very same fire that was lit by Sai Baba himself almost 100 years ago. Sai Baba never allowed the flames to die and he always kept this Dhuni fire burning. The ashes that are yielded out of this Dhuni are called ‘Udhi’. It is believed that this pious Udhi or the ashes blessed by Sai Baba bear the miraculous power of healing all the diseases.

Besides the Dhuni, the articles and belongings of Sai Baba that were used by him such as his fireplace, his grinding stone, the stone he used to sit on etc. are also preserved here. A life size oil painting of Shri Sai Baba is placed in Dwarkamai which was painted by Mr. Jayakar of Mumbai. As the legend goes, when Mr. Jayakar presented this oil painting to Baba, he had embraced the portrait and proclaimed that it will survive after him. As said by Sai Baba himself, he who seeks the refuge at Dwarkamai has nothing to fear of. The moment you enter Dwarkamai your sufferings based on your Karmas will end and supreme pleasure will begin. As you enter Dwarkamai, the goal of your life is achieved.

Chavadi, positioned neighboring the Dwarkamai is the holy place where Sai Baba used to spend his every alternate night. This practice commenced on 10th December 1909 and continued until his Mahanirvan in the year 1918. Sai Baba was carried in a decorated Palkhi from Dwarkamai to Chavadi by his disciples. In Dwarkamai Sai Baba used to sleep on a rocky bed, but in Chavadi he used to sleep on a soft mattress. In this way he symbolized the uncertain fate of human life. This custom is still kept alive in Shirdi. Today, every Thursday night Baba's footprints (Charanakamal) are carried from Dwarkamai to Chavadi in a ceremonial procession. Chavadi is a small house built in two rooms. The room in which Baba used to sleep was not accessible to women back then and so is the case even today. The Asan (seat) on which Sai Baba used to sit and the wooden platform on which his last bath was solemnized after his annihilation are now placed in Chavadi for the devotees to take Darshana.

Gurusthan is another sacred place situated close to the main temple of Sai Baba. The literal meaning of the word Gurusthan is the ‘residence of Guru’. Gurusthan is the place where Sai Baba’s spiritual master used to reside. A Neem Tree that can be seen standing beside the Gurusthan is the exact tree under which Sai Baba as a young boy of 16 was found seated at the time of his first visit to Shirdi. It is believed that the leaves of this sacred tree have miraculous healing qualities. There is a hidden cave situated in the shade of this Neem tree which is believed to be the Samadhi of Sai Baba’s Guru. This is the reason why this place is designated as ‘Gurusthan’.

An interesting myth is woven with the background of this place. Once, Lord Khandoba possessed a citizen of Shirdi and through him instructed people to dig near the Neem Tree. His orders were immediately followed and as the outcome of the excavation, an enlightened corridor was discovered which lead to a cellar. Then Khandoba reappeared and revealed that in his previous birth Sai Baba had performed a severe penance for 12 years at this place. Sai Baba himself didn’t say anything or gave any explanation, but asked his disciples to protect the site. From that time onwards, Sai Baba used to stop at the Gurusthan everyday on his walk from Dwarkamai to Lendi Baug. He used to halt here for a while and pray.
Some years later, a devotee of Sai Baba, Hari Vinayak Sathe purchased this property and constructed a Wada there. He also built a platform surrounding the Neem Tree where people can sit and pray. Today, Silver padukas (foot impressions) of Sai Baba are placed at this platform and it is believed that if you pray at this holy place and burn ‘Dhup’ (incense) for 11 consecutive Thursdays and Fridays, the grace of both Sai Baba and his Guru will descend upon you and all your dream will come true. Gurusthan was renovated on 30th September, 1941. Presently, a marble statue of Sai Baba and a portrait are worshipped here.

Lendi Baug
Lendi Baug situated close to Gurusthan on Shirdi – Manmad State Highway was once a dense forest. These are the woods to which Sai Baba used to pay a visit twice a day and spend nearly 2 hours meditating. Sai Baba used to take a walk in the Lendi Baug and then rest under a huge Neem Tree. At that time his devotees assembled around him and listen to the gospel preached by him. Sai Baba followed a practice of keeping a lamp burning under a Pipal Tree. This practice is followed even today and the same lamp is kept alive as the Nanda Deep. In Lendi Baug you can see the well from which Sai Baba used to fill his earthen pots. The trees growing alongside the well are the very trees planted and watered by Baba himself. Sai Baba owned a horse that was called Shyamakarna. This horse stayed in Lendi Baug. Today you can take the darshana of Sai Baba’s Shivdi and the Samadhi of Shyamakarna in Lendi Baug.

Khandoba Mandir
Situated near Shri Sainath Hospital opposite the Shirdi Bus Stand, this Khandoba Mandir is regarded to be one of the 13 chief Khandoba Temples in the state of Maharashtra. An idol of Khandoba accompanied by two of his consorts Banai and Mhalsai is placed in the sanctum of this temple. This Mandir carries an exceptional significance in the life history of Sai Baba. When Sai Baba had arrived at Shirdi for the first time with a marriage party, he had stood under a banyan tree near the Khandoba Temple.
Mahalsapathi, the pujari (priest) of the Khandoba Temple and later on the chief devotee of Sai Baba welcomed him inside the Mandir saying ‘Aao Sai’. From that time onwards that anonymous Fakir came to be known by the title ‘Sai Baba’. Today the premises of Khandoba Temple house two shrines. In one of them, the idol of Sai Baba and his Charan Padukas are placed and the other shrine is dedicated to the horse of Lord Khandoba. The timings for visiting the Khandoba temple are from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Maruti Temple
This temple dedicated Lord Hanuman is located in the lane that connects Dwarkamai to Chavadi. At the entrance of this temple, two images of Lord Hanuman are placed. A Bal Yogi named Devidas resided at this temple. Sai Baba used to stop here and spend some time on his way from Dwarkamai to Chavadi or vice-versa. He also came to the Maruti Temple to meet the Bal Yogi - Devidas.

Abdul Baba's Cottage
Situated opposite the ‘Chavadi’ near the Samadhi Temple of Sai Baba, Abdul Baba’s Cottage is one of the most sought after tourist’s destinations in the holy town of Shirdi. Abdul Baba was one of the ardent devotees of Sai Baba who used to read the holy ‘Quran-e-Sharif’ out loud to him. Abdul Baba’s Cottage painted in green is a small house where various photos and belongings of Sai Baba and Abdul Baba are kept. Inside the main Samadhi Mandir of Shirdi, the Samadhi of Abdul Baba is also established.

Jangli Maharaj Ashram
The Jangli Maharaj Ashram, stationed approximately 7 kilometers from the main town Shirdi on the Shirdi Manmad highway leads us back in the time. It takes us to the period of olden Indian culture when the Gurukul Pratha was prevalent. The Jangli Maharaj Ashram is administered by a spiritual master named Om Gurudev. This ashram runs a co-educational residential school for children. Apart from religious and educational lectures, several meditation classes are regularly conducted at the ashram. Meditation enables us to attend the peace of mind, body and soul. On the full moon day of every month a religious program named Anugraha is organized at the Jangli Maharaj Ashram. This religious program comprises of a holy meeting, also known as ‘Satsang’. This satsang goes on for the whole night in the sacred presence of Sadguru Janglidas Maharaj when people enjoy being drenched in the sublime nectar of knowledge.

Dixit Wada Museum
Dixit Wada Museum, located right in the center of the Sai Baba Sansthan Complex is a not to miss place in Shirdi. This museum is noteworthy for its distinct collection of black & white photographs of Sai Baba, Baba’s Kafni, his smoking pipe, his leather padukas, his chimta, cooking utensils, water tumblers, grinding mill, bathing stone used by Sai Baba and also some gramophone records. This museum is open from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

Laxmibai Shinde's House
Laxmibai Shinde’s House, located in the proximity of the famous Chavadi is an important destination in Shirdi. Laxmibai Shinde was one of the close devotees of Sai Baba who were present at the time of Sai Baba’s Mahanirvan. She was the only woman who was allowed inside the Dwarkamai. Laxmibai used to cook food for Sai Baba everyday and Baba used to give her four rupees for the expenditure. But on the day of his annihilation, Sai Baba gave her total 9 rupees. People interpret this in various manners. Some say that the number 9 symbolizes the 9 forms of devotions and others say that they are the 9 characteristics of an ideal disciple. When you visit the house of Laxmibai Shinde you can have a look at those 9 rupees kept near a statue of Laxmibai. This small house also accommodates the Samadhi of Laxmibai placed right in front of the tiny entrance.

Sakori, a tiny little hamlet of Ahmednagar District is situated just 5 kilometers from Shirdi. This small village is renowned in the entire state of Maharashtra for the Ashram established by a Hindu Sage named Upasni Maharaj. This Ashram of Upasni Maharaj is also known by the name ‘Kanya Kumari Sthan’. Upasni Maharaj was one of the disciples of Sai Baba. He inhabited Shirdi for four years and then went to Sakori and founded the Kanya Kumari Ashram in 1917 AD. Upasni Maharaj lived in Sakori until his demises in 1941 AD. A famous Zoroastrian master named Meher Baba was the disciple of Upasni Maharaj.

Shanisinghnapur, a small village acclaimed countrywide as the holy seat of Lord Shani (Saturn), is situated about 70 kilometers from Shirdi. The auspicious temple of Lord Shani is always thronged by numberless devotees and this rush even increases on the day of Amavasya, i.e. no moon day. It is believed that Lord Shani protects the village and so it is not possible for any thief to steal from here. Due to this faith, nobody locks the doors and no theft or robbery has occurred in Shanisinghnapur till today.

Another must visit destination near Shirdi is a small village named Nevasa. This hamlet is located about 70 km from Shirdi. The central attraction of this village is the temple which houses the holy pole of Saint Dnyaneshwar. It is believed that Saint Dnyaneshwar sat besides this pole and wrote Dnaneshwari, his interpretation of Geeta in Marathi at the age of 16. Every year on the occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi, the Palkhi of Saint Dnyaneshwar is carried to Pandharpur from Nevasa.

Nashik or Nasik, regarded to be one of the holiest Hindu cities in India is positioned nearly 90 kilometers from Shirdi. Nasik has specially registered its name on the nationwide religious front for the grand Kumbhmela that is held here once in every 12 years. It is believed that Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshamana spent most of the years of his exile at Nasik. Nasik is the very locale from where Devi Sita was kidnapped by the demon King Ravana. Nasik is the remarkable tourism hub of the state of Maharashtra. Famous for housing a number of pilgrim destinations, historical monuments and blessed with pristine natural beauty, Nashik is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Trimbakeshwar is stationed nearly 35 kilometers from Nasik and about 115 kilometers from Shirdi. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva is situated at Trimbakeshwar.



Ajanta & Ellora Caves
The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are placed nearly 30 kilometers from Aurangabad and about 125 kilometers from Shirdi. The 34 caves of Ajanta and 29 caves of Ellora, renowned for their Hindu, Buddhist and Jain rock cut sculptures, paintings and murals are dated back to 200 BC to 700 AD. A British army officer named John Smith discovered these caves in the year 1819. Ajanta caves are attributed the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

4:00  am

Temple open

4.15  am


4:30  am

Kakad  Aarti (morning)

5:00  am

Bhajan in Saibaba Mandir

5.05  am

Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba (Mangal Snaan) in Samadhi Mandir

5:35  am

Aarti "Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur"

5:40  am

Darshan begins in Samadhi Mandir

9:00  am

Abhishek Pooja


Satyanarayana Pooja

11:30 am

Dhuni Pooja with rice and ghee in Dwarkamai


Mid day Aarti

4:00  PM

Pothi (Devotional reading/Study) in Samadhi Mandir

At Sunset

 Dhoop  Aarti

8:30 - 10:00 PM

Devotional Songs in Samadhi Mandir and other Cultural Programmes (if any)

9:00   PM

Chavadi and Gurusthan closes

9:30   PM

In Dwarkamai water is given to Baba, a mosquito net is hung and the hanging lamp is lit

9:45   PM

Dwarkamai (the upper part) closes

10:30 PM

Shej (night) Aarti, after this , a shawl is wrapped around the statue in the Samadhi Mandir, a Rudraksha mala is put around baba's neck, Mosquito net is hung, and a glass of water kept there

11:15  PM

Samadhi Mandir closes after night Arati

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2nd Batch

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3rd Batch*

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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1st Batch

07.00 am to 08.00am

2nd Batch

09.00am to 10.00 am

3rd Batch

11.00am to 12.00 pm

4th Batch*

01:00pm to 02:00 pm

5th Batch*

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