The temple town of Shirdi, popularly known as Sainagar, is famous for its beauty and culture. Every year many pilgrims visit this town to seek blessings of their spiritual leader, Sai Baba and find themselves at peace singing the bhajans in the temples.
If you have ever read stories about Saibaba, you will find traces of them when visiting this town. Shirdi attracts millions of devotees each year. The number of footfall rises during festivities. If you are looking to dive deeper into your inner spiritual self, then Shirdi is the place to be. The place is an embodiment of spirituality and its connection to culture and history.
Let us explore the town and all the things that you can do in Shirdi.
Best places to visit in Shirdi
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Shri Sai Baba Temple is one of the most popular pilgrim places in the country. The temple premises were renovated with all modern-day amenities and necessary facilities such as Darshan Lane, Prasadalay which serves lunch and dinner, Donation Counters, Prasad Counters, Canteen, Book Stall, Railway Reservation Counter and others.
Accommodation facilities are also available for devotees who visit the temple from far off places. You can visit the temple anytime during the day between 4 am to 11 pm. It is advised to check the timings of the Aarti and other programmes happening throughout the day before visiting the temple. The day to day schedule of the temple –
4:00 AM – Temple Open
4:15 AM – Bhupali
4:30 AM – Kakad Aarti (Morning)
5:00 AM – Bhajan In Saibaba Mandir
5:05 AM – Mangal Snaan In Samadhi Mandir
5:35 AM – Aarti Aarti “Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur”
5:40 AM – Darshan Begins In Samadhi Mandir
11:30 AM – Dhuni Pooja With Rice and Ghee In Dwarkamai
12:00 PM – 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 & Cultural Programmes
10:30 PM – Shej Aarti
In the wake of the pandemic, the temple’s website suggests devotees book their darshan online to avoid any chaos or inconvenience.
Shani Shignapur Temple
You must have read or heard about the village which has no doors and locks. If not, then visit this temple to witness this wonder. Shani Shignapur Temple is a Jeevet Devasthan (alive temple) in Ahmednagar district. The temple is dedicated to the magical and powerful Lord Shani, who is believed to be residing in a black stone to this day.
Lord Shani, the Hindu God symbolizing the planet Saturn is also referred to as Swayambhu. The trust of people in the lord is so strong that none of the houses around the temple has doors and locks. People strongly believe that Lord Shani is protecting their valuables from thieves.
You will find many temples near the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. However, Khandoba Mandir is quite notable owing to the cleanliness and serenity of the area. The temple is dedicated to the presiding deity of Khandoba. Khandoba is said to be an avatar of Lord Shiva.
It is believed that Shirdi Sai Baba first decided to make this temple as his residence, but Mahalsapati thought him to be a Muslim and did not allow him to stay there. The temple thus also has an idol of Saibaba today. Khandoba Mandir is at a walking distance from the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. You can visit the temple anytime between 5 am to 10 pm.
Things to do in Shirdi
1. Apart from visiting the temple and the major attractions, you can visit a waterpark nearby. Saiteerth is a theme park dedicated to Saibaba. You can enjoy some water sports at Rs 350.
2. Buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home from the local market. You will find a variety of gifts from fridge magnets to books at a negotiable price.
3. Being a temple town, you will find the most delicious vegetarian food here. There are plenty of restaurants that provide you with a wide variety of cuisines including Gujarati, Maharashtrian, South Indian.
How to reach Shirdi
How to reach Shirdi by Air
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, is the nearest International Airport. Shirdi, from the Mumbai airport, takes around four and a half hours on an average. You can book a Savaari for a hassle-free transfer from airport to Shirdi. There is an airport in Shirdi and you can check the availability of connecting flights. Other airports close to Shirdi are Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur.
How to reach Shirdi by Rail
Shirdi Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Maharashtra. This station is around 10 km from Sai Baba temple. You can also find trains from various major cities like Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Bangalore among others.
How to reach Shirdi by Road
Shirdi is well connected to various major cities by road. Shirdi is 216 km from Nasik, 188 Kms from Pune, 233 Kms from Vashi and 238 Kms from Mumbai. If you a looking to hit the roads to visit this temple town, then you can rely on Savaari. Book a Savaari from Mumbai to Shirdi or from any other city for a safe and hassle-free road trip experience.
Best time to visit Shirdi
Shirdi has pleasant weather throughout the year which makes devotees visit this place all year round. However, you can pick your time based on your preferences.
The best time to visit Shirdi is said to be in the winter season i.e. between November and February. The temperature ranges from 12-27°C. This is the peak season and the city observes a lot of footfall during this time.
The temperature during the summer months of March to May ranges between 20°C and 42°C. The weather is pleasant during this time but it can get a little humid during the peak summer days.
The monsoon months of June to September is ideal for those who want to avoid the heat. These months also observe many festivals which lights up the city beautifully. The temperature ranges from 23-33°C. Pro tip – Carry your rain gears and be prepared for the surprise showers.
Get on a spiritual journey and explore this temple town. Seek the blessings of the deity and find peace in the hymns and chants echoing in the temples. To ensure that your trip is safe, take a road trip to Shirdi. You can rely on Savaari for sanitised cars and experienced drivers to take you from your city. Happy exploring!
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