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Shirdi,The Home Town Of Shri Sai Baba 

Introduction 
Shirdi is a holy town which is situated in Rahata Taluka of Ahmednagar District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a hometown of Shri Sadguru Sainath Maharaj popularly known as Shri Sai Baba. It is one of the most important and immensely blessed religious destinations in India. The town is believed to be the abode of Sai Baba, the great saint of the 20th century. It is widely believed that Sai Baba spent 50 years of his life at this place preaching his very famous epigram Sabka Maalik Ek (One God for all). Though a small town, it attracts millions of tourists throughout that year who throng the place to pay their tributes in the famous Sai Mandir which is the main attraction of Shirdi tourism. The town of Shirdi is full of warmth, love and affection of the large number of devotees. The Gurusthan is a jewel in the crown of Shirdi, a place where Sai Baba came to Shirdi as a Bal Yogi. The great saint left his dwelling in the year 1918 and his Samadhi is visited by large number of people even at present. Chavadi, one of the renowned places in Shirdi, Dwarkamai, Adul Baba Cottage are some of the other tourist places in Shirdi.

History 
The history of Shirdi mainly comprises of life, death, teachings and practices of Sai Baba. According to the facts reported in his biography, Baba was first seen in the town as a 16-year-old boy before he reappeared in the town many years later. Although the origin of Sai Baba remains ambiguous, he is said to have played an important role in shaping and maintaining communal harmony in the place. Although there are no proper documentations available on Baba's birthplace or his lineage, it is assumed that Sai Baba was born in the year 1938. Sai Baba was first sighted under a neem tree. Sai Baba led an abstemious life right from a very young age. The people of Shirdi were extremely intrigued by his behaviour, although there were a few sceptics who found Baba a bit barmy. A few years later, after he left the village of Shirdi, Sai Baba went to work as a weaver and is also believed to have assisted Queen of Jhansi during the Indian revolt against the British in the year 1857.

Tourism 
Shirdi is a well-known spiritual destination of India. It is most popular for the world-famous Samadhi Mandir, home of the spiritual Sai Baba's interred remains. It is at this hallowed site that hundreds of thousands of devotees, worshippers, and tourists from all across India and the world come to pay homage to Sai Baba. The site houses a beautiful and impressive statue of Sai Baba carved with Italian white marble. The special prayers and city tour of the Sai Baba statue on every Thursday is a spectacular and honorable sight to view. Apart from Samadhi Mandir, there are other sightseeing places to capture your eyes. These include Dwarakamai Masjid, Guru Sthan, Khandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi, Shri Upasani Kanyakumari Sthan, Lendi Bagh, and Sakori Ashram.

Places to visit 

Samadhi Mandir
Samadhi Mandir is a most famous temple situated in shirdi and has been named after the famous saint Shri Sai Baba. The divine statue of Sai Baba was built by Late Balaji Vasant in 1954 and is situated within the Samadhi Mandir. The body of the holy saint Sai Baba rests in this temple. It is made up of white marble stones and the railings surrounding it have been decorated with ornaments.

The Maruti Mandir
The Maruti Mandir is one of the oldest temple in shirdi which is also known as Hanuman Mandir and is enclosed by circular railings. The temple has idols of Lord Hanuman on both its sides. It is situated between Chavadi Mandir and Dwarkamai Mandir and has an idol of Lord Hanuman at its entrance.

Khandoba Temple
Khandoba temple is also a major attraction in Shirdi. The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva in the form of Lord Khandoba. It is said that the temple priest Mhalsapati spotted Sai Baba in front of the temple and said Yaa Sai which means Welcome Sai. People started referring to him as Sai Baba after the incident.

Shani Shingnapur Temple
Shani Shingnapur Temple is also a most popular temple which is located at a distance of 65 kms away from Shirdi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shanidev. The idol of Lord Shanidev is placed inside the Shani Shingnapur Temple and is made up of large black stone. Only males are permitted inside the temple. Prayers are offered by the devotees in traditional dhotis at the Shani Shingnapur Temple.

Gurusthan
Gurusthan is a most visited place in Shirdi. It is the place where Sai Baba spent most of his time when he first came to Shirdi. It is said that the Baba believed that the tomb of his own Guru is located by the neem tree.

Area13.15 kmĀ²
Population36004
LanguageHindi, Marathi
Pin Code423109

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