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Shirdi Sai Baba Temple address

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chit Chat' started by Om, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. Om

    Om New Member

    Following my recent query about reaching Shirdi from Aurangabad, I also have another query.

    I would like to get the correct Shirdi Sai Baba Temple address. I searched on Google, and it is showing many different addresses.

    Please do not guess that you think the address is correct, only post the address details if you are 100% sure it is correct.
     
  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, @Om, welcome to the forum!

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    Sai Baba of Shirdi (Image Courtesy of Sainamam)

    Overview

    If you think about the city of Shirdi, only one thought comes to your mind and that is the Mandir of the Sai Baba, also known as the Temple of the Holy Father. Sai Baba is a revered by many Hindus, Muslims and people from other religions. His philosophy of uniting all religions, regardless of caste or even gender, has made him an important saint in the country and even in the world. Perhaps this same philosophy is what makes him different from any other saint or prophet. He gives importance to spirituality and has managed to stay away from material or worldly things. Although his beginnings, his birth or where he came from, are unclear, he spent most of his lifetime in Shirdi. He returned to the region in about the middle of the 18th century and since then has been bestowing his blessings upon devotees. Up to now, his presence and his miracles are still witnessed by most devotees, even just merely looking at his photography gives you this sense of calmness.

    The Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Complex

    Shirdi is the place where the Sai Baba spent most of his life. He first arrived in the town at around 1854 but he left for about a year before finally permanently settling again here. The Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir Complex was built around the 19th century, a few years before the death of Sai Baba. It was completed just before he breathed he last breath, so this is the place where he died as well. There are numerous structures within the complex that you can visit but do keep in mind that almost 25,000 devotees visit the complex daily. Although the queues can be huge, it's very much worth it as you get a glimpse of the abode of the holy man.

    Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Complex
    SectionImportanceDedicated to
    Khandoba TempleFirst Stopover of Sai BabaKhandoba (A Form of Shiva)
    GurusthanLocation of Tomb of Sai Baba's Gurus and Neem TreeSai Baba and His Gurus
    Samadhi MandirSai Baba's TombSai Baba
    DwarkamaiMosque Where Sai Baba StayedSai Baba
    ChavadiWhere the Holy Man SleptSai Baba
    Lendi GardensNanda DeepSai Baba
    Hanuman MandirWhere Sai Baba Used to Pay Respects to HanumanHanuman
    Maha Lakshmi MandirWhere Sai Baba Performed a MiracleLakshmi
    Narasimha MandirOnce the House of Sakharam ShelkeSakharam's Son & Daughter and Ramgiri Bua
    Jain MandirUnifying Different ReligionsAdeshwar Bhagavan and Sri Shantiniwas Maharaj
    Other TemplesWhere Tatya Kote Patil Offered LampsGanesha, Shani and Maha Devi
    These are all the different sections of the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Complex. Of course the most important is the Samadhi Mandir, where the mortal remains of the holy guru are located. But the other sections are also very important, as they were once places that the holy guru stayed and spent some time in too.
    • Khandoba Temple - The Khandoba Temple is dedicated to Khandoba, a manifestation of Lord Shiva. It is a very simple but well-maintained building. A back story here is that this is where the holy guru obtained his name, Sai Baba. It was Mhalsapati who referred to him so and since then, devotees have referred to the holy guru as the same. This is also the first stopover of Sai Baba upon arriving in Shirdi and the large banyan tree where he stopped over along his bullock cart ride has a shrine here now.
    • Gurusthan - The Gurusthan is important because this is one of the places where the guru spent most of his time, in his first few years in Shirdi. Also located here is the Neem Tree, where the guru used to meditate and underneath it, supposed to be, are where the graves of his gurus are located. Modern additions to the Gurusthan are a pair of marble padukas, a Shivalinga and also a statue of Sai Baba. You can also visit the open air theatre here, which once used to be a small shed, where the guru performed devotional songs.
    • Samadhi Mandir - The Samadhi Mandir houses the tomb of the holy guru. It was once a garden though, then became a private resting house. Once though, both Gopalrao Booty and his friend, Shama, dreamed about the guru asking them to build a temple so he can help devotees with his presence. During his last breath in 1918, the guru was taken to the Samadhi Mandir upon his request. Now, the building has been renovated a few times more and is quite larger than the original structure. This is where darshans and aartis are done as well. The idol of Sai Baba here is of pure white marble, as if looking after the devotees. There's also some personal items used by the guru displayed here, noteworthy of which is the Satka of Sai Baba.
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    Samadhi Mandir (Image Courtesy of Deepa H)
    • Dwarkamai - Dwarkamai is the mosque where the guru stayed at times, during his first few years in Shirdi. It was mostly in ruins during that time, with dilapidated roofs and interiors. Yet, the guru stayed here humbly and even refused attempts of the locals and devotees to repair the mosque. It was finally repaired in 1912 which caused a bit of a rift between the guru and his devotee, Tatya Kote Patil. This was short-lived though and the two eventually fixed their misunderstandings. The mosque is important because this is the place where the guru's miraculous lighting of a lamp with water was done.
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    Dwarkamai (Image Courtesy of Trabol)
    • Chavadi - The holy guru used to sleep here too but it is also important because this is mainly where aarti for him started. The bed where the guru used to sleep is also located here, very simple which is the epitome of his philosophy. Even with the mosque being quite in a dilapidated condition, the guru preferred to stay here, despite the leaking walls during rains.
    • Lendi Gardens - This place is where the guru spent most of his solitary time in. The Nanda Deep here is an ever lit lamp, glowing since the time that the guru lit it. The caretakers of the gardens see to it that the lamp continues to sparkle, much like the presence of the guru.
    • Temples - There are different temples within the complex, dedicated to different Hindu deities like Hanuman, Lakshmi, Ramgiri Bua, Ganesha, Shani and Maha Devi. Also there's a Jain Temple too, dedicated to both Adeshwar Bhagavan and Sri Shantiniwas Maharaj. These temples symbolise the unifying philosophy of the guru and are very important parts of the complex too.
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    Hanuman Mandir (Image Courtesy of Travel Blog)

    Where is the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Complex Located?

    The temple complex is located in Mauli Nagar in Shirdi, which is about 241 kilometres away from Mumbai. To its south is Pune, about 186 kilometres away, to the northwest is Nashik and to the northeast is Aurangabad. The exact address of the temple complex along with other important details would be given below.
    • Temple Complex Address - Mauli Nagar, Shirdi, Maharashtra 423109, India.
    • Temple Trust Address - Shirdi, Rahata, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra India.
    • Contact Number - 02423 258500.
    Conclusion

    The Sai Baba of Shirdi is a revered man, even after his death, he continues to bestow devotees with his blessings. If you want to pay your respects to him, just refer to the address mentioned above. Most sites mention only the Temple Trust Address, but the ones given above cover the main Samadhi Mandir Complex and also its contact number. I hope this helps you.
     

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