Shirdi, a small rural town in the Rahata taluka of Ahmednagar district in the Maharashtra state of India. It’s known as the former home of revered spiritual leader Sai Baba. The Samadhi Mandir has an ornate marble statue of Sai Baba. Shirdi can be reached from the new railway station at Sainagar; Manmad-Junction, Kopargaon and Nagarsul are other nearby railway stations on the Central Railway.
Sai baba, Saint who pleased all with pious equality and gifted mankind ornaments of humanity and peace by saying “SABKA MALIK EK”.
How to reach Shirdi – You can reach there by Bus, Train and by Air also. Buses are available from major cities like Nasik, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune, Manmad and Kopargaon to Shirdi. You can reach by Train also, the new railway station at Sainagar, other Railway stations are Manmad-Junction (60 Kms), Kopargaon (22 Kms) and Nagarsul (50 Kms) on the Central Railway and can reach by Air also from Mumbai to Shirdi and Hyderabad to Shirdi, have direct Airline.
We started our journey by our car from Pune. It takes 4 h 29 min (201.0 km) via Pune – Ahmednagar Hwy and NH160. We start at 6 O’clock early in the morning. Had breakfast at 9 am. There are many restaurants on high way. The food is easily available. We had missal pav and masala Dosa with tea. After finishing breakfast started moving towards Shirdi.
We reached by 12 pm, the moment we got down at Shirdi, it was the time of Mid-day Aarti. During Aarti darshan is closed for general public and only few people are allowed who have pre-booked for Aarti. Not wasting a single minute we went to take pass for darshan. Now it’s compulsory to take pass. Its free pass but still you have to take it for darshan. May be for security purpose they have started the pass system. As usual too much crowd. Before sometimes there was not that much crowd. Because Shirdi was not that much known. But now it’s famous Because of Sai Baba, Shirdi has become a place of importance and is counted among the major Hindu places. He is avatar of Lord Shiva and Dattatreya.
The temple premises is large and for darshan, have to cross few barricades, it takes us 2 hours for the baba’s darshan. After that we went to Prasadalay. Had Prasad.
There are many places to visit in Shirdi:
1. Shani Shingnapur: A specialty of Shingnapur is there are no doors to the houses. Shri Shani Dev protects people from thieves.
There are many places to visit near Shirdi:
1. Muktidham (Nashik).
2. Kalaram Temple (Panchavati – Nashik).
3. Ellora Caves (Aurangabad).
While returning we decided to visit Shani Shingnapur. Shani Shingnapur is one more religious place in Ahmednagar-Nagar, it is 50 Km from Shirdi. We reached there by 5 pm, rain was there. We parked the car and went for darshan. While going to darshan, the things made up of leather are not allowed in temple. We took darshan and left by 6 pm. Had dinner on the way. And reached home safely by 11 Pm. It was good one day trip to Shirdi and Shani Shingnapur.