Shirdi Sai Baba temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. It was established in 1922 to carry out the services of Shri Sai Baba. Shirdi is a town, located at Rahata Tahasil in Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra State, India.
Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdiwale Sai Baba, was a guru, yogi and/or fakir who is regarded as a saint by his Hindu and Muslim devotees. Hemadpant wrote the famous Shri Sai Satcharitra. He considers Saibaba as an incarnation of Lord Krishna while others consider Saibaba as an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.
Many devotees believe that Saibaba was a Satguru, an enlightened Sufi Pir, or a Qutub. Sai Baba’s “Real Name”, ”date of birth” and “place of birth” are unknown. He was called “ SAI ” upon his arrival at Shirdi, Maharashtra. First of all, Mahalsapati greeted him with the words ‘Ya Sai!’, meaning ‘Welcome Sai!’. Sai means saint and in terms Sanskrit, “Sakshat Eshwar” or the divine. Thus Sai Baba denotes “holy father”, “saintly father” or “poor old man”.
Sai Baba is the most popular saint from India, is worshipped around the world. He had no love for perishable things and his sole concern was self-realization. He taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and guru. Sai Baba’s teaching combined elements of Hinduism and Islam. He gave the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosque he lived in, practiced Hindu and Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions, and was buried in Shirdi. One of his well-known epigrams, “Sabka Malik Ek” (“One God governs all”), is associated with Islam and Sufism. He always uttered, “Allah Malik”(“God is King”).
Eleven Assurances of Sai Baba
1. Whoever puts his feet on Shirdi soil, his sufferings would come to an end.
2. The wretched and miserable would rise into plenty of joy and happiness, as soon as they climb the steps of my Mosque.
3. I shall be ever active and vigorous even after leaving this earthly body.
4. My tomb shall bless and speak the needs of my devotees.
5. I shall be active and vigorous even from my tomb.
6. My mortal remains would speak from my tomb.
7. I am Ever living to help and guide all, who come to me, who surrender to me, and who seek refuge in me.
8. If you look at me I look at you.
9. If you cast your burden on me, I shall surely bear it.
10. If you seek my advice and help, it shall be given to you at once.
11. There shall be no want in the house of my devotees.
Daily Schedule in SAI BABA Temple Shirdi
|4.30 am||Dwarkamai, Gurusthan, Chavadi open|
|5.00 am||Mandir opens, Bhupali, Abhishekam at Gurusthan|
|5.15 am||Kakad (morning) Arati, Naivedyam of butter and sugar to Baba in Samadhi Mandir, Oil offered to the lamps in Dwarkamai|
|5.40 am||Bhajan in Saibaba Mandir|
|6.00 am||Mangal Snaan (washing) of Statue and Samadhi in Samadhi Mandir|
|7.00||Darshan begins in Samadhi Mandir|
|8.00 am||Naivedyam in Samadhi Mandir and Dwarkamai|
|9.00-10.30 am||Satyanarayana Pooja|
|11.30 am||Dhuni Pooja with rice and ghee in Dwarkamai|
|12.00 pm||Midday Arati|
|12.30 pm||Naivedyam in Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai and Gurusthan|
|4.00 pm||Pothi (Devotional reading/Study) in Samadhi Mandir Sunset: Dhoop (evening) Arati|
|8.00-9.00 pm||Devotional Songs in Samadhi Mandir and other Cultural Programs (if any)|
|9.00 pm||Chavadi and Gurusthan close|
|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|
|10.00 pm||Shejarati -Shej (night) Arati, after this, a shawl is wrapped around the statue in the Samadhi Mandir, a Rudraksha mala is put around baba’s neck, a Mosquito net is hung, and a glass of water kept there|
|10.45 pm||Samadhi Mandir closes after night Arati|
Festivals in SAI BABA Shirdi Temple
1st to 15th April (the date is not fixed for each year, as Ramnavmi is followed by the Hindu calendar). This pious day is observed as the birthday of Shri Sai Baba. On this day in the morning at 9.00 AM, we take a small statue of Shri Sai Baba, in a well-decorated vehicle and move around in the city and come back to the Temple around 7.00 PM.
During the intervening Baba’s statue is taken to the numerous homes of Sai Devotees. At every place, Baba is welcomed with religious fervor and piety. Group prayer is chanted to invoke Baba’s blessing, then the group shares the prasad.
After then the same activity is carried in the house of the Devotee. After returning back from the whole day journey in the city, Grand Bhajan is sung in the temple for about 2 hours which is followed by the distribution of Maha Prasad. As an inspiration from Baba’s life of complete devotion and dedication to the needy and poor, Free medical camps are held especially on this day, and Blood donation too
Sai Baba is beheld and revered as a spiritual teacher by his Devotees. Also, on This day Devotees offer special prayer as a mark of respect and gratitude. In the daytime from 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM a special session is devoted to the recitation of Sai Satcharitra. Grand Bhajan is sung in the temple for about 2 hours in an evening which is followed by the distribution of Maha Prasad.
Vijayadashmi is a big festival in Shirdi, venerated as a holy day when Shri Saibaba left his mortal body for heavenly abode. The festival is also celebrated as Shri Sai Punyathithi in Shirdi attracting a great number of devotees from all over the world. Various religious activities are arranged the Great number of people flock to Shirdi during this Festival. During this festival ‘Brahman Bhojan’ is arranged with Dakshina (Donation to Guru). This year the festival is celebrated from 20th to 23rd October.
How to Reach
Shirdi is a town, at Rahata Tahasil in Ahmednagar District in the Maharashtra State of India. It is accessible via the Ahmednagar – Manmad State Highway No.10, approximately 83 km from Ahmednagar and 15 km from Kopargaon. Also, Well connected by roads and rail to Manmad, Nagarsol, and Aurangabad.
The closest and highly connected city from Shirdi is Ahmednagar city, Also, Shirdi now has a new railway station called “Sainagar Shirdi”, which became operational in March 2009.