Shirdi is the small town which comes under the jurisdiction of Municipal council commonly known as Shirdi Nagar Panchayat which is situated in Rahata Tehasil in Ahmednagar District in the state of Maharashtra. He was the one who preached tolerance towards all religion and equality over the people across the world. Devotees do flock to Shirdi, just for the purpose of pilgrimage. Sai Baba was an Indian Guru, but his place and date of birth is unknown. He passed away on 15th October 1918 and his body has been entombed at the complex of temple in Shirdi. The teachings combined elements of Islam’s and Hinduism. There are lots of devotees who are considering him as the incarnation Lord Krishna, whereas other considers him to be a sat guru who is known as Sufi Pir.
How to reach Shirdi?
The best time to visit Shirdi is during the month of October till March when the weather is cooler and dry. The most common day to visit it is Thursday as it is considered as the holy day. Most of the people who are looking for their wish granted do visit the temple on regular basis and do fast for 9 consecutive days.
- Via Air
The airport for Shirdi is being constructed at Kakdi (Kopargaon Taluka) which is just 14 Km South-West of Shirdi. Root with regards to the Shirdi airport is Nandurki BK (4 Km)- Korhale(8Km) and Kakadi (14Km).
- Via Train
In today’s time they are having a new railway station named “Sainagar Shirdi” which came into operation in the year 2009. Since 2011, you could witness trains from Mumbai, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Mysore. Trains also do run from Manmad railway station which is just 87Km and Ahmednagar railway station which is just 83 Km from the heart of Shirdi.
- Via Road /Car
Taxis and buses do play a crucial role as they are available from the railway station to Shirdi and vice-versa. It could be reached via bus from cities of Maharashtra like Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Pune, Nashik, Thane, and Nagpur etc.
Top 10 places to visit in Shirdi
- Kalaram Temple
- Pandavleni Caves
- Coin Museum
Where to Eat and Stay?
There are local restaurants in Shirdi which are situated around the temple. Most of the restaurants are offering vegetarian fare whereas hotels are catering to those looking for non-vegetarian food. Woodland restaurant is just opposite Sai Baba Mandir in Shirdi and does offer marvellous Indian Cuisine. You do have different options starting from Gujrathi thali to Maharashtrian, Continental and South Indian. You do have the options of having sweets as well which does includes Bundi, Ladoos, and lot more for savor. Maharashtrian cuisine is one which could tickle and even surprise your taste buds with wide range of foods from mild to spicy food along with the flattering deserts. Vada pav, Misal, onion fries etc. are the everyday food of the people over here and are the items from where the state cuisine is identified. Some of the well known restaurants are as under- Rajdhani restaurants, The Tulip, Sai Swad restaurant and dinning etc.
Some of the well known locations for staying at Shirdi would be as under- Hotel Sai Grand castle Inn, The Temple View, Hotel Sai Baba International, Hotel Sai Dwarka Palace, Matrix Inn Hotel, Sun and Sand etc.