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Top 10 Temples to Visit in Shirdi

Shirdi is considered as one of the holiest cities in India. Situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, it is renowned as the birthplace of the 19th-century saint, Sri Sai Baba, and has a world-renowned temple dedicated to him. Apart from this supreme temple, the city is home to many other divine temples as well. Plan a visit to Shirdi and let its spiritual atmosphere calm your spirits. Visit its age-old temples and feel the divine vibes around. Here is a list of the top 10 temples you can visit in Shirdi.

 

  1. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

One of the major landmarks of Shirdi, the Sai Baba Temple is visited by an average 25,000 pilgrims a day. It houses an idol of Sai Baba, which seems to be his sheer personification. Revered by the both Hindus and Muslims, the Sai Baba Temple has its gates open to devotees at all times of the day. From the Italian marble to the old stone bricks, the interior of the temple is worth a sight.

Location: Tal. Rahata Dist. Ahmednagar, Shirdi, Maharashtra

Timings: 4:00 am to 11:00 pm. Daily Aarti is held at 4:30 am, 12:00 pm and 10:30 pm

 

2. Dwarka Mai Mosque

Dwarka Mai is considered to be one of the holiest places in Shirdi, as Sri Sai Baba is said to have spent a significant amount of time here. It is the only mosque in the world that has houses a temple (dedicated to Sai Baba). The aura of the temple attracts devotes from near and far in large numbers to visit the place and pay their respects to the saint.

Location: Pimpalwadi Road, Rahata, Dist. Ahmednagar, Shirdi, Maharashtra

Timings: 5:30 am to 9:45 pm

 

3. Gurusthan

A small shrine with a Shivalingam placed in front of Sai Baba’s portrait, Gurusthan is the place where the 16-year-old Sai Baba was first found sitting under a neem tree. Devoted followers of Sai Baba believe that burning incense sticks on the spot heals all types of their illnesses.

Location: Manmad State Highway No.10, Shirdi Town, Ahmednagar, Shirdi

Timings: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm

 

4. Shani Shingnapur

One of the many temples that make Shirdi a pilgrimage site, the Shani Shingnapur Mandir is an open-air temple that consists of a five and a half feet high idol of Lord Shani that has been carved out of black stone. The locals have such strong belief in the temple deity, that there is no door in the houses around. They believe that their Lord will protect them against all the odds.

Location: Sonai, Nevasa, Ahmednagar, Shingnapur

Timings: The temple remains open at all times.

 

5. Khandoba Mandir

Dedicated to Khandoba, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, the Khandoba Temple attracts many travellers with its serene ambience. The calm temple is well-maintained and quite famous amongst devotees of Sai Baba. The folklore states that Sai Baba wanted to make this temple his residing quarters but was not allowed into the premises as Mahalsapati.

Location: Main Road, Near Shri Sainath Hospital, Shirdi

Timings: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm

 

6. Sai Heritage Village

One of the best sightseeing places in Shirdi, the Sai Heritage Village doubles up as a theme park apart from being a pilgrimage site. The village, established in the year 2014, is home to a number of statues that depict the vital events of Sri Sai Baba’s life.

Location: Maharashtra State Highway 10, Taluk Rahata, Dist. Ahmednagar, Shirdi, Maharashtra

Timings: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

 

7. Baba Chavadi

A huge procession of pilgrims along with palkis following the idol of Sai Baba starts from Baba Chavdi every alternate night to commemorate his memories. The place, situated close to Dwarka Mai, is where Sai Baba slept when he was staying at the mosque. It is filled with a peaceful aura that pulls devotees towards it.

Location: Mauli Nagar, Shirdi, Maharashtra

Timings: The temple remains open at all times.

 

8. Maruti Mandir

Considered as one of the oldest temples in Shirdi, the Maruti Mandir pays homage to Lord Hanuman. Sai Baba’s palki always stops at the Hanuman Mandir allowing pilgrims to worship both the deities together.

Lacation: Mauli Nagar, Shirdi, Maharashtra

Timings: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

 

9. Abdul Baba Cottage

A fascinating temple, the Abdul Baba Cottage is the resting place of Abdul Baba, who was an ardent follower of Sri Sai Baba. His tombstone is situated inside the tranquil Samadhi Mandir in the compound.

Location: Opposite Chavadi, Shirdi

Timings: 4:00 am to 11:00 pm

 

10.    Shri Ganesh Temple

Highly revered by the worshippers, the Ganesh temple is located in the temple complex of Shirdi. According to the legend, Sai Baba always stopped to pay homage to Lord Ganesh while on his way to Lendi Baug.

Location: Sonai | Nevasa, Ahmednagar, Shingnapur

Timings: The temple remains open at all times.

 

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