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Shirdi Sai baba Temple | शिर्डीचे श्री साईबाबा मंदिर – Shirdi, Maharashtra

Shiridi Sai Baba Mandir

Shirdi Sai Baba (Marathi: शिर्डीचे श्री साईबाबा, Telugu: షిర్డీ సాయిబాబా, Kannada: ಶಿರಡಿ ಸಾಯಿ ಬಾಬಾ, Tamil: ஷீரடி சாயி பாபா, Urdu: شردی سائیں بابا‎) (1838 – October 15, 1918), a saint, yogi, guru and a fakir is preached by Hindu’s, Muslims and many other religion followers across the world. His devotees beleive Sri Shiridi Sai baba is incarnation of several gods like Lord Siva, Krishna, Dattatreya, Shiva and so on. History is not aware of his Birth name, date or place but its believed Sri Sai Baba arrived at the village of Shiridi and lived there till his death.

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple - Abstract

Shri Shirdi Sai baba
(few popular names: Sai, Shirdi ke Sai Baba, Baba, Sainatha)

Principle Deity: Saibaba at Sai Samādhi
Other key places: Dwarakamayi, Saibaba Chavadi

Religion of all faiths, partial list of presumed incarnation:

  • Hinduism: Lord Siva, Krishna, Sriram , Dattatreya.
  • Islam: Allah
  • Cristianism: Jesus

Significant festivals:
(1) Sri Ramnavami : March/April. (2) Guru Purnima : July. (3) Shirdi Vijayadashmi (Sri Sai Punyatithi) October.

Born: Unknown (presumed 1830’s)
Died: 15th October, 1918

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 {With reference to Shrisaibabasansthan.org. Please validate timings from temple authorities directly. last updated on 12th Dec 2012}

  • 04.00 AM – Temple opens
  • 04:15 AM – Bhupali
  • 04:30 AM –   Kaakad (morning) Arati [Naivedya of butter and sugar in Samadhi Mandir. Oil offered to the lamps at Dwarkamai]
  • 05:00 AM –  Bhajan in Saibaba Mandir
  • 05:05 AM –  Mangal Snaan (holy bath) of Statue in Samadhi Mandir
  • 05.35 AM – Aarti (Shirdi Majhe Pandharpur)
  • 05:40 AM – Darshan begins in Samadhi Mandir
  • 07.00, 09.00, 10.00, 11.00 AM – Satyanarayana Pooja
  • 09:00 AM – Abhishek Pooja followed by Naivedyam in Samadhi Mandir and Dwarkamai
  • 11:30 AM – Dhuni Pooja with rice and ghee in Dwarkamai
  • 12:00 PM –  Madhyan (afternoon) Aarti
  • 04:00 PM – Pothi (Devotional reading/Study) in Samadhi Mandir
  • At Sunset –   Dhoop (evening) Arati
  • 08.30 – 10:00 PM – Devotional Songs in Samadhi Mandir followed by any cultural activities
  • 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
  • 10:30 PM –  Shej (night) Aarti, after this , a shawl is wrapped around the statue in the Samadhi Mandir, a Rudraksha mala is put around baba’s neck, Mosquito net is hung, and a glass of water kept there
  • 11:15 PM – Samadhi Mandir (Temple) closes

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Temple Architecture remsembles a mix of Maratha and Dargah setup.

Constructed in year 1922.

Saibaba Idol : Carved on single Italian marble by Sri Balaji Vasant Talim in 1954.

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Web Reference

Board of Trustees

Chairman: Shri Jayant.D.Kulkarni
(Principal District Judge,Ahmednagar)
Devgad”, District Judge Bungalow, Nyayanagar,
Behind DSP Office, Ahmednagar-41400

Member: Dr.Sanjeev Kumar
(The Collector, Ahmednagar)
COLLECTORATE, Ahmednagar District
Maharashtra State , India PIN : 414001

Member: Shri Kishore More
Executive Officer, Shirdi.

Executive Officer

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, (Shirdi)
PO: Shirdi Tal. Rahata Dist. Ahmednagar
Maharashtra, India. Pin-423109

Tel No:+ 91-2423-258500
Fax No:+ 91-2423-258870
P.R.O: Office 91-2423- 258770.

E-mail: saibaba@sai.org.in,
saibaba@shrisaibabasansthan.org

Web: www.shrisaibabasansthan.org,
www.sai.org.in

Shirdi located approximately 300 Kilometers from Mumbai, Maharastra.


Temple:

Shirdi Sai temple has been built over his Samadhi (a state of consciousness induced by complete meditation) during year 1922. The idol of Baba is a marvelous statue carved over a single Italian marble by Late Balaji Vasant Talim in year 1954. The temple has an assembly hall for about 600 devotees. The first floor of the temple has the pictures depicting the life of the saint. The daily routine of the temple starts at 4 AM through 11 PM. Only on three occasions the temple is kept open overnight i.e. on Gurupoornima, Dassera, and Srirama Navmi. Every Thursday and on each festival, a Palakhi (chariot) with Baba’s photo is taken out to the streets of Shirdi as a festive ritual.

All temple activity at Shirdi revolves around the vast temple complex. Devotees enter the complex through one of four gates.

Gate №1 – Shirdi

This is Gate №1 – which is an entry into the temple premises and for Mukh Darshan, i.e, darshan of Baba’s face from a distance – from the raised platform. After entering Gate №1, you may freely roam in the temple premises, take Udi (sacred ash, as in Vibhuti) see Abdul Baba’s Samadhi, Tatya’s samadhi, Nanavali’s samadhi, the Sai Baba Museum and walk to Dwarakamayi, but there is no entrance to Lendi Bagh or Baba’s Well.

Gate №2 – Shirdi

On the north side of the temple, on Pimpalwadi Road, is Main Gate №2 which was earlier used as an entry and exit gate. At present is closed and not in use. Instead, just besides it on the Pimpalwadi Road itself is the entry gate for all devotees without any passes. This entry takes one directly into the first waiting hall from where the darshan queues, after moving along through spiraling long stretch of steel barricaded halls and via stairs, finally leads upto the Samadhi of Baba.

Gate №3 – East

On the east side, in the lane going inside from Pimpalwadi Road is Gate №3 which is used mainly for exit out of the temple premises towards Mukh Darshan, the Hanuman temple and Baba’s Shri Chavadi. If one enters through this gate, on the left hand side comes the Mukh Darshan entry while on the right hand side is an entrance used for the senior citizens special entry during peak periods. This gate is also used as an entry for senior citizens, physically challenged persons and those who are unable to walk.

Gate №4 : South

On the south side is Gate №4 which is primarily used for south exit off the temple premise. Left side of this exit leads to Dwarakamai while the right side of the exit leads to main road of the city. This gate is right opposite the samadhis of Nanavali, Abdul Baba and Tatya Patil..

Aarati (Audio Recitals)

Kakada Aarathi | Morning 04.30 AM     

Madhyan Aarathi | Afternoon 12.00 PM     

Dhoop Aarathi | Evening 06.00 PM     

Shej Aarathi | Night 10:30 PM     
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Samadhi Mandir:

Saibaba Samadhi at Shiridi (photo: dt 1922)

Saibaba Samadhi at Shiridi (current)

Shiridi Sai Baba’s Samadhi Mandir is the place where his sacred body rests. Built with white marble stones and railings around it, all rituals such as Pooja, Abhishek , Aratis and naivedya are performed here Its beleived that the Samadhi Mandir was owned by famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao Butti and hence also known as ‘Butti Wada’. He wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar there. However, according to the legends, Sai Baba manifested himself as Murlidhar and the temple became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba. His Holy idol of Shiridi Sai baba can be seen next to it.

Eleven Assurances of Sri Shiridi Sai Baba:

Hindi

१.जो शिरडी आएगा ,आपद दूर भगाएगा

२.चढ़े समाधी की सीढी पर ,पैर तले दुःख की पीढ़ी पर

३.त्याग शरीर चला जाऊंगा ,भक्त हेतु दौडा आऊंगा

४.मन में रखना द्रढ विश्वास, करे समाधी पुरी आस

५.मुझे सदा ही जीवत जानो ,अनुभव करो सत्य पहचानो

६.मेरी शरण आ खाली जाए, हो कोई तो मुझे बताये

७.जैसा भाव रहे जिस मनका, वैसा रूप हुआ मेरे मनका

८.भार तुम्हारा मुझ पर होगा ,वचन न मेरा झूठा होगा

९ आ सहायता लो भरपूर, जो माँगा वो नही है दूर

१०.मुझ में लीन वचन मन काया ,उसका ऋण न कभी चुकाया

११ .धन्य -धन्य व भक्त अनन्य ,मेरी शरण तज जिसे न अन्य

English

  1. No harm shall befall him, who steps on the soil of Shirdi.
  2. His suffering shall cease as the one takes steps towards my samadhi
  3. Though I be no more in flesh and blood, I shall ever protect my devotees.
  4. Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered.
  5. Know that my spirit is immortal, know this for yourself.
  6. Show unto me he who has sought refuge and has been turned away.
  7. In whatever faith men worship me, even so do I render to them.
  8. Not in vain is my promise that I shall ever lighten your burden.
  9. Knock, and the door shall open, ask and it shall be granted.
  10. To him who surrenders unto me totally I shall be ever indebted.
  11. Blessed is he who has become one with me

Sai Leela | Miracles:

* Sai Leela | Miracles *

Long before Sai Baba’s fame spread, he was fond of burning lights in his Masjid and other Temples. But for the oil needed in those little earthenware lights that he lit, he depended on the generosity of the grocers of Shirdi. He had made it a rule to light earthenware lamps in the masjid every evening and he would call on the grocers for small donations. But there came a time when the grocers got tired of giving oil free to Sai Baba and one day they bluntly refused to oblige him, saying they had no fresh stocks. Without a word of protest Sai Baba returned to the masjid. Into those earthenware lamps he poured water and lighted the wicks. The lamps continued to burn deep into the midnight. The matter came to the notice of the grocers who now came to Sai Baba with profuse apologies. Wouldn’t Sai Baba kindly pardon them? Sai Baba pardoned them, but he warned them never to lie again. “You could have refused to give me the oil, but did you have to say that you didn’t have fresh stocks?” he admonished them. But he had made his point.
Once, harvesting in Shirdi had been completed and the foodgrains of the entire village had been stored in a yard. The summer was on. The heat was intense as only those who have lived in Shirdi know. One afternoon Sai Baba summoned Kondaji Sutar and said to him: “Go, your field is on flrel” Frightened, Kondaji ran to his field and. frantically looked around for any sign of fire. There wasn’t any. He returned to the masjid and informed Sai Baba that he had looked everywhere but had found no trace of fire and why did Baba have to frighten him? Unfazed, Baba said : “You better turn back and look again.” Baba was right after all. Kondaji noticed that a sheaf of corn was indeed on fire and smoke was billowing from it. A strong wind was fanning the fire and word had gone round to the villagers who now came running to the scene. “Sai Baba,” the people shouted “help us, help us put the fire out!” Thereupon, Sai Baba walked casually towards the yard, sprinkled some water on a stack of sheaves and said: ” There now! The fire will die down!” And so it happened.
There is the story of one Rao Bahadur Moreshwar Fradhan who had come to Shirdi to take Sai Baba’s darshan along with his wife. As the couple were about to leave, it began to rain heavily. Thunder and lightning rent the air. As the Pradhan couple looked round in dismay, Sai Baba prayed. “Oh Allah!” he intoned, “let the rains cease. My children are going home. Let them go peacefully!” The storm thereupon ceased, the downpour reduced to slight drizzle and the Pradhans were able to reach their destination safely.
When Sai Baba first came to Shirdi it had of no basic facilities. There was a well put only in name. It had no natural spring water and if ever there had been one, it must long ago have dried up. Water had to be fetched from a distance. When, therefore, Sai Baba gave his permission to the villagers to celebrate the Ram Navami Fair, (Baba’s Birthday) the big problem facing the organizers was one of water supply. So What should they do but go to Sai Baba with their problem? “‘Oh yes,” said Sai Baba, ‘so you want plenty of water, do you? Here, take this and drop it in the well and wait and see.” “‘This,” turned up to be a platter of flowers on which some prasad (blessed food) had been placed along with the remnants of alms Baba had received earlier in the day. The villagers had no qualms about doing as they were did. Their faith in Sai Baba was total. No sooner had that platter of leaves been dropped in the well, it is said, water rose from the bottom as if by divine command and completely filled it. And great was the rejoicing of the people.
One report has it that word had spread that the 3-year old daughter of a poor man called Babu Kirwandikar had fallen into the well and had been drowned. When the villagers rushed to the well they saw the child suspended in mid-air as if some invisible hand was holding her up! She was quickly pulled out. Sai Baba was fond of that child who was often heard to say : I am Baba’s sister!” After this incident, the villagers took her at her word. “it is all Baba’s Leela”, the people would say philosophically. They could offer no other explanation.
These were instances of things they had seen with their own eyes. It was not secondhand information they had gathered. Sai Baba was to them as real as their homes and their fields and their cattle and the distant hills.Das Ganu once had an unforgettable experience. On a festive occasion, he sought Baba’s permission to go to a place called Singba on the banks of the Godavari to have a bath in the holy waters. “No,” Baba replied resolutely, “where is the need to go all the way when the Godavari is here right at my feet?” Das Ganu was vexed. He was willing to concede that Ganga the holy river (Baba frequently referred to Godavari as Ganga) rose from the feet of Sri Narayana (one among the Hindu trinity of Gods) himself, but his faith was not deep enough to believe that the waters of the Godavari could spring form the feet of his master, Sri Sai. Baba who was reading Das Ganu’s mind decided that this was the time to strengthen Das Ganu’s faith. He told his devotee: “come closer to me and hold the hollow of your palms at my feet!”. As soon as he did so water flowed freely out of the toes of the master’s feet and filled the hollow of Das Ganu’s palms in no time. His joy knew no limits. He sprinkled the water on his head and his body and distributed some more among the assembled devotees as tirtha (holy water).
 
There was that other occasion when many thought that the masjid which housed Sai Baba itself would be consumed by fire from the flames which leapt up from the dhuni. All that Baba did was to take some swipes at a wooden pillar in front of him. With every blow the flames subsided and the fire died down.

Often his devotees would notice him stirring some hot concoction over the kitchen fire, not with a ladle but with his bare hands. There never was a time when his hand was scalded.

On yet another occasion, Sai Baba was partaking of food with three of his devotees in the masjid when, without any cause for provocation, he exclaimed- “Stop!” Then, as if nothing had happened, the four continued with their meal. Lunch over and the dishes cleared, they stepped out of the masjid, when large chunks of the ceiling fell on the very spot where they had been seated only a few minutes earlier. Did Sai Baba’s powers extend even to inanimate matter, the devotees wondered. Instances have been quoted by his devotees as to how Sai Baba commanded the rains to stop and the winds to cease.

 

Show: Noted Disciples of Shiridi Sai Baba


Noted Disciples of Shiridi Sai Baba :





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Historical References and Sources:

Several Esteemed writers and Sai devotees (such as 1. Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar, 2. Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja, 3. Smriti Srinivas, 4. Antonio Rigopolous) wrote his Biography which have been primary reference to the modern world. Its references also include the Diary then written by Sri Ganesh Shrikrishna Khaparde, a follower of Shri Sai baba describing every day of the author’s stay at Shirdi with Sai.

One such source is Sai’s life is the Shri Sai Satcharita, written by Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar in Marathi in 1916. Its said that Govindrao Raghunath Dabholkar was nicknamed as ‘Hemadpant’ by Sri Saibaba). Consisting of 53 chapters, it describes Sai Baba’s life, teachings, and miracles. The book compares Sai Baba’s love to a mother’s love: caring and loving, but reprimanding when needed as well as describes Baba’s lifestyle, his selfless attitude, and his love for his devotees. The book describes how one should surrender one’s egoism at God’s feet and trust one’s guru. It explains how God is supreme and His devotees should trust Him and love Him. It teaches that God is omnipresent in all living things, so that everything on Earth must be treated with love and respect.

Sai Baba of Shirdi and His Teachings by Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja is an in-depth study of Sai Baba’s life routine and activities. Shortly after Sai Baba’s passing, devotee B.V. Narasimhaswamiji compiled accounts by eyewitnesses such as Sri Sai Baba’s Charters and Sayings and Devotee’s Experiences of Sai Baba.

Literature:

Shirdi Sai Baba has profound influence on literary mindscape of those who were inspired by his life and philosophy. Scores of books are written while volumes of sthuties/songs in many languages are produced even till date. Books on Saibaba are immensely popular among people of all faith and tradition. The life, philosophy and all the things that were linked to this epoch making saint and guru has been the treasure trove for writing books that are always in demand. List of literature about Sri Shirdi Sai Baba

Postal Stamp:

Shirdi Saibaba Postage Stamp issued on 20th May 2008

Department of posts, which is part of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of The Government of India, released a postal stamp of Shri Shirdi Saibaba on 20th May 2008 at a denomination of Rs. 5.


Transportation:

Shirdi (Land of Sai) is located approximately 296 km from Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, India. The closest and highly connected city from Shirdi is Ahmednagar city.

  • Rail

Shirdi new railway station called “Sainagar Shirdi”, has several trains from Chennai, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam via Secunderabad, Mysore and other cities/states. Trains also run from Manmad station which is 87 km and Ahmednagar station which is 83 km from the heart of Shirdi, alternatively from Kopargaon station which is 15 km from Shirdi, or Nashik city, which is 119 km from Shirdi or Nagarsol. Daund railway station is 200 km from Shirdi.

  • Road

Buses and taxis ply from these railway stations and locations to and from Shirdi. Shirdi can be reached by bus from several location including Ahmednagar, Mumbai, Pune, Vashi, Panvel, Thane, Nashik, Akluj, Dhule, Nagpur and Aurangabad. Also from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh from where maximum pilgrims reach every day and year to seek blessings from Sai Baba. There are also many private transportations services (Buses, Cars) bring pilgrims every day in day out.

  • Air

Shirdi Airport is being constructed at Kakdi (Kopargaon taluka), 14 km south-west of Shirdi.


Other Resources:

  1. Sai Baba Morning Aarati – Kaakada Aarati
  2. Sai Baba Afternoon Aarati – Madhyahna Aarati
  3. Sai Baba Evening Aarati – Dhoop Aarati
  4. Sai Baba Night Aarati – Shej Aarati
  5. Shirdi Sai Bhajans
  6. Shirdi Sai Baba – Literature
  7. Shiridi Sai Baba Temples Worldwide

 

 

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One Response to Shirdi Sai baba Temple | शिर्डीचे श्री साईबाबा मंदिर – Shirdi, Maharashtra

  1. Pinki November 7, 2016 at 9:28 am #

    Baba ek app hi mera sahara ho mujhe aashirwaad dena baba ,aap par vishwaas h ki aap meri naav ko kinaara denge, meri jindagi me jo suna pan h use dur karenge .aur 2 foolo se meri god bhar denge mujhe aap par atut vishwaas h . Mere saibaba

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