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
(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
(1) Sri Ramnavami : March/April. (2) Guru Purnima : July. (3) Shirdi Vijayadashmi (Sri Sai Punyatithi) October.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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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.
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
- No harm shall befall him, who steps on the soil of Shirdi.
- His suffering shall cease as the one takes steps towards my samadhi
- Though I be no more in flesh and blood, I shall ever protect my devotees.
- Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered.
- Know that my spirit is immortal, know this for yourself.
- Show unto me he who has sought refuge and has been turned away.
- In whatever faith men worship me, even so do I render to them.
- Not in vain is my promise that I shall ever lighten your burden.
- Knock, and the door shall open, ask and it shall be granted.
- To him who surrenders unto me totally I shall be ever indebted.
- Blessed is he who has become one with me
* Sai Leela | Miracles *
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.
Noted Disciples of Shiridi Sai Baba :
|4.||Abdul Rahim Shamsuddin Rangari|
|6.||Acharya Ekkirala Bharadwaja|
|8.||Anand Rao Parashuram Dolus|
|21.||Balakrishna Waman Vaidya|
|23.||Bayyaji Appa Kote Patil|
|25.||Bhau Maharaj Kumbar|
|42.||Gopal Rao Gunda|
|43.||Gopalrao Bapusaheb Buti|
|44.||Govind R Dhabolkar (Hemadpanth)|
|45.||Haji Mohammed Siddique Falke|
|46.||Hari Sitaram Dikshit|
|47.||Hari Vinayak Sathe|
|49.||Kakaji Vaidya of Vani|
|63.||Madhavrao Deshpande (Shama)|
|67.||M.B.Rege alias Megh Shyam Rege|
|70.||Moreshwar W Pradhan|
|104.||Tarabai Sadashiva Tarkad|
|107.||Tembe Swamy Maharaj|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shirdi Airport is being constructed at Kakdi (Kopargaon taluka), 14 km south-west of Shirdi.
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