Sai Baba Temple
The Sai Baba temple called the Samadhi Mandir is the heart of the town of Shirdi. The Samadhi Mandir is where Sai Baba was laid to rest. Also all the places that were touched by his presence, like Dwarkamai, the old Khandoba temple and his garden Lendi Bagh are now places visited by pilgrims. The Shri Sai Baba Sansthan is the organisation that supervises the activities at the Samadhi Mandir and other sacred locations.
The processions on Thursdays recreate the route taken by Baba from Dwarkamai to the Chavdi where he slept every alternate night. The festivals like Ramnavami, Guru Purnima and Punya Tithi on Vijaya Dashami were celebrated during his lifetime and now thousands of joyous pilgrims join in the processions.
This is a large complex that has the buildings of the Sansthan that administers the running of the temple. As the number of pilgrims grows every year its work has also become more challenging. There is a library called Shri Sai Vanmay Kaksha in the building called Shanti Niwas (open 10am – 6pm). There is also a reading hall near the reception area.
- Footwear has to be deposited at the counter near the entrance
- Cameras and mobile phones are not allowed inside the premises
- Lockers are available
- The Sansthan runs the Prasadalaya where a hot, vegetarian thali is provided at a very reasonable price from 10am to 10pm. Breakfast is served between 7am to 9am. There is a canteen in the Sansthan building.