Sai Baba of Shirdi
Daiwik Hotel welcomes you to Shirdi, a town blessed by the presence of one of the most revered saints of modern India – Sai Baba.
In the nineteenth century this nameless wandering teacher chose to stay at Shirdi and in the next sixty years he became the source of wisdom and spiritual solace to its people. He was a healer, a teacher, a powerful voice for religious tolerance and he helped the poor with his unending generosity.
Sai Baba spent his life in an old mosque, begging daily for his food and wearing torn old clothes. He gave away everything he received from his followers and lived like the poor people that he served with such loving kindness. Gradually his fame spread across the land and today devotees come in thousands every day to pray at his memorial, his Samadhi, and his followers can be found across the world.
For many Sai Baba is a supreme guru, for others a great yogi and for some a true faqir. He is loved and respected by people of every religion because he spoke of the universal values of love and forgiveness, of equality and tolerance, charity and devotion to God. The life of Sai Baba is a living example of his teachings and an inspiration to his followers. For him people of every religion, caste and gender were equal and his doors were open to everyone.
Sai Baba’s simple, practical teachings are a blend of Islam and Hinduism and he often spoke of the spirit of mystic love and devotion found in Bhakti and Sufism. He did not seek fame or fortune, all he wanted to do was commune with the Supreme Being. So he would say the Fatiha prayers with Muslims and quote from the Bhagavat Gita to Hindus. For him God could be found in every religion and he was a true saint of the people.
Sai Baba often spoke of shraddha (faith) and saburi (patience) and to gain maximum peace and self knowledge your stay at Shirdi needs both. And at Daiwik Hotels we offer you the spiritual experience that resonates to the thoughts and deeds of Sai Baba, the spiritual soul of Shirdi.
Shirdi is a town in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. It is located on the Ahmednagar-Manmad highway at a distance of 83 km from Ahmednagar. It is 307 km from Mumbai, 112 km from Nashik and 126 km from Aurangabad. It is situated in the farmland of Maharashtra and the Godavari River flows about 15 km away.
In Marathi the word ‘shirdi’ means sugar and this is a sugarcane growing region. The pilgrim town of Pandharpur with its temple to Lord Vitthala is nearby. Pandharpur is the site of one of the biggest annual yatras and Shirdi falls along its pilgrim route. When Sai Baba arrived at Shirdi in the mid nineteenth century Shirdi was a village and today his temple has led to its growth into a busy town.