(Shirdi is also spelled as Sirdi)
Shirdi is a small village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The small village is 100 km from Nashik. It is today a hustling pilgrimage center of India.
Shirdi was the home of Sai Baba, the great saint of the 20th century. The saint lived in Shirdi for more than 50 years of his life. He made the small village a big pilgrimage site for devotees. Devotees throng from all over the world.
Sai Baba entered this village when he was 16 years of age. He appeared under a neem tree and was engaged in a hard self-mortification. The saint devoted his entire life for the upliftment of the poor and the suffering. The saint’s origin and early life are covered in enigma. He is believed to be an embodiment of lord Shiva.
The whole village and every corner of it have some association with the great saint. The great saint left for heavenly abode in 1918 and his Samadhi is visited by thousands of tourists even today.
The place where Sai Baba came to Shirdi as a Bal Yogi is known as Gurusthan. There is a temple at this site and a small shrine in Gurusthan. The small town of Shirdi is full of fragrance with the devotional intensity of devotees from across the world. The hamlet is placed highly on the world map of spirituality.
The streets of the holy town are full of shops which sell Sai Baba record of his life. Anyone can visit the holy place easily. The town is well developed and is connected by bus routes.
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Shirdi is the home of the Sri Sai Baba temple and is also known for its religious significance. There are helicopter services to Shirdi from many places in Maharashtra. However the helipad is owned by the Sai Baba Sansthan trust and permission is required to land here. The main temple in only a ten minute journey from the railway station and the Sai Baba trust operates shuttle services for its guests. There are also buses and taxis that are available from the Shirdi railway station. Tourists can also reach the Manmad railway station which is 55 km from the town.
There are taxis available from the station and they take an hour to reach the town. They usually charge around Rs 400 for the trip.
Buses are the main mode of transport within the town. There are frequent bus services from the railway station and also around the other parts of the town to the main areas of interest. Most of the temples and pilgrimage sites can be reached using buses.
Cabs can also be hired from Shirdi and they charge between Rs 900 to 1500 per day depending on the car. Local cab agencies also provide A/C cars which is more expensive than ordinary cabs.
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