Holxo Tours in Shirdi
One of India’s most revered pilgrimage destinations, Shirdi is famous for the saint Sai Baba. Sai Baba came to Shirdi in 1858, and is believed to have attained samadhi (salvation) in 1918, after spending 60 years here. The aura of Baba is omnipresent and powerful even today. Truly, Shirdi IS Sai Baba, for without him this would have been just another obscure little village. Today Shirdi is a town of narrow lanes, small stalls selling flowers, sweets, trinkets, and other items that devotees offer to Sai Baba.
The Samadhi Mandir (the Sai Baba Temple) is the heart of Shirdi. Inside the shrine is a lifesized white Italian marble statue of the beloved saint. The shrine is also known by the rather unusual name of Butty Wada, after the man who built it. Every Thursday, the special day of Baba, a procession – the Palki Procession – is taken through the streets of Shirdi; it starts at 9 pm from the Temple.
If you are interested, there are other sights in the area connected to the life of Baba – Dwarkamal (village mosque), Chavadi, Gurusthan (small shrine), Lendi Baug (small garden), the Cottage of Abdul Baba, and the house of Laxmibai Shinde.
Do note that Shirdi is a vegetarian town and alcohol is forbidden.