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Shirdi

SHIRDI SAI BABAA small village in the Ahmednagar district, Shirdi is just an hour away from Shani - Shingnapur. People of all religions flock to this place from the far corners of the country, cutting across barriers of caste, creed, religion, and language, to worship Sai Baba. Sai Baba affected the lives of myriads of people all over India. With powers to heal and fulfill the wishes of devotees, he was soon an icon, and the crowds began pouring into Shirdi. After Sai Baba passed away, his disciples built his idol and placed it in the temple at Shirdi. Today, lakhs of devotees visit Shirdi. The 'Bhoopali', a prayer in the form of a song sung in the wee hours of the morning, is not to be missed! In the Samadhi Mandir, Sai Baba's statue made of Italian marble is the first thing that catches the eye! Other important places worth visiting at Shirdi include the Gurusthan, the Dwarkamai mosque and Sakori Ashram. Thursday is a special day for pilgrims. On occasions like Gurupoornima, Dassera and Ramnavami devotees flock to this holy place to offer prayers.

Daily Programmes:
Kakad Arati -- 5.15 a.m.
Holy Bath of Shri Sai Baba -- 6.00 a.m.
Darshan begins -- 7.00 a.m.
Satyanarayana Pooja -- 9.00 a.m.
Abhishek -- 9.00 a.m.
Noon Arati -- 12.00 noon
Pravachan or Pujan -- 4.00 p.m.
Dhuparati Sunset Bhajan, Keertan -- 9.00 p.m.
Shejarati -- 10.00 p.m.

Facilities and Services at Shirdi for Tourists:
Reception centres at the S.T. Bus stand.
Medical facilities at well-equipped Sainath Hospital run by the Shirdi Sansthan.
Accommodation of the Sai Baba Sansthan -- Bhakti Niwas, Keshav Mandir, Mangal Karyalaya,
Sai Nath Chhaya, Sai Niwas Guest House, Sai Prasad, Sai Udyan, Samadhi Mandir, Sevadham, Shanti Niwas.

Tourist Information Centres:
Executive Officer, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi, P.O. Shirdi-423 109. Kopargaon, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India.

Area: 1.3 Sq. km. Best season: Throughout the year

Nearest Airport:
Aurangabad (144 km) which is connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with other cities / towns.

Road Distances:
Shirdi-Mumbai 302 Km, 187 mile
Shirdi-Aurangabad 144 Km, 90 mile
Shirdi-Pune 205 Km, 127 mile
Shirdi-Nashik 123 Km, 76 mile
For more information visit http://www.saibaba.org.


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Lonavala & Khandala
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Ashtavinayaka
Ozar
Morgaon
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Places of interest in Pune
Kamar Ali Durvesh Dargah
Shaniwar Wada
Aga Khan Palace
Shinde Chhatri
The Pune Snake Park
National War Memorial
Bund Gardens
Empress Garden
National Defence Academy
Pataleshwar Temple
Kasba Ganapati
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Vishrambag Wada
Saras Baug
University of Poona
Lal Deval (Synagogue)
The Film and Television Institute of India
Pashan Lake
Yoga Institute
Sinhagad
Mahalakshmi Temple
"Peths" of Pune
Places of  Religious Interest
Vaishnodevi Temple
St Mary's Church
Chaturshringi Temple
Ganesh Peth Gurudwara
Trishundya Ganapati Temple
Kamar Ali Darvesh Darga
Parnakuti
Nageshwar Temple
Dagdusheth Ganapati
Sheikh Salla Dargah
Mahalakshmi Temple
Pataleshwar Temple
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