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Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir

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Sai Baba's Samadhi Mandir is the place where the Sacred Body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. The articles handled by Baba are preserved & displayed here in a special showroom. The Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was owned by a millionaire from Nagpur and a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao, also known as 'Butti Wada'. The Samadhi of Baba is built with white marble stones. The railings around it are full of ornamental decorations. The idol of Baba is a marvelous statue made up of Italian marble and built by Late Balaji Vasant in 1954. The daily routine of the temple starts at 5 a.m. with Bhoopali, a morning song, and closes at 10 o'clock in the night after the Shejarati is sung. Only on three occasions, the temple is kept open overnight i.e. on Guru Poornima, Dussehra, and Ramnavmi. Every Thursday and on each festival, a Palakhi procession of Baba's photo is carried out.

Lendi Baug / Datta Mandir

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At some distance from Gurusthan, there is the Lendi Baug. Lendi Baug was made and watered daily by Baba himself. Baba used to come here every morning and afternoon and rest under a Neem tree. Sai Baba dug a 2 feet deep pit under the Neem tree and kept a Deep(earthen lamp) lit in that pit. A Deepgriha called Nanda Deep has been built in marble stone in memory of this place. It constantly burns in a glass box. On one side of the Deep Griha is a Peepal tree and on the other side is a Neem tree. Some distance away is a Datta Mandir below an Audumbar tree, Samadhi of the Baba's beloved horse, Shyamsundar which used to bow to him is also situated here, near to the well which was dug by Baba and his devotees. At the entrance of the Baug are the Samadhi's of ardent Sai devotees Tatya Kote Patil, Bhau Maharaj Kumbhar, Nanavalli, and Abdul Baba


Dwarkamai in Shirdi

Sai baba stayed at Dwarkamai till the very end of his life. Dwarkamai is situated on the right of the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. It's at this place Sai used to solve the problems of the people, and cured their sicknesses and worries. Dwarkamai was an old mosque in dilapidated condition. Baba turned it into Dwarkamai and proved that God is one. It has a portrait of Baba and a big stone on which Baba used to sit along, Also kept here are, A grinding stone used by Baba along with a wooden vessel called Kolamba in which Baba used to keep the Bhiksha brought from the village. The sacred fire (Dhuni) lit by Baba is also eternally burning here. Baba used to give Sacred Udi (Ash) from this Dhuni to his devotees to fulfill their wishes. Even now, Udi distributed to devotees is from this Dhuni.


Gurusthan of Sai Baba in Shirdi

Gurusthan means "place of the Guru". It is both where Baba spent most of his time when he first came to Shirdi, and also where, according to Baba, the tomb of his Guru is located by the neem tree. Gurusthan is therefore one of the most important places in Shirdi. It's a belief that underneath the NEEM tree there is an underground tunnel or passage leading to a place in Dwarkamai. The first thing that catches the devotee's eye at Gurusthan is the huge neem tree. This tree gave shelter to Baba for a few years when he stayed beneath it. Today at Gurusthan, in addition to the neem tree, there is a pair of marble padukas on a pedestal, a 'Shivalinga', and a statue of Baba.

Khandoba Mandir

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Khandoba Mandir is situated on the main road. In front of this temple, Baba was welcomed by Poojari Mhalsapati, of this temple, who said "Aao Sai", when Baba stepped into Shirdi. In this temple, there are icons of Khandoba, Banai, and Mhalsai. Khandoba Mandir is situated near Shree Saibaba Hospital on Nagar-Manmad Road. It was here in front of this temple that Baba was welcomed by Poojari Mhalsapati, with the words "Aao Sai", when Baba first came to Shirdi along with a marriage party. In this temple, there are icons of Khandoba, Banai, and Mhalsai.

The Chavadi

Chavadi Temple in Shirdi

Sai Baba is intimately connected with this place. On every alternate day, Baba used to proceed in the Procession from Dwarkamai to Chavadi at night and sleep there during the last decade of his life. The routine started on one wild and stormy night around 1909. Even now, every Thursday Baba's Photo, Holy Padukas (Foot-wear), and Sataka (Baton) are taken in palanquin (Palki) procession to the Chavadi, between 9.15 p.m. to 10.00 p.m