Thursday, December 22, 2011

How to Reach Shirdi, Maharashtra

The sacred abode of Shri Sai Baba at Shirdi is easily accessible from all the corners of India and even from all the major cities of the world. You can reach this pilgrim center by air, train and road, which ever medium that suits you.

By Air
The nearest airport to Shirdi is at Nashik, 75kms away, Aurangabad is at a distance of 150kms, which is connected by all the major towns of India. You can also come till Mumbai by air and travel down to 296kms to reach Shirdi. Mumbai has both international and domestic airports that grant connectivity to the world. Domestic airport in Pune is about 231kms from Shirdi. There are regular public and private transport operators that ensure your easy access to the sanctum of Saibaba.

By Rail/Train
Kopergaon on Daund-Manmad Line is an important railway station about 16kms from Shirdi. This station is on the route of the Karnataka Express from New Delhi to Bangalore. Manmad is another important station about 58kms from Shirdi which carries a number trains from Mumbai and Delhi. Shirdi has a computerized Railway Ticket Booking Center within the temple premises. From here you can have railway tickets of whichever destination all through India.

By Road
Shirdi can be reached by taking a Bus from almost all major cities of Maharashtra. Shirdi is on the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway, 250 km from Mumbai and 75 km from Nashik. MTDC runs buses from all major destinations.
ilable hotels in Shirdi. All Shirdi hotels can be booked online (click links below to sort hotels).
Shirdi Hotel name     Hotel price*     Hotel Stars     Hotel Area     Rating**
Exterior view     Best Western Hotel Goradias
map: Opposite Main Samadhi Temple, Shirdi 423109
Hotel Best Western Goradias in Shirdi is located just 200 meters from the Sai Baba temple. Guests can fly down to Aurangabad airport, which is 135kms away, and get to ...
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        Four Star     Pimpalwadi Road     3of 5
Exterior view     Celebrations Sai Sanjivani
map: Behind BSNL Bldg, New Pimpalwadi Road, Shirdi., Shirdi 423109
Hotel Celebrations Inn Sai Sanjivani. is a modern and professionally managed hotel that is specially planned to make your trip to shirdi absolutely comfortable and hassle free . Our hotel ...

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        Three Star    
Exterior view     Hotel Aditya Palace

map: New Pimpalwadi Road,Near Hotel Shraddha Park Inn, Shirdi

Hotel Aditya Palace is a budget hotel in Shirdi that families, leisure travelers and religious devotees will love equally. Hotel Aditya Palace is easily reached from Aurangabad, whose airport is ...
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        Zero Star     Pimpalwadi Road     3.5of 5
Exterior view     Hotel Ashoka Executive
map: Nagar Manmad Highway, Opposite Bhakti Niwas 500 Rooms, Next To Axis Bank, Shirdi 423109
Hotel Ashoka Executive is a budget hotel in Shirdi that can be found next to Axis Bank and just 1 KM from Sai Baba's temple. Hotel Ashoka Executive is just ...
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        Zero Star     Near Bhakta Niwas     4of 5
Exterior view     Hotel Bhagyalaxmi
map: Pimpalwadi Road, Shirdi 423109.

Hotel Bhagyalaxmi is a budget hotel in Shirdi that is conveniently located just 1 minute walking distance from Sai Baba temple. Getting to Hotel Bhagyalaxmi is easy as Pune city ...
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        Three Star     Near Main Temple     3.5of 5
Exterior view     Hotel Kala Sai
map: Opp. Police Station, Nagar-Manmad Highway, Shirdi

Hotel Kala Sai is situated on the Nagar - Manmad Highway just 0.5 KM from the Sai Baba temple. Hotel Kala Sai is a budget hotel that is easily accessed ...
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    Rs 1,327     Two Star     New Prasadalaya     3of 5
Exterior view     Hotel Kuber Inn
map: Near police ground, Nagar-manmad road, Shirdi 423109

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Miracles of Sai Baba Shirdi, Maharashtra

Sai Baba of Shirdi is an epitome of spiritual perfection and has been the guiding source for the mankind leading to salvation. As a spiritual guru and savior Shri Saibaba was no ordinary fakir but an avatar of high order. This was evident through his miracles and sayings that exhibited his purpose and intention for which he had come. He would often say, "My Leela is inscrutable". Saibaba's Leela's (miracles) were plenty and varied; here are a few of the miracles of Shirdi Saibaba, for his devotees and those interested in his philosophies.

Baba's Leelas (Miracles)

Lighting Lamps with Water
This is among the earliest evidences of Saibaba's miracles. Baba was fond of lighting earthenware lamps in his masjid and other temples. For this he needed oil, which he got from the grocers of Shirdi, as small donations. But there came a time when the grocers got tired of giving him oil for free. And so they refused him any oil saying they had no fresh stocks. Baba didn't say a word and returned to his masjid. But the masjid was not to remain in dark, as Sai Baba lit his earthenware lamps pouring water instead, which burnt deep into the midnight. Such was the miraculous power of Saibaba who lit fire out of water! When grocers came to know about it they rushed to him with apologies. Sai Baba pardoned them, but he warned them never to lie again. "You could have refused to give me the oil, but did you have to say that you didn't have fresh stocks?" he admonished them. But he had made his point.

Premonition of Burning Fields
Once, harvesting in Shirdi had been completed and the foodgrains of the entire village had been stored in a yard. Blistering summer was ferocious. One afternoon Saibaba summoned Kondaji Sutar and asked him to better rush to his field as it was on fire. Fear struck Kondaji ran to his field but there was not a trace of smoke. He got back and said so to Saibaba. Unfazed Baba asked him to look again and as the luck would have it, a part of corn was indeed afire and smoke was beginning to billow from it. With strong wind fanning the fire, Kondaji became jittery and asked Saibaba to do something. At this Baba walked to the yard and sprinkled some water and the fire immediately got extinguished.

Stopping the Rain
There goes a story that one Rao Bahadur Moreshwar Pradhan s wife had come for Sai Baba's darshan. As the couple was about to leave, it began to rain heavily with thunder and lightening. Seeing the Pradhan couple in trouble, Saibaba invoked the God and asked the rain to calm down, which surely did and the Pradhan were able to reach their destination safely.

Raising the Water Level in Well
When Sai Baba first came to Shirdi it had of no basic facilities. There was a well put only in name, with no natural spring water. Villagers had tough time fetching water from a distance. When the villagers were to celebrate Baba's birthday on Ramnavami, there was obviously crisis of water in the region. But Saibaba with his miracles had solution for this problem as well. He showered some leaves into the well and lo and behold the level of water rose fulfilling the dire wish of the villagers.

Saving a Child from Drowning
Once a 3-year-old daughter of a poor man named Babu Kirwandikar had fallen into a well and got drowned. When the villagers rushed to the well, they found to their utter disbelief that the child was suspended in midair as if some invisible hand was holding her. This again was one of the many miracles of Saibaba that saved people from distress.

Flow of Godavari (river) from Baba's Feet
As recounted by Das Ganu, one of the disciples of Shri Saibaba, once he sought permission from Baba to visit a place called Singba on the banks of Godavari to have a holy bath. Saibaba refused and said what was the use of going that distance when Godavari was right under his feet. Das was puzzled. Realizing the doubt in Das's mind Saibaba asked him to come closer and hold the hollow of his palms at Baba's feet. As soon as he did so water flowed freely out of the toes of the master's feet and filled the hollow of Das Ganu's palms in no time. His joy knew no limits. He sprinkled the water on his head and his body and distributed some more among the assembled devotees as tirtha (holy water).

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