Temples around Shirdi

Temples in and near Shirdi have an extraordinary charm that impresses any visitor. Famous for the Sai Baba temple, Shirdi is also dotted with many other famous temples, mostly related to the life of Sri Sai Baba. Just read on to know more about them.

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple Complex


Spread across 200 sq km, the temple complex is situated in the center of the Shirdi village. Housing the samadhi of Sai Baba and many other temples in the premise, the place is a greatly revered one by the pilgrims. Annually the temple complex is visited by more than 25,000 devotees per day and during festival season it might increase up to 1,00,000 devotees in a day. The three main festivals that are celebrated in Shirdi are Ramnavami in the month of March or April, Guru Purnima in the month of July and Vijayadashamiin the month of September. Many programmes like Bhajan, Parayana and procession with palanquin and Rath take place during these festivals.

Timings
4am and the Kakad Aarti takes place at 4.30am.
From 7 to 11 am Satyanarayan puja is conducted, again at sunset a Dhoop Aarti and after that from 10.30 pm to 11.15 pm, the Shej aarti takes place following which the temple is closed.

Shani Shinganapur Temple


A little village settled in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, 65 kilometres away from Shirdi, Shani Shinganapur is believed to be the home of Lord Shaneshwara (the personification of the planet Saturn). The place is visited by devotees coming from near and far to pay respect to the mighty Lord Shani Dev. An idol of Lord Shani Dev made in large black stone is placed in the village, that is worshipped by the people with devotion.

The belief of the local people is so strong on the deity that they don’t build doors in their houses. In the entire village, you can’t spot one house with doors in them.

Timings
The temple remains open from 5am to 10pm. However, unlike the other pilgrimage places, you can perform puja and abhishek on your own in the temple.


Khandoba Temple


The Khandoba temple is of great significance that trails back to the life of Sai Baba. This temple was the first place where Baba halted on his visit to Shirdi along with the wedding party of Chand Bhai Patil and in this very place Baba got his name. Khandoba is a pastoral deity and is considered as a form of Lord Shiva and is worshipped all over Maharashtra. The idol of Khandoba is placed inside the temple. A huge Banyan tree is seen on the entrance of the temple. It is the same tree where the bullock cart of Sai Baba halted. There is a small shrine with the padukas underneath the tree. The temple was renovated in the late 1920’s by a devotee of Sai Baba, Upasani Maharaj.

Hanuman (Maruti) Mandir

This temple has a life size black idol of Lord Hanuman, who is also known as Maruti. Sri Sai Baba used to perform satsangs here. It was renovated recently by Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, with the use of marble and a large statue of Hanuman is established in place of the previous one. Located within the Shirdi temple complex, it is one of the oldest temples.

Mahalaxmi Temple

The temple houses a life-size idol of Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth along with Navgraha idols and a Shivling. Recently restructured, this temple is located just by the side of Pilgrims Inn (MTDC) on the Pimpalwadi Road. The temple finds its mention in Sri Sai Satcharitra.

Jain Temple

There are two Jain temples which are located within a close proximity of each other. The main temple was built by Sri Jain Shwetambar Theertha Trust. It is noted for the absence of any iron in its construction to the extent that there is not a single nail in the temple. This is because metal is not conducive to meditation. Located on Nagar-Manmad Road, the main idol of this temple is Adeshwar Bhagavan. The second temple is on the Nagar/Pune main road and is called Shish Mahal, implying that that inside walls and ceiling of the temple are covered with mosaic mirror pieces. Built by the Shri Shanti Niwas Digambar Temple Committee, the temple is dedicated to Sri Shanti Niwas Maharaj l6th Teerthanka.

These temples in and around Shirdi will bring out your spirituality and inner peace. Make sure to keep in mind the Darshan and Aarti timing beforehand so that you can offer your prayers without any hassles.

Places Around Shirdi Temple:

ALANDI :

An association with Saint Dnyaneshwar halos Alandi, a township on the banks of Indrayani River, also called as Devachi Alandi in Pune District. Dnyaneshwar, the author of Dnyaneshwari lived and attained samadhi in Alandi at the tender age of twenty-one. Two melas are held here annually: on Ashadhi and Kartiki Ekadashi, the eleventh days of Ashadh and Kartik (Hindu months). Places of interest and worship are the sacred Samadhi of Dnyaneshwar Siddhabet in Indrayani and the temple of Vithoba-Rakhumai. Recently a Shri Sai Mandir has also constructed in Aalandi.

SHEGAON :

Shegaon, a municipal town in Khamgaon Tehasil is famous for the Samadhi of Shri Gajanan Maharaja mystic saint as popular as Saibaba of Shirdi. You’ll see a large number of pilgrims here, some coming from distant parts of Western Maharashtra, Vidarbha. Allegorically, Shegaon can be described as the Pandharpur of Vidarbha. Thousands of devotees pay their respects at the Samadhi every Thursday, which is regarded as a special day. See the temple of Shri Ram, also constructed in the premises of the shrine. If you visit Shegaon on Ram Navami in Chaitra and on Rushi Panchami in Bhadrapada month of the Hindu Calendar, you can also attend the fairs held here on these occasions.

 

A visit to Nashik temple by Hindus is considered as a visit to the 4 Dhams or holy Centers.

RAMKUND :

Prabhu Shri Ramchandra stayed in Nasik during his 14 Years VANVASA period. He used to take Bath at this place, thus it is recognised as RAMKUND. The same place is a part of KUMBHMELA, which comes after every 12 Years.

MUKTIDHAM :

The Muktidham Temple is pure white Located near Nashik-Road Station, just 2 Kms, the colour signifying holiness and peace. White Makrana marble was used to build this temple has very unusual architecture. Unique to this temple are the 18 chapters of the Gita written on the walls.

KALARAM TEMPLE :

This temple was built in 1794 and is similar in its architectural design to the nearby Trimbakeshwar Temple. The temple is 70 feet in height and was the brainchild of Gopikabai Peshawa. It was built with black stone from the mines of Ramsej Hill. The temple is surrounded by several smaller temples such as the Vithal Temple, Ganapati Temple, Maruti Temple, etc.

PANDAVLENI CAVES :

The Pandavleni Caves are located on a tableland on Trivashmi Hill. Built by Jain kings these Caves are around 2000 years old. There are some 24 Caves that were home to Jain saints such as Tirthankara Vrishabdeo, Veer Manibhadraji, and Ambikadevi.

COIN MUSEUM :

The Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies was established here in 1980. Located in the scenic surroundings of Anjani Hill, the institute is the only one of its kind in Asia. The museum has a well-documented record of the history of Indian numismatics.

TRIBAKESHWAR :

The village of Trimbak, 36 kms from Nashik, is famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple and as the source of the Godavari River. Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva and this one is considered to be the main Jyotirlinga.

BHIMASHANKAR :

Bhimashankar is the temple containing one of the five Jyotirlingas found in Pune Dist. Maharashtra. Nana Fadnis, an eminent statesman of the Peshawa days, constructed the beautiful Shiva Temple at Bhimashankar. The wooden entrance of the temple is beautifully carved. On Mahashivratri day, over 20,000 devotees attend a special religious fair. Bhimashankar is endowed with beautiful scenery and an all-around vibrant atmosphere. Besides the Shiva Temple and the dense forest surrounding it, you can also visit Bombay Point, Gupta Bhimashankar: the origin of Bhima River, Hanuman Tank and Nagphani Point.

SHANISHINGANAPUR :

Shani  the son of Sun (Surya) is famous God in Shinganapur. A specialty of Shinganapur is there are no doors to the houses. Shri Shani Dev protects people from thieves. Shanishinganapur is one more religious place in Ahmednagar-Nagar Dist. Rahuri is 50 Km. from Shirdi, & Shanishinganapur is located at east on Nagar Manmad Road. Shinganapur the Sub verb of Sonai is to the east 16 Kms. from Rahuri. S.T. Buses & private cars are available for journey.

DAULATABAD :

Rising dramatically over 600 ft above the Deccan plain is the arresting sight of Daulatabad. Once known as Devgiri, this fort served as the head quarters of the powerful Yadava rullers. In the 13th century, Mohammed bin Tughlak, the Sultan of Delhi, made it his capital and renamed it Daulatabad, or City of Fortune.

One of the world’s best preserved forts of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad still displays many of the internal contrivances that made it invincible. A series of secret, quizzical subterranean passages lie amidst the fort. Its defense systems comprised fortifications of double and even triple rows of massive walls. A fortress conquered only by treachery!

The most notable structures at Daulatabad are the Chand Minar, Jami Masjid and royal palaces. The tapering 30-metre high tower of the Chand Minar is divided into four storeys, and was faced with glazed tiles and carved motifs. The Minar probably served as a prayer hall or a victory monument in its time. The Jami Masjid was a mosque built by the Khilji ruler of Delhi, Qutubuddin Mubarak. The palaces consist of spacious halls, pavilions and courtyards.
The fort is open till 6 pm.

ELLORA CAVES :

Dating back to the 2nd BC and artistically built over a few centuries, the Caves of Maharashtra have an extraordinary appeal and aura. Nestled in the formidable Sahayadri Mountain Range, these caves have been home to monks of different religions. Be it the paintings in the Ajanta caves or the sculpture of the Ellora caves, or the divine presence in the Elephanta caves, the visitors have always and will always continue to be spellbound. These caves offer a visit that is truly unforgettable. A visit that will induce a sense of discovery, a discovery of the self, and of the divine.

Getting there : Aurangabad is the gateway to the region, and is generally where you would arrive or depart from. Aurangabad airport is conveniently located, around 10 kms east of the town, and is directly air-linked to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. Aurangabad is well connected to Mumbai and other cities. There are two trains that depart daily from Mumbai. The Tapovan Express leaves Mumbai early morning arriving in Aurangabad by late afternoon, while the Devgiri Express is an overnight train. Daulatabad and Caves can be accessed by private taxi or by the local bus that runs between Aurangabad and Ellora.