Tourist spots the world over have certain special features to attract visitors in great numbers. Some destinations may not have the geographical features to boast of but will have some unique quality or possess something extraordinary to command the attention of people. Shirdi is one such destination, which does not have the natural beauty but has association to divinity to make believers visit and do a soul search. Sai Baba, a very popular saint lived in this village in Maharashtra. Devotees who follow various faiths have strong belief in Sai Baba and his powers, that even after nearly 100 years since he left the world they throng in great numbers to his erstwhile abode.
Samadhi Mandir is where Sai Baba was laid to rest. Built of white marbles, the Samadhi Mandir attracts worshippers in great numbers. The site of the Mandir originally belonged to a multi millionaire named Shreemant Gopalrao who was an ardent worshipper of Baba.
The site that houses the tomb of Baba was initially intended to be a wada, meaning 'a huge private house' for Baba along with a temple. Baba's health deteriorated and before his last breath.
Covering an area of 200 square meters, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple stands at the center of Shirdi. The temple attracts pilgrims from various parts of the world. Accommodation is provided here for pilgrims.
Once you arrive at Shirdi, you need to contact the Niwassthan office for registering your name for accommodation. Arrangements to keep your valuables safe in lockers are also available here. In short, you can have a comfortable and peaceful darshan of Sai Baba.
Dwarkamai Masjid was Sai Baba's abode for over 60 years. It was here that he blessed his devotees and it was here he lit a sacred fire, which still burns.
The stone grinder which Baba used and the wooden bowl in which he collected the offerings made by public are preserved here. The oil painting of the saint is spectacular.