A small village in Ahmednagar district, Shirdi has become famous all over India on account of its association with the renowned Saint Shri Sai Baba. Pilgrims belonging to all faiths, throng here all the year around.
Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi was established in the year 1922 to carry out the noble service of Shri Sai Baba. From the year 1922 to August of 1989 the establishment staff provided various facilities for the devotees.
The Sansthan is publishing various photos and books on Shri Sai Baba in many languages. The trust has started English medium schools three years ago. Scholarships are given to the poor and clever students every year by the Sansthan. The Chairperson and the members of the trust are taking keen interest to provide facilities to the villagers and devotees.
Places Of Interest :
Shri Gurusthan Mandir
This is the place where Baba first appeared to the world as boy of 16 years and this place is supposed to be Baba’s Gurusthan. The famous Margosa (Neem) tree is here which has a reference in “Sai Sat-Charitra”.
Shri Saibaba’s Samadhi Mandir
This is the place where sacred body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. Shri Gopalrao Butty of Nagpur constructed this building, This place is also known as ‘Butty Wada’. It consists of Shrine and of a beautiful idol of Shri Saibaba.
Lendi Baug / Data Mandir
This is the place where Shri Sai Baba used to go for stroll. Nandadeep is kept constantly burning near the Pimple tree planted by Shri Sai Baba himself. There is also Datta Mandir in this garden and Shri Sai Baba’s beloved horse ‘Shamkarna’ (Sham Sundar) is taking Eternal rest here. There is also a well here called as ‘Baba’s Shivdi’.
Baba was having a splendid place in his heart, for the Maruti temple. Baba used to regularly visit this temple.