Shirdi, abode of the great saint Sai Baba of the 20th century, is one of the most popular religious destinations of India. It is located in the Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra is a well known pilgrimage destinationthat throngs the visitors and believers alike from different parts of the country. Also renowned as the land of Sai, every nook and corner of Shirdi is interconnected with the life and miracles of the great saint.
Sai Baba who is also called as the Child of God visited Shirdi in the age of 16 and continued to live here till his death in 1918. However, the actual origin of the Baba is a still a mystical tale but after taking his first step in Shirdi, he devoted all his life for the sake of poor and the suffering. He believed in universal peace, equality and fraternity without any discrimination of caste and creed. He was a pious and divine saint who was believed to be an embodiment of Lord Shiva. After his death in 1918, a small temple was built in Shirdi which has now grown up as a vast and popular temple complex where thousands of devotees come to seek the blessings of the grand statue of Sai Baba.
The small town of Shirdi has become a much sought after pilgrimage destination in Maharashtra where one can feel the aura of devotional intensity and deep spirituality while entering the holy shrine. Though, the town can be visited all round the year but during the three main festivals held at Shirdi- Guru Purnima, Dusshera and Ramnavmi, the entire ambience of this quaint village comes to life following with vibrant bhajans, aarti puja and rath yatra. With its increasing popularity among the devotees, the small hamlet of Shirdi has gained a prominent place in the world map of devotion and spirituality.