The Sai Baba Chavadi in Shirdi is the place where the great saint Sai Baba used to rest. It now houses a painting of Sai Baba made by an artist named Amabaram from Navsari in Gujarat. It is believed that he painted it after Baba paid him a visit in one of his dreams. Villagers from Shirdi brought the painting to Chavadi later.
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Chavadi literally means a village meeting place or a tax-collection office. It was traditionally a center for keeping records and settling village disputes. However, after Sai baba’s mahasamadhi, the Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan took over the Chavadi used it for storing books and accommodating pilgrims until the late 1930s. Later, the village offices were relocated and the Chavadi was converted into a shrine to Baba as it was where he spent his last year.
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A traditional procession of Baba’s padukas and photographs is carried out annually from the Dwarkamai masjid to the Chavadi.
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