One of the most popular shrines in India, the Shirdi Sai Baba samadhi mandir is visited by millions of devotees from all over the world. It is where the sacred body of Sai Baba rests in the form of a samadhi. Long queues of people form daily to pay respects to the favorite saint Sai Baba, who had spread the message of unity and kindness.
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Built by a rich devotee Gopalrao Booty, the Sai Baba samadhi mandir was originally planned as a rest house on the garden land which was tended by Sai Baba. But after a dream that Booty had in which Sai Baba asked him to build a temple instead, the shrine was built on the land with Baba’s permission and blessings. Later, when Baba passed away, his body was buried at the place where the idol of Murlidhar was to be installed. In 1954, Baba’s statue was installed at the same spot.
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The main hall of the temple itself can fit 600 people. The accompanying museum displays several items associated with Sai Baba like his sandals, his clothes and his cooking pot. The Sai Baba Mandir is the main reason why Shirdi is considered as one of the biggest pilgrim destinations of India.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SHIRDI
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Shirdi is as given below. The best time to visit Shirdi is also specified.