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Sai Baba's origin is completely unknown. The saga of Sai Baba of Shirdi started when he first appeared Shirdi under a neem tree at the age of 16 and undertook severe penance. For the next 60 years, he devoted his life for poor and the downtrodden. His simple expressions and his ability to solve the problems of the poor, soon made him famous as Shri Sai Baba.
He didn't even bothering about religion and made peace between conflicting people and always encouraged them to follow their own religious path. He drew devotees from all over the country, although he never traveled. Sai Baba strongly believed in the uniformity of religion and he never distinguished anyone on the basis of caste or creed. Some people believes that he is the incarnation of Shiva or Dattatreya . Sai Baba Sai Baba was an expert in Yatha Yoga. He spent most of his time at Shirdi in a mosque. And he took a Samadhi here on a Dussehra day in 1918. Ever since, thousands of devotees have been turning up in Shirdi daily irrespective of their religion.
Today, Shirdi is a famous pilgrim centre with several hundred thousands of people from all places and from all creeds lining up for a visit of the spot where Sai Baba renounced his life.
The Sai temple is the second richest shrine in the country today. Built of stones, the temple complex has many other places of interest apart from the main temple such as Chavadi, Samadhi Mandir, Gurusthan, Khandoba mandir, Lendi garden and the samadhis of Baba’s followers. Devotees worship the idol of the saint, sculpted in white marble and elevated on a silver plated throne, flanked by glider lions. Made up of pure Italian marble it seems like Sai Baba is about to speak to his devotees. A glass chamber to the left, where various things handled by Baba are kept including a gramophone and his umbrella. The temple can be visited from 5 am till 10 in night. On Guru-Poornima, Dussera, and Ramnavami festivals, the temple is open overnight. Each ceremony is accompanied by processions, special foods etc. Every Thursday, a palkhi with Sai Baba's photo is taken out from the temple, which is worth a watch.
Shri Gurusthan Mandir