What is the history and culture of Shirdi?
Posted on Dec 17, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Anyone who is visiting the area would surely want to know more about this city as it is called the Land of Sai. The city is located in Ahmednagar in Maharashtra and is respected and revered by devotees as it is supposed to be the resting place as well as the preaching place of Sai baba back in the 19tth century.
He was believed to have come here when he was 16 years old and he lived here for another 50 years after that when he passed away in the year 1918. The area where he first set foot here as a Bal Yogi is now referred to as Gurusthan and visited by a large number of devotees.
The Khandoba temple is the site where Sai Baba used to reside during his earlier years in the city and this was restructured after he passed away by a devotee by the name of Upasani Maharaj in the year 1920. Sai baba was always known for treating all religions equally and an example of this was his stay in the Dwarkamai mosque.
The most wonderful thing about Shirdi is that Hindus and Muslims alike visit this holy place and Shirdi truly showcases the love, brotherhood between different religions. People looking for self-realization or to attain salvation treat Shirdi as a much revered spot. At Shani Shinganapur which is a small village situated about 65 kms. Away the name of Sai Baba is so revered that people don’t have doors in their houses as they believe they are protected by Sai Baba.
The number of devotees who visit the Shirdi temple are more than 20000 every day and on special occasions and festivals this number goes up four or five times.
By now you must be curious to visit and see what is so special about a place where thousands of devotees visit each day and to get the answers to your questions you must surely plan a trip to this awe inspiring holy destination.