Sai Baba Temple of Shirdi is situated at a distance of approximately 200 km from the city of Pune. The temple, also known as the Samadhi Mandir of Sri Sai Baba, was constructed by Shreemant Gopalrao, a devotee of Sai Baba. Initially, Shreemant Gopalrao wanted to dedicate the temple to Lord Krishna. However, when the temple got completed, Sai Baba said that He would stay there. After Sai Baba attained Nirvana, His mortal remains were buried inside the Sai Baba Mandir, located near the Poona city of India.
The marble railing surrounding the samadhi of Sai Baba, along with the two silver pillars standing in the front, is adorned with ornate decorations. The idol of Sai Baba was placed inside the temple, behind Baba's samadhi, in the year 1954. It is made up of Italian marble and showcases Baba as being seated on a throne. The samadhi hall of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple also houses a number of items used by the Baba during His lifetime. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is visited by hoards of devotees, especially on Thursdays.
Weather of Shirdi
The weather of Shirdi is mostly dry. The summers can be quite hot, with the temperature going as high as 40 deg C. On the other hands, winters can be quite cold, with the maximum temperature dipping to as low as 7 deg C. During the period of June to August i.e., the monsoon season, the city experiences a pleasant climate. The rains are not too heavy and heat is not there at all.
How to Reach Shirdi
The nearest airport to Shirdi is situated at Nashik, which is approximately 75 km away. The next closest airport is the one located at Aurangabad and lies almost 150 km from Shirdi.
Kopergaon railway station is situated on Daund-Manmad Line and is around 16 km from Shirdi. You can also take a train from Manmad, located 58 km from the holy place.
A good network of roads connects Shirdi with most of the major cities of Maharashtra.
Hotels in Shirdi: Sun-n-Sand Shirdi - Goradia's Hotel