At the starting of eighteenth century a young man with calm eyes took shelter in a mosque in Shirdi Village of Maharshtra State. He was unknown to anyone and hardly spoke anything.
After a while villagers started offering food him, but he never begged or asked anything from them. He was also seen sharing his food with the animals. Soon after, the young sage started expressing his views to few elderly villagers. His expression and simple language and his ability to solve the problems of poor and destitute made him a known personality. People started calling him as Shri Sai Baba. As the months progressed, devotees started coming into Shirdi large numbers and it became a popular pilgrimage place. Sai Baba used to distribute all his offerings and gifts to the poor. With so much fame and following, Sai Baba remained unaltered and focused to his spiritual path.
Sai Baba always preached the principles of humanity and love and strongly believed in the oneness of all religions. He was followed by both Muslims and Hindus.
After spending most of his life in Shirdi, Sai Baba left his body in the year 1918 leaving behind a great legacy of love, empathy and spirituality. His body was laid in a temple which is now renowned as the Shirdi temple of Sai Baba.
Sai Baba lived his life like a fakir and created enormous positive energy within the hearts and minds of his devotees. Nobody knew about his parents or, where he came from or which religion he followed. The mystic saint Sai Baba continues to inspire his devotees in living a life of empathy and humanism.
Today, Sai Baba Sansthan temple is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in India visited by millions of devotees from across the world. The sweet sound of temple bells, holy chants and sight of beautiful lit lamps and air filled with prayers takes everyone to the state of peace and bliss. For the moments spent in the temple, you will forget you entire worries in life and become one with the almighty.
Other important places one should visit in Shirdi are Addul Baba cottage, Dwarkamai, Gurusthan and Dixit Wada museum.
At a distance of around 70 Kms from Shirdi lies another important religious site called ShaniShingnapur which houses the temple of Lord Shani. The beautiful deity of Lord Shani is made with a single black stone. The houses in the village of ShaniShingnapur have no doors as people believe that Lord Shani will always protect them.
Shirdi sees a large number of devotees coming from Mumbai. Shirdi is at a distance of 240 kms from Mumbai and is connected through a well laid out highway. To have maximum convenience and fun with family, people prefer hiring taxi from Mumbai to Shirdi. Savaari.com is a reliable portal providing Mumbai taxi service including various options for Mumbai to Shirdi cabs.