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“A Treat for Sai believers”

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Shirdi
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Chennai (Madras), India
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26 reviews
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“A Treat for Sai believers”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

I reached nashik from mumbai.The total distance from mumbai is approx173 Kms.Trains as well as buses are available.I caught the panchvati express from Mumbai CST and reached nashik railway station at 2130hrs.I started my journey the next day.For Shirdi, there are govt buses available and they charge approx 135 Rs.Otherwise one needs to go to a place named Mahamarg from where private luxury liners, mini buses and taxes are available for shirdi.The volvo luxury buses charge Rs.150 and are pretty decent.The total journey is very interesting and exciting as the road crosses the mountain ranges and the journey duration is about 2hrs.Make sure that the bus doesnt drop you far away from the temple as they do so.Dont get fooled by the bus drivers trying to lure you into hotels at shirdi. There is no requirement to take any taxi or vehicle from the drop point as the distance is hardly few hundred meters. There are total of four gates.I suggest one should take Gate No 1. There are stands available for keeping foot wear for a nominal fee of two to three rupees at the entrance. If you dont want to stand in long queues then there is a provision of VIP entry at the gate no 1 where in all that you require to do is pay Rs.100 as fee.But this would not be possible without an identity proof which you should carry such a pan card/voters id/driving licence. This would directly allow you to join the general crowd very near the samadhi area.The samadhi area is generally crowded. You wont be allowed to stand there for long.Beware of pickpocketers.After darshan you would be directed to the common area.Here you can buy prasad for prices ranging from rs 35 plus rs 5 for the bag.In case u wish to purchase laddus then there is a different venue wherein you can get is for Rs.10.Dont forget to visit the neem tree within the temple wherein Sai baba used to be around in the erstwhile times.Visit the book shop too.The place is filled with the spiritual auro and the positive thoughts of so many people who have visited the temple.get blessed and god bless.I enjoyed the spiritual aura of the place.

Visited July 2013
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Salem, India
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“Excellent”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

You have given a detailed view of Shridi. It has helped me to locate the places very quickly. Thanks for giving a Clean and perfect guide.

Visited June 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Security standing near Samadhi spoil our worship....!!!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Samadhi area should be quite and peaceful. But the security standing near Samadhi handles the crowd very harshly. Man security touches woman devotee and pushes her on to another devotee, sometimes they push man's on other woman or kids...... Why the management is blind ? Can't they see in CCTV camera, how they behave. Security spoils the worship mood and the devotee gets anger in his mind instead of peace.

Management should improve the security, they should be trained to handle the crowd in some better way.

I have decided, not to visit temple until and unless the system is changed... better to pray from outside of temple instead of getting pushed or hurt.

Visited June 2013
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Pune, India
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“In search of the blessings of Sai Baba”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

People are always in search of some temple,baba,guru,God or Goddess for seeking their blessings,protection and wish fulfilment.Some have genuine spiritual inclinations.
Sai baba gave me darshan long back and made his presence felt.
We visited the Samadhi Mandir of Sai baba long back in the early 90's.
It was a simple place then.The temple was simple.The Sai baba was not having any adornments of gold.The surroundings were plain and simple.There was only one AC hotel.
I visited again alone in 2010.
Was able to stand for quite some time very close to the idol of Sai baba.

The place has changed and grown commercially over the years.

I visited again with family recently.

Now I felt that more commercialisation has crept in along with the "vyavastha and security".
For VIP pass one has to go and stand in the queue during fixed times during the day.The VIP has to show his/her identity card.

On some days they charge 100 rupees per person.
A photo is taken on the spot of the VIP and then a computerised receipt is given.
This has to be shown at the entrance gate inside the premises.
Normally the entry for the VIP pass holders is from the Shani gate.
Inside the picture of the person taken at the time of issuing of the VIP pass is checked on the computer with the person and then only persons are allowed inside.
Bags,cameras,mobiles are not allowed.
The VIP pass holders have to be Class I /Group A gazetted officers,but it appears VIP passes are also being issued to other government officers.
The pass reduces the time taken to enter inside.
But it does not ensure anything else.
The darshan queue does not allow one to have time to stand near the Samadhi and statue of Sai baba.
One feels cheated here as one has to elieve that just by passing by his samadhi and statue one has got his blessings.
The security guards are quick to make people run and one feels bad.
and one wonders where is Sai baba as one only feels presence of the Vyavastha.

Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“One of those busy temples that still retain the pious essence”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

You will always get this sense of satisfaction and a nice feeling when you visit here. It does not give you a commercial look the way Tirupati temple is managed (Money for everything you do). The temple complex still retains that old charm though the crowd has swelled in multiples.
Try going for the aarti. Preferably Kakad aarti or Shej aarti. You get to stand there for more than 30 minutes and listen to Kirtans of the lord with music. What an environment it creates!!! All singing aloud and in tune. Weekends and Thursdays are busy and hence travel on other days.

Visited June 2013
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