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“Happy, Sad, Satisfied, Wishful thinking”

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Shirdi
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

i wondered what to title the review... i guess a mixed feeling exists even after 3 days of my visit. Devotion, belief, faith, or simply a positive atmosphere inside is what keeps the devotees come in lakhs everyday at this place. A simple 'baba' (spiritual man) & so much faith in him. I was amazed.
Like: quite an efficient system to let visitors/devotees take a pass to cut short the line. Security does a decent job; but

Dislike: they are overworked. And at times, meaninglessly keep shoving people away from the shrine when you are actually there, failing to realize that after hours of being in the line... the common man cannot be made to only have a 2-5 second glimpse n keep walking out. Its a place where one wants to worship; Not do any kind of timepass - his devotion is disturbed with constant pushing n shoving by security people... what can they do too - there are just so many who are in line...

Devotees/visitors though shud also understand that littering the holy place is only an example of their selfishness - that only doing darshan is important and nothing else. Throwing water bottles wherever, wrappers, food packets, just any where.... n then complaining that its not clean... its only if the people, the uneducated & the educated are simply made aware that its only us who can keep this holy place clean n understand that cleanliness is next to godliness.

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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Shirdi Sai temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba, Shirdi is located approximately 296 Kilometers from Mumbai (Bombay) City in India.Shri Saibaba of Shirdi lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. An Indian spiritual guru and a fakir, Shri Saibaba in Shirdi was regarded with great reverence by both Hindu and Muslim followers.

2  Thank RavalHet
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Came out of shirdi Sai baba temple with a feeling of utter disappointment. Tons of garbage inside the queue halls, trash strewn all over. Had to walk carefully in queue since someone had vomited in the queue at several places and there was not a soul who would bother getting it cleaned. Outside, the shoe keeping counter fellow was rude enough to keep asking for extra money though the slip clearly mentioned Re 1. Impossible that trustees don't know or don't get their share. I would be glad to forsake all my educational qualifications to be in their place. Sure shot way to be a millionaire with bhakts thronging in huge numbers every single day. Sai baba I am sure can't rest in peace.

3  Thank vg31011976
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

'What is it that makes an ordinary human achieve the status of a Saint' is the first question that tickles my mind whenever I happen to come across a never ceasing stream of disciples following one of the most famous saints in Maharashtra - Sai Baba. It was not before a couple of weeks that I had been to the village of Shirdi to visit the temple of Saint Sai Baba - for the very first time. As we are moving towards the end of the present year, each one of us is hoping that the new year could bring us happiness and prosperity. In an attempt, numerous devotees have started crowding the religious places like Shirdi in large numbers. A strong belief in the miracles of Shirdi's Sai Baba compel almost all of the devotees to hit the village every year. The crowds are really intriguing but I am an atheist when it comes to believing into all the miraculous stories that have been said and heard.

The temple of Sai has been regarded as a holy place for a century. We had reached the village of Shirdi in the afternoon. Shirdi is around 210 kms from Pune City and almost a 4-5 hours straight drive on the Pune-Ahmednagar Road. Provided that it is not the holiday season, it should not be a problem to find a good room for a overnight stay. The Shirdi Sai Sansthan also provides accomodation to the devotees who travel long distances to Shirdi. The all new Sai Prasadalya offers Prasad (the holy meal and breakfast) to the devotees at a very nominal price - this is something that truly promotes Sai's teachings of feeding the hungry. There are numerous hotels around the main Sai temple that gives you a feel that the place has been increasingly commercialized illicitly using the renowned name of Baba. Nevertheless, the place has provided employment to many vendors and hawkers that sell Sai Baba statues, fFowers, Prasad items, Sweets etc. The overall ambience of the place was filled with devotion but it was rather disheartening to see so many people spoiling the sanctity of the place by spitting and throwing garbage around the temple. I am sure that many of such acts happening around the temple will be ruining the sanctity of the holy place.

India has always been a land of saints and Sai Baba was one among such great souls. Most of the devotees are merely attracted to the word-of-mouth being passed about Baba. There are many fables being told about him that overall gives us an impression of his divine powers. I am sure that many youngsters today are blindly following Baba without even trying to explore his teachings or bother to understand the message he always tried to impart to the world. To say Sai Baba lived his life as a 'Fakir' - a person who has no possessions and who begs for food to live. Now that was the punch line being used by an old beggar who asked me for money in the name of Sai. Certainly, begging for food is a lot more different than begging for money. The act of the numerous beggars around Baba's temple simply contradicts the very own teachings of the Saint.

I simply do not understand why so many Indians believe that it is their birthright to spit around the streets and paint it red. The holy places are a no exception to it. The experience just gets worse when you decide to park your shoes at a flower seller's stall and walk naked feet towards the temple's entrance. Watch out your step lest you would step upon a fresh spit of the vendor from whom you just bought a bouquet of roses. This reminds me of Sant Gadge Maharaj, another renowned Saint of Maharashtra and a social reformer who strongly believed in the philosophy of lead by example by sweeping the roads of the place where ever he went. Gadge Baba was known as the master of the broom. He earned money by his impressive work and used it to build schools and orphanages. It immensely hurts when the names of the Saints are used to accomplish selfish motives often recklessly dis-respecting their very own teachings.

Saints have always worked to promote humanity and peace. Saints like Sai have always lived their life trying different ways to induce the good into the minds of the general public. Although mysterious, the miracles what they refer might be a simple trick to convince a good thought into our minds or merely to attract mass attention. Lighting the oil lamps using water, initiating a downpour using a wooden stick or healing an ailing body by means of a mere touch sounds intriguing to the reluctant mind. Probably, tricks was a better approach Baba would have thought of in order to inculcate values of humanity among the people. He has always been trying various means to achieve the same feat - singing and dancing on the poems (Dohas) written by Saint Kabir, spreading around health awareness and the importance of Yoga and Pranayam and so on.

Gaining a firm control on oneself is the toughest job in the whole world. A person who gains this divine power is truly a saint by himself. Unfortunately, people keep on searching Godliness within the confines of a holy place and opt to leave their problems to God. Nonetheless, the world has always been like this. It has always been hard to be simple. Hope to see a day when majority of the people start working for humanity rather than relying on some noble souls to lend a helping hand.

2  Thank neerajshinde
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Temple of Sai Baba situated in shirdi is a must visit for every person as it does not differentiate in any caste or religion . people from all over the world come here and visit the shrine of Sai Baba.Nice place to relax in the evening. If you visit the place frequently also ,you wont be tried of this place.

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