Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Trip to Shirdi

Last week, I went to Shirdi with my family, my wife and a daughter. Shirdi is a pilgrimage town located in Ahmadnagar District of Maharashtra province in India. Sai Baba, a revered saint in India, once resided here. Even today, his devotees flock to the town in large numbers. The Sai Temple is the centre of faith for the pilgrims arriving from all parts of India. People have immense faith in the saint.

One could feel the presence of Sai anywhere in Shirdi. Weather is pleasant all through the year. An interesting ritual in Shirdi is the palki (palanquin) of the Sai which is carried every Thursday throughout the town. Hundreds of pilgrims and locals follow the palanquin. Three festivals celebrated in Shirdi with great enthusiasm are Ramnavami, Guru Purnima and Vijayadashmi.

Any visit to Shirdi is not an ordinary travel. It is more of a spiritual journey which fulfils the inner self of a person. The shrine of Sai Baba is known as Samadhi Temple. While having darshan in the temple, one can make offerings like flowers, garlands, coconut, sweets etc in the temple. Apart from the Samadhi Temple, one can also visit Guru Sthan and Khandoba Temple during the visit.

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