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Under this section, we have tried to give some important tips to Sai Devotees which will help them immensely during their visit to Shirdi. Sai Devotees are requested to take a print out of the same with them when they Visit Shirdi so that it will come handy for them.

Shirdi Temple Premises:


Gate No.1

Gate No.1is on the West side, on the Nagar-Manmad main road. This gate is used only as an entry gate into the temple premises and for Saibaba’s Face Darshan from a distance through a window from near the raised platform present in the temple premises. Devotees can freely move around in the temple complex. They can collect Udhi, See the five Samadhis, Museum and can exit through Gate No.4 towards Dwarakamai. A devotee cannot go to Lendi Baugh or Baba’s Well. Gate No.1 is present opposite to the Public Relations Office of the Sansthan and beside Nanda Deep. There is no option for exit from this Gate.

Gate No.2 is on the North side on the Pimpalwadi Road and was earlier used as an Entry and Exit Gate but is closed now and is not in use any more.


Gate No.2

Entry Gate:

This Gate is just beside Gate No.2, on the Pimpalwadi Road. This Gate is the entry gate for all Sai Devotees without any Passes. When a devotee enters through the Entry Gate, the devotee enters the first Waiting Hall in the Ground Floor of the “Q” Complex which is named“Shanti Hall”. After passing through Shanti Hall, the Devotee enters the second hall named as “Bhakti Hall”. The Shanti Hall and Bhakti Hall in total have 3 Entry Doors. After the devotee passes through these 2 Halls, the devotee has to pass through 6 more doors including the Main Door present in Samadhi Mandir symbolizing Arishadwarga’s (viz., Kama, Krodha, Loba, Moha , Mada and Mathsarya). In total the devotee passes through 9 Doors symbolizing Nava-Vidha Bhakti and reaches Samadhi Mandir. This appropriately symbolizes the fact that if a devotee enters with Shanti (Peace) and Bhakti (Devotion) one reaches Mukti (Salvation).

Gate No.3 is on the East side, in the line going inside from the Pimpalwadi Road. This gate is normally used for Exit out of the temple premises and leads to Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman Mandir, Dwarakamai, Chavadi and also Abdul Baba’s Cottage. Devotees can enter through the left hand side entrance only for "MUKH DARSHAN". The right hand side entrance is used as a Special Entrance for Senior Citizens , Physically Challenged Persons and aged devotees, who are unable to walk. One good thing is that one normal adult is allowed to accompany and escort any Aged/Handicapped dependent family member through this gate and a dependent’s kid is also allowed to, if he/she has no one else to accompany him/her.

Non Resident Indian Devotees and Foreign Nationals are also sometimes allowed though this Gate when they show proof of Nationality or NRI Status i.e., Passport/Visa Copies and other relevant documents.

When a devotee enters through the right hand side of this Gate he/she can roam in the temple premises except Lendi Baugh and Baba’s well.

Gate No.3


Gate No.4

Gate No.4 is present on the South side and is used mainly for exit out of the temple premises. The left hand side of this gate leads the devotee to Dwarakamai while the right hand side of this gate leads a devotee to Nagar-Manmad main road. Gate No.4 is exactly opposite to the five Samadhis.

Gate No.4 is also used as an entry with a steel barricaded passage separating Lendi Baugh and Nanda Deep in such a manner that if the devotee moves through this entrance, then he will automatically move towards Lendi Baugh, Baba’s Well and then straight out of the temple premises to the Nagar-Manmad Main Road.

Hence, if the devotee wants to visit Nanda Deep, then he/she has to go straight out of the temple premises and then again has to re-enter through Gate No.1 to visit Nanda Deep.

The Samadhi of Sri Chand Khan Baba (Mote Baba Darga) is present to the right at the entrance of Gate No.4.

Darshan Waiting Halls:

The darshan waiting halls where devotees line up for visiting Samadhi Mandir are very spacious and is fully equipped with Water Coolers and adequate Seating arrangements for the comfort of devotees. In all the waiting halls, television sets are present at appropriate places to enable the devotees to see what is happening inside the Santcum Sanctorum while they wait in a queue for longer periods of time. The halls are also equipped with Refreshment Centres where one can get Coffee/Tea, Biscuits and Water Bottles. Waiting Halls are also equipped with Toilet facility.

One can hear Sai Devotees chanting Sai Bhajans / Sai Nama Japa and see them Reading the Sai Satcharitha /Sai Ashtottara and Sahasranamam while moving patiently in the queue.

Samadhi Mandir:

If a devotee wants to visit Samadhi Mandir he has to enter through the Gate which is present just beside Gate No.2 on the Pimpalwadi Road. Samadhi Mandir is the place where Baba’s Samadhi & Padukas are present.

Samadhi Mandir Outer View

All formal worship of Shri Sai like Mangal Snan (Holy bath), Abhishek and Aarti are performed in the Samadhi temple only. The temple opens at 4:00 am. But the devotees form the darshan queue before 4:00 am. The Temple closes at 11:15 pm after Shej Aarti.

No offerings like garlands, flowers, coconuts, cloth etc. are accepted during Mangal Snan (Holy bath), ceremonial worship (Shodashopachaar) and aartis (all four aartis).

The first ‘darshan’ of the day, begins after the morning programme of worship (Morning aarti, Mangal Snan, Shodashopachar). Offerings are accepted only during
'Darshan' hours.

In the Samadhi temple, for standing in the main hall the arrangement of queue for ladies and gents is separate. This should be particularly borne in mind while taking along small children.

On the main day of celebration on important occasions like Ram Navami, Dussehra and Guru Poornima the temple is open throughout the night for darshan. On such occasions special programmes of devotional songs are organized by the Trust. On the days when the temple is open throughout the night, the ‘Shej aarti’ (Night aarti) is not performed and the programme of the following day begins without the morning aarti (from Mangal Snan onwards).

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Sathe Wada

Sathe Wada:

This Wada was just behind the Gurusthan and adjacent to one of the exit gates of the Samadhi Mandir.

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Dixit Wada:

This Wada is the double storey building facing south and is adjacent to Gurusthan.

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Dixit Wada


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