Shirdi, a small town located near Nashik, Maharashtra is known as an epitome of simplicity and harmony. The reason being is its people and the culture they follow. Known as the abode of the most revered saint, 'Sai Baba', Shirdi welcomes a humongous number of tourists from across the world. The beautiful teachings of Sai Baba have inspired many and hence, people worship him as an incarnation of God. By the end of the year or on the occasion of major festivals, hotels in Shirdi near the temple of Sai Baba are mostly full as the number of devotees increases during this period. Along with the Shirdi Sai Baba temple, there are many other temples in Shirdi that will take you on a spellbinding spiritual journey.
Located just 2 hours away from Shirdi, this pilgrimage is located Nevasa taluka of Ahmednagar. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shani Mahadev (Saturn). Amongst one of the famous temples of India, Shani Shingnapur is a jagrut devasthan (a deity that still resides in the temple). Here, people worship a five and a half feet stone situated on an open-air platform. Also, the Shingnapur village is popularly known as the ‘lockless village’ as most of the residents do not lock their homes or shops. They believe that Lord Shani is guarding them. If you wish to visit this temple, you can book any hotel in Shirdi, relax and then drive to Shani Shingnapur in the morning.
Sai Heritage Village
The first ever pilgrimage plus picnic based theme park, Sai Heritage Village is located 3 km away from the Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir. This theme park offers its visitors some beautiful sights to watch. Built in July 2014, this park reflects the life of Baba and Shirdi villagers during the era of Sai Baba. It is an amazing place for families to relax and children to learn about the life of the most revered saint, Sai Baba. Ropeway, toy train and small restaurant inside the park are some of the key highlights of this place. For lodging, you will find many best hotels in Shirdi located in close proximity to this picnic spot.
Khandoba Mandir is a small temple, located just 300 m away from Shirdi bus stand. Part of Shirdi Darshan Tour, this temple is a divine place to visit, when you are in Shirdi. Dedicated to Lord Khandoba (the presiding deity of the town), this is another well-maintained temple in Nashik. Just like Shani Shingnapur, here also people worship a stone idol situated in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. There is a small rectangular pit in front of the temple that was built for fire-walking in the earlier days.
If you are planning to take your parents for a weekend getaway, Shirdi can be one of the options for you. From the Shirdi hotels for lodging and relaxation to these aforementioned divine spots, everything is just perfect about this place. Come,experience spirituality in the heart of Nashik - Shirdi.
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