The Sai Baba Temple is named after a popular Indian saint, Shirdi Sai Baba. Sai Baba was regarded as a famous yogi and guru in India. Many Muslim and Hindu devotees believe that he was Lord Krishna’s incarnation. Others regard him as the incarnation of Dattatreya. Based on public records, there was no information found regarding his birth but his death was dated on October 15, 1918.
The origin of Sai Baba starts when Sai Baba came to Shirdi when he was a child. No one knew where he came from and the reason of his visit. Devotees of the saint believe that he was placed on this earth to spread the message of joy and love in the world. He regarded everyone as equal in his eyes. He looked beyond color, religion and social standing. The Sai Baba temple was then built in honor of his memory and teachings.
The Sai Baba Temple is a holy place of worship for devotees of the Indian saint. The temple is located in Shirdi, a small town in Maharashtra. The temple can be accessed from anywhere in India with an easy train ride. Visitors should then get off at Manmad which is the nearest railway station. From there, ask locals around to find your way to the temple. Buses and taxis are also available to go to the temple.
Everyone is welcome to visit the temple no matter their religious beliefs. The body of Sai Baba is buried in the main shrine called the Samadhi Temple. The Sai Baba Temple also contains a marble image and likeness of the Indian guru in a sitting position. The image of Sai Baba is praised as a beautiful piece of religious art. It was made by a famous sculptor, Sri Talini of Mumbai.
The Samadhi Mandir was previously owned by a well-known millionaire devotee who wanted to keep an image of the guru to himself. Sai Baba’s Samadhi was encased in white marble stone. A railing was then built around the Samadhi and adorned with intricate ornaments. Two pillars made of silver stand guard before the Samadhi which are also embellished in decorative art. Behind the Samadhi is a statue of Sai Baba which was made by the late artist, Balaji Vasant.
For visitors to get a closer look at Sai Baba, his image can be seen by going through the hall’s main entrance. Once inside, visitors can view photos of the guru along with his many devotees through the years. There is also a room nearby where people can see the things used by Sai Baba in his daily routine.
A short distance away is the Chavadi of the Sai Baba. It has been told that the late guru used to sleep in that very place every other day. The Chavadi contains two areas with one area devoted to a large Baba portrait. This part of the Chavadi also contains a white wooden chair and bed that used to belong to Baba.
The historic Sai Baba Temple is a religious shrine visited many devotees from around the world. For visitors who want to see the resting place of India’s revered guru and saint, the Sai Baba Temple is open to anyone curious about the life of the famous Indian guru.