Chavadi in Shirdi

Visit to holy place Shirdi is said to be incomplete if you are not visiting Dwarkamai and Chavadi after visiting Samadhi Mandir. Chavadi in Shirdi conveys lot of importance to Sai devotees. This Chavadi originally was a place for conducting village meetings, acted as an office for storing village records and even it was used as a court where village disputes were settled by the heads of the village. It was also the place where taxes were collected. This place of village happenings became the home for Shri Sai till his mahasamadhi.   

Chavadi in Shirdi

Earlier Baba used to spend most of his time in Dwarkamai but after one particular incident Baba started spending alternate nights in Chavadi. From the two chavadis, south Chavadi is the place where Sai Baba used to sleep on alternate nights and presently all the Sai devotees go for his darshan. During Sai’s stay at Chavadi it became customary to offer aarti on his arrival from Dwarkamai. This became popular as the sej aarti.  After Baba's mahasamadhi the Sai Sansthan acquired Chavadi, and until the late 1930s, used it for storing books and accommodating pilgrims. Afterwards the village offices were relocated and Chavadi became the place of worship for Sai devotees.

The Chavadi is divided into two parts. One part of the Chavadi has a large portrait of Baba along with a wooden bed, a white chair and a big stone on which Baba used to sit. This portrait has a small story behind it. After his mahasamadhi in the year 1953, Sai appeared in the dream of a eighteen year old young man Ambaram, who was staying at Nausari in Gujarat, Ambaram made Sai baba’s portrait from what he saw in the dream. The villagers inspired by this event framed the portrait brought it to Shirdi and handed it to Shirdi Sansthan. This is the same portrait which we see in Chavadi today. There are many such incidences in which Sai Baba blessed his disciples. Such incidences in the life of Shri Sai baba increased the faith of his devotees. Whenever you visit Shirdi do not forget to visit these places like Chavadi which keep importance in the life of the great saint of Maharashtra.