If you are planning to visit Shirdi the holy pilgrimage of Maharashtra remember to visit a few important places, which kept prime importance in the life of Shri Sai Baba. They are Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai mosque, Gurusthan and Chavadi.
It is believed that simplicity of the Shirdi mosque attracted the fakir who never believed in lavish lifestyle and running after maternal happiness. By staying in mosque and having disciples of both religions he taught his followers that principle of humanity is above all the religions. One must believe in god at the same time keep brotherly hood with everyone. Another simple principle he taught was belief and patience. Even after his mahasamadhi devotees believe that Sai’s grace and blessings still exist in Shirdi and especially in the divine places like Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai mosque, Gurusthan and Chavadi. The Dhuni at Dwarkamai is still continuously burning. Never forget to visit these sacred places whenever you are visiting Shirdi.
Sai’s life appears to be an unsolved mystery. His mysterious life started from his first appearance in Shirdi when he was first seen in 1858, but disappeared after a while. Upon his return he started staying under a neem tree on the outskirts of the village. After a few days he started leaving in an abandoned mosque. This mosque is nothing else but Dwarkamai in Shirdi. With the news of a fakir staying on the boundaries of the village people from nearby villages started visiting him with serious health problems. Sai used to give them some herbal remedies and Udi or sacred ash from his Dhuni, which was a continuously burning sacred fire. This miraculous healing power of the fakir made him more popular in the surrounding region and was gradually accepted by the people as well as the Khandoba temple priest.
In the later days he made Dwarkamai mosque his permanent residence. With passing days people of Shirdi and nearby region started having deep faith on Sai and they interpreted him as their savior in difficult times. Sai stayed in the mosque till the end of his life. The mosque is located to right side of the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. This place is where the great saint offered solutions to problems faced by his devotees. Baba used to give them sacred udi which miraculously solved the deep rooted diseases of the people. This was possible only because of the divine powers of the saint.