Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi

Samadhi Mandir is one of the topmost attractions of Shirdi. Sai Baba’s Samadhi is built with marble stones surrounded by a railing of marble adorned with explicit decorations. Two pillars beautifully decorated are facing the Samadhi. Behind the Samadhi Sai Baba’s incredible marble statue shows him in a seating position. 

Shirdi was dipped in sorrow when the news of mahasamadhi of Baba spread across the town on 15th October 1918. Baba gave up his body and left for a heavenly abode. This day is celebrated as Punyatithi of Shri Sai Baba. It was the auspicious day of Vijayadashmi for the Hindus. The body was buried by early Thursday morning and a photograph of Sai was placed on the platform of the tomb till the statue was installed in 1954. This photo is now kept at the back of the Samadhi Mandir along with some other belongings of Sai. Samadhi Mandir is the most important shrine in the Shirdi temple complex.
Samadhi Mandir is supposed to be the place where Baba promised to be active even from the tomb. Baba’s presence is still experienced by the devotees in the Samadhi Mandir when someone glances at Baba’s statue. It seems that Baba is saying my blessings will always protect you. The statue of Sai topped by a silver umbrella was installed on 7th October 1954. There is an assembly hall in front of the statue where around five hundred devotees can gather. The showcase on the side displays things used by the saint. Just above the statue there are pictures of Baba during different incidents of his life.

The temple opens early in the morning at 5am with devotional morning songs called Bhoopali. It is open for darshan throughout the day and closes by 10 pm in the night with a Shejarati. On the occasion of three important festivals of Shirdi Samadhi Mandir is kept open throughout the night. Thursday is supposed to be the best day when palki with baba’s photo is taken out from the Mandir. Make arrangements of your darshan of Samadhi Mandir prior your visit to Shirdi, so that you can spend some auspicious time in the Samadhi mandir and get blessings of Sai.