Christians in Shirdi can also make their Christmas memorable

Shirdi is widely popular as the abode of Shri Sai Baba, a revered saint, who lived in this town during late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The holy town is visited by millions of tourists and pilgrims from distant places every year. People visiting Shirdi can also explore some interesting places located nearby, such as, Shegaon, Kalaram Temple, and Pandavleni Caves. While Shirdi is primarily a place of pilgrimage for the devotees of Shri Sai Baba, Christians who are in this region during Christmas season would not miss their Christmas celebrations.

Christmas Celebration in Shirdi

Over the years, many hotels have come up in Shirdi to cater to the accommodation needs of tourists and pilgrims. If you are in Shirdi during the Christmas season and are worried about missing the celebrations, there a reason to rejoice. An accommodation at Hotel Sai Sahavas, Shirdi would help you celebrate Christmas with your entire family, as the staff of this hotel can organize some excellent treats during this festive season.

The multi-cuisine restaurant of this hotel would be the best place for you to indulge in Christmas celebrations, as it includes some of the most delicious local as well as other popular cuisines on its menu. We wish you and everyone in your family a ‘Merry Christmas’.

Experience the divinity of Sai Baba in Shirdi

A holy town, visited by millions of pilgrims annually, Shirdi has a special place in the hearts of Shri Sai Baba's devotees. The revered saint lived in this region during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and offered spiritual lessons for all without any bias towards religions or castes. Shirdi is located in Ahmednagar district of the Indian state, Maharashtra, and is home to one of the richest temple organizations in the country. 

The airport located at Aurangabad provides easy access to Shirdi for tourists and pilgrims travelling by air. Shirdi Airport is currently under construction, and is expected to be completed in the year 2018. For people who prefer to travel to Shirdi by trains, the nearest railway station is Sainagar Shirdi. It became operational in 2009, and in recent times, it connects the town to most of the major cities of India. Buses and taxis plying from Shirdi, Manmad, Ahmednagar, Kopargaon, and Daund railway stations help tourists and pilgrims in reaching Shirdi without any hassles.

Excellent accommodations are available in Shirdi for pilgrims and tourists visiting the town every year. Booking their stays in any of the popular Shirdi hotels would make it very convenient for them in visiting the Sai Baba temple complex.

Shirdi Attractions: Make your Trip to Shirdi Memorable

Shirdi is considered to be a holy and pious destination. A plethora of visitors come here for seeking blessings of Shirdi Sai Baba. In addition to visiting Shirdi temple, you can also visit below mentioned places to know more about Sai Baba.

Samadhi Mandir: This temple houses the last remains of Shirdi Sai Baba. Sreemant Gopalrao, a native of Nagpur, initiated the construction of this temple. On 15th October 1918, Sai Baba left his body. The last remains of Sai Baba are placed in this temple. People different parts of world visit this destination year after year to seek his blessings.

Dwarkamayee Masjid: Situated on the right of Samadhi Mandir is the place where Sai Baba spent a major chunk of his lifetime. It is at this Mosque that Baba lit up lamps every evening. In fact the name Dwarkamayee was given by Sai Baba to the Masjid. It was here that Baba spent his days sitting on a huge stone which is preserved till date.

The nearest airport to this holy place is Aurangabad airport, which is approximately 130Km away. The Kopergaon Railway Station is the nearest station to Shirdi. It is approximately 16Km from Shirdi. You can also reach this tourist destination through local bus transport. If you are native of Shirdi, then you can also bring your personal vehicle. If you are considering visiting this destination for the first time, then you should research about hotels in Shirdi. Proper research beforehand helps you avoid the messy situation.

Shirdi: A Heavenly Destination for Shirdi Baba Devotees

Every year innumerable devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba visit his temple. Situated at a distance of 122Kms from Nashik, Shirdi is primarily revered for a gigantic temple dedicated to Sai Baba. One can find devotees queuing up from early hours itself for catching a glimpse and seeking blessing of Baba through his life-size statue. Generally, Thursday is marked by special puja and darshan of the statue. Dwarkamani Mosque is the place Baba started meditating and slept during on alternate nights. Near this mosque, you can find the dhuni or eternal, which can be seen burning day and night. Gurusthan, Shani Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi, and Kandoba Temple are some of the key attractions in Shirdi.

If you are on a Shirdi tour, then you would have to plan for accommodation & transportation. This will help you enjoy the trip and spend some hassle free days. Services offered by Hotels in Shirdi tend to vary, so you would have to research before booking rooms in one of them. Shirdi is connected to major cities and states through bus and train services. The nearest airport from Shirdi is Aurangabad. Apart from this, Shirdi has its own railway station. This will help you commute from one place to another with ease.

Some Exceptionally Stunning Tourist Attractions near Shirdi

Shirdi is a small town located at a distance of 296Km from Mumbai. It’s widely popular for being home of Saint Sai Baba. Visitors travelling this beautiful town don’t miss out taking blessings of Sai Baba. But, if you’re on a trip to Maharashtra and Shirdi tour is on your check list, then following are a couple of immensely popular tourist attractions you can consider visiting. 

Trimbakeshwar: It is home to one of the Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlings. The name of this town is Trimbak, but over the years, it has become synonymous Trimbakeshwar, which happens to be name of the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The atmosphere in this temple is pious and serene, so you can find visitors swarming here throughout the year. It’s an ideal destination for those who are looking out for some spiritual relief. 

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Malshej: Another popular destination to visit especially during monsoon season is Malshej region. It is nothing less than a paradise for adventure and nature lovers. Featuring countless waterfalls, cliffs, medieval forts, gigantic trees, and forests, the beauty of Malshej is beyond comparison. If you take the highway route, then you can reach Malshej Ghat within a couple of hour’s time.

Eat out while in Shirdi to enjoy the local flavours

Shirdi, a small town in Ahmednagar district of the Indian state, Maharashtra, has become popular worldwide as the holy abode of Shri Sai Baba. Every year, millions of devotees and tourists arrive in this region for visiting the Sai Baba temple complex. All these people are provided assistance by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, an organization established in the early twentieth century to provide various facilities to the devotees. 

Sai Sahavas Hotel, Shirdi

People who love to eat out while having an excellent time in Shirdi can find many restaurants in the town. Most of them serve only vegetarian food, in their efforts to serve devotees with great religious sentiments. Popular hotels in Shirdi have in-house restaurants that offer delicious varieties of all the popular cuisines. Guests of these hotels are provided such great options in food that they do not have to go elsewhere for pampering their taste buds.

However, there are individuals who always look forward to eat out at places other than the hotels where they are staying. During their time spent in Shirdi, they can embark on sightseeing tours and find many restaurants and eateries on the way. These restaurants offer them the chance to take a break, and enjoy some mouth-watering local dishes.

Chavadi Is Of Great Importance To Devotees Of Sai Baba

Devotees of Sai Baba and numerous people who have visited Shirdi know the importance of Chavadi. The term was used to describe the village office used for keeping records, collecting taxes and welcoming visiting officials. During the later part of his life, the revered saint used to spend his alternate nights at this place. This routine began during a stormy night when it was raining heavily and the devotees had to move Sai Baba from Dwarkamai. Walls of the mosque had began leaking and devotees had to force the saint to leave his preferred place to spend nights. Every year, people on a Shirdi holiday for a few days or a week, make a visit to this revered site after seeking the blessings of Shri Sai Baba at the main temple.
Sai Baba's Chavadi, Shirdi
Chavadi has also played a significant role in instituting a formal worship of Sai Baba by offering a ritual called 'Sej Aarti' upon his arrival from the mosque. In the morning, when he woke up at Chavadi, another ritual called 'Kakad Aarti' was offered to him. Today, many devotees and pilgrims make a trip from cities like Mumbai to Shirdi with their entire family to seek the blessings of Shri Sai Baba. They would find a large portrait of the saint, a wooden bed on which he was bathed when he passed away, and a wheelchair presented to him while he was suffering from Ashtama at this site.

People coming to Shirdi for visiting Sai Baba Temple and other places of interest around the holy town are always in need of a comfortable place to stay. Booking an accommodation in any of the hotels near Sai Baba Mandir would make it very convenient for them to visit the temple. Modern amenities provided in most of these hotels would make staying in them a memorable experience.

Tour Many Interesting Places While Visiting Shirdi

The town of Shirdi in the Indian state, Maharashtra, is well-known throughout the world as the abode of the revered saint, Shri Sai Baba. He lived in this place during the period between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. While living in this town, he spread the message of peace and devotion to God through the teachings of Hinduism and Islam. Today, many tourists and pilgrims visit this holy town from different parts of the world every year. The hotels in Shirdi provide well-furnished rooms and suites that are equipped with all the latest facilities.

Many interesting places around Shirdi can also be visited during a vacation spent in this region. Among them is Alandi, where saint Dnyaneshwar attained 'Samadhi' at a young age of twenty-one. Pilgrims coming to Shirdi also visit Shegaon, which is known as the abode of Shri Gajanan Maharaj, a mystic saint. Trimbakeshwar Temple is another great attraction worth visiting, as it houses twelve 'Jyotirlingas' dedicated to Lord Shiva. A village called Shanisinghnapur also interests many pilgrims and tourists. It is the holy place where Lord Shani is worshipped and none of the houses in this village have doorframes or locks. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, great examples of ancient Indian architecture, are located at a distance of about 144 kilometres from Shirdi. Tourists staying in Shirdi budget hotels can explore all these places by tours that are arranged with the help of hotel staff, while holidaying in this region.
Shirdi Sai Sahavas
Saibaba Temple, Shirdi

In the past few years, many hotels and resorts have come up near the Sai Baba Temple Complex in Shirdi for providing accommodations to pilgrims as well as tourists. A hotel at Shirdi provides all the basic facilities as well as some additional amenities, while there are many hotels that offer a luxurious stay to guests who prefer elegant rooms or suites.

A latest movie on Shirdi Sai Baba

The popularity of Shirdi and the greatness of Shri Saibaba can be visualized by the number of movies made on the subject. These films are made by different people, in various languages but the aim of producing these films on Sai Baba are one and the same, which is nothing but great affection towards this great saint of Maharashtra. He never differentiated between rich and poor, as well as Hindi or Muslim. He taught the people art of living together peacefully and helping the poor and the neglected.
Shirdi Sai- The Movie
Shirdi Sai- The Movie
Nagarjuna has come out with his project of making a film on Shri saibaba in which he himself will play the central roll. And it is supposed that this performance would rank amongst his best ever performances. Nagarjuna a well known Telugu actor is famous for its glamour and it is for sure that his performance in the film will be totally matching to the life story of Shri Saibaba. He has portrayed the climax scenes in a most prudent way and is sure to bag many awards for his leading role in the movie. Other actors having brief roles are Srijkanth, Saath Babu, Kamalinee and Sayali Shinde.
Shirdi Sai Baba
Shirdi Sai Baba-Temple
On the technical front this typical movie of Raghavendra Rao has done well and music by Keeravani is great. Raghvendrra a reputed film maker has used all his experience and talent has expressed the life story of the great personality in the most sophisticated and brief manner. Keeravani is confident about the success of the songs introduced in the movie. The movie from the technical angles like editing and cinematography is quite interesting. Raghvendra Rao has presented the emotional scenes most effectively. View this movie to get some idea about the lifestyle of the saint otherwise visit Shirdi so that you can get the blessing of Shri Sai. While moving to Shirdi you can book your stay at Hotel Sai Sahavas which will provide you a divine surrounding and a serene atmosphere.

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Deluxe room at Sai Sahavas
Super Deluxe Room at Sai Sahavas
Shirdi in Ahmednagar District is the home to Spiritual guru Shri Sai Baba. It is approximately 300 km from Mumbai. For devotees who flock to Shirdi, there are many options for accommodations. The city has seen many hotels and lodges springing up in recent times. Such is the rush of devotees to this city that there is hardly any chance of finding any rooms near Shirdi temple.

Ram Navami Festival 2014

Ram Navami is one of the important Hindu festivals of India, which celebrates the birth of Lord Rama. He is believed to be the seventh of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It falls on the ninth day of the Hindu month, Chaitra. According to the Gregorian calendar, it falls either in the month of March or April. Many devotees of Lord Rama observe a strict fast on this occasion, and the episodes from the religious text, 'Ramayana' is narrated in temples or pious gatherings. 
Shirdi -Ram Navami Festival 2014
In Shirdi, the 19th century abode of Shri Sai Baba, this festival is celebrated with great zest by its people. The history of Ram Navami Festival in Shirdi dates back to the late nineteenth century. One of the devotees of Sai Baba called 'Gopalrao Gund', suggested that devotees celebrate 'Urus' or fair in the honour of Muslim holy men. This idea was approved by Sai Baba along with his blessings, and people of Shirdi began celebrating Urus on the day of Ram Navami. Processions were taken through the village, accompanied by music played by a band on this day. In the early twentieth century, a devotee known as Krishnarao Jageshwar Bhishma, suggested Mr. Laxmanrao that Ram Navami be celebrated on the day of Urus. Laxmanrao, who was popularly known as Kaka Mahajani, sought the permission of Shri Sai Baba in this matter. Sai Baba gladly gave his permission to celebrate the festival, and the Urus gradually gave way to Ram Navami celebrations. The tradition of celebrating this festival continues even today in Shirdi. On this day, the town witnesses large crowds of devotees and tourists who come from distant places to seek the blessings of the revered saint, Shri Sai Baba.

For people travelling by air, the nearest airports from where they can travel to Shirdi, are located in Mumbai, Nasik, Aurangabad and Pune. Nearest railway station is Sainagar Shirdi and the town is connected to all the major cities by road. Hotel Sai Sahavas is preferred by devotees for their accommodation needs. On this festive occasion, Hotel Sai Sahavas wishes everyone a very happy Ram Navami.

Gudi Padawa Festival

This Gudi Padwa, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse.
Happy Gudi Padwa from Hotel Sai Sahavas, Shirdi

Happy Gudi Padawa 2014 

Holi Festival

Over the years, the small town of Shirdi has become immensely popular among tourists and devotees of Shri Sai Baba. It falls in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra state, and is well-known as the abode of Sai Baba, a revered saint. Every year, the annual celebrations in the temple of Shri Sai Baba attracts millions of people from different parts of the world. 

Many of the popular festivals of India is also celebrated with equal importance in this part of the world. The Holi festival in Shirdi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and plenty of colours. Much before the day of Holi, people begin to gather firewood for the great bonfire, which is made before the day of 'Rangapanchami'. On the day of 'Rangapanchami', they put colours on each other, while some indulge in throwing colored water or water-filled balloons on each other. On the occasion of Holi, Hotel Sai Sahavas extends its best compliments and greetings to all.