Shirdi is a famous holy place where people throng all around the year to get a darshan of the mystic saint Sai Baba. It’s not only Shirdi, but the whole area around it is known for its religious importance. Mostly, people fly to Mumbai where they can stay in hotels like Orchid Hotel Mumbai and then go by road to Shirdi.
Let us see 6 the famous temples in and around Shirdi that one must have in itinerary when visiting this area.
- Sri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir: This place is a haven for Sai devotees who claim to get cosmic pleasure that is beyond any explanation. Baba is known to have touched the lives and hearts of millions of his followers. His followers are not only restricted to India but are spread all across the globe. You can stay in Shirdi hotels that they can book online. Though Sai temples are there in many places, the followers have an ardent desire to get darshan at least once at this Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi.
- Khandoba Temple Shirdi: This temple is devoted to Khandoba, a Hindu deity who is worshipped as a manifestation of Shiva. In the Deccan plateau, especially the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, there are lots of followers of Khandoba. This temple in Shirdi is one among the thirteen main temples that are devoted to this deity.
- Shanishinganapur: Those visiting Shirdi make it a point to pay a visit to Shinganapur, which is 50km from Shirdi. It is an open temple devoted to Shani, the son of Sun. One thing that has made this place popular is that there are no doors or locks in any house or even banks in this place. It is believed that Shani Dev protects the area and no thief can operate here.
- Ramkund: Just 87 km away from Shirdi is the holy town of Nashik. It is believed that when Lord Ram was going through his 14 years of exile, he stayed in Nasik for some time. The place where he used to take bath is recognized as Ramkund. This is the same place where Kumbhmela takes place every 12 years.
- Tribakeshwar: Just 36 km from Nashik is the famous Trimbakeshwar Temple. It is one of the12 Jyotirlingas in the country. These jyotirlingas are dedicated to Lord Shiva and people aspire to visit all these 12 during their lifetime. The place is also the source of river Godavari.
- Kalaram Temple: This temple is very close to Trimbakeshwar temple and was built by Peshwa Gopikabai in 1794. If you see carefully, you will find similarity in the architectural design of the two. This temple is 70 feet in height and built with black stone that was extracted from the mines of Ramsej Hill. There are several smaller surrounding this Kalaram temple. Some of these are Maruti temple, Vithal temple and Ganapati temple.
If you are planning to visit Shirdi, don’t miss out on visiting these temples in the vicinity.