Shirdi attracts thousands of pilgrims every day. Devotees as well as simple tourists looking for spiritual gateway throng this holy land of Shri Saibaba. With such a large number of people at this small place, mostly ignorant of the place and culture of the region, the devotees must know some of the tips when they are in Shirdi.
Shirdi attracts thousands of pilgrims every day. Devotees as well as
simple tourists looking for spiritual gateway throng this holy land of
The first 'darshan' of the day, resumes after the morning program of
worship (Morning aarti, Mangal Snan, Shodashopachar ) at around 7am.
During this Darshan you can make offerings.
Prior registration is mandatory before you make any offering at the
temple. Each gift item must be registered in the Donation Office of the
Devotees can donate cash either in the Donation Office (with due
receipt) or put it directly into one of the donation boxes, placed at
all important places of temple complex.
Photography of any kind still or moving is strictly prohibited during
Mangal Snan (Holy bath) of Baba and Aartis (all four aartis). Devotees
may take photographs during the hours of darshan only, for video
recording a prior permission of the Temple-in-charge is a must.
There is by and large no restriction on darshan during the day in
Dwarkamai masjid, Chawri, Gurusthan and Nanda deep except a few minutes
while attending to the dhuni or offering food to Shri Sai.
In Chawri ladies are not allowed to enter the section where Baba used
to retire to sleep in old times.
The main temple (Samadhi Mandir) is open from 5am to 10.30pm, where as
Dwarkamai masjid, Chawri, Gurusthan are closed around 8.30pm.
On the main day of celebrations on important occasions like Ram Navami,
Dussehra, Guru purnima the temple is open throughout the night for
On every Thursday 'Palki' procession takes place at around 9.15 p.m.
from Samadhi Mandir to Dwarkamai and then to Chawri.
All the priests and workers in the temples are employees of the Shirdi
Sai Sansthan. Therefore, no gifts or donations should be offered to
Be cautious about the prices while taking the garland, coconut etc (as
a package) from the nearby shops. You may avoid being overcharged by
Avoid the touts for getting an accommodation. It is advisable to
approach any hotel/lodge directly. There is a wide choice of
hotels/lodges in Shirdi, suiting the budget of all.