Om Shri SadGuru Sainathaya Namaha!
If you have not read visiting Shirdi it’s a post that will be much helpful during the Shirdi Pilgrimage. I was just reading an article about Shirdi Sai Baba.
A very close and contemporary devotee of Shri Sai Baba, Shri B. V. Dev Mamlatdar of Dahanu, have suggested to visit the important spiritual places in Shirdi that are connected with Shri Sai Baba. And yes if we have gone all the way to Shirdi, why should we miss these important places.
Today most of the people visiting Shirdi, just visit the Samadhi Temple of Shri Sai Baba. They are unaware of other spiritual places connected with Sai Baba.
The 1st place Shri B.V. Dev suggest is the Gurusthan. Gurusthan is the place very much respected by Shri Sai Baba. He said it is the place of His guru. Much more details is written if you follow the link to the word Gurusthan and also links to other places being followed.
2nd he suggest is Dwarkamayi. This is the place where Sai Baba lived most of the time, while he sported in physical form. Even these days so many devotees experience spiritual experiences and Sai Baba’s presence at this very holy place. Related article Sai Baba's Assurance about Dwarkamai also see Sai Baba’s quotes on Dwarkamai.
3rd spiritual place is Chavadi, This is the place where, Shri Sai use to go to sleep every alternate nights. Morning Kakad arati of Sai Baba began at this place and also the night Seja arati. Contemporary devotees of Shirdi Baba have said and written that the Chavadi about procession that happened when Sai Baba left Dwarkamai to Chavadi on every alternate nights was worth seeing, even once in lifetime. The glory of Sai and the splendor on Sai Baba’s face experienced could never be described or written. Only those who were part of it could experience the divine splendor.
4th place Mr. Dev suggest is Buti Wada, now popularly known as Samadhi Mandir or Samadhi Temple of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi.
5th place is the Lendi baag or baug. Every morning Shri Sai used to visit Lendi Baag, devotees enthusiastically joined in the procession with Baba. On a website dedicated to Meher Baba i read that Shri Sai Baba used to call Spiritual agents through help of Drum beats, music and chanting. Baba used to assign these spiritual agents their respective duties. Abdul Baba was the only devotee who was allowed in Lendi Baag with the holy One Shri Sai Baba. He have said few things about lendi baag details are in the post Abdul Baba the man in service of Sai Baba in Shirdi. The spiritual mystery of Lendi Baag procession, that of assigning the duties to abdals (spiritual agents of the inner planes is given on this link.
I would like to add two another places which did not exist while Shri Dev was here.
1st one is the museum where many articles and clothes are kept which Sai Baba used. It is very near to Gurusthan and at the place where once stood Dixitwada.
2nd one is the prasadalaya. A huge building that serves food, which is totally cooked using solar energy. During Baba’s time serving the food to every one, especially poor and animals used to happen often. Sai Baba himself said that feeding the hungry life is one of the most important things we can do and should do. Eating the prasad here is and experience in itself.
Map of important places in Shirdi
Om Sri Sainathaya Namaha!
May the divine love and grace of Shri Sai Baba be with all!