HOLY PLACES AT SHRIDI SAI MANDIR PREMISES:
1. SAIBABA’S SAMADHI MANDIR:
Babas Sacred Body has been laid to etenal rest (Samadhi) here. The edifice
of this main Mandir (Temple) was constucted with Baba’s blessings, by Shri
Gopalrao Butti of Nagpur, an ardent devotee of Baba. It is therefore also
known as “Butti Wada”. Baba’s beautiful lifesize idol is installed near His Samadhi in this shrine. All rituals, comprising Pooja, Abhishek and daily four Aaratis, are Perfomed here.
2. DWARKAMI (MASJID):
This was Babas abode(located within Samadhi Mandir Complex) continuously for sixty years till He took Samadhi. Baba blessed innumerable devotteeshere. The Sheela (Stone), on which Baba used tosit, is located in Dwarkamai. The sacred Fire (Dhuni) lit by Baba is also eternally burning here. Baba used to give Sacred Udi (Ash) from this Dhuni to His devotees to fulfil ther wishes. Even now, Udi distibuted to devotees is from this Dhuni. Baba used to cook food here and distribute it among his devotees.
Chavadi is located nearby, on the eastern side of Samadhi Mandir Complex. On every alternate day, Baba used to proceed in Procession from Dwarkamai to Chavadi at night and sleep there. Even now, on every Thursday Baba’s Photo, Holy Padukas (Footwear ) and Sataka (Baton) are taken in palaquin procession to the Chavadi, between 9.15 pm to 10.00 pm.
Baba was first spotted (within Samadhi Mandir Complex) when He was a lad of sixteen. Baba used to refer to this spot as His Guru’s (Mentor’s) location. The famous Margosa (Neem) tree, refered to in Shree sai satcharitra stands here. It is he experience of devotee that if they burn incense here on Thursday and Friday their ailments get cured.
Baba used to go for a stroll to this Baug (Garden), which is located within Samadhi Mandir Complex. Nanda Deep(Sacred Oil Lamp) is kept continvously lit near the Pipal tree planted by Baba Himself in this Garden. A small Datta Mandir is also situated in this Garden. Baba’s beloved horse Shyamkarna(Shyamsunder) was laid to eternal rest here. There is also a well, called Baba’s Shivadi” in this garden.
6. MUSEUM HALL:
Valuable things used by Baba during his time are drinking vessel (Tumbrel), Baba’s Paduka (foot prints), Baba’s Satka, Grinder, Gramophones, Bowl of Hukka, Horse bridle-habilments, the Kaphani and Sandals worm by Shri Sai baba and the Original photographs of Lord Sai. All these valuable things are kept in the museum Hall for Sai devotees.
Samadhis of Shri Tatya Patil Kote, Shri Bhau Maharaj Kumbhar, Shri Padmanabha iyer, Shri Nanawali and Shri Abdul Baba, who were Baba’s ardent devotees and were closely associated with Him during his life time, are located within Samadhi Mandir Complex., near Lendi Baug.
8. Besides the forgoing, there are other Temples located within Samadhi Mandir complex; Shri Ganesh Temple, Shri Shani Temple and Shri Mahadeo Temple.
9. KHANDOBA MANDIR:
This temple is located near Shree Saibaba Hospital on Nagar-Manmad Road, When the marriage party of Chand Patis wife’s nephew came to Shirdi, they had taken shelter under the banyan tree located near this temple. When Shree Saibaba, who had accompanied this marriage party alighted with others in the open ground of this temple, the Pujari (Priest) of the temple welcomed this Young Ascetic with the words “Aao Sai” (“Come Sai”)