The Maharashtra state boasts of incredible places that depict immense historical significance and on that list, Sainagar or Shirdi holds the prime place. Shirdi is one of the important sites for Hindu pilgrims and the ardent devotees of Sai Baba. Being a religious person myself, visiting Shirdi was always on my checklist. Although I had quite a few opportunities to visit Maharashtra before, it was not until the last month when I finally got to visit Shirdi. Thankfully, I got three flight tickets for me and my family from a wide range of Bangalore to Shirdi flights available online at great deals and reached the devotional place without any difficulties. For many, Shirdi might just appear to be a holy spot for pilgrimage only, however, you will be glad to know this place also has amazing things where you can engage yourself during your getaway. Curious to know which they are? Then, follow the list below to find out.
Sai Teerth Theme Park is a brilliantly thought and designed space and is known as the country’s first spiritual theme park. It is a newly made spot and is maintained with utmost care and dedication by the authorities. The park portrays various events related to the life of Sai Baba and other Hindu deities that fascinates both children and adolescents. Here, you can avail of their entertainment package that comprises four shows and a toy train ride that will help you witness the famous and significant temples of the place from the ride itself. There is also a fully operational cafeteria within the Park where you can satisfy your hunger pangs with quick refreshments like samosas, tea, coffee and other snacks.
Sai Heritage Village is a park designed with dummies of the villagers and Sai Baba to portray the various notable and significant details of Sai Baba’s early days. Every day, several tourists and pilgrims frequent this place for unwinding amidst nature and art. The dummies in this park are beautifully crafted and resemble the actual life of the villagers during Baba’s time. The Sai Heritage Village, besides being a spot for learning about the sage, is also a fun zone for young visitors. If you come here with your kids, there is also an elaborate Children’s Park where they can play and have a good time with other children. When I came here last month, I saw many children playing and having a fun time at the rides. Watching them playing joyously at the park, took me to my past days and I became quite nostalgic after leaving the place.
This one is ideal for a picnic spot. If you are planning to come here during the summers, this is a perfect spot to rejuvenate and refresh from a monotonous life. Upon entry, you can get your preferred package from the entrance and the price can vary for adults and children. Another important thing to note about this place is that the weekends often see a price hike on the tickets, therefore, you can plan on weekdays to enjoy the rides to the fullest at economical prices. There is also an elaborate food court within the Water Park that serves dishes of various cuisines to satisfy your tummy after a great water adventure. If you are looking for a place to have a fun-filled day with your loved ones, add Wet and Joy Water Park to your itinerary right away.
Essentially a residential school at Shirdi, Jangli Maharaj Ashram opens its gates for tourists on weekends. Located at a distance of a menial 7 km from the centre of the town, this Ashram is an ideal spot for those looking to revive their spiritual instincts which are often pressed over by worldly and materialistic requirements. The authorities do not charge a single penny from the Gurudev’s devotees on entry. With several sessions of meditation throughout the day, you will find yourself amidst a soothing atmosphere that is holy, pure, and peaceful. The sacred ceremony of Anugraha is organised on every full moon (Poornima) to observe holy rituals. Several devotees visit this place on weekends to get their souls rejuvenated at the Ashram.
Dixit Wada Museum is an ideal place to learn about Shirdi’s historical and religious significance. This place houses some rare monochrome photographs of Sai Baba helping others and being worshipped by the villagers. You will also see some of his garments, utensils that he used, his footwear, and his smoking pipes on display. All these artefacts along with a few manuscripts, showpieces, and albums make up for most of the exhibits in this museum. For a historical escape, this place is a perfect choice.
These are some of the many fun activities you can engage in, while in Shirdi. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a good itinerary, incorporate these activities into your list and have both a spiritual and adventurous trip to Shirdi.