The best time to visit Shirdi Sai Baba temple is between October to March, it is the ideal time to visit Shirdi. Although, you may encounter more pilgrims during the festive season, with maximum crowds occurring around Diwali and Dussehra.
Thursday is the most popular day to travel. Many people go to the temple and fast for nine consecutive Thursdays in order to have their wishes come true (referred to as the Sai Vrat Pooja). However, be prepared for it to be very crowded there if you go on Thursday.
Weekends, Holi, Gudi Padwa, Guru Purnima, and Ram Navami festivals are also busy times. During these times, the temple is kept open all night.
What To Know Before Visiting Shirdi Sai Baba Temple?
The temple complex is divided into a number of distinct areas, each with a unique entrance gate, depending on whether you want to enter the Samadhi Temple (where Sai Baba's body is entombed) and make an offering in front of the idol or wander the complex and seek blessings from Shirdi Sai Baba up close. The centre of activity is the Samadhi Temple. It is the primary temple and draws the largest following.
From 5.30 am onward, pilgrims can enter the Samadhi area for the morning aarti (worship ritual), watch Shirdi Sai Baba take the holy bath, and then line up to receive blessings from Sai Baba's idol up close. Daily at 7 a.m., darshan is permitted. The evening aarti starts at six o'clock, and the temple is open until ten o'clock at night.
The temple is fairly close to all the other major Sai Baba-related sites.
Please be aware that using phones, cameras, or other electronic devices inside the main temple area is not permitted. You can store them in the outdoor lockers.
Pro Tip: Both VIP darshan and Aarti at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple can be booked online if you don't mind paying a little bit more. The cost of darshan starts from INR 200. The morning aarti (Kakada aarti) costs 600 rupees, and the noon, evening, and night aartis cost 400 rupees each. To make online reservations, you can check out the official website of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Online Services. Gate 1 is the entrance (VIP gate). Darshan tickets are also available at the VIP gate, excluding Thursdays. A Quick Darshan is an additional option available for 1,500 rupees.
Things To Do Near Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
In addition to the dynamic devotional shows (including one about Sai Baba's life and a 5D episode of the Hindu epic The Ramayana), the Sai Teerth Devotional Theme Park also offers a train ride past replicas of sacred Indian temples. Additionally, it has a restaurant that offers decent food at a fair price.