Though I am not a devotee, however when the opportunity arises to visit these pilgrimage I took it.
Both Shirdi & Shani Shingnapur place an important part in Indian religious map. Shirdi is the home of Sai Baba & Shani Shingnapur is famous for its Shani Temple. Houses in Shani Shingnapur still don’t have door locks as the crime rate there is near to negligible.
We started our journey from Lonavala, another famous hill station of Maharashtra. Approximate Distance of Shirdi from Lonavala is 220 Kilometers & then another 70 Kilometers from Shirdi to Shani Shingnapur. It’s good to start your journey early in the morning to avoid any afternoon rush in the temple. We started at 0600hrs in the morning however despite less traffic reached to Shirdi around 1030hrs only.
The journey towards our destination was smooth. The roads were good, though in between the journey, many places roads were one – lane only (especially in MIDC area, the road is in between the industrial area) & also where we come across one or two small towns.
There is not much to see or relish barring from one or two scenic landscapes. However, the thing that attracts me in person was the various road side Dhabas named such as New Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir that show our unity in diversity.
Shirdi Sai Baba