The saga of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi started in the middle of the 19th Century when, as a boy of about 16 years of age, he first appeared here under a neem tree absorbed in a hard penance. From the next about 60 years, he devoted his life for the up liftment of the poor and suffering. His origin, religion and early life are shrouded in mystery and though he is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva, is teachings transcended all religions and beliefs. On Tuesday, the 15th of October, 1918, Shri Sai Baba entered his samadhi. Today, all laces, persons and possessions connected with him, too have become objects of veneration by millions of devotees who journey to Shirdi every year from all parts of the world.
Shirdi, just off Nashik-Pune national highway, is connected to all major centers in the region with good roads. It is 90 km from Nashik, 260 km from Mumbai, 185 km from Pune, 125 km from Aurangabad. Nearest Airports are Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad.