The Sai Baba shrine at Siddhesvara Dhama is a rectangular structure, with a dome at the centre. The image of Sai Baba made in white marble, in which he is shown seated over a raised pedestal in his usual posture with his left leg hanging down and the right leg placed over the left thigh. Baba shows abhayamudra with his right hand. There is a small marble enclosure in front of the figure of Sai Baba. The interior as well as the exterior of the temple are fully decorated with floral designs.

There is a small structure opposite the temple of Sai Baba, which serves as the dhuni of Sai Baba.

The entry from the Nandisvara Dvara also leads one to the temple of Sai Baba.It is a rectangular hall with a dome shaped ceiling, covering a part of the The original temple of Sai Baba is located at Shirdi in Ahmed Nagar District :.a:n.lfashtra over the bank of the sacred river Godavari. The land is credited with the birth of several holy men and seers. Sant Gyanesvara - the holy saint of cars had been the foremost of all of them. He was the great Saint who made a he-buffalo to chant the Gayatri mantra in the presence of the village people. After the river Godavari, the road leads straight tothe holy land of Shirdi.

Sai Baba from the very beginning possessed a holy personality and the early days of his life, according to some writers, are shrouded in mystery. It is also not known whether he was a Hindu or a Muslim and the date of his first arrival at Shirdi is also unknown. An extremely aged lady in the year 1900, the mother of Nana Chopdar testified that she was quite youthful when she saw Sai Baba at Shirdi when he was just a lad, without beard or moustach. He was probably in his early teens. His identity was unknown.

 

His first appearance as a religious figure is nothing less then a wonder. Chand Bhai Patil, a village head of Dhoop Kheda, had a chance meeting with Sai Baba. Patil was wandering in search of his mare, carrying the saddle with him. Sai Baba was seated under a tree. As he went to him, carrying the horse saddle, he found Baba who asked Chand Bhai to take a puff from the chillam. Chand Bhai said, "My mare is lost and I am wandering in search of it." The Baba said, "Why do you search in the wilderness? It is just grazing across the fence here." Chand Bhai then took a puff from the chillarn by the Baba, there

was no fire or the burning coal available. Baba just struck the tongs held in his hand and produced the burning coal to light the chillam. Chand Bhai then went to the other side in the forest. To his utter urprise he found the mare grazing there.

 

After finding the mare, Chand Bhai went back to Baba and requested him to risit his place. Baba visited his place the next day. Thereafter Sai Baba's name spread all over Shirdi. In fact Sai Baba happens to be such a holy seer, who having once been zrronized by the people at large, is worshipped with fervent devotion even .cday, He was an embodiment of spiritualism during his life time, but after his departure to the heavenly abodes, he is worshipped throughout the country. There are Sai Temples all over the country. lr. fact besides Solophok, there is another magnificent Sai Baba temple at Namchi. which was recently inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Chamling.

 

Sai Baba was the embodiment of spiritualism. His ancestry is unknown, but his divinity, his noble ways, and the urge in him to remove the sufferings of the people in distress and pain, raised his stature in the society to unimaginable and unprecedented heights. Of the many qualities and siddhis he possessed, those which impressed the people were (i) his power to peep into the future and forewarn the concerned persons about the same in order to enable them to escape the mishap; (ii) to read the thoughts of the people; (iii) to be able to see the future events and to avert them; (iv) and he was not inclined to any particular religion


The Sai Baba temple at Shirdi


Both Hindus and Muslims were followers of Sai Baba. People of both the communities claimed for the body of Baba for performing the last rites. During that period, a rich businessman known as Bapa Saheb Buti had built a Shri Krishna temple at Shirdi, in order to install the life size image of the lord. After his nirvana, Baba appeared in dream to the said businessman - Bapa Saheb Buti and desired him that his body should be laid in the temple itself Then putting an end to the controversy and at the insistance of Baba, his body was buried at a place where the image of lord Krishna was to be installed. Over the pedestal of that Samadhi a photograph of Baba was placed in a silver frame. Subsequently a marble image of Baba was installed there, which is now worshipped with great devotion.