Shirdi by Chance
Visit to Holy Shirdi and Sai Baba Temple
If you want to feel the presence of a greater power in our life, just think about how our life has largely been constructed by happenings and events occurring by 'chance'. Life is seldom logical and plans rarely work. This is why those who are peaceful are humble: humble in front of the Power that guides us through unguided lanes and moments
Recently I happened to reach a relative's place 'by chance', and two hours later we left for Shirdi. This was my first visit to the shrine though I had wished for the same many times in the past.
It's about six hour's from Mumbai by bus. We reached the temple town at around five, very early in the morning. The atmosphere was divine. Divine, despite the over enthusiast guides chasing and competing every opportunity to help the tourists find suitable places to stay and take a bath before visiting the temple. We made a round of the area and then chose to stay at a guest house very near to the temple gates.
The darshan was very nice and peaceful. We even touched his tomb (Samadhi) to seek blessings. The world famous idol was in all its glory ' shining in gold and silver, while Saibaba's eyes showered peace and love on us The temple complex has many temples and sections like Samadhi Mandir (containing his sacred tomb and idol), Dwarkamai (a mosque; it is said that Sai Baba regarded this mosque as a mother (mai means mother), and it also represents the fact that Baba respected all religions. Every one has free access to this mosque), Chavadi (meaning 'village office'; Baba used to stay here alternate nights. I could also touch one stone, on which Baba used to sit.), Shani Temple (has temple of Lord Shani, in between a Shiva temple and a Ganesha temple), Hanuman Temple (This temple is South-facing, found rarely in Hinduism.) To know more about the temple and location, visit the website of Shri Sai Baba Sansthan http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/
The area in and around the temple has a host of shops selling pictures and mementos with images of Sai Baba. And then there are also poor children selling picture postcards and idols. One such girl got into argument with my friend. He had just purchased a bottle of packaged water as we were returning to the hotel and there she caught him and tried to sell a Sai Baba idol. A little bargain and she reduced the price from Rs 90 to Rs 30. But he was insisting for Rs 25. The girl got furious and asked, "You are bargaining for Rs 5?" When she got "Why not" as the answer, she said something which floored us: "At a place where you get water for free, you are spending 12 rupees to purchase a bottle, and then you are not willing to give me Rs 5 as a margin?" He purchased one for Rs 30. Five minutes later, he called her again and purchased two more idols
In our life, we get most good things for free, but we run to spend so much to get the same, packaged and priced and then we go visit temples seeking peace?
Nothing in this world happens by chance