Religious site of Shirdi - Khandoba Temple Khandoba
💫 This special temple🛕 of Shirdi is the presiding deity of Shirdi. Khandoba Temple holds special significance not only for its ancient origin but also for its association with Sai Baba. This temple is located on the main road in Shirdi. When Baba first came to Shirdi with Chand Patil's procession, he placed his foot under a banyan tree.
💫When the wedding party stopped at the entrance of the Khandoba temple🛕, the priest Mahalsapati welcomed Baba by saying " Aao Sai ". Since then, Baba, whose original name was unknown to all, came to be known as Sai Baba. Baba liked the peace and purity of the temple so much that he decided to stay there. But Mahalsapati considered him to be a Muslim and asked him to leave the temple. In a very dignified manner, Baba left the temple and made an abandoned mosque (Dwarkamai) his home.
💫Years later, Sai Baba asked his chief disciple and devotee Shri Upasani Maharaj to stay in this temple for four years for his spiritual upliftment. In the temple of Khandoba, there are icons of Khandoba and his divine consort Banai and Mahalsai.