After having darshan of gajanan maharaj & visiting anandsagar in shegao, we started for shirdi by bus (2 by 2) at 11.00 pm & reached at 7 am in shirdi. We booked a lodge very near to the gate no 3 of temple, & after freshup, moved for darshan at 8.30am. We kept the camera, mobile, valets in room only as they are not allowed inside premise. It was only less than 5 min walking distance to reach the temple. There was a big line but it was moving fast. Sitting arrangement was there beside the queue where u can take rest. Stalls selling fast food & even milk for children were available in queue. We found special arrangements like VIP darshan for old peoples & other needy ones. One can have darshan of glowing face of Sai Baba from long away in the huge hall. There were 4 lines for darshan near the idol, 2 central lines having U turn on reaching the front of idol & remaining 2 going by the side of idol leading to the back. It is better to stand in the side lines so that u can namaskar the foot impression made, & have longer & nearer darshan of Sai Baba. We were lucky to complete darshan by 10.30 am & then after returning to room & having little breakfast, we headed for Shani shingnapur. Local sumo was available @ Rs 60/person for covering 60km in 1.30hrs. On reaching there, we found many peoples taking bath & wearing saffron coloured cloth (available with prasad) before having darshan. The queue finally reached to the idol of Shani Maharaj with no shed above & pandits were helping devotees to offer oil on idol. We returned to Shirdi at 4.00 pm & then moved to bhandara for lunch around 1 km from temple. Amazing arrangement, thousands of peoples taking lunch at a single time, cleanliness & hygiene maintained throughout. First take coupons from counters outside @ Rs 5/person, & then enter the huge dining hall. By 5.30 pm, we were in our room taking rest & at 7.00pm, we took our sleep coach bus for hometown, Nagpur, Maharashtra. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
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