Shri Sai Baba’s manifestation in Shirdi in 1854 is considered a significant event in his life and the history of the town. It is believed that he appeared in Shirdi at the age of 16 and sat under a margosa tree, which has now become known as the “GURUSTHAN.”
According to legends, Shri Sai Baba appeared in Shirdi as a young boy and settled near the margosa tree, where he spent most of his time meditating and performing acts of kindness. The people of Shirdi initially regarded him as a mad fakir or a wandering saint, but as they witnessed his miraculous powers, they started to revere him as a divine being. Over time, Shri Sai Baba gained a large following, and his teachings and spiritual practices attracted people from all walks of life, regardless of their caste or religion.
He preached the importance of love, compassion, and selfless service, and his teachings continue to inspire millions of people to this day. Today, the site of the margosa tree where Shri Sai Baba is believed to have manifested is a significant pilgrimage site for devotees of Sai Baba. The tree has been preserved and is surrounded by a beautiful garden where people can meditate and offer their prayers.
The Sai Baba Temple, which houses his samadhi, is also a popular destination for pilgrims from all over the world who come to pay their respects to this great saint.