Shirdi is famous for the Samadhi temple of Shri Sai Baba. Very little is known about the mysterious early life of shri sai baba who is believed to be the incarnation of shri guru dattatreya. He attained Mahasamadhi on vijayadashmi (dussehra) the 15th october 1918. For the devotees of all religions and castes shirdi is very important pilgrimage centre. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the country come to shirdi to pay their homage to sri sai baba, thus making this holy place symbol of national integration.
Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba was actually owned by a millionaire from Nagpur, a famous Sai devotee Shreemant Gopalrao. Gopalrao wanted to keep an idol of Murlidhar here. However, Baba himself became Murlidhar and the Mandir became the Samadhi Mandir of Baba.
Shri Sai Baba came to Shridhi with a marriage procession. He stayed at Dwarkamai till the very end of his life. Dwarkamai is situated on the right side of the entrance of Samadhi Mandir. Here he solved problems of the people, cured their sickness and worries. Before Baba's arrival in Shridhi, Dwarkamai was an old mosque in a dilapidated condition. Baba turned it into Dwarkamai and proved that God is one.