Pune is also becoming a hub for Prati (replica) devasthanam and over the years, they have become as popular and powerful like the original ones - Prati Shirdi Sai Temple (Shirgaon), Prati Balaji (kapurhole), Prati Pandharpur (near lonavala), Prati Satya Sai (Hadshi) are to be named few.
How to Reach?
From Pune, Start on Bangalore - Mumbai NH4 bypass towards Lonavala. Pune - Mumbai expressway will start few KMs ahead of Wakad on your left. Stay straight on right side of the road and Continue driving on NH4 towards Dehuroad bypass. After few KMs, you will join Old Pune-Mumbai road that comes from Nigdi-Dapodi. Soon near the toll Plaza, you will see Signboard with Kaman for Shirgaon Sai Temple and huge Ganesh idol on a hillock on your left. Take that road. It will again cross the Expressway few Kms ahead. Just 1-2 KMs after crossing the Flyover on the Expressway, you will see Sai Baba Temple at Shirgaon on your left. Paid parking is available in temple premises.
Old Mumbai - Pune Road (NH4)
Shirgaon is popularly known as Prati-Shirdi among Sai devotees. Shirgaon is situated off old Bombay-Pune highway at Somatane Phata. Shri Saibaba temple was established here on 11th June 2003 by Mr. Prakash Keshavrao Deole. Sprawled over nearly four acres, the Sai Baba temple has been built as per the drawing plan of the Shirdi shrine. Deole, claim that, ‘‘Baba has migrated to Shirgaon along with his vaibhav. It was a call from him that inspired the creation of this temple. By strange coincidence, the three tamarind trees in the Shirdi temple are at the same distance in Shirgaon too. And no, we did not plant them. Besides, the Dwarkamai —the hall with an eternal flame— and the Babachi Chawdi — where Sai Baba used to meet people— have also been recreated here.’’
There is Gurusthan at the temple entrance with miraculous Neem Tree at the center. The temple layout, Gabhara, Samadhi, Sai moorti makes one feel as if he is in Shirdi. Dwarkamai at Shirgaon holds Sai Dhuni which is enlightened 24 hours , 7 days a week. Chwadi at the back is built in the similar fashion. Abhishek and Arti's done at the temple with the similar schedule as Shirdi. There are annual festivals like Sthapana Divas, Guru Poornima, Ram Navami, Dasara which are celebrated by 1000's of devotees since 2003. Shirgaon has got a new identity since the temple was established.
There is a growing curiosity of this ‘‘other’’ Sai Baba temple with its recreation of the original sanctorum. This place is also now frequently visited by the devotees, politicians, industrialists etc.
Trust has recently inaugurated Annachatra for the devotees and Prasdam would be served at minimal price.
Temple is open from morning 5:00 am to 10:30 PM and weekends, Thursdays and on special occasions it is always crowded.
54 ft. Ganesh Idol Near Somatane Phata -
This Ganesh idol can be visited on your way to Shirgaon Sai temple and is on your left after you cross the Somatane Phata Toll booth near Talegaon on old Pune-Mumbai highway.
The beautifully sculpted idol of Ganesha, stands towering on a hillock astride the Pune-Mumbai express and NH-4. Conceived in 2006 as a tribute to the people of Maharashtra who cherish the lord so dearly, the image can be viewed from miles as it seems to shower kind blessings on all those who pass by. The installing of Shri Mangal Moorati Moorya (Ganesh Idol) was a dream project of Birla family.
Swami Tejomayanandaji, Global Chief of Chinmay Mission was the chief guest of the function inaugurating the Ganesh Idol at Talegaon on 17th January 2009.
The statue measures 54 ft in height, squatting on a 18 ft high platform, rising in all its graciousness to an imposing height of 72 ft. About 180 steps from the base of the hillock lead to the statue. The project was designed by the famous sculptor Sri Matu Ram Verma and his son, Naresh Kumar Verma of Pilani, Rajasthan. It took almost three years of relentless hard work by two dozen skilled craftsmen of Rajasthan and numerous labourers under the supervision of Naresh Kumar. The idol is made of reinforced concrete, smoothened beautifully and covered with a copper coating. There is no temple as such and the premises is still getting developed with ladscaped garden etc.
Paid pairking is available at the foothills and temple is open till 8 PM in the night.