Hired an Auto Rickshaw to visit Popular Tourist Places in around Shirdi, Maharashtra

I stayed at Hotel Shree Sai Keshav, Palkhi Road, near Sai Nagari Bank in Shirdi, Maharashtra.

The hotel (15 AC / 3 Non-AC rooms) is run by Sanatan Bhaskar Gahan, who is from Bhadrak – an administrative district of Odisha state in eastern India but for the last 40 years, he is staying in Shirdi.

Earlier he was working at Sai Dham in Shirdi for 28 years and later started running hotel for the past 9 years.

Sanatan was introduced by Saumyaranjan Mishra (also from Odisha) – the owner of INFOCREATIVES SERVICES PVT LTD.

Sanatan and Saumyaranjan – both are thorough gentleman.

Upon request Sanatan requested Subhash Rakshej – owner of petrol auto rickshaw to show popular tourist places in around Shirdi.

Subhash's Petrol Auto Rickshaw in Shirdi, Maharashtra, India

Subhash is driving auto rickshaw since past 35 years and is having sound knowledge about Shirdi and tourist places near-by.

I question Subhash – How much auto rickshaw hiring charges?

Rs. 500 – he said.

Without any bargaining, I said – Ok and at 10:00 am we were on tour in-around Shirdi.

First we went to Sakori which is approx. 5 km from Shri Saibaba’s Samadhi Temple, to visit Shri Upasani Kanya Kumari Sthan but it was closed for visitors due to the pandemic (COVID – 19). So, I walk towards Shree Bapusaheb Jog samadhi mandir and Shri Ekmukhi Datta Mandir which is nearby. Stayed there for half-an-hour and re-started journey towards Rahata to visit Shree Saibaba devotee – Kushal Chand house. Stayed there for 15 minutes and then continue the journey towards A Wishing Tree not far from Rahata situated on right-side of the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway.

After visiting A Wishing Tree, we re-started the journey towards Gram Devta – Virbhadra, which is a Swayambhu (self-manifested) idol (??????) situated at Beregaonban – a village situated little away from Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway.

What I like the most was the route because I saw guava plantation, brick kiln and village life though the interior-road condition was not that good.

Around 12 noon we crossed Lord Khandoba temple situated at Ahmednagar-Manmad highway.

Because I visited Lord Khandoba temple, 10 years back, I requested Subhash to continue driving and we reached Panchamukha Vishnu Ganapathi Dhyan Mandir, Kankuri Village. This time (visited 10 years back) I saw few changes around the temple-area.

There were 12 Ganpathi idols such as Bala Ganpathi, Taruna Ganpathi, Bhaktha Ganpathi, Siddhi Ganpathi, Lakshmi Ganpathi and many more donated by devotees installed all around the temple-area.

After visiting temple, I had lemon juice for Rs. 15 per glass outside the temple-area.

By 12:50 noon we reached Shirdi. Almost 3 hours journeys and I were happy. Subhash Rakshej – The knowledgeable man. Rs. 500 – paid.

I suggest, if you the readers visiting Shirdi, you may hire Subhash’s auto rickshaw to tour in-around Shirdi. The journey continues..

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