Shirdi

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Not to be confused with Shiradi
Shirdi
City
Sai Baba of Shirdi
Nickname(s): 
Shirdi Nagari;
Sainagar Shirdi
Shirdi is located in Maharashtra
Shirdi
Shirdi
Coordinates: 19°46′N 74°29′E / 19.77°N 74.48°E / 19.77; 74.48Coordinates: 19°46′N 74°29′E / 19.77°N 74.48°E / 19.77; 74.48
CountryIndia India
StateMaharashtra
DistrictAhmednagar
TalukaRahata
Named forSeeradi
Government
 • TypeMunicipal Council
 • BodyShirdi Nagar Panchayat
Area
 • Total13 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation
504 m (1,654 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total36,004
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,200/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
423109
Telephone code02423
Vehicle registrationMH-17
Websitemaharashtra.gov.in

Shirdi About this soundpronunciation  is a City in the jurisdiction of the municipal council popularly known as Shirdi Nagar Panchayat, located in Rahata Taluka in Ahmednagar District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is accessible via the Ahmednagar – Malegaon State Highway No.10, approximately 83 km from Ahmednagar and 15 km from Kopargaon. It is located 185 km east of the Western Seashore line (the Ahmednagar – Manmad road), a very busy route.

Shirdi is famously known as the home of the late 19th century saint Sri Sai Baba.[1] The Sri Saibaba Sansthan Trust also located in Shirdi is one of the richest temple organisations.[2]

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2011 India census, the population of Shirdi stood at 36,004. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Shirdi has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 76%, and female literacy is 62%. In Shirdi, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.[3]

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Shirdi now has a new railway station called "Sainagar Shirdi", which became operational in March 2009.

As of 2011, there are trains from Chennai,[4][5] Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Mysore[6] and other cities/states that have Shirdi railway station as their terminal stop.

Air[edit]

Shirdi Airport has been inaugurated by India's President Mr. Ramnath Kovind on 1St October 2017. There are two destinations from Shirdi airport, one is Hyderabad airport and the other is Mumbai airport. The airport is located at Kakdi (Kopargaon taluka), 14 km south-west of Shirdi.[7] but the construction according to the original plans was completed in February 2016, and the first trial flight landed on 2 March 2016.[8] There are plans to lengthen the runway from 2,200 metres to 3,200 metres. The target completion date is 2017 or 2018.[9]

The nearest major airports are at Aurangabad and Pune, 115 km and 186 km respectively from Shirdi.

By car[edit]