Sai Baba in history has created a profound place, though no one knows about his whereabouts as to where he was born and where he grew up. He came to Shirdi village at the age of sixteen. Stayed there for three years and then disappeared for one year and returned back to Shirdi to stay there permanently in 1858. He left the village to join fakirs and worked as a weaver.
Sai Baba in history is known to serve the army of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. He was honoured and revered by both the Muslims and the Hindu devotees and he stressed on the importance of surrendering to the Murshid or Satguru who can lead his disciple through the path of spiritual training.
He is worshipped by his devotees all around the world. His teachings stressed on self realization, helping others, moral code of love, forgiveness, inner peace, charity, contentment and devotion to guru and God. His teachings combined preaching of Islam and Hinduism. He named the mosque in which he lived Dwarakamayi, taught using the essence of both the religions and was buried in Shirdi.
Sai Baba in history is known to be a great spiritual leader. He spent 4-5 years in the Shirdi village under a Neem tree meditating and observing strict penance. Then he started living in an old mosque in Dwarakamai, where he maintained a scared fire and gave the sacred ashes or Udhi to the guests. The ashes are believed to have healing powers. He performed the function of a local hakim and his fame as a saint with miraculous powers spread after 1910.
The miraculous powers demonstrated by him were bilocation, levitation, materialization, exorcisms, mindreading, entering a state of Samadhi at will, lighting lamps with water removing his intestines and limbs and putting them back in his body (khandana yoga) and many more.Sai Baba took Mahasamadhi (departure) onOctober 15, 1918 at 2.30pm. On the lap of one of his devotees with hardly any belongings and was buried in the “Buty Wada” according to his wish. Later a temple was built there known as the “Samadhi Mandir”.